Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Plainfield teen dies while flying around the world with father By WTHR Channel 13 | PLAINFIELD, Ind. - A Plainfield teen who was flying around the world with his father died Wednesday in a crash in Pago Pago, American Samoa. NBC News confirmed Wednesday afternoon 17-year-old Haris Suleman's body had been recovered from the crash. Authorities are still searching for his father....

Becker man selected for Navy's Blue Angels * St. Cloud Times | A Becker man is one of the newest members of the Blue Angels. Marine Corps Maj. Mark Hamilton was selected to be a C-130 demonstration pilot on the 2015 U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron, according to a news release. Hamilton, 36, is assigned...

Air Day set for take off * Western Gazette | Aerobatic teams from Belgium, Jordan and Denmark will also be appearing. Helicopter displays at the event include the Royal Navy Black Cats display team, and demonstration of a Chinook by the RAF. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also make an...

The Thrill of Flying the World's Smallest Jet * Air & Space Magazine | Rutan and Berven worked together at Edwards and flew the airplanes in the base's aero club. “Even though Les was a flight test engineer like me, he was bonkers about flying,” Rutan says. “He was a stick-and-rudder guy. I knew Les would be a better...

Round ‘em up! RISE ABOVE heads out WEST! · Red Tail Squadron  | As part of our ongoing commitment to spread the inspirational message of the Tuskegee Airmen to all corners of our country, we are pleased to share the news about our upcoming tour out west. So saddle up your horses, head towards the sunset and come see us at one of our many stops along the way!...

Learn about Tuskegee Airmen, ride in WWII plane at Thunder Over Utah * Suindependent | The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron will welcome visitors at its RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit at the air show on July 25-27. The exhibit is a truly unique opportunity for the young and young at heart to experience the inspiring story of...

High Desert Fly-In Scheduled Saturday At Winslow Airport * AzJournal.com | The 2014 High Desert Fly-In will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at the Winslow-Lindbergh Regional Airport, 701 Airport Road. Admission is free, and residents, tourists and pilots are invited to Winslow's historic airport to enjoy...

'Acadian Heritage' to take off with historic flights * St. John Valley Times | This B-17G bomber Sentimental Journey is seen flying over Arizona. - Contributed photo / courtesy Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. slideshow. FRENCHVILLE, Maine - Acrobatic pilots and historic aircraft will gather Saturday, Aug....

RC plane enthusiasts to hold fly-in this weekend * LimaOhio.com | LIMA — The Lima Area Radio Kontrol Society will be holding its 16th annual Big Bird Fly-In Saturday and Sunday at its Elida Road facility between Elida and Delphos. The weekend will feature http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbird-videos/f-4-phantom-arrives-orlando-serve-vietnam-vet-tribute.htmla variety of remote-controlled aircraft, some with wingspans...

F-4D Phantom II Arrives in Orlando to Serve as Vietnam Vet Tribute · WarbirdsNews  | A historic F-4D Phantom II arrived in Orlando Tuesday from Corsicana, Texas; a convoy of trucks carrying the plane’s parts weaving its way through the crowded city streets. The fighter jet will receive a restoration and serve as the centerpiece in Joe Kittinger Park on the shores of Lake Yvonne at Orlando Executive Airport. US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger is a legendary pilot, having made history in August, 1960 for his daring parachute jump from 102,800 feet in a high-altitude balloon. He set four world records with that jump...

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'Young Eagles' taking wing * Rockdale Reporter | A dozen young Rockdale-area residents got to fly like eagles recently at Coffield Regional Airport. It's going to happen again on Saturday, Aug, 2, courtesy of a program whose goal is to promote aviation to millions of youngsters between the ages of 8 ...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reel Stuff's Ron Kaplan to lead film premier, previews, and award presentation at EAA Oshkosh

Reel Stuff Aviation Resources LLC
Reel Stuff Aviation Resources' Ron Kaplan to lead
film premier, previews and award presentation during
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014
Documentary debut, aviation movie 'coming attractions' among Forum programs featured at world's largest air show next week
(Dayton, OH – July 23, 2014)  Reel Stuff Aviation Resources founder and director, Ron Kaplan, will make several public presentations during the week of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh, the annual fly-in and convention that opens July 28 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

As part of AirVenture's popular free daily Forum lineup, Kaplan will present trailers and "sneak peeks" of clips from upcoming aviation movies in the EAA Museum SkyScape Theatre on Tuesday, July 29, from 10:00am to 11:15am.  The audience will be treated to nine soon-to-be released or broadcast projects including documentaries by producer Nancy Spielberg (ABOVE AND BEYOND), producer Mark Stewart (THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON), and director Patrick Fries (WHEN I HAVE YOUR WOUNDED).  Several of the projects previewed have been the subject of Kaplan's Reel Stuff column in Warbird Digest Magazine and are slated for full screenings by filmmakers at future Reel Stuff Film Festivals.

