Saturday, March 21, 2009

Indy Transponder 21-March 0245z

Blue Angels land in Southwest Florida - MSNBC
CHARLOTTE COUNTY: The US Navy Blue Angels flew into Punta Gorda Thursday so pilots could begin preparing for the Florida International Air Show. The famous fighter jets are headlining the air show this weekend at Charlotte County Airport for the first ...

Golden Knights Grace the Sky of Panama City Beach - WJHG-TV, FL
But that's how the US Army's parachute team known as the Golden Knights goes to work almost every day of the year. The team, which travels across the nation, is in Panama City Beach this week strutting their stuff in the air. Thursday the group dropped ...

Aero-TV Profiles Cecil Field 2009: An Airshow For Alan Henley from Aero-News Network
Record Number of Performers Scheduled -- This Is THE Place To Be April 18-19! As previously noted, the airshow industry, and the community that supports it, is said to be a close-knit and supportive one... and if there was ever any doubt about that, it has to disappear with the upcoming Cecil Field Airshow... a celebration of aviation that has been brought about, in large part, to help and support Alan Henley...

Airshows can be a lot of fun by Let's be Frank - Showline Promotional Products
I have been pretty fortunate over the past 32 season of airshows, having met some outstanding people. Athletes, movie stars, just about every airshow performer there is, and in this case, a photographer who is so low-key, many wouldn't know she is doing her job.
Laryl Hancock lives in Yuma, AZ, and she has photographed the entire Marine Corps Air Station Yuma airshow on Saturday, March 14th. I mean, many many photos. I had the pleasure of previewing the entire gallery, and I am impressed! For me, that's going some.

Flying with the Frecce Tricolori in the training season from David Cenciotti's weblog
Even if the Giornata Azzurra, the annual Open Day of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF) held in Pratica di Mare, was cancelled because of budget constraints, the Frecce Tricolori calendar, recently unveiled by the ItAF here: seems to be quite interesting, with the partecipation to a few foreign events.
In 2009 airshow season, the Frecce Tricolori display team will attend the CENTENARY AIR DAYS at RNAS Yeovilton (Jul. 10-12), the Royal International Air Tattoo 2009 at RAF Fairford (Jul. 15-20), MAKS 2009 at Zhukovsky, Moscow (Aug. 18-23) and the Dubai Air Show (Nov. 15-19).
Dealing with the Italian airshows, the 10 aircraft of the Frecce Display Team, will attend the 50th Anniversary of the AWTI (Air Weapons Training Installation) at Decimomannu airbase on Sept. 25 and the airshow for the 100th Anniversary of the first flight in Cameri on Oct. 4.
As usual, the Frecce's display season will begin on May 1 at the team's homebase, Rivolto, in North East Italy. That is the base where the 313° Gruppo Addestramento Acrobatico trains during the "Winter" season, the period of the year which goes from the end of November to May 1st. ...

Typhoon pilot prepares for 2009 Display Season from Flightline UK - UK Airshow News by Flightline UK
From the Royal Air Force Coningsby website.
Flight Lieutenant Scott Loughran has been announced as the new Typhoon Display Pilot.
The pilot, from 29 (Reserve) Squadron, RAF Coningsby, is due to carry out his first public display at Duxford on 17 May.
Flt Lt Loughran said, "I was delighted to be selected as the Typhoon Display pilot for 2009. I consider myself very lucky to be doing a job which is so challenging and rewarding and I do it with the support of a large number of very committed and skilled personnel. It is a privilege to fly such a formidable, cutting edge multi role aircraft and I hope that everyone will enjoy watching the display as much as I enjoy performing it." ...

Are you ready for the More Bus Air Festival 2009? - Bournemouth Daily Echo, UK
Other flying attractions already booked are the locally based Yakovlev Aerobatic Team and the helicopters of the Blades. Night time festivities will include a hot air balloon show, fireworks and street entertainment. The launch event was held on Friday ...

Air Tattoo welcomes 51st Nation on board from Flightline UK - UK Airshow News by Flightline UK
The Algerian Air Force will make its Royal International Air Tattoo debut this summer – bringing to 51 the number of countries that have taken part in the Cotswold airshow since it was first held in 1971.
Securing a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from Algeria is a coup for the Air Tattoo as it is rare for aircraft from Africa to take part in UK airshows. From the continent, only South Africa and Morocco have sent aircraft in the past.
Rob Windsor, the Air Tattoo's Head of Aircraft Operations, said Algeria's participation reflected the excellent reputation the airshow has built up over the years around the world. He said: "For more than three decades, international air arms have seen the Air Tattoo as a valuable place to meet, build relationships and exchange ideas. It's particularly pleasing when we have nations joining us for the very first time and it will definitely be something the aircraft enthusiasts will be looking forward to." ...

P-38 Event - April 4 - Planes of Fame from Kelly
Several of our members are going to be involved in the "Living History Flying Day" at the Planes of Fame in Chino, CA, on April 4 — including two of our P‑38 combat pilots: Jack "Fox" Olson and Thomas "Ox" Oxford. It will be on Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and [...]

The trembling ace - BBC News, UK
As the article states, he feared being burnt alive if his aeroplane caught fire. In those days British airmen were not allowed parachutes. The reason given, was insulting to the aviators of the RFC, as the army commanders thought that aircrew would use ...

