Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Preview: Wings Over Houston Air Show * KPRC Houston | Adventure takes flight this weekend at Ellington Airport! The Navy Blue Angels will soar into town for the 30th Annual Wings Over Houston Air Show...

Air show draws record crowd * Florida Times-Union | According to Undersander a lot of effort was put into moving air show traffic off base in a timely manner. “I'm very proud of our base security force as well as the 11 state and local law enforcement agencies who supported this event. When you have...

ShrinersFest cancel Blue Angels, all future air shows * 14 News WFIE Evansville | Evansville Freedom Festival committee members announced Wednesday they have decided to cancel air shows altogether in conjunction with ShrinersFest because the economy over the past three years has increased challenges and caused a financial risk...

Willow Run plant to officially become new home of Yankee Air Museum today * Crain's Detroit Business | Yankee Air Museum Chairman Ray Hunter is to sign papers today making the aviation museum the official owner of a 144,000-square-foot slice of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant, where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built B-24 Liberator bombers...

Pilot Spotlight: CAF Red Tail Squadron Pilot Paul Stojkov * Red Tail Squadron | Flying the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Mustang might be the BEST. JOB. EVER. Soaring amongst the clouds, feeling the purr of that engine and meeting people all over the country to share the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen is nothing short of an honor. In today’s final installment of our Pilot Spotlight series, learn how CAF Red Tail Squadron Pilot Paul Stojkov channeled his love of flight into a career in the skies...

Niki de Saint Phalle's 84th birthday marked with Google doodle * Telegraph.co.uk | A different doodle marking the 107th birthday of Egyptian aviatrix Lotfia El Nady appears on the North African and Middle Eastern versions of the search engine's home page. Meanwhile, the South Korean version of Google celebrates the 510th birthday of...

A vital clue to the unfathomable mystery of aviator Amelia Earhart * Capital Wired | Well the quest for her last whereabouts have kept researchers, filmmakers and many other followers pretty much occupied ever since the pioneer aviator vanished over the Pacific while attempting to cross the world. The finding of a three foot scrap of...

Italian WWII Fighter Pilot Found At Controls Of Crashed Airplane * Aero-News Network | Aircraft Went Down During A Battle Nearly 70 Years Ago The wreckage of an Italian Macchi C.205 fighter plane has been found outside Pauda in northern Italy buried 13 feet underground with its pilot still at the controls...

Northrop Nomad (A-17A) Recovered in Canada * Warbirds News | An ultra-rare Northrop Nomad is slowly emerging from the frigid waters of Lake Muskoka near Bracebridge, Ontario. The Nomad was an export version of a US Army Air Corps A-17A, a small number of which ended up with the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII instead of their original customer in France, following that country’s seizure by Germany. None of the Canadian Nomads were known to...

Unmanned Antares rocket explodes after liftoff * Fox News | The owners of the unmanned http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/10/28/unmanned-nasa-rocket-explodes-after-liftoff/commercial supply ship that exploded Tuesday over a launchpad in Virginia warned people to keep away from potentially hazardous debris and promised to figure out what destroyed the rocket that was supposed to ferry cargo to the International Space Station. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort...

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Tens of thousands turn out for Fort Worth Air Show * Fort Worth Star Telegram | Tens of thousands of people flocked to north Fort Worth Sunday for the second and final day of the Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, an annual extravaganza of fast-flying jets, acrobatic pilots, extreme parachutists and other entertainers...

Monster Splash Halloween Seaplane Fly-In * Daily Commercial | Hundreds gather to watch pilots compete in a pumpkin drop contest during the Monster Splash Halloween Seaplane Fly-In at Wooten Park in Tavares, Fla., on Oct. 25, 2014. (Brett Le Blanc / Daily Commercial). Monster Splash Halloween Seaplane Fly-In...

Miramar Air Show 2014 · Steve Lewis, Photorecon.net | MCAS Miramar Air Show “Celebrating the http://photorecon.net/miramar-air-show-2014/Marine Air-Ground Task Force” Southern California’s largest free event was back this year at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Ca. from October 3-5. After a one year hiatus,...

