Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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News Briefs: Blue Angels return to Spirit of St. Louis Airport May 3-4 * Newsmagazine Network | ...This year, the air show will see the wheels of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornets touching down once more onto Spirit’s tarmac. Additionally, the Sky Soldiers – the show’s only helicopters – and pilots Skip Stewart and Patty Wagstaff  will take to the skies during the event, alongside other flight demonstrations....

Thunder over Louisville: The Blue Angels Soar Over Louisville Waterfront * The Aero Experience | The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight demonstration Squadron continued to roar through the spring schedule with a performance last weekend at Thunder Over Louisville.  The airshow box over the Ohio River is unique in that it crosses the river at an angle, not just Contained parallel to the river banks.  This unique  arrangement allows for...

Scorpion Eyed For RIAT, Farnborough Debut - Aviation Week | Textron is hoping to send its http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_04_14_2014_p0-678674.xmlScorpion prototype light attack, reconnaissance aircraft to an international coming-out at the U.K.’s Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough Air Show in July. RIAT is set for July 11-13. Farnborough is the following week....

GALLERY: Sabre fighter set to soar By BREE FULLER | ...Media were treated to a chest-rumbling fly-by on Tuesday as the Vietnam War-era fighter jet arrived at the Illawarra Regional Airport ahead of the event. ‘‘It’s beautiful to fly, you just sit there and you hardly touch it, it’s very effortless,’’ explained Mr Trappett, a former RAAF and Qantas international pilot....

For first time, Lake Guntersville's antique boat show will feature seaplane fly-in - The Huntsville Times - al.com | GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – The Antique and Classic Boat Show and Seaplane Fly-In will be Saturday, May 17 at Lake Guntersville. The free boat show, hosted by the Yacht Club and Dixieland Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to seeing restored antique boats in the water, attendees can see unique air and sea craft up close, said Tommy Gray, past commodore of the Yacht Club....

Happy Birthday To The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress * Warbirds News | ...Sixty-two years ago today, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress took flight for the first time.  The B-52 began life as a proposed replacement for Strategic Air Command’s B-36s and B-50s.  Originally designed to be powered by turboprops, Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet engines were selected as the powerplant of choice.  At the roll-out ceremony, Air Force Chief of Staff General Nathan Twining said: “The long rifle was...

Video: WWII B-17 veterans take special flight in Oshkosh - Fox11online.com | OSHKOSH – For http://fox11online.com/2014/04/14/wwii-b-17-veterans-take-special-flight-in-oshkosh/some area World War II veterans, Monday meant a flight back in time. It was a journey they had made before, but this journey above Oshkosh was different. Just like he did as a pilot some 70 years ago, Robert Abresch climbed up the ladder of a B-17 bomber....

The raid that stopped Japan: Doolittle’s Co-Pilot’s Experience of the Doolittle Raid - DVIDS | FORT HOOD, Texas – ‘Battle stations’, ‘battle stations’, reverberated off the bulkheads and through portholes of the ship. A young 2nd lieutenant jumped out of his bunk and ran down a corridor toward the upper deck alongside other aviators, bombardiers and navigators. They all believed this was another drill. Then, as they reached the upper deck they heard the concussion of a destroyer’s 5-inch guns as it fired into the distance....

$54,000 helps ensure liftoff of 9th Honor Flight; Korean War vets will go next - Billings Gazette | With donations totaling more than $54,000, the ninth and final tour of Big Sky Honor Flight will take off in May, bound for the nation’s capital. The infusion of cash Monday put Big Sky Honor Flight over the $155,000 it needs to send the last group of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., at no cost to them, to see the National World War II Memorial....

Photos: Volunteers honored for service at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force * National Museum of the USAF Top Stories | The National Museum of the United States Air Force Volunteer Program celebrated its 32nd anniversary by honoring more than 500 volunteers during a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on April 11. The event is held during Volunteer Appreciation Week...

Fleet Air Museum to host aircraft piloting seminar at Society of Friends evening - Western Gazette | An aircraft pilot will be giving a talk on pilot training at the Fleet Arm Air Museum at Yeovilton this month. Captain Phil Nelson will make his presentation as part of the Society of Friends’ monthly talks series in the museum’s AgustaWestland Conference room on Thursday, April 24....

