Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Indy Transponder 23-July 1010z

John Klatt Takes to the Skies Northland's NewsCenter, MN
"Flying air shows can be little bit dangerous, but safety is the number one thing that we think about," reminds Air Guard pilot John Klatt, "day in and day ...

Aviation enthusiast on a mission to honor sailors Florida Times-Union, FL
Her mission is poignant because Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis - the Navy Blue Angels pilot who died in a 2007 air show crash in South Carolina - was her boyfriend ...

Navy SEAL Leap Frogs Descend on Bierman Field, MN
The University of Minnesota welcomed the Navy SEAL Leap Frogs, an elite parachute jumping core, to Bierman Field on Tuesday morning. The Leap Frogs were ...

Wichita Flight Festival announces event lineup, KS
23 and 24, will again include festival favorites like Patty Wagstaff and wing walker Greg Shelton. Opening night on Aug. 22 will feature a twilight air show

National Museum Of Flight Airshow is a planespotter's paradise Metro, UK
Scotland's only civil and military airshow, the event is a must for planespotters. This year's attractions include The Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight, ...

Build up to air show Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, UK
Some of the world's most famous aircraft are set to soar through the skies above the east coast as part of the 12th Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival. ...

History is Recreated in Mason City KIMT, IA
"He said hey my Grandpa had something to do with B-17's," said Jason's friend Chuck Laures from the Commemorative Air Force. So the Commemorative Air Force ...

Dayton’s aviation heritage celebrated Xenia Gazette, OH
DAYTON — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) and its partners concluded two weeks of international activity that began in Le Mans, ...

The flying fortress Fox 28, IN
Today the Experimental Aircraft Association flew a group around the skies of Elkhart in a fully-restored B-17 bomber. "Sometimes tears will come to their ...

Visiting B-17 brings back battle memories WNDU-TV, IN
One of only a handful of B-17 bombers still flying in the United States is in the City with a Heart, giving vets the chance to take a trip down memory lane. ...

No Hope for B-52 Crew from Ares by Robert Wall
The U.S. Air Force has given up hope of recovering alive any of the six crew members that were onboard the B-52 that crashed Monday off Guam’s northwest coast. The service has now shifted its focus to recovery operations, closing down the rescue phase that was on-going since the aircraft went down around 10 a.m. local time. Representatives from the U.S. Navy. Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement Agency and local fire and rescue and police department were involved in the rescue effort. The body of two aircrew were recovered, as well as other body parts. One of the crew members has been identified as Maj. Christopher Cooper, the Air Force says, with the other name being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. For more on the incident and the B-52 safety record, click
here for Aviation Week's initial report on the tragic event.

Hang on to your wings from AviationBull - Where pilots go to shoot the bull... by Ted
From the strange but true department Jim Walsh from the Arizona Republic
reports that the wings from two vintage aircraft, a PV-2 and a T-33, were stolen and recovered in a chain of events that rival most prime time crime dramas. The search and recovery involved an informant, a helicopter and the AZ desert... sounds like these guys should consider hanging on to the television rights...

A great show in challenging times CNN
Undaunted, the airshow celebrated more than half a century of aeronautical innovation with a few thrills -- like the first showing outside the US of a F-22 ...

Wings of Freedom at Mt. Comfort Aug. 1-4 Indianapolis Star, United States
The Wings of Freedom Tour of the WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 ...

San Diego Air & Space Museum Selects “Class of 2008” Aviation and Space Legends for Induction into the Museum’s International Aerospace Hall of Fame from
The 45th Hall of Fame induction will be held Oct. 25 and will honor selected individuals for their historic contributions to aviation, space, or aviation technology.

Spirit Of Flight Center Welcomes New Addition from Aero-News Network
Bronze Statue Of Amelia Earhart Welcomes Visitors The Spirit of Flight Center announced a new addition recently to the Colorado-based air museum... a very special full-size bronze statue of pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart, donated to the Spirit of Flight collection by Don and Kitty Darrow of Mukilteo, WA thanks to the efforts of Mark Darrow.