Tyneside-born Red Arrows leader flies in for special meet and greet in North ... * ChronicleLive | A high-flying leader from the RAF Red Arrows landed in the region to give an inspiring talk to young air cadets. Ruth Shackleton, 39, who is the team manager of the world-class aerobatic display team, met youngsters of the 346 Tynemouth Squadron in...

The pumpkins are out but ‘tis the season for GIVING! Give to the Max! * Red Tail Squadron | When our P-51C Mustang and RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit are not out traveling across the country spreading the inspirational lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen at schools, air shows and other fun events, they call Minnesota home. And we are pleased to announce that once again we will be a part of GiveMN, a statewide fundraising initiative for schools and non-profit organization in Minnesota...

Speaking at this month's Plane Crazy * Wasabi Air Racing | Hey Guys, Jenn and I will be speaking this month at the Mojave Plane Crazy Saturday, and we plan to have the airplane on display.  The talk starts at 11:00 am in the board room at the Mojave airport on November 15th...

Historic B- 17 Flying Fortress comes to Columbus * WLTZ 38 NBC | There are only 13 operational B-17 'Flying Fortress' bombers left on the planet. And of that number only 10 have flown in the last year and even fewer are open for public flight. And Columbus will be home to the Memphis Belle, for this weekend at least...

Funeral for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo to be held Tuesday in Hamilton * CityNews | An honorary flypast by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's B-25 Mitchell, a twin-engined bomber, is also planned. Torontonians and members of the 32 Canadian Brigade Group will gather at St. Andrew's Church on Simcoe Street, at King Street West,...

Lone Star Flight Museum unveils plans for new learning center at Ellington * Houston Chronicle | "Too many of our young people do not understand how important it is for them, every one of them, to have a good foundation in math and science before they graduate from high school in order to be employed in 21st-century jobs and careers," Dunbar said...

Rare Behind The Scenes Look Into Aircraft Conservation * Warbirds News | PRESS RELEASE – This November, the Sir Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will once again be opening its doors, allowing Museum visitors behind the scenes access to aircraft conservation projects and the chance to speak with the team who make them happen.  This rare and exclusive opportunity is for one week only and based on the overwhelming success of...

Cold War Naval Ops on Iceland * Warbirds News | From time-to-time our readers send in interesting http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/naval-ops-keflavik-sixties.htmlmilitary photographs from their past, and we like to share them with the rest of you, along with some details about what was going on at the time. We thought you might like to see some images submitted by Will Tate about his service in the US Navy during the 1960s. They are deceptively simple shots, as they offer a fascinating glimpse into the dangers and difficulties endured by pilots and crew during the Cold War. We asked Will to share a little of his story here with you, and hope you find it an interesting read...


Niagara Aerospace Museum Expansion Site Expansion · WarbirdsNews | The Niagara Aerospace Museum is pleased to announce we are expanding our display site. They will be adding 2 more aircraft, a 1936 Cunningham Hall GA-36 built in Rochester, NY and a 1929 Consolidated Fleet Model 1. Expansion plans will include a theater, flight simulator, and an expanded Consolidated Aircraft – Buffalo Division display. The musuem should be ready in mid December for the public viewing....

Flying Passion, Moose Peterson’s Calendar · WarbirdsNews | Many of our readers will be familiar with the work of photographer Moose Peterson. WarbirdsNews has written several pieces featuring his exceptional air-to-air work. Most recently, we reported on a short film Moose put together called Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them. Moose worked on the project in close cooperation with the Texas Flying Legends Museum, and the film closely describes the efforts the museum goes through to forward their mission which they describe as follows:..

Students to Discover Aviation Through EAA 'Sponsor a Classroom' Program * AviationPros.com | “School budgets are tight for such things as outside field trips, although the need still exists to connect the worlds of science and technology to today's students,” said Tara Parkhurst, museum educator for the EAA AirVenture Museum. “This is a great...