Tom Wilson's GP-5 Photos * Mojave Experimental Fly-in

B-25 Sandbar Mitchell – April Restoration Update · Warbirds News | The Sandbar Mitchell project made major progress in March.  They have completely stripped down the center section left side to just its front and rear spars. They have de-rivetted the webbing from the rear spar and cleaned the spar caps. They then clecoed the inboard webbing  back into place, but need to replace the outboard webbing due to corrosion issues....

Collings Foundation TF-51D Mustang – Restoration Status · Warbirds News | The Collings Foundation has a formidable collection of airworthy warbirds, almost all of which actively participate at air shows, or tour the length and breadth of the country. They also have several rare birds currently under restoration, including a Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat, FM-2 Wildcat and Focke-Wulf Fw-190F-8. However, lost amongst the more exotic types under the knife, is a North American P-51D Mustang....

Connecticut house built by aviator Gustave Whitehead could be demolished - New Haven Register | FAIRFIELD, Conn. >> A Connecticut house built by an aviator credited by the legislature for being the first to fly could fall under the wrecking ball. Tom Conley, Fairfield’s chief building official, told Hearst Connecticut Media that a Stratford developer was issued a demolition permit for the bungalow-style house built by Gustave Whitehead...

Blackbird * Apron 6 | One of my all time favourite planes...

Review: 'Air & Space Trivia' book asks whether you know the right stuff about aviation * Star Tribune | ...Only those with out-of-this-world interests could possibly score well in answering the questions posed in "The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia." And such buffs would probably chafe at the suggestion that this informative little book, edited by Amy Pastan, is filled with unimportant details....

Missouri governor declares April General Aviation Appreciation Month * General Aviation News | Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon has declared April “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Missouri, general aviation accounts for $857 million in annual economic activity, and supports more than 7,000 jobs statewide...

Hemlock, Saginaw students to see Tuskegee Airmen traveling exhibit - The Ann Arbor News | SAGINAW COUNTY, MI — Students in Hemlock and Saginaw will learn about the determination of World War II pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen thanks to a traveling exhibit. The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron is visiting students of Hemlock Public Schools and Saginaw School District in late April and early May...

Russians Look To Colonize The Moon * Aero-News Network | Says It Will Have A Permanent Base 'Up And Running' By 2040 | As Russia was celebrating the anniversary of the first spaceflight of Yuri Gagarin on Saturday, Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin made a bold statement: "We are coming to the moon forever."...

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Arch wins Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj by 0.08s - Red Bull (International) | Awesome video highlights and our top-five closest-ever finishes to mark Hannes Arch’s Croatia win. Hannes Arch really turned the tables on Paul Bonhomme at the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia, at the weekend. Having edged Arch by a then-closest margin of 0.337s at Abu Dhabi Corniche in round one of this year's championship just over a month ago, the Englishman had to settle for second in round two in Croatia as his Austrian rival shattered the record again on Sunday to...

It all started at an air show. Great story! * International Council of Air Shows | On January 29, 2013 while keeping any eye on his two little kids ... Thunderbird 6 (2012), Capt. Blaine Jones tells his unique story about when and why he...

Thunder Over Louisville crowd falls short of record, but officials pleased - Louisville Business First | Thunder Over Louisville officials said attendance Saturday was around 650,000 to 700,000. With a stellar weather forecast, Thunder Over Louisville’s 25th anniversary show was expected to be a big draw. It was, though a hoped-for record crowd did not materialize....

Photos: Thunder Over Louisville: Fat Albert Makes Waves over the Riverfront *The Aero Experience | Thunder Over Louisville featured the sixth appearance of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron of 2014.  Following an absence of military participation in airshows for much of 2013, airshow fans got a full dose of naval airpower in Louisville last weekend.  A popular part of the Blue Angels performance is the appearance of the U.S. Marine Corps C-130T Hercules support aircraft, known as "Fat Albert."...

Escapes: Car show by the bay * Sacramento Bee | ... Highlights include one-of-a-kind vintage police cars, antique wooden boats and historic military aircraft, such as the P-38 Lightning, B-25 Bomber and F-4 Corsair. There will also be activities for the kids: a zip line, bungee jumping, mechanical bull ride, climbing wall and face painting are among them. Plus, live music all day, food and a special, one-time microbrew, Motorhead Ale, from Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. The show takes place April 27 from...