Also on July 29 in the SkyScape Theatre, from 1:00pm to 2:15pm, Kaplan will introduce the North American premier of the documentary, MIRACLE OF KA114, screened by its director, Sandy Thomson.  The film chronicles warbird collector Jerry Yagen's nine-year re-creation of a rare WWII era Canadian-built twin-engine Mosquito fighter-bomber, from a basket of parts to its triumphant return to the skies in better-than-new condition.  A question-and-answer session with the director will follow.

On Wednesday, July 30, Kaplan will lead several trustees from the board of client National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) in the presentation of the annual Milton Caniff "Spirit of Flight" Award to the 2014 recipient, the EAA Young Eagles Program.  Among those accepting the prestigious honor on behalf of the EAA will be Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker (a 2008 NAHF enshrinee).  The award ceremony will conclude the Young Eagles Volunteer Dinner program which takes place from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in the EAA AirVenture Museum Eagles Hangar.

On Thursday, July 31, at 11:30am to 12:45pm, Kaplan will appear in the EAA Museum Hilton Theatre to present a Forum titled "The Oscar Night of Aviation" on behalf of client NAHF, a behind-the-scenes look at over fifty years of NAHF Enshrinement ceremonies.  Photos and video will highlight tales of American aviation's royalty honored at this historic signature event since the NAHF's founding in 1962, with names like Jimmy Doolittle, Jimmy Stewart, Jackie Cochran, Joe Foss, Bob Hoover and Neil Armstrong among them.  He will also share what is in store at the induction of the Class of 2014 enshrinees in Dayton on October 4th.

About Reel Stuff Aviation Resources:
Reel Stuff Aviation Resources was founded by Ron Kaplan in 2012, dedicated to the development, creation, and public appreciation of aviation film and media.  A key service of Reel Stuff is to support non-profit aviation organizations through producing entertaining events that celebrate the people, heritage, and joy of flight.

For further info visit www.reelstufffilmfest.com, email director@reelstufffilmfest.com or call (937) 212-8847.

Our mailing address is:
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PO Box 292822
Dayton, OH 45429
 

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Osprey to make rare Wisc. airshow appearance * Marine Corps Times | What's been described as "one of the world's most unique military aircraft," the MV-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor, will return after a four-year hiatus at this year's AirVenture. Although the aircraft appeared at AirVenture 2010, this year will be the first...

AirVenture 2014: Visit Avfuel and the Yankee Air Museum's B-17 Flying Fortress ... * AviationPros.com | OSHKOSH, WI / July 22, 2014 / GENERAL AVIATION NEWS / Avfuel Corporation will once again sponsor the Michigan-based Yankee Air Museum's flyable B-17 aircraft – the Yankee Lady – at the annual EAA AirVenture. The Yankee Lady will be centrally...

WomenVenture to celebrate seventh year at EAA AirVenture *AOPA Pilot | For the seventh year in a row, women attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, can participate in a slate of events focused on excitement and career possibilities within the aviation community. This year's WomenVenture will be held on Wednesday,...

EAA's College Park at AirVenture 2014 * WAI Connect Blog  | A place for networking and entertainment for aspiring aviators ages 14 to 24, EAA's College Park offers young people the opportunity to learn about and network with universities from all over the country all in one place during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014....

Blue Angels to Arrive Today in St. George * KCSG | (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - The tranquil blue Southern Utah skies are about to get a lot louder. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will arrive at St. George Municipal Airport around 4:00 PM today in preparation for the 2014 Thunder Over Utah Air Show. The Blue Angels...

Kokomo Air Show features big names * Kokomo Perspective | Rob Holland is known as a top level air show performer and competition pilot who has been flying in air shows since 2002 and has since been on a journey of becoming a well-known pilot, performing throughout North America, Central America, and the...

