Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Indy Transponder 03-December 0115z

MEDIA ADVISORY: Van Nuys Airport's 80th Anniversary Celebration ... - MarketWatch
The dinner event will pay special tribute to Helinet Aviation for donating a $1.7 million helicopter, six pilots on 24-hour standby, insurance and fuel to ... Coverage of Reno from Another Time by DT Linn
Curtis Fowles of has posted his photos and stories from the 2008 Reno Air Races. His photos are a MUST SEE! Check it out here.

“Puff” the Magic Gee Bee! from Kermit's Blog by Kermit
... Next year we plan on doing some live action filming with the three Gee Bee airplanes for a TV show we hope to place on PBS. We have already taken the “All of Life is a School” book and used the original illustrations with me narrating it to create a short video. We even included the song I wrote. I plan to add some live action footage with kids out at Fantasy of Flight around the characters and include some of the original historical footage that is currently on the website. ...

Airmen bid farewell to two Doolittle Raiders - Pactrick Air Force Base, FL
There were 16 B-25 bombers that took part in the raid. Lt. Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle orchestrated the secret attack by the bombers launched from the ...

Past Contact! Mechanics in Aviation History - AMT Magazine, MD
Successful engine tests in January of 1902, included Manly’s starting mechanism design enabling the aviator to bring the power plant to life mid-air. ...

Retracing history - Helena Independent Record, MT
Backed with the 43rd pilot’s license ever issued by the Aero Club of America, the nation’s youngest aviator arrived in Helena with his Curtiss Pusher as the ...

Airbus Donates for Phase Two of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum announced today a gift of $6 million for Phase Two of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center from Airbus Americas Inc. The gift is the largest corporate gift to the Smithsonian Institution in 2008. In recognition of the donation ...

Putt Putt Maru has New Owner from P38Assn Blog by Kelly
We got word from a couple of sources that P-38 #44-53095 (Putt Putt Maru) has changed hands again. It is now owned by Tom Freidkin of Houston, TX....

P-38 Lightning Newsletter - P38 Assn

Flight Lines - Air & Space Magazine
Why contrails hang around.

Catalina Headed DownUnder from PPRuNe Forums by flynerd
The Catalina that's flown into Darwin today wasn't used to defend Australia, but was found in Portugal and lovingly restored by a group of enthusiasts and the Sydney based Catalina Flying Memorial.
It uses 400 litres of fuel every hour in-flight and has cost more than $350,000 to restore and bring from Europe to Australia.
The Catalina flies to Cairns next and will travel down the east coast until it reaches a museum in Rathmines in New South Wales.
It's now the second operational Catalina in Australia, but the only one that can operate from the land and the water.
I remember seeing these giants land and take off from the Swan river in Perth in the early 1950's.

Bell Helicopter with a difference from The Unwanted Blog by admin
From 1954 comes this odd result of a mating of a helicopter and a flying wing. With seating for two crew and 40 passengers (18 of whom had window seats), this was a “flying bus” concept. Power was to be provided by two Wright R-1820s or two Pratt & Whitney R-2800s. Dimensions currently lacking.

Air show coming Saturday - Rowlett Lakeshore Times, TX
Organizers say the action is non-stop with aerobatic demonstrations, specialty aircraft, stunt helicopter, fast planes, real turbine jets, war birds, ...

Women in Aviation
Photo from EAA Airventure Gallery
Kaua‘i third stop on world record attempt - Lihue Garden Island, HI
Foy is no stranger to aviation, having won the 2006 Air Race Classic, an all-female cross country airplane race covering 2478 miles, in a Mooney Ovation ...

Women wing walkers from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale
Golden Age aerialists performing thrills for motion pictures and newsreels. Aviatrix footage of the of Mabel Cody, Lilian Boyer, Pancho Barnes, Bobbi Trout and Ninety-Nines aviatrix. See:
Only 19 seconds worth of footage here, but you get the idea...

Mary Regalbuto Jones from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale
... Mary founded the First National Biplane Fly-In in Bartlesville in 1987, and she was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Science from Oklahoma State University in 1997, when she was 75. ...

Documentary: Wings of their Own from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale
I recieved a review copy today of Wings of Their Own, a documentary produced in 2006 which interviewed dozens of women pilots and told the story of some of the early pioneers. ...

Rocket company sells discount rides to space - Reuters
Lynx passengers will fly in the cockpit with a former space shuttle commander by their side. Richard Searfoss, a retired Air Force colonel and astronaut who ...
USS Indianapolis Survivor Recounts Tale Of Survival - Bristol Herald Courier, TN
Serving aboard the USS Indianapolis in 1945, Seaman James Smith was sent to the brig for five days for leaving the ship to visit a girlfriend. ...

The December 2008 edition of Grissom ARB's E-Paper, the Heartland Warrior, is now available. The Heartland Warrior has eight pages of stories, photos and features on the 434th Air Refueling Wing and its people.

Top stories in the December edition include:
  • Changes made to retired pay dates
  • Observances let unit members celebrate diversity
  • "Warlord' takes over ORI prep
  • Services programs boost morale
  • Vacant SARC position filled at Grissom
  • Tricare premiums decrease beginning in January
For the complete edition, click

Flighttime Radio Show 47 from Flighttime Radio Show Podcast

Weird F135/F/A35 photos... from Military Photos by eATS
Classic Jets from Fence Check
Black jets from Flight Image of the Day by Barbara Cockburn

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