Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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Mock, 1st female pilot to circle globe, dies at 88 * Chron.com | Fifty years after she made aviation http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Mock-1st-female-pilot-to-circle-globe-dies-at-88-5793408.phphistory, Jerrie Mock chuckled when asked whether she ever got scared while circling the globe alone. "Scared? Let's not use the word scared," she said. But she had plenty of harrowing moments, from landing by mistake on an Egyptian military base to seeing a burning wire aboard her plane loaded with extra fuel....

Local vets to be honored at Wings Over North Georgia Airshow * WRCB | ROME, GA (WRCB) - The Wings Over North Georgia Airshow and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will honor all former, current and retired members of the U.S. Armed Services Saturday, October 18th....

AOPA hosts Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4 * General Aviation News | FREDERICK, Md. – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary Oct. 4 with a Homecoming Fly-In at its headquarters on the Frederick, Md., Municipal Airport, giving members and the public a chance to tour its facilities, view aircraft, take part in aviation seminars and a Pilot Town Hall meeting with AOPA President Mark Baker. The Frederick fly-in will be the sixth of seven AOPA regional fly-ins in 2014. It promises to be the largest, with hundreds of AOPA members, aircraft and aviation product exhibitors taking part, AOPA officials said...

Six more inductees for Aviation Hall of Fame * Daily Advertiser | SIX more giants of the aviation industry will be inducted into the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHOF) at a ceremony at Charles Sturt University on November 8. This year marks the third wave of inductions for the hall of fame and this year two of the six inductees will attend the ceremony...

AeroSports Update: 38th World Military Parachuting Championship * Aero-news Net | The competition is part of a program administered through the Conseil International Du Sport Militaire (CISM). This is one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world. They organize various sporting events for the armed forces of their 134 member countries. Soldiers who may previously have met on the battlefield now meet in friendship on the sports playing field ... and in this case the sport was skydiving...

This is "Women of Aviation Worldwide Week"! * aeronewstv.com | This is "World Women in Aviation Week", and will be celebrated in 37 countries until 9th., March. Launched in 2010 by the Women in Aviation Association, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, this event aims to promote the female contingent of this normally, very masculin, activity. The organization today comprises some 2,000 women worldwide...

Bud Anderson to speak at Museum of Flight Saturday * General Aviation News | SEATTLE — Bud Anderson, Fighter Ace, veteran, co-author of “To Fly & Flight-Memoirs of a Triple Ace,” and member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, will speak at the Museum of Flight about his experiences in combat against the Luftwaffe in Europe, World War II, and his 30 years of military service. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater...

The new American Air Museum website launches today * The Economic Voice | Today (Wednesday 1 October) IWM Duxford has launched a new crowd-sourcing website for the American Air Museum. The American Air Museum website is a digital record of the memories and stories of the men and women of the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) who found themselves serving their country from ‘somewhere in England‘, during the Second World War. It also records the memories of the British people who met and befriended them...

Video: The Blue Angels Were The Baddest When They Flew The F-4 Phantom * Foxtrot Alpha | Flown for just five years by the Blue Angels, from 1969 to 1974, the F-4J, with its ominous size and smoke billowing General Electric J79 engines, was the baddest machine the team ever flew. The Phantom was also flown by the USAF Thunderbirds during this same period of time...

Hidden History Links Airplane to Retiring Museum Director * National Naval Aviation Museum | Today, Captain Robert L. Rasmussen, USN (Ret.), retires as director of the National Naval Aviation Museum, a position he has held for nearly three decades. He is the longest serving director in the museum’s fifty-one year history and there is not much about naval aviation that has escaped his attention during that time. Yet, just recently the previously hidden history of a fixture at the entrance to NAS Pensacola, revealed a surprising twist for him....