Thunderbirds to star at Cheyenne Frontier Days * 9NEWS.com | DENVER – The "Daddy of 'em All" is getting ready to host "America's Ambassadors in Blue." It's a big deal for Cheyenne Frontier Days to welcome back the United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerial team. The hour-long air show was a staple at Frontier...

PREVIEW: Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton's International Air Day * Western Daily Press  | Three aircraft and crews of the Royal Jordanian Falcons have flown in, and gave a superb display of formation aerobatics yesterday. All the pilots have taken a break from ... Team leader Nofan Ghrair would otherwise be flying fearsome F16s and Mirages...

VIDEO: Preview of Red Arrows documentary * Lincolnshire Echo | The Red Arrows have released a video preview of the one-hour documentary which will be shown on BBC 2 this weekend. The iconic and world renowned display team are featured in a programme that takes viewers behind the scenes in their 50th...

Red Arrows' 50th celebrated at The Marlowe * Kent News | The tour is in celebration of the 50th display season of the Red Arrows and sees a return to The Marlowe Theatre, following last year's sell-out. We are promised a programme of music to match the colour, flamboyance and entertainment provided by the...

Video and photo gallery: Upside down, smoke trails, and I got to wave at mum... * Norfolk Eastern Daily Press | The Wildcats Aerobatics team preparing for their display at the Old Buckenham Airshow. Al Coutts, left, and Willie Cruickshank with their Pitts Specials. Picture: Denise Bradley. Feet definitely out of the way, and discovering that my seat belt is as...

Photos: Stunts and thrills Air Show Trapani: Arrows tricolor  * the Republic  | Frecce Tricolori https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnews%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26fd%3DR%26ct2%3Dus%26usg%3DAFQjCNEqMuXpldkHWneRMnnjG0u3MTeGEg%26clid%3Dc3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331%26cid%3D52778972821536%26ei%3D97LPU5iSIcawgAewrYDoAQ%26url%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fpalermo.repubblica.it%2Fcronaca%2F2014%2F07%2F22%2Ffoto%2Facrobazie_e_brividi_per_l_air_show_di_trapani-92172227%2F1%2F&edit-text=aerobatic flights and ended the first edition of "Fly for Peace", an event which took place between Trapani and Erice July 18 to 20. To perform aircraft were six teams: the National Acrobatic Patrol, the Department...

CENTEN'AIR 1914 & HOP / TOUR  Epernay: Plivot From July 30 to August 2, 2014 | Wednesday, July 30 | Reconstruction of an airfield 1914-1918, with the help of the association Pageant...

Thousands attend Pitt airshow * Maple Ridge News | Rain did not deter the approximately 8,000 spectators who attended the free aerobatic airshow held at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport Sunday. Hosted by the North Fraser Airshow Society, the airshow, which had not been held since 2009, was part of the...

Vintage plane fly-in draws 3000 to Hagerstown despite accident that grounded ... * The Republic | HAGERSTOWN, Indiana — The constant buzz of small planes overhead drew the eyes of the young and old to the skies Tuesday afternoon at the Hagerstown Airport. The warm, clear, blue skies were perfect for the annual Hagerstown Fly-In, formerly known...

Curtiss A-8 — the 1930s attack aircraft experiment * Travel for Aircraft  | The U.S. Army Air Corps compared air cooled radial engine powered aircraft versus in-line liquid cooled engines in attack aircraft designs, during the 1930s, and the Curtiss A-8 was one of these designs. Powered by a Curtiss V-1570-31 Conqueror (600 hp/~450kW) the A-8 carried its pilot–observer/rear gunner nearly...

Young look into their Futures at airshow * Belfast Telegraph | Young people in Northern Ireland have been encouraged to consider careers in aerospace following a successful Farnborough International Airshow. Also in this Section. Fall in factory orders casts doubt on manufacturing recovery · Mr Kipling brand to be...

Cadets impressed by military airshow * Barry and District News | AIR Cadets from 372 (Barry) Squadron, recently travelled to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford to see the world's largest military airshow. Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the world's greatest airshow...

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Blue Angels announce 2015 team members * Pensacola News Journal | “We remain committed to selecting the most talented and qualified individuals to join the Blue Angels,” said Cmdr. Tom Frosch, Flight Leader and commanding officer for the team. "Once again, a significant number of extremely talented, experienced...