National Aviation Heritage Invitational celebrates Sweet 16 * General Aviation News | RENO, Nevada — The 16th annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational kicked off today with a call for applications for vintage aircraft to compete for the acclaimed National Aviation Heritage trophy. The http://www.heritagetrophy.org/sp_photo_gallery.phpevent is held in conjunction with the Reno National Championship Air Races. Sept 10-14. Those interested can submit applications to HeritageTrophy.org Since 1999 a panel of judges reviews participating aircraft against...

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Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Arrived At New Home in Fort Worth - PR Web | The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, the only flying B-29 in the world, returned from her Florida tour on Monday to join the B-24, Diamond Lil, at their temporary new home in Fort Worth, Texas. The airplane arrived at the Vintage Flying Museum (VFM) at 7:30 p.m. accompanied by the famous C-45 Expeditor, Bucket of Bolts, also making Meacham International Airport its new home. The airplanes will remain there for at least a couple of years until the new CAF National Air Base location is determined and hangar space to accommodate the airplanes becomes available...

Meet Classic Racers 33 - The Dream Catchers | Pilot: Michelle Bassanesi is flying her second Air Race Classic! She is an instrument rated commercial pilot with single- and multi- engine, instrument flight instructor, advanced ground instructor and tail wheel credentials. She has 1360 hours in the air and is racing for the experience and the camaraderie...

Racing at 100ft to find who's the Easter egg * Taranaki Daily News | It'll be Boys' Own stuff when two New Plymouth jet pilots take on three Americans at high speeds and low altitude at War Birds over Wanaka this week....

Big, bad bomber: Memories, B-25 soar over Green Valley - Green Valley News | On April 10, 1944, Richard Bushong flew his 25th mission of World War II, bombing an airfield at Maldegem, Belgium, in a B-17. Seventy years later to the day, Bushong was on another mission, this time soaring over Green Valley in a North American B-25J "Mitchell" Bomber, looking down at the community he calls home...

Pioneering aviator was one of the firstmagnificent men in flying machines - Western Daily Press | The incredible bravery of a daredevil First World War pilot who coined the word "joystick" because of his ground-breaking aerial exploits has been revealed in his recently-discovered diaries. Major Robert Loraine was one of Britain's first celebrated air aces for notching up a string of flying firsts in the early days of aviation...

Flying Scotsman gets set to race his plane at 250mph.. 35 feet in the air - Scottish Daily Record | DAREDEVIL oil worker Des Hart is all geared up to take Formula One off the ground and into the sky as he prepares for the Air Race F1 in Spain, the first of its kind in Europe for more than 25 years. MEET the Lewis Hamilton of the skies – the oil worker about to take Formula One off the ground and into the clouds....

Target Rabaul by travelforaircraft | This is Bruce Gamble's final book in the Rabaul battle trilogy and shows well his 15 years of research as well as his deep understanding of its complex history. Without Gamble's work it is entirely possible this significant and incredibly long battle would be largely forgotten to most....

Park Service to retain control of Pearson Air Museum - The Columbian | The National Park Service will continue operating the Pearson Air Museum — as it has since terminating an operating agreement with the Fort Vancouver National Trust in February 2013 — after the trust decided it wasn’t financially viable to resume museum operations. The initial split stemmed from a difference of opinion on a number of issues, including what activities and exhibits should be allowed at the museum...

Solar Impulse 2 spreads its wings for the public - Gizmag | What has a wider wingspan than a 747, http://www.gizmag.com/solar-impulse-2-public-unveiling/31595/weighs the same as a car, and can fly almost forever without a drop of fuel? If you were in Payerne, Switzerland on Wednesday, you would have seen the answer as psychiatrist and explorer Bertrand Piccard and engineer and entrepreneur André Borschberg unveiled the Solar Impulse 2. The result of 12 years work, the ultra-light, solar-powered airplane will attempt to fly around the world next year relying exclusively on solar power to keep it aloft for days at a time...

My Time: Civil Air Patrol honors pilot's 90th birthday - CapitalGazette.com | Members of the Annapolis Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol joined Col. Mary Feik to celebrate her 90th birthday in her hometown of Annapolis. Feik, who has been deeply involved with the Civil Air Patrol for over 30 years, was joined by more than 50 of her friends in this informal gathering...