Young Eagles Rally Held At Yankton Airport * Yankton Daily Press | Sixty-eight kids received free Young Eagles flights at the Chan Gurney Airport on Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to p.m.. This rally was the fifth annual event for 6th grade students who earned Reading Certificates from either the Yankton Public Schools or from...


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Monday, October 27, 2014

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Big crowd for final day of NAS air show * WJXT Jacksonville | After nearly seven decades of heart-pounding, jaw-dropping stunts and maneuvers, this team of daredevil pilots is always sure to leave a crowd asking for more. The Blue Angels took to the skies of Jacksonville for one final performance Sunday during...
   
Air show delights in Thermal * KESQ | The 10th Annual Jacqueline Cochran air show in Thermal was a crowd-pleaser. Pilots whizzing by crowds of families lined up at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, then spinning up into the air at incredible heights doing twists and turns that made...

Watsonville Fly-In marks golden anniversary * AOPA Pilot | When it comes to celebrating aviation, the folks in Watsonville, California, don't take a back seat to anyone—and that doesn't just mean the core group at the Watsonville Municipal Airport. The annual Watsonville Fly-in and Airshow is a community-wide...

Lamb soars to Red Bull Air Race world title * Red Bull (International) | Nigel Lamb snatched a http://www.redbull.com/en/stories/1331686770191/red-bull-air-race-speilberg-2014-race-reportmaiden Red Bull Air Race World Championship title in a dramatic series finale at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. A second place finish behind France's Nicolas Ivanoff handed the British pilot the coveted title after rival...

Ivanoff Wins in Austria, Lamb Crowned Champion * The Checkered Flag | Nicolas Ivanoff has won a sensational last round of the Red Bull Air Race in Austria, but it's Britain's Nigel Lamb who will be celebrating into the night after winning his first Red Bull Air Race Championship. The day's competition started with an...

Retired pilot clinches second place in Austria Red Bull Air Race World * Astro Awani | KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian pilot, Capt Abd Halim Othman flew his way to second place in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship held at Spielberg in Austria on Sunday. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) retired pilot nicknamed 'Toogoo' crossed...

The National Championship Air Races 2014 · Beau Goff, Photorecon.net | September. For the majority of the world, this is just another month on the calendar. Usually the harbinger of fall, and with it the beginning of school, cooler weather, the end of summer...

World War II airmen fly again in storied B-29 * Daily Commercial | Charles Chauncey, who flew 35 missions in a B-29 bomber during World War II, sits in the gunner position of a B-29 as it flies from Baton Rouge, La., en route to New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The bomber will spend the weekend at the WWII...

Solar Impulse Wrapping Up Flight Tests before Heading to Abu Dhabi · Dean Sigler, CAFE Foundation Blog | Solar Impulse 2, HB-SIB, flying now for several months, is being readied for a trip to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and host city for Solar Impulse’s around-the-world flight.  From there, early in 2015, it will embark on its around-the-world flight, alternately flown by Bertrand Piccard and Andre’ Borschberg...

Handley Page Halifax Discovered in Norwegian Fjord * Warbirds News | A research team from the Marine Technology Center at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway has discovered the sunken wreck of an RAF Handley Page Halifax under roughly 180m of water on the bottom of a nearby fjord. Six engineering students were involved in the project, which involved studying historical details and a great deal of planning from how to conduct the search. As with almost all undersea search projects, there is usually a lot of failure before a successful conclusion. When the students guided their small remote submersible down to the wreck, they let out a huge cheer when she appeared in view. They have conducted a thorough survey of the remains, which they captured on video...

Happy Birthday [10/26] To The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang · WarbirdsNews | By Aviation Enthusiasts LLC * The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang flew for the first time 74 years ago today.  One of the truly great fighters of World War II, the P-51 was designed from a British requirement which stipulated the construction of a prototype aircraft within 120 days, use of an inline engine and an unit cost of no more than $40,000.  The Mustang fought superbly in all theaters as a fighter, fighter-bomber and reconnaissance platform.  With...