Navy restructures Blue Angels command * USA TODAY  | Vice Adm. David Buss, the head of Naval Air Forces, ordered that the Blue Angels will get an executive officer for the first time in the squadron's history and the member selection process will be overhauled to include more oversight from personnel...

Wisconsin native to fly with Air Force Thunderbirds at AirVenture * The Oshkosh Northwestern | http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/news/local/oshkosh/airventure/2014/07/22/airforce-thunderbirds-oshkosh-eaa/13018679/The team uses their skills to promote the mission of the Air Force and hopes their efforts inspire others and helps with recruiting. A team of six pilots strap themselves into the F-16 and fly in formation or solo, performing dazzling aerobatic feats...

Odd Jobs: Aerobatic pilot * WCAX (video) | It's just another day at the office for Dan Marcotte. "Some days it's good; some days it's not," he said. "No different than any other office." The Bakersfield native is an aerobatic pilot, making a living entertaining audiences at air shows. Today, he's letting us tag along...

T-28s return to Sheboygan this weekend * The Sheboygan Press | Among them will be the “Trojan Horsemen,” the T-28 aerobatic formation demonstration team that performs nationwide. The annual gathering is hosted by the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin. Visitors will get a chance to meet and mingle with the T-28...

Aerobatics ahead of Yeovilton Air Day * ITV News | Yeovilton Air Day is just four days away and the skies above the base have been busy ahead of the event. 30 thousand people are expected at the Royal Naval Air Station on Saturday. Military aerobatic teams from all over the world will be taking part...

Flying through memories * Pentiction Western News | Nicknamed the Maid in the Shade, this particular aircraft had her bullet wounds healed and was lovingly restored over a 28-year period by the Arizona-based Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The B-25 is currently on a swing through Western Canada and the...

Ontario Air News #11 * Charles Johnson | Ken Mist, VBCAPT Fly-In, Hamilton, ON, Canada | Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, TillsonBurg, On, Canada

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A Summer Day at a Vintage Air Show - The Thinking Housewife · Laura Wood | ...There were probably three thousand people in attendance under a patchily clouded sky in about eighty degrees of slightly humid heat. The first thing I noticed as we found our way to a parking spot was a loud throbbing in the air. When I climbed out of the Toyota, I saw rising in a graceful maneuver over the grass field the characteristic twin-boom shape of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a powerful, twin-engine fighter that helped the Allies win air superiority in both Europe and the Pacific during WWII. I had seen examples of the P-38 before in museums. This was the first time I had seen one in flight. A big machine, the P-38 takes to the air like a swallow. Its flighty Terpsichore belies its legendary deadliness in aerial combat. (The Germans nicknamed it “The Fork-Tailed Devil.”)...

An update from Lauren, GWW Dreams Take Flight Scholarship Winner! * The Girls With Wings Blog | This is the second journal entry provided to us by Lauren Prox, who was selected for a Dreams Take Flight Scholarship from Girls With Wings. The Girls With Wings 2014 Scholarship Program includes the Dreams Take Flight Scholarship was designed to introduce the world of aviation to someone who would benefit from experiencing the joy of flight. This scholarship is...

An update from Amy, GWW Dreams Take Flight Scholarship Winner!  * The Girls With Wings Blog  | This is the second journal entry provided to us by Amy Dahlheimer, who was selected for a Dreams Take Flight Scholarship from Girls With Wings. The Girls With Wings 2014 Scholarship Program includes the Dreams Take Flight Scholarship was designed to introduce the world of aviation to someone who would benefit from experiencing the joy of flight. This scholarship is intended to...

Tokyo to San Francisco in 83 seconds * Bayou Renaissance Man | Here's a time-lapse video shot from the cockpit of a Boeing 747 airliner on a flight from Tokyo to San Francisco, speeded up to portray the entire flight in just 83 seconds. The sunrise starting at 0m. 43sec. is spectacular! I recommend watching in full-screen mode.

Newsletter July 2014: National Museum of WW 2 Aviation









The National Museum of World War II Aviation

World War II and the Greatest Generation
In 1935, British engineer Robert Watson-Watt was working on a "death ray" that would destroy enemy aircraft using radio waves. His "death ray" instead evolved into radar-or "radio detection and ranging."
Major Challenge Grant Received
July 2014
In This Issue
Greatest Generation
Challenge Grant Received
Herbert Weiss
Museum Volunteers
Airshow Approaching
Your Comments

  Slattery Family Foundation Challenge Grant Received

The Board of Directors of the National Museum of World War II Aviation has received a $5 million challenge grant from the Slattery Family Foundation for construction of Aviation Hall, a 60,000-square-foot exhibit hall and education facility on the museum's Colorado Springs campus. In addition, the Slattery Family Foundation awarded the museum a $1 million gift to immediately begin design and development work on the new facility.  

