Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Indy Transponder 17-December 1100z

USAF Thunderbirds To Headline 2009 OC Air Show from Aero-News Network
Team Will Headline Second Annual Event The Air Force Thunderbirds have announced that they will perform at next year's OC Air Show. The event will open the town's summer season in style as it moves to a weekend, taking place June 13-14, 2009.

Military jet teams pass Mankato by - Mankato Free Press, MN
... Angels and the Golden Knights — the US Army Parachute Team — will perform in Janesville, Wis., as a part of the Southern Wisconsin AirFest on May 30 and 31.

Two New Air Shows Ahead For 2009 from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Air shows continue to be one of the best vehicles for introducing the masses to the world of aviation, and this week brought announcements about two major new shows coming up next year. Colorado Sport Aviation said it will launch the Colorado Sport International Air Show and Rocky Mountain Regional Fly-In at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Denver, on Aug. 22-23. The Rocky Mountain Fly-In has been held at various locations in its 29-year history, and this will be a new venue, incorporating the airport's popular annual open house event. The airport, located between Denver and Boulder, is close to plenty of tourist facilities and potential visitors, and provides spectacular mountain scenery. Also, Branson Airport, in Branson, Mo., will host the first annual Branson Air Show, May 8-10, which will set the stage for the grand opening of the brand-new, privately operated commercial airport on May 11. Acts will include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Manfred Radius, Patty Wagstaff, and more, plus plenty of warbirds on display. More performers are expected to be confirmed soon.

Branson Airport's Planned Airshow on KHOZ Radio from
Branson Airport officials have announced that the United States Air Force Demonstration Squadron--better known as the "Thunderbirds"-- will be performing at the first ever Branson Air Show, May 9th and 10th. The Branson Air Show will highlight the grand opening weekend of the Branson Airport, the first privately financed and operated commercial service airport in the United States. Also appearing at the air show will be the U.S. Army Parachute Team-the "Golden Knights".

Thunderbirds Rumbling the Peoria Skies - Central Illinois Proud, IL
WMBD/WYZZ – PEORIA - The Thunderbirds will be flying in over Peoria for the 25th Annual Prairie Air Show. WMBD is a proud sponsor of the 2009 Air Show. ...

Fort Lauderdale Air and Sea Show to return in 2010 -, FL
From 1995 to 2007, promoter Mickey Markoff and his air-show organization put on the annual beachfront spectacle, featuring fighter jets and bombers, ...

The Chippewa Valley Air Show Soars to the Top - WQOW TV News 18
Chippewa County (WQOW) - The Chippewa Valley Air Show soars to the top. The Blue Angels picked our local show as the best of the year for the team.

An All-American Airshow - Flying Magazine
... protect the innocent, violate the guilty, save lives and stamp out disease as monitor of the annual airshow ... and chicken barbecue. ...

CC Airshows from
I am excited to announce that along with my solo routine, I am teaming up with Michael Mancuso for 2009! We have been working hard together in Florida, and have put together a World Class formation r...

With bone chilling winds outside, the paint team who tirelessly worked on the gilded F-86 unveiled the historic paint scheme in the comfort of the hangar. Hawk One is the cornerstone for the Canadian Centennial of Flight events in 2009.
Check Out the Golden Sabre

Hiller Aviation & Museum About Us from
Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson's
bold venture into space tourism,is well on its way to becoming the world's first spaceline. Testing ofmother ship WhiteKnightTwo has begun and the team at Scaled Composites inMojave are working toward the completion of SpaceShipTwo. Once the VirginGalactic space flight system is fully tested, passenger operations willcommence--perhaps as early as the first quarter of 2010. Space travel forthe general public is about to become a reality! To learn more about the dawning age of space tourism, plan to be at themuseum Saturday January 24th. Beginning at 11am, a team from VirginGalactic will give a lively and informative multimedia presentation aboutprivate space travel to all museum attendees. Representatives will beavailable after the presentation to answer questions and even takereservations for a trip to space.

Drop dead gorgeous P-38 - At this web site you can see several copyrighted images from Bernard Zee of a beautiful P-38 recently restored and under Red Bull livery. Wow. The web site says it will soon be taken to Austria. . It has the early model streamlined cowls that look great. And other images show an induction across the top of each engine that I don’t recognize. Maybe it’s an early cowl feature I don’t remember. I wonder if this is the plane Lefty Gardner used to fly? His airshow act at Reno every year was my fav

Hello Plane Folks, This week I bring you an essay on the ever popular Bonanza, a real classic. Enjoy! Here's the link to the essay- All the best, Max

WhiteKnight2 Completes Taxi Test; New Mexico Spaceport OK'd from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Is a first flight imminent for the White Knight Two? When the huge double-hulled aircraft rolled out last summer in Mojave, the media was told to expect a first flight by the end of this year. This week, Flight International reports that at least one low-speed taxi trial took place last Friday at about 3 p.m. local time (click here for video), and the first flight may take place as soon as this Friday. The airplane was designed to carry space tourists for Virgin Galactic. WK2 will fly to about 50,000 feet with a spaceship suspended beneath its wing. The spaceship will then fall free and light a rocket to reach altitudes above 100,000 feet, where tourists can experience weightlessness and view the curvature of the Earth. This week, the age of space tourism took another step forward when the FAA issued a license for vertical and horizontal launches for Spaceport America, in New Mexico. Virgin Galactic is expected to sign a lease for the facility by the end of this month, and construction should begin early next year. The project will be the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the U.S.

