Thursday, March 19, 2009

Indy Transponder 19-March 2250z

Thunder in the Valley rolls out events - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, GA
The World War II pilot training plane is one of four that will fly formations during the Thunder in the Valley Air Show this weekend. Spectators will have their eyes on the sky when the annual Thunder in the Valley Air Show comes to town this weekend. ...

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, "Thunderbirds," has announced its 2009 air show schedule. In their 56th season, the Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform more than 73 shows in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Far East. Entering his second season, Lt. Col. Greg Thomas, the team's commander and leader, welcomes the opportunity to again represent the nearly 700,000 active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian Airmen, serving in the United States and overseas. "The entire team is excited about our 2009 schedule," Colonel Thomas said, who commands the Air Combat Command unit. "This year we are humbled to represent Airmen at locations throughout America and overseas." Colonel Thomas will join 11 officers and more than 120 enlisted Airmen during the 2009 air show season. "We are focused on making this season thrilling for audiences from Ocean City, Maryland, to the Far East," said Colonel Thomas, who leads a demonstration composed of more than 40 aerial maneuvers and a ground show. "Our team comes from over 30 specialties throughout the Air Force; they are proud to represent their fellow Airmen who continually execute the Air Force mission, which is to Fly, Fight and Win ... in air, space and cyberspace."

The Blue Angels' mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps. A Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. It includes the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-plane Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two Solo Pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation. The team is stationed at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, during the show season. However, the squadron spends January through March training pilots and new team members at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California. The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly 66 air shows at 35 air show sites in the United States during the 2007 season, as the team celebrates 20 years of flying the F/A-18 Hornet. Last season, more than 15 million spectators watched the Blue Angels perform. Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 427 million fans.

Mojave Plane Crazy this Saturday! from Mojave Skies by Alan Radecki
The handful of cool and unusual aircraft that graced Mojave's traffic pattern yesterday provide a great opportunity to remind everyone that this Saturday it is time once again for the Mojave Flightline to open up to the public for another Plane Crazy Saturday. Featured this month will be Ralph Wise's one-of-a-kind GT-400 (this brute is not to be mistaken for the ultralight of the same designation!).

Rnzaf Air Show This Saturday - Voxy, New Zealand
20 March 2009 - The skies above Auckland will be buzzing with the sound of aircraft of all shapes and sizes for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Whenuapai's biennial Air Show and Open Day this Saturday 21 March. The day gives the public the chance ...

Spring training from Patty Wagstaff
What do airshow pilots do in March? We train and get our G tolerance up for the airshow season. For me it means that I train every day, sometimes twice a day, in the box here at St. Augustine. I work up to pulling (positive or inside) and especially pushing (negative or outside) the hard G's that I push and pull in my airhsow routine. I find it to be a pretty predictable process and since I've been doing this for awhile, have a good feel for how long it takes to get conditioned for G's. Amazingly, after taking two or three months off from airshow or competition flying in the winter (a necessary indulgence) it takes about two months to get fully back into the swing of a hard G routine. 
So, I will plod back out to the airport, strap on my Extra 300S, and continue with the process again. So far my eyes are not too bloodshot!

It's been a couple years since the Blue Angels have come to town but guess what, they're finally back and the show is just around the corner. The 325th fighter wing is proud to host their 2009 event on March 28 & 29, 2009 at Tyndall Air Force Base. ...

AirVenture Cup Race Returns to Dayton For 2009 from News from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The 12th running of the AirVenture Cup Race is planned for Sunday, July 26, as nine classes of amateur-built category take off from Wright Brothers Airport (MGY) in Dayton, Ohio, in a beat-the-clock dash to AirVenture Oshkosh.

Frecce Tricolori - SUBMITTED THE PROGRAM OF 2009 SEASON  - Google/Translate (Aeronautica Militare)
The season of acrobatic 'Frecce Tricolori' will begin officially on 1 May with the traditional expressions of Rivolto (Udine) devoted to the club the same name (the National Acrobatica Patrol is the only patrol in the world to have a fan club). 
"The program is in line with the tight economic situation of the moment - said the biggest Massimo Tammaro, Commander of the Frecce Tricolori - but is well designed to maximize resources and ensure the presence everywhere, from the Alps to Sicily ". 
To cover, with the resources available, all of Italy was the intention of the leaders of the General Staff of the Air Force, working on drafting the program of the Patrol in cooperation with the Aero Club d'Italia. ...