“Just Fly This Sumbitch Myself” - Air America’s pilots liked danger—and a bit of fun By Rebecca Maksel, airspacemag.com | Known as a “journalist’s journalist,” H.D.S. Greenway has reported wars from Indochina to the Balkans, Gaza, and Afghanistan—everywhere the United States has had http://www.acc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123426703combat troops in the last five decades. In his new book Foreign Correspondent: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster), Greenway tells this story from his time in Laos...

Living the dream of wearing Air Force blue * Air Combat Command | He long dreamed of living above the clouds, soaring through the skies and flying off into the wild blue yonder. He could see his path to the Air Force clearly. But in an instant, his dream became blurry....

Top 25 Most Beautiful Airplanes * Flying | Flying presents 25 of the most beautiful airplanes of all time.

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Bob Hoover to honored with Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy · General Aviation News | ...Doolittle called him, “the greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived.” Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, called Hoover, “the best pilot flying today.” The Centennial of Flight edition of Air & Space Smithsonian named him the third greatest aviator in history...

Miramar Air Show To Feature Final Flight Of Sea Knight 'Phrog' (Video) * KPBS | The San Diego-based U.S. Navy Parachute Team, better known as the Leap Frogs, will also show off their high-flying skills at the air show. The Leap Frogs are an all-volunteer team made up of Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen...

Owensboro Air Show * Official website | Performers include: US Army Golden Knights, Paul Wood,http://www.owensboroairshow.com/performers Randy Ball, The 4ce and more

World War II warbirds prepare to take flight * Midland Reporter-Telegram | Engines roared as warbird fighters prepared to take flight Tuesday at the Commemorative Air Force's Main Hangar. “During AirSho, this is what it will sound like,” said Steve Buss, director of the CAF's American Airpower Heritage Museum, with a smile.

Video: CAF Prepares For This Year's AIRSHO * Local Big 2 News | ...AIRSHO officials allowed Local Big 2 to fly in one of the trainer planes from World War II, giving us a bird's eye view of the City of Midland. Randy Wilson a colonel with the CAF says this is just one of the many planes set to fly October 11th and 12th...

Fly-In is successful event for the Flora Airport * Carroll County Comet | The sky above Carroll County in the vicinity of the Flora Municipal Airport was abuzz with flying machines last weekend. A two-day fly-in for powered parachutes and other aircraft was held to help promote the Flora community as well as the airport...

Catalina air show going all out under new organizers * The Daily Breeze | The Scheyden Catalina Air Show will take place at the picturesque Avalon Bay with high-flying excitement coming from a group of skilled pilots in agile planes performing aerobatic maneuvers like rolls, spins, loops and close-formation flying at speeds...

The Moss Super Q.E.D. II… And So It Is Proven · Ken Kula, Photorecon.net | “Quod Erat http://photorecon.net/moss-super-q-e-d/Demonstrandum”, a Latin phrase which translates into English as “what was to be proved” has a universally accepted acronym: “Q.E.D.”. This is attributed to the Greek mathematician Euclid… and Euclidean geometry. It...

Grand County pilot enshrined in Aviation Hall Fame * Sky Hi Daily News | In 1992, Warner was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame. In 1993, her name was installed in the International Forest of Friendship. The Emily Howell Warner Aviation Education Resource Center was established in the...

WWII Signature Collection Hits Auction Block in Kansas City * News-Antique.com | “Famed airborne commander Maxwell Taylor, Enola Gay pilot Paul Tibbets, numerous Doolittle Raiders, German fighter ace Hugo Broch, US fighter ace and Medal of Honor recipient Joe Foss, Asian American fighter ace Freddie Ohr . . . the list goes on and ...

'Wounded high over Germany' Martinsville veteran injured while serving on B-17 * Reporter-Times | By some estimates, the average crew member of a B-17 bomber during World War II had only a one in four chance of completing his required 25 missions and remaining alive. Verle Maxwell almost didn't make it past his third flight mission...

