Thursday, October 23, 2008

Indy Transponder 23-October 1000z

Heroic craft of WWII joins air show - Florida Times-Union, FL
... known as the "Sizzlin' Liz," to Jacksonville NAS on Wednesday afternoon as the base began final preparations for this weekend's Jax Air Show. ...

Jacksonville Air Show 2008 from
SCHEDULED TO PERFORM - Witness thrills like never before from a variety of military and civilian aerobatic demonstrations. The world-famous Super Shockwave Jet Truck will be racing down the runway at speeds of more than 300 mph. The grand finale will be the Navy's flight demonstration team: The Blue Angels. While you are at the air show, enjoy static displays; shop at novelty, food and beverage booths; or head to the Kids Zone for games and activities for all ages. Click here for a complete
schedule of performers.

Civilians Fly with the Blue Angels - First Coast News, FL
The 2008 NAS Jax Air Show is Saturday and Sunday. It is free to the public. Gates open at 9 am The shows start at 10 am The Blue Angels fly at 3 pm on both ...

World War II bombers take to the skies over Weyers Cave - Staunton News Leader, VA
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is only one of nine in flying condition in the United States, and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft," and P-51 ...

Aero-TV: Keeping History Alive -- The B-17 Flying Fortress (Part 1) from Aero-News Network
NEVER, EVER, Forget... LSFM's B-17 Is A Living/Flying Museum Amidst all the gleaming and shiny new whiz-bangs at Oshkosh 2008, were a few ghosts of the past. Birds that had seen better days and been forced to prove themselves on the field of battle not once but a hundred times... and more.

Spaceport America Institute from RLV and Space Transport News - An announcement in the mail: Formation of Spaceport America Institute Announced
LAS CRUCES, NM – In recognition of the critical role that expanded personal and commercial access to space will play in the growth of the global economy and society, the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA), has announced its intent to create a non-profit organization, called the Spaceport America Institute (SAI)…

Bell X-14 - found in an Indiana barn from DailyAviator by Dennis Collins
The folks at “The Unwanted Blog” stumbled into the one and only Bell X-14, on display at Ropkey Armor Museum on a remote Indiana farm. The X-14 was a pioneering VTOL aircraft from the 50’s. The museum found the aircraft a few years ago, for sale by the government to be sold as scrap, and bought it unseen. Good find.

U.S. Pilot Fired On UFO During Cold War from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Classified British documents from 1957 that were released this week reveal that a U.S. fighter pilot flying from an English air base was ordered to open fire on a massive unidentified object that had lit up his radar screen. Retired pilot Milton Torres, of Miami, is not named in the documents but has long maintained that the incident took place. Torres was flying an F-86D Sabre and was told to fire all 24 of his rockets at a mysterious object visible on radar above the North Sea. It was moving erratically and was almost the size of an aircraft carrier, according to the documents. It appears to be the only time that a military aircraft has been ordered to fire on a UFO. "It was an amazing night, and I never thought the truth would be told," Torres said. "But I still don't know what it was." He told Sun Media that he believes the unknown aircraft -- which he saw only as a radar blip -- was a spaceship. "I don't believe it was of this Earth," he said. "It moved faster than anything we were capable of." As he closed in on the blip's location, it vanished from his instruments, he said.

Live ATC on your iPhone from The PlaneMadness Podcast by (Capt'n Chris)
I was sitting around this morning, staring at my iPhone and thinking how far ahead of the pack it was in just about every category compared to all the other smart phones I’ve had- Believe me when I say I’ve had many. What’s great is that the functionality of the iPhone just keeps increasing, since Apple started allowing software folks to write programs for it…

William Hamilton, Joseph Thibodeau join Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame - Bea Khan Wilhite, president of the Colorado Aviation Historical Society, has announced the forthcoming induction of Bill Hamilton and Joe Thibodeau into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame on November 1. Read more...

ICAS ANNOUNCES CONVENTION DATES THROUGH 2020 - ICAS has contracted with two different Harrah’s hotel properties in Las Vegas to host the ICAS Convention through 2020. “The convention business in Vegas is moving from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market,” said ICAS President John Cudahy. “Because our members have made it clear that they want to keep the ICAS Convention in Las Vegas for the foreseeable future, we negotiated the best terms possible and locked in for the next 12 years.” Future dates are December 8-11, 2008 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel; December 6-9, 2009 at Paris Las Vegas; December 5-8, 2010 at Paris Las Vegas; December 4-7, 2011 at Paris Las Vegas; December 3-6, 2012 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel; December 9-12, 2013 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel; December 8-11 2014 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel; December 7-10, 2015 at Paris Las Vegas; December 5-8 2016 at Paris Las Vegas; December 5-8, 2017 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel; December 3-6, 2018 at Paris Las Vegas; December 9-12, 2019 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel; and December 7-10, 2020 at Paris Las Vegas.


* ICAS member and pyro contractor David Linebarger who was named recipient of the Commemorative Air Force’s Lloyd P. Nolen Achievement Award at the CAF Air Sho in Midland earlier this month.

* ICAS member and warbird pilot Reg Urschler who was named as recipient of the “other” Lloyd P. Nolen Award presented by Wings over Houston for lifetime achievement. Urschler was recognized for his 31 years of leadership in military service, and later with his commitment to furthering the Air Force’s way of life, history and ideals.” Other ICAS recipients of the Award are Bill Anders, Charles Hutchins, Bob Hoover, Tony LeVier, and Paul Poberezny.

* ICAS member and air show performer Debbie Rihn-Harvey who won the National Aerobatic Championship in Denison, Texas last month. This was Debbie’s second national championship.

TUMBLING BEAR ON THE REBOUND - ICAS member and air show performer Rob Harrison, who was severely injured in a May 10 accident in Modesto, California, continues his recovery and is making preliminary plans to get back in the air. Even as his body continues its own “restoration,” Harrison is overseeing improvements and changes to two different Zlin 50 monoplanes to make them “air show-worthy.”

Supermarine Spitfires from Fence Check - Nice spits! - Here are some more of Paul Allens Spitfire,
Afterburners! from Fence Check - my job never gets boring - I tried to bump up the levels so you can kinda make out the F-16..not the greatest quality.. but the burners make up for it
Wings Over Marietta from Fence Check - F-22

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