Aviation Hall Exterior View 
Upon accepting the $5 million matching grant, the board is announcing a capital campaign to raise the matching funds. The museum is in discussions with a number of Colorado-based foundations, and will be approaching individual and corporate donors for support.

"As we move forward with the design and development process, we will be reaching out to find partners to work with us on this important project," said Bill Klaers, co-chairman of the board and president of the museum. "It's a great opportunity for Colorado to build on the Slattery family's generosity, and create a world-class museum and education center that will have a tremendous impact on our economy."

"This project will be a huge step forward for the National Museum of World War II Aviation. It will create a world-class venue that will allow us to fully document the story of World War II Aviation, and honor those who contributed and sacrificed so much to win the war," said Jim Stewart, co-chairman of the museum board.

Opened to the public in late 2012, the National Museum of World War II Aviation is a unique learning environment that documents the role that military aviation played in the emergence of our nation as a world power after the Second World War.

Aviation Hall Looking West
Through a combination of exhibits, interactive displays and docent-led tours, the museum tells the story of our nation's tremendous technological advancement during WWII, and describes the lasting social and economic changes that were essential to the success of the Allied war effort.

The museum is developing its historical collection and building relationships with industry leaders and educators who share the museum's mission--inspiring future generations through the story of World War II aviation.

At the heart of this effort is the museum's highly successful K-12 education program that promotes STEM-based learning within an aviation context. More than 3,500 students participated in the museum's STEM program during the 2013-2014 school term.

Building on this solid foundation, the museum is now ready to expand its campus at the Colorado Springs Airport. The focal point of the project will be the 60,000-square-foot Aviation Hall, which will house the museum's main collection and serve as the new home of the National Aerospace Education Center, a broad-based coalition of public and private sector organizations that will work together to create a center of excellence for aerospace education and training.


Herbert G. Weiss Visit and Lecture 

Radar expert Herbert G. Weiss captivated his audience during an April 12, 2014, presentation at the National Museum of World War II Aviation at Colorado Springs Airport. He told 186 listeners of his time at the Radiation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's famous incubator of such war-winners as airborne interception radar, blind bombing radar, air-to-surface vessel radar, and gun-laying radar.

Mr. Herbert G. Weiss
In fact, the Rad Lab developed over 100 types of radar during World War II, and sparked industry to produce radars valued at $1.5 billion, according to MIT. "It is frequently said that, although the atomic bomb ended World War II, it was radar that won the war," MIT says.

Weiss, now in his 90's, became head of the Radar Division at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory before retiring in 1978. He was a young engineer working on an air traffic control problem in early 1941 when he was recruited for war work.

He initially worked at the state-of-the-art lab at Tuxedo Park, N.Y., of Aflred L. Loomis, a wealthy entrepreneur who became a force behind the development of radar and the atomic bomb.

"Loomis was a very skilled guy and he had an appreciation of the importance of microwaves before many other people," Weiss said in an interview. Radar operating in the microwave region ultimately allowed the fine discrimination to see things like a surfaced enemy submarine among ocean swells.

In September 1940, during the Battle of Britain when it seemed that England might be invaded by the Nazis, British scientists under Sir Henry Tizard secretly brought a treasure trove of scientific and technical advances to the U.S. One was the resonant cavity magnetron, a device invented only a few months before that promised to give radars far sharper eyes than those of Britain's Chain Home early warning system that was helping to keep the Luftwaffe at bay. The key was its ability to generate centimetric, or microwave, transmissions, as opposed to the metric wavelength transmissions of radars then in use.

Initial efforts at Tuxedo Park and the Rad Lab -- whose formation was prompted by the Tizard visit -- centered on development of microwave radar for British night fighters and bombers. But when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, new emphasis was put on countering the U-boat threat to England. After the U.S. entered the war in December 1941, it too came under the U-boat threat.

The H2S radome (top) and its enclosed scanning antenna (bottom) on a Halifax aircraft. 
In early 1942, U-boats in waters off the U.S. East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico were often sinking an American ship every day. "The word came back to the Lab to do something," Weiss said.