Astronaut's photographs from space station help put things in perspective * Houston Chronicle | A: The Snowbirds, Canada's military aerobatic team - like the (U.S. Navy's) Blue Angels - were practicing in early spring near Comox, British Columbia. They contacted me to see if I could see http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=692c66fe-e4ea-40a3-8c2f-d763d647de5bthem from space. We emailed back and forth, and I said, "If...

Google Exec Out-Jumps Baumgartner's Freefall Record * Aero-News Network | Near Space Parachute Jump Sets New Record When it comes to setting a record in anything that has to do with aerospace, some records last a long time but most don’t, and such is the case with the most-recent record for the highest freefall parachute jump (which, before Baumgartner, had stood for decades...). Only 2 years ago, Felix Baumgartner set a record for the highest parachute jump when he stepped out of his Red Bull sponsored gondola hanging beneath a gas filled balloon at 128,100 feet. This record was broken last week when a computer scientist named Alan Eustace parachuted from an altitude of 135,890 feet. During his descent, it’s reported that Eustace reached a speed of 822 miles per hour...


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Friday, October 24, 2014

8th Anniversary Gala to Feature Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger At Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s Fundraiser

Honolulu, HI – “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, who piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s Hudson River, will be this year’s guest speaker at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 8th Anniversary Dinner Gala on Saturday, December 6, 6:00 to 10.00 p.m. Themed “Destinations & Dreams,” the evening is the Museum’s annual fundraiser for its Education and Restoration projects. Emcee for the evening will be actor, journalist and TV host David Hartman.

Honoree of the evening is the Museum’s past Chairman of the Board Admiral Ronald J. Hays, whose dream was to make the Museum a world-class destination. As Chairman for the past 13 years, ADM Hays has championed the work to restore the historic hangars, the Ford Island Control Tower, and the Museum’s aircraft collection.

Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff promises “This will be an evening of tribute as we recognize and honor Admiral Hays for his leadership, and welcome Capt. Sullenberger as our guest of honor.”

The evening will be filled with camaraderie alongside military and community leaders, a book signing by Capt. Sullenberger, fine dining, and entertainment by Cathy Foy, all in the Museum’s 89,000 sq. ft. WWII Hangar 79. Participation as a sponsor or table host helps support the nonprofit’s Education programs which reach 10,000 young people each year, and the Restoration projects that bring history to life.

Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009 for what has been dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when he and his crew safely guided their US Airways plane to an emergency water landing in the Hudson River, New York City. The Airbus’ two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions, including the passage of a Congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in Time magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and awarded the French Legion of Honor. Currently, he is an aviation safety expert and accident investigator, CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert, and founder and chief executive officer of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a company dedicated to management, safety, performance, and reliability consulting.

For information and tickets, visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org or contact Director of Development Carol Greene, 808-441-1006, Carol@PacificAviationMuseum.org. The Museum is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on Historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and to preserve Pacific aviation history.

Indy Transponder 24-OCT-2014 1430z

Blue Angels return to headline weekend air show * WJXT Jacksonville | The Navy's daredevil fighter http://www.nasjaxairshow.com/jet pilots, the Blue Angels, are back in town for this weekend's air show in Jacksonville. After canceling most of its shows last year due to federal budget cuts, the Blue Angels return to NAS Jacksonville, where the...
   
3 tough guys test mettle in pre-airshow Blue Angel flights in Jacksonville * Florida Times-Union | The polished blue and gold paint of Blue Angel number 7 glistened in the Florida sunlight Wednesday on the runway at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. Three men, a 58-year-old philanthropist and ex-firefighter from North Carolina, a teacher and football...

Flying with the Thunderbirds was a thrill a minute * Fort Worth Star Telegram | As part of a preview for this weekend's Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, I was chosen to fly in the back seat of an F-16 Fighting Falcon with the Air Force Thunderbirds. I grew up with airplanes. My dad is a commercial airline pilot and owned a much...

Bonham hosts festival of flight air show * KXII-TV | The Blue Skies Parachute team will be dropping in for the opening ceremony, and aerobatic and military planes will put on a show for the crowd. Staci Murden, another organizer said she hope the event will spark the public's interest in flying. "When...

