Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Indy Transponder 26-November 0110z

Turkeys take flight on United from Left Field by David Field [FLiR]
They may be turkeys, but they're not that dumb. They get to ride up in first class while you have to go to...
... be pardoned by the president (Bush, no jokes please) at a White House ceremony. They will then be flown to Disneyland on 'UAL Turkey One' to the West Coast, along with a few representatives from the National Turkey Federation. There, they (the animals) will serve as the grand marshals in the Disney Thanksgiving parade. We're not sure what happens to them after that ...

University and Air Force celebrate together from Aviation & Aerospace News
The Hercules aircraft flew low over the small university town of Wolfville, N.S. and three tiny orange dots dropped out the back of the plane. As the orange dots got closer...

Father, son set record to raise airport awareness from AOPA News
For most pilots, setting an official speed record would be a lofty enough goal in itself. But for Michael Nau and his father Dennis, that was only part of the plan.

Toys for Tots Fly-In - December 6th [FLiR]
from Pilots of America Message Board by pcorman
Join us at Oceano on December 6th for a Toys for Tots fly-in sponsored by the Vintage Mooney Group. All planes and pilots are welcome.
Checkout the details at

"Pearl Harbor" Special Event on Saturday December 6 at Camarillo ... - Ventura County Star, CA
The Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum at Camarillo Airport will commemorate the "Pearl Harbor" attack of December 7, 1941. ...

Decommissioned military aircraft to be used as artificial reef in Phuket, Thailand
from Alert 5 - Military Aviation News [FLiR]
There is now a good excuse for me to go diving in Phuket, Thailand. Four Douglas C-47 Dakota transport planes as well as six Sikorsky S-58T helicopters have been lowered into the sea off Phuket to create artificial reefs. The Telegraph has the photos.

Jet Pack Crosses 1,500-Foot Long Colorado Canyon, Breaks World Record [Crazy]
from Gizmodo by Jesus Diaz [FLiR]
[video] Stuntman, jet pack pilot, and Evel Knievel-wannabe without the Elvis suit Eric Scott has broke a world record by flying 1,500 feet in 21 seconds over the Royal Gorge in Colorado, 1,025 feet over the Arkansas River. Pardon my French, but it has to take some balls to do this jump. Some balls and a hydrogen peroxide-powered jet pack with a carbon fiber design....

Royal Gorge Jet Pack Flight Successful from Aero-News Network
Propels Man 1,500 Feet Across Arkansas River Jet packs -- that is, real ones -- generally suffer from very short endurance. The longest flight of the original Bell rocket belt was just 26 seconds. A newer, lighter, carbon-fiber design using hydrogen peroxide rockets, has upped that record to 33 seconds.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University unleashes new Jet Dragster from RSS Feed: News
"Turbine-engine tunes, with afterburner base notes, will make beautiful music as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University unleashes a symphony of speed on North America in 2009, when the student-designed Embry-Riddle Jet Dragster hits the tracks for the next racing season," said a sonorous Nov. 24 news release from the school.

Behind-the-scenes look at aircraft museum - [FLiR]
“We are sure that seeing the projects first-hand will give people an informed appreciation of just how much work is required to preserve and maintain the wonderful collections of the Royal Air Force Museum.” The conservation centre will be open to the ...

Sky's the limit for Enterprise Week - Northampton Chronicle & Echo, UK
Aerobatic display team The Blades were also present. Organiser Iain Burridge said: "The pupils had an exciting time because there were plenty of ...

Flying motorcycle the next roadable airplane? from AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points by Tom Haines
Speaking of Holy Grail (see my earlier post–hey, you gotta keep up here!), Samson Motorworks claims it has the utmost in roadable aircraft with its new SkyBike. The SkyBike is a three-wheeled, two-seat motorcycle with a telescoping main wing and a canard. Powered by a shrouded single propeller driven by a rotary engine, the vehicle will supposedly fly at 130 mph–although it hasn’t flown yet. ...

World’s first flying car set to ship late 2009 -
Finally, it seems, one company has managed to successfully fuse the concepts of both automobile and aeroplane, and they are already taking pre-orders with a ...

Astronauts send special greetings to military from Air Force Link Top Stories
The combined crews of Space Shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station have sent a special greeting to members of the American military in time for the upcoming holiday season. ...

XCOR to Announce Ticket Sales for Suborbital Space Flights from RLV and Space Transport News
XCOR has now released an official announcement about their press conference planned for next Tuesday (see earlier item here, which came via The Lurio Report):
XCOR Aerospace to Announce Ticket Sales for Suborbital Space Flights
Media Alert: Dec. 2, 2008 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern Beverly Hills, CA
MOJAVE, Calif., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ --
Who: XCOR Aerospace, of Mojave, CA
What: XCOR to announce ticket sales on Lynx suborbital flights
When: 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, Dec. 2
Where: The Santa Monica Room, The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Why: XCOR Aerospace to announce ticket sales for Suborbital Space Flights

From the Podcasters:

A Final Note About Steve Fossett… from The PlaneMadness Podcast
by (Capt'n Chris)

Airspeed Announces 2009 Airshow Season Coverage
from Airspeed by Stephen Force (Steve Tupper)

Langley AFB-VA, KLFI from Fence Check
Tyndall AFB from Fence Check
Airlines :: Qantas B747 can't stay out of harms way . . . from FlightAware > Discussions
Spinner, 2008 Reno Air Races on Flickr - Photo Sharing! by (thatguyeric)
Cars from Fence Check
Pictures from SARL Air Race, Taylor, 22-11-2008 from

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