Changing perceptions, growing numbers - AOPA Pilot | More than 26,000 attended Fly It Forward events held in 96 locations—including AOPA headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md.—and pilots logged more than 1,000 hours in an ongoing effort to change perceptions that aviation is only for men. About 6 percent of all pilots are women, a number that has been stubbornly static for decades, though the efforts of Goyer and the many pilots (men and women) who fly it forward may change that...

Purdue Univ. hosts astronaut reunion * WISH TV | Purdue University held a reunion Saturday night for some astronauts who are also former Boilermakers. Seven former and current astronauts came together to talk to the public at Elliott Hall of Music. Purdue President Mitch Daniels as well as Purdue students asked the astronauts questions...

Monday, April 14, 2014

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Hero Show offers air show with personal connection - Tucson News Now | TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -Before Davis-Monthan Air Force Base opens its gates to an estimated crowd of 200,000 people for this weekend's air show, a smaller group of several hundred enjoyed a more personal event Friday afternoon - their Hero Show....

25th Thunder attracts estimated 650000 to waterfront - WAVE | Picture-perfect weather lured a crowd of more than 650,000 to the waterfront for the 25th Thunder Over Louisville show. Spectators lined both sides of the Ohio River as far as the eye could see. Thanks to the generous support of the event's six presenting sponsors, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, KentuckyOne Health, LG&E, Meijer, UPS and Valero, as well as community McDonald's Thunder Funders - this year's show featured a spectacular lineup of aircraft, as well as the traditional pyrotechnic spectacle...

Ride with Blue Angels leaves reporter dazed and confused - WAVE | LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The return of the Blue Angels has had all of Louisville looking up over the past two days. The aerobatic flight team is in such high demand they are booked solid this year at events all over the country. During the Thunder Over Louisville air show, the crowd will see why...

Some of my favorite stories about Thunder Over Louisville - WLKY Louisville | I have attended every Thunder Over Louisville except for two years. It has grown from a fireworks show at the old Cardinal Stadium at the Fairgrounds in 1990 to the extravaganza that it is now with 600,000 to 750,000 in attendance when the weather is nice...

Video: F-22 wows Thunder air show fans - WAVE | Another of the Places of Thunder that entertained the crowd at the air show was the F-22 Raptor...

RED BULL AIR RACE: Duel continues: Arch beats Bonhomme in Rovinj * UK Airshow News - Flightline UK | ROVINJ (Croatia) – Austria’s Hannes Arch came from behind to beat defending http://www.airshows.org.uk/news/2014/04/red-bull-air-race-duel-continues-arch-beats-bonhomme-in-rovinj/champion Paul Bonhomme in a riveting final in the second stop of the eight-leg Red Bull Air Race World Championship on Sunday in Rovinj, Croatia. Arch was trailing Bonhomme at the midway point of the final round by 0.23 seconds but opened the throttle with a blistering second lap on the obstacle course set up on the Adriatic Sea to get his eighth career victory. Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya got the first podium of his career, taking third place on a challenging course in the bay off Rovinj that was made even more difficult when the winds coming from the south shifted to from the west....

Air Force: Frecce Tricolori at the start of the season. Calendar 2014 Video * Translated | The Air Force has officially announced the program for the season of the Frecce Tricolori aerobatic 2014: 21 appointments, including performances and overflights, some Italian places and cities abroad, between April and October. The first...

No fly zone? Scott's popular air show is casualty of Air Force cuts * BND.com | The era of regularly scheduled air shows -- once an annual staple of metro-east summer and fall calendars -- could be over for good at Scott, the result of deep cuts in Air Force "outreach" budgets and stricter criteria for hosting air shows...

2014 Sun n Fun - Jetmobile - LiveAirShowTV | 747 Capt. Paul Holmes has taken a sketch on a bar napkin to the extreme with his Jetmobile built from a 747 engine! It won't get off the ground, but it's got 1st class seats, spiral staircase, smoke and sound effects! You've got to see this to believe it!

Behind the scenes at SUN ’n FUN * General Aviation News | SUN ‘n FUN was fantastic this year. If you didn’t make it to Lakeland, Florida, at the start of the month, be sure to put it on your 2015 calendar: April 21-26, 2015. We produce SUN ‘n FUN Today, the daily newspaper for the fly-in, so my view of SUN ’n FUN is slightly different....