Copiah County Airport Celebrates New Runway With Nov. 1 Fly-In * Aero-News Network | First New Runway Constructed In Mississippi In More Than A Decade The first new runway constructed in more than a decade in the state of Mississippi will be unveiled at a celebratory ribbon cutting and aircraft fly-in at the Copiah County Airport (M11) on Saturday, November 1 at 10 a.m...

Blue Skies and Blue Angels Smile Upon Memphis Airshow * The Aero Experience | Last Friday, October 17, The Aero Experience was in Millington, TN for the 2014 Memphis Air Show rehearsal, (announcer, Danny Clisham corrected me when I referred to it as a practice show).  Photographers were allowed on the show grounds at 10 a.m., and that was the only down side of the day as I made the trip from Bonne Terre at 4 a.m. and arrived at 8 a.m. and had to wait. Once allowed onto the field, there was only an hour to photograph all the great acts participating in this year's show while they were on the ground. The weather was...

World War II airmen fly again in storied B-29 * Monterey County Herald | A B-29 bomber, passes over the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain as it flies from Baton Rouge, La., en route to New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The bomber will spend the weekend at the WWII AirPower Expo put on by the Commemorative Air Force and...

Antique Airplane Association Fly-In Part of Northern Midwest Road Trip * The Aero Experience | Fellow The Aero Experience Contributor Fred Harl and I made a Labor Day road trip to Iowa to visit the Mt. Pleasant Thresher Reunion (fascinating but no aircraft!) and the Antique Airplane Association Fly-In at the Airpower Museum near Blakesburg, Iowa.  We spent Friday at the AAA Fly In and later realized we were there for what turned out to be the best day of the weekend.  Weather through lower Iowa was quite wet that week with Thursday seeing over 3" of rain falling on the airfield, not a good thing considering the use of grass runways.  Friday morning provided clear skies and great weather until later in the afternoon when the skies darkened off to the southwest and clouds started crowding into the area...

Timeless Voices - Flora Belle Reece · eaavideo.org | After graduating from high school in May 1942, Flora Belle Reece took flying lessons so she could get the 35 hours necessary to join the WASPs - Women Airforce Service Pilots. She did join the WASPs, graduating with Class 44-W-4.

Museum hosts special programs and events honoring aviation * Kansas.com | Twelve of Beech's air racing trophies will also be on display. The museum hours are are 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and, 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $5 for adults; and $2 for children ages 12 and under. The museum is...

Evolution of Area 51 UNLV Forum by Author T.D. Barnes · tdbarnes | Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Area 51 veteran and author T.D. Barnes presented the Evolution of Area 51 in the UNLV Barrick Museum Auditorium as part of the Fall 2014 Lecture Series sponsored by the UNLV College of Liberal Arts. Barnes’ presentation was well received by a standing room only crowd attending to hear Barnes, Former Executive Director, Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame and long-time president of Roadrunners Internationale, provide a declassified insider’s account of the genesis of the facility within Area 51, it accomplishments and how it became a...

Stunning Hornet Awesomeness! by Tyson Rininger | Hornet Ball 2014 is here! Special thanks to the http://allthingsaero.com/military-aviation/us-navy/video-simple-hornet-awesomenesscreativity of Wingnuts! Now sit back and enjoy!

Youngsters fly with the Eagles | News | The Press & Stdnard * Collection Today | Lowcountry Regional Airport Operations Manager Roger Medlin coordinated and hosted the 477 Young Eagles program in which 11 children, ages 8-17, were escorted by six local pilots on a Young Eagles flight on Oct. 11. “The program is about raising...


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Indy Transponder 23-OCT-2014 1700z

Alan Crawford - update after Surgery 2 · LiveAirShowTV | Here's is the update on Alan Crawford's 2nd surgery late yesterday from his daughter Christina...

Chip Yates Awarded Louis Bleriot Medal by FAI · Dean Sigler, CAFE Foundation Blog | Chip Yates, founder and head of the Flight of the Century, has been honored by the Federation Aeronautique International for records set in 2013.  Chip’s web site announced the honor last week. “Record-setting entrepreneur and pioneer Chip Yates will be honored on October 16 by the World Air Sports Federation (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) for changing the course of aviation history...

