Friday, August 29, 2008

Indy Transponder 29-August 2300z

Fence Check Reno Pylon Racing School published
Following the loss of three experienced race pilots and one serious injury at the 2007 Reno Air Races, this year’s Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) at Reno-Stead airfield had an extra emphasis on safety. During the 2008 seminar, held from June 18 to 21, participants and organizers drew lessons from last year’s mistakes and worked together to make this year's races the safest they can be.The Pylon Racing Seminar helps train new race pilots and gives veterans a chance to refresh their racing skills. It also lets the pilots preview changes to the race course. As an example, pylons two and three have been moved about 30 feet inwards this year, to help make the course safer by softening the turn from the home pylon and reducing the chance of crossing the east dead line.

Watch 'Behind the Scenes' preparations for the Cleveland National ... WKYC-TV
CLEVELAND -- Take a look at the last-minute preparations for the Labor Day weekend's Cleveland National Air Show at Burke Lakefront airport.

What I learned riding with the Snowbirds
The last weekend of the Ex means the last weekend of summer, but also the Canadian International Air Show! Canwest News Service photographer Julie Oliver recounts her experience flying with the Snowbirds earlier this summer.

Video blog: 'Kansas City Airshow '08, Downtown Airport'
Check out this footage I shot while attending the 2008 Kansas City Downtown Airshow at the Charles B. Wheeler Airport. I somehow scored an interview with Kansas City’s own, Thunderbird Pilot Dyon Douglas ! Probably the craziest thing I saw that I captured footage of was a “how it works” explanation of a jet powered porta potty that goes over 70 MPH. --

Lindbergh Foundation teams with Patty Wagstaff to fight elephant poaching
The Lindbergh Foundation has partnered with air show performer Patty Wagstaff and the Kenya Wildlife Service to stop elephant poaching in Africa.

Ace in the sky! Bournemouth Daily Echo, UK
This happened on a beautiful day a few years ago when a Pitts Special aerobatic team stopped off at Bournemouth airport. Offering rides to a reporter and ...

Meet the ground guy beneath the Yarmouth International Air Show Nova News Now, Canada
by Carla Allen/The Vanguard It’s coming together fast,” says Greg Moulaison, executive director of the Yarmouth International Air Show on Sept. 13 and 14. ...

BRANT UNITED WAY AIR SHOW Brantford Expositor, Canada
On Wednesday I experienced one of the greatest days of common kindness and just true spirit of heart. I was one of the volunteers helping with admission and ...

Plan ahead for the Maine Air Show Central Maine Morning Sentinel, ME
By Portland Press Herald Staff Report August 29, 2008 09:31 AM More than 200000 people are expected to attend the last Great State of Maine Air Show Sept. ...

Burke Lakefront Airport to host reception for history of airmail The Plain Dealer -, OH
The history of airmail is landing at Burke Lakefront Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Three aircraft -- a 1928 Boeing 40C, a 1927 Stearman C3B and a 1930 ...

Flying high in Reno San Francisco Chronicle, USA
... restored antique planes, the US Air Force's Thunderbirds aerobatic team and flying demonstrations of the F-22 Raptor, the country's newest fighter, ...

What’s in the air today? Dorset Echo, UK
The programme includes the first of the weekend's three visits by the Red Arrows and the Folland Gnat, along with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, ...

Airshow company goes into liquidation Waikato Times, New Zealand
By AARON LEAMAN and JEFF NEEMS - Waikato Times Saturday, 30 August 2008 The company behind the embattled Wings and Wheels Over Waikato airshow has been ...

THE HIGH LIFE! Bournemouth Daily Echo, UK
... perhaps the biggest thrill came from the mighty and ear-splitting Eurofighter Typhoon, which looked and sounded like every child's idea of an aeroplane.

Re: Indianapolis Air Show from FenceCheck Forums
Sally pulling some vapor...

Warbirds thunder over the valley Adobe Press, CA
By Sam Womack/Staff Writer Thousands of people craned their necks and squinted against the sunlight Saturday in an effort to glimpse the warbirds in flight ...

Ex-Tuskegee Airman will fly again Newsday, NY
... of a P-51 Mustang fighter -- the same kind of plane he piloted when his famed squadron flew escorts protecting B-17 bombers over Berlin in March 1945. ...

Museums, Aug. 29, 2008 Grand Junction Sentinel, CO
Rocky Mountain Wing Commemorative Air Force, southeast of Grand Junction Regional Airport terminal in the Commemorative Air Force Hangar, WWII TMB Avenger, ...

Paul D’Andrea Air Show Pics
I’m probably putting too much pressure on Paul to get his photos up from the air show, but I knew I could expect some like the ones above to come out of his lens and camera. You can catch what he does have up on his flickr page. Enjoy! Anyone else have photos from the Indianapolis Air Show they’d like to share?

Blakesburg's antique fly-in this weekend featured on Thursday a re ... Ottumwa Courier, IA
BY HELEN HANNAN, Courier correspondent BLAKESBURG — Frank Schelling’s first trip to the Antique Airplane Association/Airpower Museum fly-in at Antique ...

Aerial Display at Singapore National Day 2008 : singapore black knights by unknown
A magic moment. The Black Knights forming a 'heart' as part of the aerial display during Singapore National Day 2008. Picture taken during the 2nd NE.