"It was a challenge" but engineers were sure that a microwave radar with its sharp beam and short pulse could see a surfaced sub, Weiss said. "So, some gear was thrown together in a hurry" and he and others took it  to Norfolk, Va., where it was installed on Army Air Forces bombers. It worked, and this and other systems ultimately defeated the U-boats.

During Weiss's time, the Rad Lab was divided into departments for work on things like antennas, duplexers, displays,  power systems, transmitters and receivers. His work in the receiver department put him on the list to go to England to help support a British blind bombing system called Oboe. It was very accurate out to about 300 miles from England, and was heavily used for attacks on targets in Germany's industrial Ruhr Valley.

Oboe used two widely separated radar stations in England, called "cat" and "mouse". A plane would fly to the target along the arc of a circle whose radius was the distance from "cat". When the plane intersected the signal from "mouse", bombs were dropped. Accuracy from 30,000 feet is said to to have been 120 yards, phenomenal for that day.

The Halifax aircraft with the H2S equipment installed.  This aircraft crashed in June 1942 killing several radar engineers. 
To offset equipment limitations and inaccuracies on maps, a British "Pathfinder" Mosquito plane would fly a mission the day before, but using reciprocal headings, Weiss said. In other words, the pilot would take off from England and head away from Germany. He would use "cat" and "mouse", but in reverse fashion.

For a typical trial run, "the target, instead of being in Germany, was in Scotland, [but] the same distance from each station," Weiss said. The pilot would drop bags of flour on the simulated target,"and you could calibrate the system very accurately" for the real mission the next day. On the real mission, the Pathfinder would mark the target with flares for following bombers.

After D-day, mobile Oboe units were moved to France to extend Oboe's line-of-sight view. Nevertheless, the Rad Lab developed other blind bombing systems like H2X (a version of the British H2S) and Eagle. They were invaluable in the typically cloudy skies over Germany that often hampered the Norden bomb sight, an optical system.

Earlier, Weiss helped develop a radar for the P-61 Black Widow night fighter. When a prototype failed, he "ad-libbed a demonstration before Navy czar Ernest J. King by peeking out the test plane window and hand-manipulating centering knobs to emulate the target aircraft on the cockpit scope," according to one account.

During the final months of the war, Weiss was acting project engineer for the Rad Lab's Project Cadillac, an APS-120 radar mounted in the belly of a TBM aircraft to detect Japanese Kamikaze planes attacking U.S. ships. Weiss was aboard a carrier that would have used the system, but Japan surrendered and it was never used in combat.

England didn't have a comparable airborne early warning radar system to offset German V-1 buzz bombs, Weiss said, but it did have the Rad Lab's SCR-584 gun-laying radar. That, coupled with the Lab's proximity fuze for anti-aircraft artillery shells, knocked down many V-1s. It also gave the U.S. a significant advantage in the Pacific.

When German troops during the Battle of the Bulge captured an American ammunition dump containing the proximity fuzes, an electronic countermeasure was quickly developed by the Aircraft Radio Lab at Wright Field in Ohio, but its use was never required. Harvard University's Radio Research Lab supported the Wright Field effort. RRL, which specialized in countering German and Japanese radars, got its start at the Rad Lab.

(Sources for this story include "Tuxedo Park" by Jennet Conant; "Stalking the U-Boat" by Max Schoenfeld; "The History of U.S. Electronic Warfare" by Alfred Price,  and  "The Invention That Changed The World" by Robert Buderi.)

Rich Tuttle Mr. Rich Tuttle
Docent
Former Editor of Aerospace Daily  


Exceptional Museum Volunteers 

As we approach the first Pikes Peak Regional Airshow on August 9th and 10th, it is appropriate to recognize all of the dedicated volunteers who have been working long hours to prepare displays, create crowd control barriers, develop signage, create work plans, and focus on all the other tasks which will make the airshow a success.  Each of our volunteers brings skills developed over their professional life as a member of the military or civilian work force.   

When asked why they volunteer, invariably, it's about the opportunity to again put their talents to work.  But it is also about being around talented people who share the desire to preserve this important part of America's history.  Many of our volunteers remember their parents' and grandparents' contributions during the war and see their participation as a way to honor their service to our nation.  Some enjoy interacting with the youth who visit the Museum with their classmates and learn science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on projects.