B17 flew in Hollywood movie based on Asheville war hero * Asheville Citizen-Times | The Asheville native has been celebrated for daredevil antic, flying his Memphis Belle B-17 at a 60-degree angle low between City Hall and the County Courthouse in downtown Asheville in 1945 during a trip for a war bond rally. A plaque memorializing...

Area 51's Black Jets * Air & Space Magazine | The highly classified inventions tested at Groom Lake are some of the greatest aircraft ever flown. By Bill Yenne. airspacemag.com. September 30, 2014 3:36PM. When Kelly Johnson, head of Lockheed's Skunk Works, decided that his company's...

NASA to crash helicopter to test safety improvements · General Aviation News | NASA researchers will crash a 45-foot-long  helicopter fuselage from a 30-foot height for the second time in a year — all in the name of safety. NASA is collaborating with other U.S. and international government agencies on the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Test Bed full-scale crash test scheduled for Oct. 1, weather permitting, at NASA Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Research Facility...
 
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Black Team Soars Over South Africa * U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights" | On September 12th the Black Demonstration Team departed Fort Bragg, NC to begin our travels to Pretoria, South Africa for the 2014 Air Show and Defence exhibition held on Waterkloof Airforce Base. With the support of our operations section, the US Embassy and the South African Golden Eagles Parachute Team, we arrived in South Africa on the 15th of September ready to support the air show and share the blue skies with members of the Golden Eagles Parachute Team...

Airshow features variety of planes, acrobatic displays * The Baylor Lariat | Planes not seen since World War II touched ground in Waco this weekend for the second annual Heart of Texas Airshow. Families from across Central Texas traveled to the Texas State Technical Airport for a day filled with http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/salinas/photos-california-international-airshow-in-salinas-highlights/28324382food, activities and airplanes...

PHOTOS: Highlights of 2014 California International Airshow in Salinas * KSBW

Blue Thunder II Update * John Parker | The Reno Air Races are over and we have spent the last week getting things back in order here a Blue Thunder home base so we can get back to business. This is the first update of the three that are due covering the Air Venture Cup race, the Oshkosh Convention and the Reno Air Races...

Lee Bottom Fly-in 2014 * Robert Burns | Robert Burns has added more photos from this event

Historic 'Tin Goose' visits Ada; rides available until 11 am Wednesday * Theadanews | It was displayed in the EAA AirVenture Museum until 1991 when it returned to its former role of delighting passengers on its annual tour across the U.S.. “We have had a local Ford dealer here in Ada for 100 years,” said Don Childers, local pilot and...

Three new exhibits open in Southeast Asia War Gallery * National Museum of the U.S. Air Force | Renovations continue in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Three new exhibits opened this month -- telling the stories of Close Air Support, Gunships, and the Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard....

de Havilland Mosquito print by the renowned Ken Brookes awarded to The People’s Mosquito * Travel for Aircraft | While at the airshow in Duxford this year Ken Brookes and Stuart Bourne (Quality Aviation Photos International), both famed professional aviation photographers, gift this copyrighted photo to  The People’s Mosquito to honor the effort to build a flying de Havilland Mosquito...

Museum Promotes Aviation Heritage With Display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport | Anyone traveling through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recently may have seen an exhibit by the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum next to Baggage Carousel 1.  The Museum has been given the use of two Community Group Windows there for three months beginning July 15.  Tom Ahillen, Doug Bent, and Jack Abercrombie transported some of our exhibits to Lambert on the start date and began setting up the display, although several other people were involved in the planning of the layout and the selection of materials...

Gateway Eagles Youth Aviation Day Provides Flight Experience Over St. Louis | The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum hosted the 20th Annual Gateway Eagles Youth Aviation Day on Saturday, September 13th at the Museum’s location at St. Louis-Downtown Airport (CPS) in Cahokia, Illinois.  The weather was excellent and with the fine organizational efforts of the Gateway Eagles, 116 children from 8 to 17 years of age flew, many for the first time, through the EAA Young Eagles flight program...