Taking a ride with the Blue Angels * First Coast News | Clay County Teacher of the Year Matt Boyack is riding in one of these Blue Angels as part of the Navy's Key Influencer Program. It's designed to reward community leaders for a job well done...

Bringing back a thriving community because of NAS JAX Airshow * First Coast News | Owners of a small strip of businesses across the street from NAS JAX hopes this weekend's airshow brings them back to a time when things were a lot busier. "Yukon used to be a thriving town, but now a lot of people don't even know we're here," said...

Airshow gives visitors chance inside ARJ21 jet * ecns | Visitors to an airshow in Zhuhai will be able to get on board China's domestically developed ARJ21 regional jet for the first time, the organizers told a press conference in Shanghai yesterday. Two ARJ21 jets will be on display at the 10th Airshow...

Blue Angels, Vietnam War tribute highlight 30th annual CAF Wings Over ... * Your Houston News | Air Force Heritage Flight: Heritage Flight performances of modern military aircraft flying with World War II, Korea or Vietnam era fighters dramatically display USAF airpower history. • World War II Airpower Demo: Recreates many famous battles from...

Radio-Controlled Planes Star In Laid-Back Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Airport * The Ledger | "It's a fly-in. That means it's not a competition," Tiano said. "They just come for the camaraderie, to come out and fly together." Foushi said planes can range from World War I era planes to modern day jets. All of the models are scaled-down versions...

'We can just have fun', says Paul Bonhomme ahead of Red Bull Air Race World ... * Cambridge News | AIR RACING: "The pressure is off" going into the final round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Austria this weekend, according to reigning champion Paul Bonhomme. That admission comes as a result of the Hinxton pilot knowing he has to rely...

2014 Reno Report * Story and Photos By Pete Shirk | Race 5 Voodoo - the winner of the 2014 Unlimited Gold. If your idea of good air racing is competition among several fairly matched runners, rather than repetitive domination by a favored past winner, then 2014 was your year at Reno. Great racing did happen but actually more on Saturday than Sunday.  Not that the Gold Race on Sunday was boring, but by then, events had narrowed the field. Good air racing took place the entire week, but Saturday’s Unlimited Gold Heat 3 was a finish unlike anything I can remember, having been going there since 1965...

Macchi Castoldi M.C. 72, The World’s Fastest Piston-Powered Seaplane · WarbirdsNews By Luigino http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbird-articles/macchi-castoldi-m-c-72-worlds-fastest-piston-powered-seaplane.htmlCaliaro | On October 23rd eighty years ago, Francesco Agello and the Macchi Castoldi M.C. 72 achieved the absolute world speed record for a piston-powered seaplane; a record which still stands to this day...

Special Exhibits Opening Saturday, October 25th: Celebrating the “Mystery S” & Walter Beech Air Race Trophies * wichitahistory.org | One of the legendary racing planes of the era rolled out of Wichita’s Travel Air plant in 1929. It was the result of an experimental project conducted in a restricted area of the Travel Air plant by a few employees who designed and built the plane in their spare time. Travel Air called its plane simply the Model R, but the Wichita newspapers, in reporting rumors of Walter Beech’s secret racing plane, dubbed it the “Mystery Ship” or “Mystery S.”...

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A special great-granddaughter learns about Seymour Johnson: the man and the base * Public Affairs Office | The great-granddaughter of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base's namesake visited here, Oct. 17, and received a family history lesson she was not expecting. Jaime Thompson, descendant of U.S. Navy Lt. Seymour Johnson, for which the installation is named, came to Seymour Johnson AFB imagining a base tour, but what she experienced was, according to her, much more than she could have hoped for...

Young Eagles to fly Sunday at airport * Richmond Register | From 1 to 4 p.m., youngsters from ages 8 to 17 will be given free airplane rides by members of local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 892 as part of the EAA's National Young Eagles Program. After their flight, Young Eagles will be able to log...

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