Air show emphasizes old warbirds, new jobs - Arkansas Online | HOT SPRINGS — For airplane lovers, Aerospace Day at Hot Springs Memorial Field is a chance to take a close look at and even touch a variety of airplanes on the ground, and to take a short flight on a World War II bomber. For others coming to the airport event on Saturday, there will be opportunities for talking about careers in the aerospace industry. Representatives of companies involved in flight and two schools that offer training in building, maintaining and flying aircraft will be there to meet with perspective students...

GALLERY | Aviators flock to Esperance Aero Club fly-in * esperanceexpress.com.au | Visiting and local aircraft flock to the 2014 Myrup Fly-In on Saturday, April 12. Photos: Lauren Vardy.

Guard to announce plans for Fort Wayne air show - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette | FORT WAYNE – The Air National Guard 122nd Fighter Wing will have a news conference Monday to announce developments for its next large-scale air show. Guard officials will provide a time frame for the show, identify performers they hope to secure and tell how community organizations can take part...

“Welcome Home” – Vietnam Veterans Tell Their Stories In Their Own Words · Warbirds News | Sleeping Dog Productions, Inc., a Wisconsin-based HD TV production house plans to launch a new television series about the Viet Nam War called “Welcome Home” for the spring 2015 season.  Creators Jon Tennyson and Scott Guyette hope to release the series near the 40th Anniversary of the fall of Saigon. The city fell to the North Vietnamese on April 30th, 1975, and that date effectively marked the end of South Viet Nam. The last US personnel evacuated the city at that time in a painful, mad scramble of helicopters tracing back and forth from the US Embassy in Saigon to awaiting aircraft carriers...

Lt. Col. Cole and America mark a high-flying, hopeful anniversary - Shreveport Times | Even after 72 years, the flight has never really ended. This Friday — April 18 — marks nearly three-quarters of a century since the bombing raid in 1942 by a group who came to be called Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Not quite five months after the Japanese surprise attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, 80 young Americans in 16 B-25 medium bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet, attacked Tokyo and other targets and proved to America, to Japan and to the rest of the world that the Japanese mainland was within reach of American firepower....

Lockheed Super Constellation walkaround — elegance in red stripes (Part I) by travelforaircraft | Is http://travelforaircraft.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/lockheed-super-constellation-walkaround-elegance-in-red-stripes-part-i-write/there is an aircraft more elegant than Lockheed's Constitution? It is difficult to think of one other than the "Connie", if there is one. The long slender fuselage paired with a high performance wing (scaled up from the Lockheed P-38 Lightning) and characteristic triple tail is certainly a hard combination to beat. What better than the Connie — well, the "Super Connie" of course. The Super Constellation was a bit longer, carried much more fuel and had more powerful engines...

PHOTO GALLERY: MAPS Air Museum's P51-B - Canton Repository | MAPS Air Museum installs the P51-B aircraft on top of the new sign at International Parkway and Wales Road (Massillon Road)for all to see and enjoy...

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NAHA Launches Wright Factory Fundraising Study · Warbirds News | Amazing as this might sound, the buildings from America’s very first purpose-built aircraft factory still stand, and a group in Dayton, Ohio is seeking to preserve them. The two structures pictured above date from roughly 1910/1911, and were an integral part of the nascent Wright Company, established by Wilbur and Orville Wright in 1909. According to a recent press release, “the National Park Service has identified the buildings as the first in America built for the purpose of producing airplanes. Adding the factory to the national park’s other five units would complete the story of the Wright brothers’ lives and their invention, development and commercialization of the airplane in Dayton...

Friday, April 11, 2014

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It's Air Show season! - This weekend's shows * Thank You Fencecheck!

» SAA Zebula Airshow & Fly-in 2014
» Houston Wing Open House 2014
» Red Bull Air Race 2014
» Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona 2014
» Walterboro Wings-n-Wheels 2014 
» Thunder Over Louisville 2014 
» Planes Trains and BBQ 2014
» Aerodrome Wine Classic Fundraiser 2014

Video: Fat Albert to thrill crowd during Thunder Over Louisville - WAVE | LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thunder Over Louisville is not only about the fireworks, but also the airshow. There will be some incredible aircraft soaring over the Ohio River. At the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida where the Blue Angels are based, more than 150 planes are in the museum, each with an incredible story to tell...