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13th Annual Riley Memorial AIRSHOW

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U.S. Army Golden Knights talk about entrance into Arrowhead Stadium * fox4kc.com | KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Golden Knights travel across the country to connect the United States Army with the public. Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium, the U.S. Army Parachute Team will drop into the stadium to deliver the game ball! Monday morning...

Blue Angels dazzle the sky with precision flight formations * Hawaii News Now| The Blue Angels soared across the sky dazzling crowds today in the "Wings Over The Pacific" air show at the Joint Base at Pearl Harbor and Hickam. The U.S. Navy fighter jets showcased their precision formations and fast-paced aerobatic flying during...

Fat Albert on the gas * Travel for Aircraft | “Fat Albert” is the C-130 Hercules assigned to the USN’s Blue Angels and here it is seen climbing at an extreme angle enabled by four JATO units on each side of its fuselage. AT one time there was a JATO (Jet Assisted Take Off) option and a RATO...

The show goes on: MCAS Miramar to open gates for Miramar Air Show * DVIDS | Expected to perform at the air show are the Navy's Blue Angels and Leap Frogs, the Shockwave Jet Truck, the Red Bull Helicopter, the Oracle Challenger, the Patriots Jet Team and many more. It is also scheduled to feature the first ever demonstration at...

Salinas airshow closes the weekend * KSBW The Central Coast | Many of the military personnel enjoyed watching the F-16 Fighting Falcons of the Thunderbirds tear through the sky at the airshow Sunday. "It's just showing that they appreciate all the sacrifices that we have done, everything that we have done as far...

Air show brings entertainment to thousands * KRCRTV.COM | The event at the Redding Airport is always well-received, as another large crowd came out to see the aerial gymnastics Sunday put on by the likes of the Royal Canadian Air Forces' Snowbirds and other daredevils. More than 25,000 people showed up for...

French win big in aerobatic championship in Slávnica * The Slovak Spectator | The 11th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championship 2014 took place in mid August at the Dubnica airport in Slávnica, western Slovakia. The rest of this article is premium content and is only accessible with a PIANO account. If you want to access the...

Catalina air show going all out under new organizers * Long Beach Press Telegram | The Scheyden Catalina Air Show will take place at the picturesque Avalon Bay with high-flying excitement coming from a group of skilled pilots in agile planes performing aerobatic maneuvers like rolls, spins, loops and close-formation flying at speeds...

Air Show at Fremont County Airport a walk through history * Canon City Daily Record | Cole Mock of Cañon City supports his 3-year-old nephew, Russell Chaney, in the cockpit of a Diamond Katana trainer flown into the Fremont County Airport Saturday by 16-year-old Rachael McIntoch with her father/trainer Paul McIntosh...

Book- Secrets of a leader: behind the scenes of the Patrouille de France * Translated | ...From 1953 the official name Patrouille de France, these men (and women since 2009), have been constantly regale the audience, thanks to fascinating shows, where they show a blood -froid exceptional. What better way also represent the army of the French air , and be the perfect ambassadors of French aerospace and even France, outside our borders?...

GALLERY: Iron Maiden rocker flies World War One Fokker plane in front of ... * Northampton Chronicle & Echo | More than 1,200 classic cars and 250 motorbikes were on display with visitors watching a host of aerobatic demonstrations by The Blades and The Yakovlevs on Saturday and Sunday. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring a Hurricane, Spitfire and...

The Planes of Red Bull's Air Race Championship * Gizmodo | After a three-year hiatus for safety and organizational overhauling, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is back for the 2014 season. These races pit daredevil pilots against gravity—and each other—as they guide their acrobatic single-seaters...

Great Tiger Moth Air Race to stop in Camden * Wollondilly Advertiser | Race President, Richard Brougham, said the race not only gave spectators the chance to see Tiger Moths in action, but it also supports two charity groups - LIFT Youth Development and Solider On. ''The Great Tiger Moth Air Race is a unique event and is...