Our volunteers are consistent, committed, and true professionals.  Unfortunately, we have so many applicants that some must be turned away as we engage only the best.  Being a volunteer at the National Museum of World War II Aviation is very special to our staff, Board of Directors, and the visitors who get to look over your shoulder during their museum tour.

Since Colorado Springs is a military city with Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force retired in the local area, there is no shortage of skills related to design, engineering, and construction of some very complicated devices developed and fielded during World War II.  Our volunteers' creativity is on display in the exhibits, restorations, displays and other projects which support the Museum mission.  Thanks to all our volunteers who will make your Regional Airshow experience something you will talk about for months to come.  And thanks to their families for allowing the Museum to use their talents.       



Regional Airshow Rapidly Approaching 
Tigercat The Pikes Peak Regional Airshow is planned for August 9th and 10th, 2014 at the Colorado Springs Airport westside near the Colorado Springs Jet Center.  The show times are between 11 am and 2 pm each day.  Gates will open at 8 am.  Information about performers, flybys, static displays, and facilities is available on the airshow website www.pprairshow.org

This airshow is sponsored jointly by the City of Colorado Springs Airport,  the National Museum of World War II Aviation, and the Peterson Air and Space Museum.  We expect this will become a biannual event in Colorado Springs.  The flying aircraft and static displays will primarily be warbirds.  Some current local military aircraft may be available for display.    There will also be several education displays for youth of all ages.  We welcome corporate and personal donations in support of the airshow and our education mission in Colorado Springs.

Mark your calendar now for a great weekend of aviation fun and plan to attend.
 

Your Comments
Thanks for your great comments and suggestions posted through our website.  We read every submission and work to implement your great ideas.

The National Museum of World War II Aviation remains at number 3 of 85
attractions in Colorado Springs and we are the number one rated museum according to TripAdvisor.com.  Thanks to all our visitors and volunteers for your support.

The Facebook page for the Museum is a great way to follow the daily activities including veterans' visits, new artifacts, and warbirds that may be visiting and could be seen during your tour.  The Facebook link is http://www.facebook.com/wwiiaviation or click on the link above.  Take a look at the link for the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow planned for August.  Check back often for additional information on performers and static displays.  In the footer below, you will notice a link to Update Profile/Email Address.  Please take a moment to update your information so we can personalize our contact with you.  Spread the word.  This is your tribute to the greatest generation and the opportunity to educate the next generations.

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The story behind Aeroshell’s iconic cow poster · General Aviation News | As many of you read this, you may be on your way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, slated for July 28-Aug. 3. I hope to be there this year and may see some of you. I always enjoy Oshkosh, but one of my best memories is of the 1993 Aeroshell Speed Dash and the world-renowned cow poster. If you have not seen a cow poster, you’ve missed the absolute peak of general aviation advertisement. How it happened is another story....

Two rare Fairchild 71s bring rich aviation history to AirVenture * The Oshkosh Northwestern | The plane originally appeared in a Fairchild sales brochure for the 1928 Hamilton Aviation Fair in Ontario, Canada. It was marketed as corporate transportation. The plane is one of two Fairchild 71s that are set to appear at this year's AirVenture...

Fly-In Theater a hidden AirVenture treasure * The Oshkosh Northwestern | Although the Ford Fly-In Theater has been a part of the AirVenture experience for about 10 years, the profile of the event reached a new height last year with a record crowd of about 15,000 attending the advance screening of Disney's movie "Planes."...

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy caps 'Salute to Veterans' Friday at EAA AirVenture * The Oshkosh Northwestern | The veteran-focused celebration, hosted by EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans, has drawn huge crowds in recent years. The band performs a style of music that's been passed from generation to generation, almost like family tradition,...

Biggest Donation Yet for #Oshbash Raises the Bar Again · Dan Pimentel, Airplanista Aviation Blog | With this blog's annual #Oshbash meetup now just days away, once again, another aviation company has stepped up to support the concept of a collaboration between the major aviation associations as the path forward to 1,000,000 certified pilots. And with their donation of the biggest door prize yet, Aero Glass is giving you one more big reason to attend the event Airplanista is hosting on Tuesday, 5:30PM - 7:30PM in the Press Tent at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh....

The Blue Angels return July 31 * Mercer Island Reporter Staff | The Washington State Department of Transportation will close all lanes of I-90 across Lake Washington in order to accommodate air show practices and performances of the six Navy F/A-Hornets jets during a four-day period...