Quartet of historic planes to visit Stewart next week Times Herald-Record, NY
The planes include a B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator, both heavy bombers; a B-25 Mitchell, a medium bomber; and a P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft. ...

Spitfire at the Aviation Museum (Times of Malta) from Aviation & Aerospace News Updated Constantly
Permit me to correct a few errors in the write-up about the Aviation Museum in the Times Showtime of Friday, August 1.

Aviation Weekend
I can hear fighter jets flying over my house because this weekend is the annual Canadian International Airshow, as part of the Canadian National Exhibition. It takes place every Labour Day Weekend over Lake Ontario. Last year I joined my friend Arliin in her usual viewing place with friends on the patio of the National Yacht [...]

Rocket Racing Could be Futuristic NASCAR Sport, VA
by Lisa Zyga, Space & Earth science / Space Exploration With its first demonstration of a rocket-powered plane, the Rocket Racing League is hoping to have ...

Briefs: Armadillo rocket racer flights; Euro RLV efforts: Reno air races by unknown
The Reno Air Races are coming up fairly soon - Sept. 10-14. They will do exhibition flights there if they can get through the FAA permit process in time. === And Dave Salt responded here to the recent posting about RLV technology ...

Rocket Racing League Flights With Armadillo Engine from Slashdot by ScuttleMonkey
Toren Altair mentions that the Rocket Racing League has video and pictures available from their recent flight tests of new Armadillo Aerospace liquid oxygen-alcohol engines. "Founded in 2005 by two-time Indianapolis 500 winning team partner Granger Whitelaw and X PRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter H. Diamandis, MD, the Rocket Racing League (RRL) is a new entertainment sports league that combines the exhilaration of racing with the power of rocket engines. To be held at venues across the country, the Rocket Racing League will feature multiple races pitting up to 10 Rocket Racers going head to head in a 4-lap, multiple elimination heat format on a 5-mile 'Formula One'-like closed circuit raceway in the sky."

Plane to Plane Skydive Stunt from PropBlast by mjg
There aren't words to describe this one really....

Best Audio Program, EVER! from PropBlast by mjg
Let met get this out first, lest anyone get the idea that I'm nothing but a "fan-boy" for Steven Force's work, that I've been listening to Old Time Radio drama programs since I was a child. I was so into it a few years back that I ran a very successful OTR website so I can honestly tell you, I know from good audio!...

Writer recounts his discovery of WWII aviator in Sierra Fresno Bee (subscription), CA
"We discovered the exhaust manifold from one of the engines of the airplane, and 100 to 200 feet from there I found the body of this other aviator," Stekel ...

Supposed WWII skeleton found dangling above Kokoda Track from Military Photos by Wally1967
Australian, US and Japanese authorities are investigating the discovery of what is thought to be the skeleton of a World War II pilot along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.Hikers say they discovered the skeleton hanging from the jungle canopy halfway along the 96-kilometre historic World War II path. Guide David Collins from Melbourne's No-Roads trekking company was there. "It's swinging like somebody caught in a tree and that's when you can really see the cabling and it's the exact shape of a body, same size, everything, but it's just covered in moss," he said. "It's exactly what it looks like, just somebody caught in a harness, in a seat harness." Australian, US and Japanese authorities will check records to see if any pilots were reported missing in that area. 'Lost in the fog'

Edwards F-22 Raptor performs aerial refueling using synthetic fuel from - Latest Images by
An F-22 Raptor takes off from an Edwards runway Aug. 28 to undergo an aerial refueling testing using an alternative jet engine fuel -- the first for an Air Force aircraft. The fuel is a 50/50 mix of JP-8 jet fuel and a natural gas-based fuel. The KC-135 came from March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Lockh Source: Lockheed Martin

Edwards F-22 Raptor performs aerial refueling using synthetic fuel (2) from - Latest Images by
An Edwards F-22 Raptor receives synthetic fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during an aerial refueling test using an alternative jet engine fuel Aug. 28. Organizations involved in this endeavor include the 411th Flight Test Squadron, Air Force Research Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Pratt and Wh Source: Lockheed Martin

A CV-22 Osprey and an MH-53 Pave Low fly over a coastline from - Latest Images by
A CV-22 Osprey and an MH-53 Pave Low fly over the coastline Aug. 20 near Hurlburt Field, Fla. The CV-22 will take over Air Force Special Operations Command helicopter missions when the MH-53 retires in October. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julianne Showalter Source: US Air Force

Re: Military Aircraft at Williams-Gateway Airport from FenceCheck Forums
Last saturday was a pretty busy (and very hot 105+) day especially with the Harriers from Yuma, here is my take. Guys it was nice meeting you. Grtz.

Re: Camarillo Air Show from FenceCheck Forums

Koksijde Airday 2008 from Military Photos by Noodverbandje
Some pics i shot at the 2008 Koksijde airshow. Not the best show i've been to this year but it was a good excuse for some camera action - Enjoy

Pictures: STOVL F-35 Lights the Burner and Opens the Doors from Ares by Graham Warwick
In the spirit of my 'good cop, bad cop" routine with Bill Sweetman over the JSF, I provide photographic evidence that the first STOVL F-35B, aircraft BF-1, is back in the air and has notched up a couple of flight test milestones: its first afterburner take-off and the first in-flight opening of doors associated with the lift system. The doors covering the three-bearing swivelling nozzle are the first to be opened in flight (the nozzle was not deployed).

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