Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Indy Transponder 3-February 0200z

Thunderbirds perform Super Bowl flyover - Joint Base Balad, Iraq
(AFNS) -- The US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds thrilled more than 70000 spectators at Super Bowl XLIII by performing a flyover at ...
What's That? New Jet Engines? Can't Hear. Loud Plane Above. - MSNBC
When the US Air Force Thunderbirds do the traditional fly-over at the Super Bowl Sunday, their F-16 jets will be powered by brand new Pratt & Whitney ...

Air Force's Thunderbirds to appear in the Valley in August - Youngstown Vindicator, OH
8 and 9, will be the organization's first air show at the air reserve station since 1986. The show is free and open to the public.

Air Show In City Of Al-Ain, UAE from Technorati
January 28, in the United Arab Emirates started aeroshow in Al-Ain, which will last until 31 January. In the air show are participating masters of aerobatics from the Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia, the United States, Pakistan and other countries in the world.Flight program last year were Russian speakers flight team «Strizhi» aircraft MiG-29. In addition, Russia was represented by a specially equipped Il-76, which is designed to train astronauts to work in a sta...

Air show moves to Yarmouth for 2009 show - Trident
By Virginia Beaton The Nova Scotia International Air Show (NSIAS) will present its 2009 show in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Aero India 2009 to be be kicked off from February 11 - Indopia, India
Bangalore , Feb 2 The 7th Edition of Aero India, Asia&aposs premier air show, showcasing the best in aviation, will be held in the city from February 11 to ...

Let the countdown begin! from Pilot Brad's Flying Blog by pilotbrad
AirVenture 2009 As I write this there are 174 days, 15 hours, 48 minutes and 36… 35… 34 seconds to go until AirVenture 2009 begins. In keeping with that theme, I booked my airline tickets today. While in past years I have flown into Bloomington, IL and driven to the show with my friend Chad, this year I decided to make the trip a little shorter and by flying into and out of Appleton, WI which is just a quick 30 minutes drive north of Oshkosk. Surprisingly, using Appleton got me better fares than flying into either Milwaukee or Chicago, and with only 1 stop each way, not bad!
In addition to changes in travel, we had a group discussion and decided that we would not camp this year, but instead would stay in the UW dorms. Frank the tank is going back to college!!! The dorms are a bit more expensive than camping, but this way those of us traveling from afar don't have to schlep our camping gear on the airlines. In addition, real bathrooms… enuf said!
We've got a big group going this year so it should be a blast, I can't wait!

Russia to show MiG-35 jet fighter at Aero India 2009 - RIA Novosti, Russia
MOSCOW, February 2 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will use an upcoming air show in India to showcase its MiG-35 advanced jet fighter, a contender to win an Indian ...

MXR produces first plane here - Wilkes Journal Patriot, NC
...Red Bull World Championship pilot Alejandro Maclean flew the new airplane Friday.
"It's an exciting aircraft to fly," Maclean said afterward. "Although, it's interesting that I'll be competing against it in the race season."
The new aircraft will be owned and operated by Maclean's competitor on the Red Bull circuit, Sergey Rakhmanin. The race season starts in the spring.
Maclean's own Red Bull circuit airplane is currently being prepared for him in the MXR facility at Wilkes airport.
The aircraft is designated as an MX-R model, specially built for aerobatic racing.
The demonstration Friday included an older MX-S model flown by Australian air race champion Matt Hall, who is the latest pilot named to the Red Bull Air Race World Championship circuit.
The demonstration also featured an aerobatic show by 2008 Advanced Word Aerobatic Champion Rob Holland in his signature aircraft.
Hall and Maclean swooped, dived and buzzed the airport hangar at high speed to the delight of the crowd Friday. ...

P-38 Lightning Aces Symposium by Kelly
We've just received word that the American Fighter Aces Association will be holding a P-38 Lightning Aces Symposium on Sunday, February 15, at the former McClellan Air Force Base, CA. They will have FOUR (count 'em) P-38 aces on the panel and will include an autograph session in the event. How often will you get a [...]

Tuskegee Airmen from Air Force Link Top Stories
The Tuskegee Airman were an elite group of African-American pilots in the 1940s. They were pioneers in equality and integration of the Armed Forces. The term "Tuskegee Airmen" refers to all who were involved in the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.
The primary flight training for these servicemembers took place at the Division of Aeronautics of Tuskegee Institute. Air Corps officials built a separate facility at Tuskegee Army Air Field to train the pilots. The Tuskegee Airmen not only battled enemies during wartime but also fought against racism and segregation thus proving they were just as good as any other pilot. Racism was common during World War II and many people did not want blacks to become pilots. They trained in overcrowded classrooms and airstrips, and suffered from the racist attitude of some military officials. The Tuskegee Airman suffered many hardships, but they proved themselves to be world class pilots.

Pilot who flew critical WWII raid receives DSC from Air Force Times - News
More than 65 years after taking part in one of aerial warfare's most epic missions, a former B-24 pilot saw his award for heroism upgraded to the nation's second-highest military honor.

86-Year Old World War II Veteran Blogs About His War Experience from Milblogging.com
(The Republican-American) Fein, who is 86, didn't learn how to use a computer until 10 years ago, when he was living in Flemington, N.J. Students at a high school were offering an afterschool class to teach seniors how to use computers, so he decided to give it a shot.
He became hooked, and that's when he found his niche.
Fein, a World War II veteran who served during the Normandy invasion, started a blog in April 2007 to share his stories of the war. Like many veterans who have seen combat, the minute details of Army life are imprinted in his mind. The blog gives him a chance to explore and share his experiences in one of the most public of forums.
Read the entire news story here.
Check out his blog here.