Video: Last-minute preps being made for Thunder Over Louisville * WLKY Louisville | Security is the top priority for police going into Thunder Over Louisville this Saturday. Authorities said they have a plan in place to keep everyone safe. Ever since the outbreak of violence on March 22, police have been very visible at Waterfront ...

Video: DM Air Show: Thunderbirds fly in, base gears up - TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) | Davis Monthan Air Force base is expecting more than 200 thousand people to watch its air show this weekend. Thursday the Air Force Thunderbirds arrived to practice for the aerobatics they'll show off Saturday and Sunday afternoons....

80000 people expected at Red Bull Air Race * Croatian Times | Some 80,000 visitors are expected in the western Croatian town of Rovinj this weekend at the Red Bull Air Race. Tickets for the event that will take place in Saturday and Sunday, and will attract pilots from around the world, cost from 99 to 4999...

Sun 'n Fun Celebrates Successful 40th Fly-In * EAA | April 10, 2014 - The 40th Sun 'n Fun International Fly-in and Expo that wrapped up in Lakeland, Florida, on April 6 saw one of the largest turnouts in years thanks to perfect weather, improved operations, 3,000 dedicated volunteers, and popular attractions including the Navy's Blue Angels Naval flight demonstration team that performed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday....

Banner year for SUN ’n FUN * General Aviation News | “Pick your cliche,” said John “Lites” Lennhouts, as the president of SUN ‘n FUN kicked off his closing day briefing. “We hit it out of the park, hit a home run, what have you.” Great weather, both locally and for those traveling from afar, strong advertising in both Tampa and Orlando, and a stout schedule all led to a banner year for SUN ‘n FUN, based at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Florida....

Crawl through WWII-era planes at Wings of Freedom Tour stop - East Valley Tribune | Rare aircraft from the World War II era will land April 10-13 in Scottsdale for a living history display, and local veterans are encouraged to visit and share their stories with the public as part of the affair. The Wings of Freedom Tour, presented by The Collings Foundation, will feature the authentic Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter....

More Military Displays for RAF Cosford Air Show * UK Airshow News - Flightline UK | Today the organisers of the RAF Cosford Air Show revealed a number of exciting additions to aircraft appearing at this year’s event. Following on from last year’s popular Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) demonstration, which saw Prince Harry in his first air show appearance, the RAF Chinook and Army Apache will again be at Cosford as part of the planned six-hour flying display. As well as performing their individual displays, they will showcase the combat capabilities of the two helicopters in an exciting joint demonstration with the RAF Regiment. Other helicopters taking part in the flying display include the Royal Navy Lynx, making a welcome return with its ‘Black Cat’ solo routine...

Red Arrows practice session over Cyprus - Famagusta Gazette | The Red Arrows have tweeted a cockpit photo of a practice session over Cyprus yesterday. For the next two months, the Team will operate from the the Akrotiri bases as training is completed for its 50th display season....

The arrows Tricolori May 18 for the first time in Loano * Translated | The "Frecce Tricolori", and all other participants will be deployed by Friday, May 15th on the airport of Villanova d'Albenga. The program is updated daily on facebook Aero Club Savona and the site www.aeroclubsavona.it....

X-47B UCAS-D wins Collier trophy - Australian Aviation | The Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator (UCAS-D) program has been awarded the 2014 Collier Trophy for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in the US. The award, announced by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), recognises the achievements of the X-47B industry team “…for developing and demonstrating the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”...

Historic Flight Foundation commemorates Doolittle Raid - South Everett Beacon | The Historic Flight Foundation is celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the Doolittle Raid with an all-day event and contest. During this time in 1942, the U.S. was planning its first air raid on Japan in response to the Pearl Harbor attack....

Solar Impulse 2 Completed, Aims for 2015 Global Flight * EAA | Solar Impulse 2, the new solar-powered aircraft designed to make the first around-the-world solar flight in 2015, has been completed, according to its visionaries Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg....