Women's air race hits turbulence produced by its male critics * San Bernardino County Sun | The “girls” who participated in the first women's cross-country air race in 1929 realized there was a lot more at stake than just $25,000 in prizes. The race, which crossed the skies of the Inland Empire, was dubbed “the Powder Puff Derby” by Will Rogers....

Deep in the heart of Texas…. and the Commemorative Air Force! * Red Tail Squadron | By golly y’all better hold on to your hats! The CAF Red Tail Squadron is headed to Texas!  The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit and the P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen are rolling through the state for a whirlwind month-long tour that will include events in Dallas, Midland, Hearne and Houston. There will be ample opportunities to reconnect with fellow Red Tail enthusiasts and make NEW friends as we saunter our way across the Lone Star state!...

Internationally awesome * General Aviation News | Last week I spent some time in Washington D.C. I had business in the area, but like most of us, when I get in the vicinity of the Mall, the monuments, and the Capital building, I find myself wanting to browse the wares of our country. There is art to peruse and documents to consider. Inventions large and small are collected there, as are homages to the achievements of average men and women who became heroic leaders through word and deed. And there are aircraft. Spacecraft, too...

Fly like a girl: celebrating women in aviation * Pensacola News Journal | Former Lt. Cmdr. Kathleen Betts in front of the Women in Naval Aviation Display in Hangar Bay One in the National Museum of Naval Aviation aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola...

Two killed in crash at Young Eagles rally * General Aviation News | An accident at a Young Eagles rally killed a 78-year-old pilot and 14-year-old boy Saturday near Buffalo, N.Y. According to a report from NBC News, a Cessna 172 crashed into a Searey aircraft, killing the two on board the C-172. The other aircraft made an emergency landing, but the two passengers only suffered minor injuries, according to the report...

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Monday, September 29, 2014

70th anniversary of the Test Pilot School

The Flight Test Historical Foundation would like to invite members of your organization to our annual Gathering of Eagles event on October 18th in Lancaster CA, to help us celebrate 70th anniversary of the Test Pilot School (TPS).

Members can purchase individual tickets at http://EdwardsMuseum.org, or your organization may purchase a table as a “Sponsor”. Sponsorship information is available on our website on the Gathering of Eagles page (http://afftcmuseum.org/news-events/gathering-eagles-2014). For individual ticket purchases, members can write down the name of your organization in the “TPS Class” window, and we will reserve a separate table for them.

All of the proceeds from this event will be used in support of the Air Force Flight Test museum at Edwards AFB and the Blackbird Airpark in Palmdale. Money will be used for repair and restoration of the aircraft in the museum’s inventory, as well as towards moving the main museum outside the West gate, to make it accessible to the general public.

The panel of Honorees, along with the groups represented, is as follows:

· Bill Gray, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF, Chief Test Pilot, USAF TPS, Class 91B, Eagle
· Dave Van Hoy, Technical Director, USAF TPS, Class 94A, Eagle
· Pamela Melroy, Col. (Ret.) USAF, Representing Pilot Graduates, Class 91B, Panel Member
· Gary Aldrich, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF, Representing the Engineer Graduates and Contractor Staff, Class 82A, Eagle
· Andy Gerner, Col. (Ret.) USAF, Representing the Commandants, Class 91A, Eagle
· George Cooper, NASA Test Pilot (Ret.), Co-developer of the Cooper-Harper Rating Scale, Eagle
The two emcees will be:
· Dana Purifoy, Test Pilot, NASA Armstrong Research Center, Former TPS Staff Member
· Joe Sobczak, Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF, Former TPS Staff Member, Current Flight Test Captain for United Airlines, TPS Class 81B
Each panelist will discuss TPS and the impact on their professional career, to be followed by Q&A from the two emcees and the audience.

Ticket info is posted HERE