Aero-TV: FAA Parachute Safety -- A Master Rigger Explains Updates - Aero-News Network, FL
At the ever-intriguing 2008 ICAS Convention, ANN's Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, caught up with Master Rigger, Allen Silver, to get caught up on parachute ...

US Air Force Museum Exhibits Warrior Airmen - HULIQ
A new dynamic exhibit titled "Warrior Airmen," which presents the essential role of Air Force people in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM opened today at the National Museum of the US Air Force. The exhibit, which is located in the museum's ...

Air Force navigators' reunion at Air Force Museum - Dayton Daily News
The Air Force Navigators Observers Association, established in 1985, has about 1200 members. Among those expected to attend the Oct. 14-16 event at the Air Force museum include Ed Whitcomb, a former Indiana governor and retired Air Force colonel who ...

WeatherBug goes live at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum - Helicopter Association International, VA
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum has formed an educational partnership with the WeatherBug Corporation, which resulted in a weather station installation on ...

Lonely times at Kalaeloa museum - Honolulu Advertiser
By Gordon YK Pang KALAELOA - With little fanfare, Naval Air Museum Barbers Point celebrated its 10th anniversary a few weeks ago.

C-17 damaged in gear-up landing at Bagram from Air Force Times - News
A C-17 Globemaster made a "gear up" landing at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan late Friday.

Legendary Aviation Inventor Si Robin Honored for Revolutionizing ... - PR Newswire (press release)
2 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviation inventor and engineer Seymour "Si" Robin has received a Living Legends of Aviation Award for his lifelong accomplishments as the leading designer of antennas for commercial, business and military airborne applications used on ...

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie from AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points by Jill Tallman
Thirty-eight years ago, when Don McLean released "American Pie," few if any of my 12-year-old friends knew the backstory: that it begins with McLean's memories of "the day the music died"–the night Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper and their pilot crashed in a snow-coverered field in Iowa. We just knew we liked the song. (I had the 45.) If we were lucky, the deejay on our AM station played the full version, but most of the time he didn't. (It was almost nine minutes long, after all.)
Likely you're seeing a lot of media accounts of that crash this week on its fiftieth anniversary. If you haven't already, grab the February 2009 issue of AOPA Pilot and read Bruce Landsberg's thoughtful article. It's a tragic chapter in history made sadder still by the realization that, 50 years later, VFR-into-IMC is still taking lives.

For sale: Entebbe raid souvenir C-130 from The DEW Line by Stephen Trimble
Here's one for the eBay enthusiasts. The Israeli Ministry of Defense is holding a public auction on five C-130s, including one involved in the dramatic rescue of Israeli hostages at the Entebbe airport in 1976.
My London-based colleague and mid-east aviation expert David Kaminski-Morrow reports:
The aircraft, bearing Israeli Air Force identifier 106, was one of four deployed after an Air France Airbus A300 - operating Tel Aviv-Athens-Paris - was hijacked out of Greece on 27 June 1976 and diverted to Uganda.
In its official tender documentation, the ministry lists aircraft 106, which was built in 1971, as an 'early H' variant with 14,395 landings. It says this aircraft "may be in use" by the air force until no later than 30 September.

Dogs Don't Fly from Pilots of America Message Board by David_L_Wilson
I have written a youth oriented book to encourage the young to learn aviaton. Let me know what you think.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Augustans to pull jet to raise money for charity - NBC Augusta, South Carolina
The first ever Plane Pull event in Augusta is scheduled for May 30. "[The] Plane Pull will be Augusta's most unique fundraising event," said Betts Murdison, ...

Briefs: WK2 returning to flight; Space tourism vehicle certification from RLV and Space Transport News
Will Whitehorn tells Rob Coppinger that the WK2 will fly again soon: Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo to fly again "very soon" - Hyperbola.

Virgin offers up 25 million 'Velocity Points' to put you in space from Engadget by Darren Murph
We thought that Virgin might allow its most loyal patrons to exchange frequent flyer points for trips to space, and now it looks like they hope to jump-start the process with a seriously stacked contest. In Australia, the company is now counting 'Velocity Points' as entry to a drawing where you could win 25 million frequent flyer miles -- or exactly the amount you need to get yourself a space flight for two. Oh, and if you have no interest in ever looking like that chap pictured above, Virgin will also let you exchange them for a pair of Alfa Romeo vehicles, the chance to explore the planet "how you see fit" or a $170,000 shopping spree. ...

'Caption Contest' #6 - With Rule Changes - from Airpigz Blog by Martt Clupper
Ends Tuesday Evening 2-3-09 At 9PM EST

Tommy Lee's helicopter stop - The List, UK
Tommy, 46, is a huge fan of flying and last year set a new world record by getting a tattoo while 45000ft in the air. Tattoo artist Mario Barth, ...

Stadium ceremony welcomes home Ind. guardsmen from Air Force Times - News
INDIANAPOLIS — About 4,500 members of the Indiana Air and Army National Guard marched into Lucas Oil Stadium amid cheers of appreciation for their service overseas.

P-51 Mustang from Fence Check
General Aviation from Fence Check [uh, looks like a YAK in this one]
Movie Monday - February 2 - XB-70 Valkyrie from Flightblogger by Jon Ostrower
Amazing photos: US Airways jet stops traffic in New Jersey from USATODAY.com
Today In the Sky by Ben Abramson
After its miraculous crash landing on the Hudson River last month, the strange journey of US Airways flight 1549 continues. On Saturday the wreckage of the Airbus A320 was plucked from a barge at a marina in Jersey City, placed...

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