New Area 51? Popular Mechanics Visits Mojave from Mojave Skies by Alan Radecki
In case you haven't haunted you local newsstand lately, Mojave is once again heralded in print, this time as the cover story in the August edition of Popular Mechanics, under the banner of "Inside the New Area 51: Mysterious Test Flights / Secret Prototypes / Next-Gen Spacecraft". Inside, despite the hype, is a fluff piece that does a reasonable job at giving an overview with only a small smattering of errors (ie, the article says there's only one large military contractor here...however, both Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems have operations here). XCOR and Gary Hudson's Protoflight are strongly represented, as are several other flightline companies, but the cover hype doesn't really do justice to the truly amazing things that happen here. The article mentions a visitor - the writer refers to him as either a tourist or an aviation paparazzi, a term I'm sure I've been called on occasion - on a Harley shooting his digital camera at the Rocket Racer through the fence...something that surely wouldn't happen at the real Area 51. Maybe I'm nitpicking, but it's not just the cover text that has my head's the badly photoshopped cover art: since when does the sun rise occur so far north? (For the non-pilots, runway numbers reflect compass headings, and the artist made the sun come up at 030 degrees!) Mojave doesn't have a Runway 03, it has a Runway 08, and I suspect that in grafting in the image of the Rocket Racer, the artist took a little too much liberty. So, for the record, at the left is the real runway number, with the real Rocket Racing League Velocity SE touching down, albeit when it first arrived at Mojave and still had that ancient piston engine hanging off the back....

EAA Wants Families To Know: OSH Is The Place To Be Aero-News Network, FL
Air show spectaculars: From dazzling aerobatics and formation flights, to historic warbirds and modern military aircraft, amazing displays fly daily over ...

Next Week: AirVenture 2008! from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Over the next few days, AVweb's crew will be packing up our gear, heading for various airports, and winging our way to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, ready to bring you daily news (including a full AVwebBiz edition next Wednesday) from the EAA AirVenture grounds all next week. The show promises to be an exciting one, with several aircraft making their debut, new products galore, a diverse lineup of unique aircraft on the flight line at Aeroshell Square, the unveiling of the Rocket Racing fleet, the latest experimental electric aircraft, the world's best airshow pilots, and much more. Staffers from Kitplanes and other Belvoir publications will be pitching in to help AVweb bring you the fastest, most complete, and in-depth coverage possible. Watch for frequent blog updates, daily videos and podcasts, and of course our daily AVwebFlash newsletter to bring all the news from the show straight to your desktop. And if you are in Oshkosh next week, check in with AVweb on your handheld device to be sure you are not missing a thing.

More AirVenture Blogging Buzz from Jetwhine by Robert Mark
And just when you think almost no one notices anything you write comes
a great article like this one from FlightGlobal’s Runway Girl, Mary Kirby. She interviewed me a few days ago when she realized she wouldn’t be able to make it to Oshkosh for the show. As Mary said, Social Media is about starting conversations at all levels. We’re planning on making a dent in this new landscape on July 28th so do join us. And for those of you hanging around on Friday at AirVenture, there’s also the Podapalooza at the AirBP Pavilion starting at 5:30 pm.

Events to Not Miss at Oshkosh from AviationBull - Where pilots go to shoot the bull... by Jason
For those of you who will be lucky enough to make the
EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh this year, I just heard about an event you will not want to miss! Author and pilot Kathleen Winters just announced that she will be giving a presentation about Charles and Anne Lindbergh at 4:00pm, August 2nd, in the Vette Theater Museum.

Aero-News Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2008 Staff from Aero-News Network
Say Hello To Video Journalists Laura Jobe And Ben Schreiner! With the final days before the official start to EAA AirVenture 2008 counting down all too rapidly... and, not quickly enough... ANN's senior staff is all-too-aware of the Herculean task ahead of us in reporting EVERYTHING that's news at The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

Aero-News Proudly Introduces Our AirVenture 2008 Staff Aero-News Network, FL
Heading into Oshkosh, Laura looks forward to seeing more of that advancement; she is particularly excited to watch the Rocket Racing League demonstration. ...

This Week In Military/Aviation History 21 - 27 July from Warbirds Online by Tom Kwiatkowski Sr

Milestones of Flight: 7/23 from Cut and Paste Aviation by KenInfinite

The Airshow
On Saturday we took Addie to the Airforce Base. They do an airshow every couple of years and we had a great time. We went mainly to see the Thunderbirds and I wasn't sure if Addie would like it, because they are so loud but he loved it. Noah had a birthday party to go to so Jason stayed home to take him and my dad, being the dedicated Papa that he is held Addie on his shoulders for the whole show. The Thunderbirds were awesome and the tricks they did were really amazing. Addie covered his ears f

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