Harrier jet to be among top attractions at LV Air Show * WFMZ Allentown | Former Marine Art Nalls, who owns and pilots the plane, receives three or four requests for air show appearances every day, which he said makes his Harrier the most sought-after aircraft in the world -- more than the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds combined.

Jet team to perform at LV Airshow * WFMZ Allentown | tannery: Organizers of the Lehigh Valley Air Show say a performer from last year is making a return this year. The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority met with the media today at the airport to announce the return of the Black Diamonds Jet Team...

Free flights? Indeed... at Friday Harbor Fly In, and the day before * Journal of the San Juan Islands | Westwind Aviation and Cessna Aircraft have joined forces to offer free flights in conjunction with the Friday Harbor Fly-In. On Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, Westwind will host Cessna's “Discover Flying Challenge” flight program, which introduces...

Event offers rides in Hueys and Cobras * Dothan Eagle (blog) | On Saturday at the Dothan Regional Airport, the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation and Flying Museum and Friends of Army Aviation-Ozark will offer rides in legacy helicopters from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise money for the continued support and...

Thrills await at Greenwood Lake Air Show * The West Milford Messenger | A very rare P51-C model Mustang, flown by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), will perform fly-bys. Rounding out the lineup are air show greats Gary Ward, Raiders Demo Team, Greg Connell, Jerry McCart, and Kevin Russo in his vintage SNJ warbird...

Air show boss delighted with displays and trade days * gethampshire.co.uk | Farnborough International Limited chairman Shaun Ormrod told Get Hampshire about some of the highlights at this year's air show. The Vulcan, Typhoon and Harrier planes were just some of the attractions that flew over, and drowned out, the boss of the...

AIRSHOW NEWS: Clacton Air Show line-up continues to take shape * UK Airshow News - http://www.airshows.org.uk/news/2014/07/airshow-news-clacton-air-show-line-up-continues-to-take-shape/Flightline UK | Organisers of Clacton Air Show are promising one of the strongest ever line-ups of aerial displays for the event next month. The Red Arrows, Avro Vulcan, Royal Canadian Lancaster and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are already firmly placed in the programme during August 21 and 22. They are joined by the Sea King Helicopter, Tutor, Autogyro, Essex Air Ambulance, and RAF Tucano. And now the team has also managed to sign up the Breitling Wingwalkers, the Trig Aerobatic Team, Rolls Royce Spitfire, the Bulldog as well as Richard Goodwin and his modified Pitts S2S G-EWIZ...

AIRSHOW NEWS: Air Day all set for Take Off! * UK Airshow News - Flightline UK | Final preparations are taking place to welcome over 30,000 visitors to the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton’s annual International Air Day on Saturday 26 July. Few events can rival the intensity, drama and spectacle on offer at the award winning show, one of the Southwest’s largest one day events. It promises to be anaction-packed day out for all the family with thrilling flying displays and plenty to see and do on the ground....

Where to watch the Patrouille de France this summer? * Creusot-infos.com | "Who saw the Patrouille https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.creusot-infos.com%2Farticle.php%3Fsid%3D39570%26mode%3D%26order%3D0&edit-text=de France wants to see her ..." Thus, the Patrouille de France marvels wherever she goes, wherever it occurs. And all those and all those who have seen can attest, the Patrouille de France is...

WWII bomber at airport * Castanet.net | The visit came about after the Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona approached the Penticton Flying Club. So far the plane, that flew the missions over Italy between Nov. 4 and Dec. 31, 1944 has visited Cranbrook, with another stop slated for Victoria.

Woman who flew around world raising ALS awareness * News Dispatch | Pilot CarolAnn Garratt promotes her third book and gave a presentation to the La Porte Aero Club on Saturday at the La Porte Municipal Airport. She is the seventh woman to fly across the world and has flown the trip three times. Proceeds for the book...

Phoenix Home to Arizona's Only Female Law Enforcement Pilot * KFYI | PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Tracking down criminals from the air. You've likely seen the Phoenix Police Department's helicopter around the valley. The pilot is a valley born and raised woman, the only one in the State of Arizona. "When people wanted to be astronauts, people wanted to be this or that, what I wanted to do was this, I wanted to chase bad guys from a helicopter," said Officer Corynn Wittrock. And that is what she loves to do, years later....