Cleveland Air Race Mustang Under Restoration at New England Air Museum * Warbirds News | The http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restorations/anson-johnson-p-51-racer-restored-neam.htmlNew England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut has a unique collection of remarkable aircraft, including several historic air racers. One such example, currently under restoration, is Anson Johnson’s P-51D Mustang, #44-72400. Johnson flew in the 1948 and ’49 Cleveland Air Races in this aircraft, winning the Thompson Trophy in 1948. Like most air racers based on military aircraft designs, this Mustang received a number of modifications to make it lighter and faster than a stock example...

Four named for Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame * macon.com | WARNER ROBINS -- A pilot who helped rescue hostages with a C-130 that now sits at the Museum of Aviation is among four people named Thursday to be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. According to a museum release, the inductees are Gordon Bellah, a World War II flight instructor and skydiving pioneer; David Garrett Jr., former president and chief executive officer of Delta Airlines; Johnny Kytle, an airmail and aerobatic pilot; and retired Air Force Lt. Col. Mack Secord, one of the first pilots who served in Vietnam....

Spirit of ’45 Day Express to Helping to Rally Support for Preserving Willow Run · WarbirdsNews | The Spirit of ’45 Day Express will be visiting the Yankee Air Museum in Bellevue, MI on Wednesday, April 15 to help rally public support for the “Save The Willow Run Bomber Plant Campaign” that is raising $8 mm to restore the plant. The Campaign has been organized by the Michigan Aerospace Foundation, the fund raising arm of the Museum, and is chaired by former astronaut Jack Lousma and GM CEO Bob Lutz.  A portion of the restored aircraft plant will be used as a new home for the Museum.  More than $7 mm has been committed so far.  Approximately $1.5 mm remains to be raised by May 1....

Airship Hangars Around The World· Ian Brown | From the late 19th century to the period between http://googlesightseeing.com/2014/04/airship-hangars-around-the-world/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GoogleSightseeing+%28Google+Sightseeing%29the World Wars, hundreds of airship hangars were built in Western Europe and the USA to house the massive lighter-than-air craft. Today, only a handful of these huge structures remain, including the earliest such building – Hangar Y at Chalais Meudon outside Paris....

Winners announced for museum's national writing competition award * National Museum of the USAF Top Stories | Deborah Rocheleau, Jarrod Roetenberger and Claud J.A. Boyd were announced as the first, second and third place winners, respectively, of the Air Force Heritage and History Writing Competition, sponsored by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio...

Take Someone Flying on International Learn to Fly Day * EAA | April 10, 2014 - EAA always encourages its members to take others flying, but on Saturday, May 17, there's an even better reason to do so: The fifth annual International Learn to Fly Day is an opportunity to help someone take that first step to discover the fun, freedom, and accomplishment of becoming a pilot. It could be a friend, a relative, a friend of a relative, or a relative of a friend. For a person age 18 or older, you could take an Eagle Flight. If your passenger is age 15-17, you could make it a Young Eagles flight....

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April 10th, 2014

The Aviators Gears Up Yet Again 
Continental Motors, Inc.
Season 5 is underway and we're making excellent progress with several first-class segments already shot. Here's a special sneak peak of some newly acquired material we can't wait to feature in upcoming episodes.

Visiting Continental Motors was a valuable experience that completely confirmed the quality and standards put into each of their products. The company is well known for
manufacturing light aircraft engines but what separates if from our existing profiles on aircraft motors is that anyone can make an engine look like new, whereas Continental can actually rebuild it like new as the only facility authorized by the FAA to do so. Since introducing their first aircraft engine in 1929, Continental has remained a leading contender in the industry for more than 100 years.
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High Maintenance and Worth It!
Embry-Riddle Performing Aircraft Maintenance
The Aviators went academic at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and got schooled in the art of aircraft maintenance!

Referred to as "The Harvard of the Sky" by Time Magazine, this non-profit private university has two campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona. Embry-Riddle's foundations go back to the early years of flight, and the University now awards associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in disciplines which include aviation, aerospace engineering, business, and science

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"Trust Me, I'm a Flight Attendant"
President Wendy Stafford and Anthony Nalli
These days the word "Express" offers an opportunity to achieve a particular goal much faster. In this case we were able to accomplish an exceptionally entertaining shoot in no time! 