Spectators gaze as a world record-breaking 10178.3-foot Wall of Fire erupts on the air station's flight line during the grand finale of the 2009 Yuma Air Show Saturday. The wall coincided with the final pass of the air show's headline act "Tora, Tora, ...

Gunny Ermey a fan fav on flight line - Desert Warrior, Arizona
R. Lee Ermey signs autographs for fans at the Marine For Life booth during the Yuma Air Show Saturday. After the Wall of Fire, perhaps the next longest thing at Saturday's Yuma Air Show was the line of people waiting to meet Hollywood's hardest-working ...

EAA Gears up to Participate at Sun 'n Fun 2009 from EAA - The Experimental Aircraft Association
As the 35th Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, April 21-26 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida, draws near, EAA continues preparations to provide an array of offerings at the EAA Welcome Center, admission discounts, forum presentations, and more.

from Vertical Online RSS Feeds - News Page
Pilots from across the United States will showcase their helicopters at the 10th annual Hiller Aviation Museum's Vertical Challenge on June 20, 2009. The aim of this event is to get helicopters the respect that is usually reserved for airplanes by showcasing the abilities of the agile aircraft.

Posted by Sqn Led Andy Pawsey (Light Blue Spy) on UKAR:-
“Regret to announce that the 2009 RAF Tucano display season has been cancelled.
Not a decision taken lightly. All possibilities have been explored but none are viable. Looking forward to seeing Mike back as the 2010 RAF Tucano display pilot.”

The American pilot Mike Mandgold rolls past the Emirates Palace during qualification for last year's Red Bull Air Race.

By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter Abu Dhabi: The Red Bull Air Race, which attracts one of the biggest crowds for an event in the UAE, has received a three-year boost by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) to host the Red Bull Air Race World ...

Austrian ace Hannes Arch will have the full support of the city of Abu Dhabi when he commences the campaign to defend his title at the opening round of the 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the United Arab Emirates capital on 17th and 18th April. 

Kelly and his B-17 crew, bombed the daylights out of the Japanese cruiser Ashigara. Japanese Zeros swarmed Capt. Kelly’s plane. The young Florida pilot held on to the controls of the wounded B-17, giving his crew members a chance to bail out. ...

Future air show demo pilot?
Maj. Joseph T. "O.D." Bachmann departed the runway at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth plant at 11:29 a.m. CDT and flew the aircraft to 15,000 feet, checking handling qualities and engine response before landing one hour and 15 minutes later. ...

New post: Dialing in our Air Show Routine  by Othar_Lawrence Redbull Airforce

By DANNY HENLEY A top aerobatics pilot is coming to Hannibal Regional Airport to share some of his skills. However, next month’s training will not necessarily exclude those who are feint of heart or weak of stomach. Eddie Merchant, founder and owner of ...

Hit Me With Your Best Shot from Air & Space Magazine

Transitioning From Earth to the Air from EAA - The Experimental Aircraft Association
They spent months proving that it could drive. Earlier this month, with little fanfare, they proved it could fly. In the early morning hours of March 5, at Plattsburgh (New York) International Airport, test pilot Phil Meteer, a retired US Air Force colonel, made the first flight of the Terrafugia Transition. Often referred to as a flying car, the Transition is a two-seat, roadable aircraft designed to take off and land at local airports and drive on any road.

Beautiful Air-to-Air Video of RC Planes from Aviation Entertainment 
I never thought that a video of RC airplanes could be beautiful, but this one is. Both planes have tiny onboard cameras that show a pilots-eye view from the tiny aircraft. It’s called First Person Video (FPV).
But this video has much more than just FPV. It has air-to-air footage from an RC camera plane as it follows an RC seaplane. RC air-to-air video? Has that ever been done before?

Harrier sunset & Typhoon burn from PPRuNe Forums by hellwingaviation
USS John C. Stennis - Flight Deck Photos from Military Photos by Netzach
Vietnam Helicopter Photographs from PPRuNe Forums by SASless
Pic of the Week (24 March) F-22 Raptor from Flight Image of the Day
Caption Contest #12Birth Of A Winner! from Airpigz Blog by Martt Clupper
More photos of B-24, B-17, Huey and P-51 at San Marcos yesterday, online now for your viewing pleasure by futurshox (Jo Hunter)

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