A Pilot's Dream Gift -- Time In Mustang Simulator from AVwebFlash Current Issue
If there's a pilot on your holiday shopping list who's impossible to buy for, here's a gift that should put a spark in any pilot's eye -- an hour in a full-motion Citation Mustang jet flight simulator. FlightSafety International is offering a special gift package for anyone with an interest, pilot or not, the Wichita Eagle reported this week. The Cessna Learning Center in Wichita, Kan., will provide a brief overview of the jet plus an hour at the simulator controls, with an instructor, for $400. Eagle reporter Molly McMillin tried it out, and said "You really feel like you're doing the flying." Time slots can be booked between Dec. 29 and Jan. 2, a time frame, we suspect, when regular paying customers are scarce. For information, call Catherine Kreitler at (316) 220-3100.

How C-130s Are Built from Air Cargo Blog by Cargo Blog
The C-130 Hercules airlifter is a four-engine cargo aircraft used by military forces in more than 60 countries. HowStuffWorks visited Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Georgia to find out how the C-130 is built. Check out our video describing the process.

On June 13, 2005, one of the most historic surviving aircraft from WWII was recovered from the waters of the Traunsee in Austria. Wednesday night, 8pm ET, National Geographic will air "Crash Into Hell" about this fabled P-47 and its return to glory.
Learn More and See Photos

Aerosmith Aviation on TV’s “How It’s Made” By Tom Norton
Aerosmith Aviation of Lubbock, Texas, will be featured on the hit TV show “How It’s Made!” through late December on the Science Channel. The segment will detail the aircraft painting process. The program shows behind the scenes in the aircraft refurbishment industry. Air dates on the Science Channel are Dec. 19 at 9 PM, Dec. 20 at noon, Dec. 21 at 4 AM, Dec. 21 at 5 PM, Dec. 22 at 4 PM and Dec. 25 at 1:30 PM. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Aerosmith Aviation provides aircraft refurbishing services from painting to interiors, for a range of aircraft from light jets to Being Business Jets. The company is based at East Texas Regional Airport near Dallas. For information:

Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion - A- 'HOLE in one'... from
'Monday-after-the-races' at Reno/Stead Field - 9/17/84: A classic example of a severely- 'holed' RR Merlin piston, is illustrated here in a macro view of this gremlin-kissed unit - extracted from P-51D Mustang Racer #7 STREGA's motor, which forced race pilot Ron Hevle to execute a premature Lap-7 exit out of Sunday's Reno '84 Unlimited Gold Championship final.

Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion - GREAT B-36 CLIP from
For those of you old enough to remember Jimmy Stewart in "Strategic Air Command" in the 1950's, here is a clip from that movie. Like many of the other films of that period, Stewart played a major league baseball player in the Post WWII period who is called back to active duty service to join SAC. Anyway, whoever sent out this clip found some good pictures of the interiors and exterior of the B-36. Remember, "Six Turnin' and Four Burnin"".....the six props and the four jets that were hung out on the wing to help the production models get off the ground. The B-36 was designed during WWII when the US thought that England would be lost and we would be fighting the Germans from the US and Canada. 20It was designed to take the War to European cities from this side of the Atlantic.

Huntsville Author Recalls the Startup of Pan American Airways Flying Boats Video from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News
Huntsville, AL -Recently Jamie Dodson visited Birmingham's Southern Museum of Flight during their 1st Aviation Art Expo. While there, he introduced his newly published work at a book signing. Historically based, it is a fascinating tale of character Nick Grant and his inadvertent entry into espionage and intrigue between the U.S. and Japan in 1935. Photos - VG-Photo - 2008 airshow season from 2008 airshow season

Evansville Airport Plans for Possible Stimulus Funding from Headlines - Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick
Evansville Regional Airport officials have put together a list of projects that could be funded through possible economic stimulus money from the federal government. President-elect Barack Obama has proposed an initiative to provide more money for infrastructure projects in the hopes of kick-starting the economy. Our partners at the Evansville Courier & Press report the airport project list includes leveling a safety zone at the end of a runway in 2009 and the reconstruction of a parking area in 2010.

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