Flight Attendant Express consists of former and current flight attendants with more than 60 years experience in the field of aviation helping those who are interested successfully reach their sky-high goals. Our producer, Anthony Nalli, was lucky to get a crash course in some of the job's primary requirements, and from the looks of it, smiling was optional! :)  For more photos see our Facebook Page.
In This Update
The Aviators Gears Up Again
High Maintenance and Worth It!
"Trust Me, I'm a Flight Attendant"
When Are We On?



Brand New!

New Graphic T-Shirts available for immediate purchase on our website. Don't wait, shop now


Graphic T-Shirts!
We've updated our Shirts with a personal touch that's sure to appeal to Aviators everywhere! Now available on their own or in a variety of cost-saving bundles at our shop.

Watch Season 4... NOW!
Watch brand new episodes from season 4 of The Aviators directly from our website. This is the ideal solution for international fans who can't get us on iTunes. All four seasons are now online!

When Are We On?


United States: The best way to find out when we air in your area is to use a simple and very popular tool we've made available to our fans. 

Click Here and enter your zip code for personalized listing of The Aviators in your area!
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If your local station isn't currently scheduled to air the show, contact your PBS station and let them know you want The Aviators!
Canada: Canadians can catch PBS airings from Seattle, WA; Fargo, ND; Detroit, MI; and Buffalo, NY, but also have many native viewing choices several times each week including iChannel, CHEK, Travel+Escape, and Cottage Life.
India: The Aviators is airing now on Discovery Turbo. Articles by Indian media featuring host and producer Anthony Nalli can be found here, here, herehere, and here.
Brazil: Throughout Latin America fans can watch The Aviators on Globosat.
Rest of World: The Aviators airs in over 100 countries mainly, but not exclusively, on Discovery. It's impossible for us to keep track of all airings in all places, but if you're watching The Aviators where you're from, please share the details with us and your fellow countrymen on our Facebook page.
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See your donations dollars soar to new heights! * Red Tail Squadron | The CAF Red Tail Squadron would like to thank all of our supporters who made donations to fund the engine replacement for our P-51C Mustang, the Tuskegee Airmen. We want to show you first-hand an example of the return on your donation investment to our organization....

Video: Member of WWII Flying Tigers Squadron Visits USS Lexington - KIII TV3 | CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -The U.S.S. Lexington had a special visitor onboard Wednesday morning -- 90-year old Horace Johnson, a member of the famous Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers were a special air squadron whose mission was to defend China against the Japanese during World War II....

Video: Letters Home from a Fallen Hero - ABC30.com | VISALIA, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Visalia man's quest to find out about the father he never knew, is now a book available on Amazon -- and has even caught the attention of a movie producer. On March 29, 1943 during the North Africa campaign of World War Two -- B-25 pilot, Lt. Roger Jamison -- just 22 years old -- learned his son Roger Junior was born, back home in the United States. Decades later, that son...

Two years in the making but Pam’s embroidery tribute for the Red Arrows is finally complete - Bournemouth Echo | AN EXPERT embroiderer has created a stunning tribute for the Red Arrows’ 50th anniversary year. Pamela Roberts, who lives in Branksome, has had her work displayed across the world and been thanked in the past by officials at Buckingham Palace for her creations. She has spent the last two years working on her latest intricately woven piece which she hopes will be displayed at the Red Arrows headquarters in Scampton....

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Wings Over The Rockies Museum hosts robotics event for National Robotics Week - The Denver Post | Like robots? You’re not alone. Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum is right there with you. From 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, the museum is featuring the cutting-edge technology of robotics. The event will showcase how robots are doing things that humans can’t, such as exploring planets, snapping rare photos of solar systems and performing high-risk, precision-based surgeries. The event takes place in conjunction with National Robotics Week, and people will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders including inventors, enthusiasts and roboticists....

Wings Over Houston Airshow calls for 2014 Scholarship applications - Your Houston News | The Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Houston Airshow is accepting scholarship applications for its 2014-2015 scholarship program. The organization will award up to five scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 each to selected college students. The scholarships, which are intended to assist and reward students who have demonstrated academic potential, leadership and extracurricular involvement, are available for students pursuing degrees associated with a career in aviation, aeronautics or aerospace....

Program teaches youngsters an appreciation for aviation - Florida Today | Since 1993, more than 2 million kids across 90 countries have had the opportunity to take free airplane rides, courtesy of the Experimental Aircraft Associations’ Young Eagles program....