Ed Lovick: Radar Man from The Aviation Nation by Annie Jacobsen
My story about Black Ops in Burbank featuring Edward Lovick, the grandfather of stealth, made its way to the top ten most emailed and top ten most viewed story at the Los Angeles Times this week.
Lovick turned 90-years old last month. He's working on a website, his science journal and a new book about the cosmos. What a testament Lovick is to the old adage that if you keep your mind open, you will keep your marbles.
At right is a photograph I took of Ed Lovick in front of his Mustang in the driveway of his house here in Southern California. He's holding a model of the SR-71 Blackbird.

Just Another Pilot from Pilots of America Message Board by Rotor&Wing
Interesting video of Harrison Ford.

When our heroes die….. from Let's Go Flying by FrancoisD
I was afraid this would happen when I reported of the missing aircraft (Cessna 180) of Sparky Imeson yesterday. Search crews found the wreckage of it and Sparky died in the crash. So really really sad.First of all my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sparky. It is always sad when someone dies, even more when it is one of our pilot friends, even when he's doing what he loves best: flying! ...

F-106 CORNFIELD BOMBER LANDS ITSELF - Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion
F-106 (58-0787) is the famous "Cornfield Bomber". In 1970, while assigned to the 71st FIS at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, its pilot ejected during an inflight emergency. The pilot somehow got himself into a flat spin -- this is generally considered unrecoverable in an F-106 and the book says to get out. After the pilot did just that, 58-0787 recovered itself from this unrecoverable position. In a vain attempt to recover, the pilot had trimmed it to takeoff trim and engine throttle back. ...

RARE WARBIRD 1945 FR-1 FIREBALL - Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion
I thought I had seen all of the WW2 war birds and proto types, but I missed this one. From what I could learn the 1945 Ryan FR-1 ball had both a Wright 1820 round motor and a GE J31 jet engine. The military had ordered up 600 of them but only 66 were built before the war ended. Looks a little like an early T-28 with large air inlets on the wing roots

Flightdeck Friday: Torpedos and OOB Thinking from Tailhook Daily Briefing by Steeljaw Scribe
Skyraider-dambusters Today's subject - the torpedo attack on the floodgates of the Hwachon Dam, is an example of what today is described as "thinking out of the box." Things were desperate on the ground following the combined Chinese/North Korean offensive launched in early April. As described in the May 2001 issue of Naval Aviation News: ...

Lockheed Constellations in Maine and who is Chris Sloan? from rand peck, a life aloft by Rand Peck
... Refer to picture number 2 above. Do you see the hangar in the distance between 83H's vertical stabilizers? We're in that facility now as invited guests and local politicians (they never miss an opportunity to glad hand) arrive for a luncheon and ceremony. This 50,000 square foot hangar was built specifically for this restoration, that is planned to last approximately two years. This is Maurice and Jane's other Connie, N7316C, c/n 1018, built and delivered to TWA in 1957 as Star of Tigris. She suffered a similar fate as 83H, flying her last passenger flight in 1960. Converted to a freighter and later as a bulk fuel oil carrier, she served Alaska Airlines from 1962 until 1968, followed by a gaggle of owners until Maurice found and ferried her to Maine in 1983. Detailed inspections determined that of the three aircraft, the third by the way, N974R, resides at the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Florida, that 16C was in the best shape to undergo restoration supported by the other two. ...

Restoration: Beech Staggerwing from Air & Space Magazine

Northrop Grumman's NGB X-Posed from Ares by Bill Sweetman
Just released - the design patent on Northrop Grumman's Next Generation Bomber concept. ...

Grandfathers instill love of flying in pilot/entrepreneur - SmartBrief, DC
Six years after earning his pilot's license at age 19, David Hixon founded Dedicated Helicopters, a company that provides aerial sightseeing tours to guests visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, Calif. The grandson of two helicopter ...

Marine Makes Debut Flight in Joint Strike Fighter from Wired: Danger Room by Nathan Hodge
A Joint Strike Fighter took off today for the first time with a U.S. Marine at the controls.
Maj. Joseph Bachmann, a Marine test pilot, flew an F-35A for an hour and 20 minutes from a Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The F-35 is supposed to enter operational service with the Marines in 2012; the service has already picked a cadre of instructor pilots to start training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., this the summer. ...

VIDEO: USMC pilot likes his "bad-ass" F-35 from The DEW Line by Stephen Trimble
Meet Major Joseph T. Bachmann, a developmental test pilot for the F-35 Lightning II. Since yesterday, he also happens to be the first US Marine Corps pilot to fly the jet. Not surprisingly, he enjoyed the experience, especially its "wickedly sharp roll-rate" and "bad-ass" maneuvering.
Watch the full interview ...

Top General: Next-Gen Bomber Ain't a Bomber at All from Wired: Danger Room by Noah Shachtman
Northrop Grumman just unveiled its design patents for the military's Next Generation Bomber. But one of the Air Force's top generals is hoping you'd call it something else. Because this aircraft, slated for a possible 2018 takeoff, is going to do much more than drop warheads from on high. ...

Our Future Starts Now - AVweb, CT
By Mary Grady If you've been around aviation for a while, you've no doubt seen the impact of all kinds of charitable efforts -- over a million kids took their first flight in a GA airplane thanks to EAA's Young Eagles program, and thousands more are ...

An Oldie But Goodie: "Runway Zero-Eight", the Original Airplane! from Let's Go Flying by AndrewS
Long before the outrageous airline disaster movie-farce Airplane! had audiences rolling in the theaters laughing, there was the over-the-top serious thriller that inspired it. A friend and collegue mailed me Arthur Hailey's Runway Zero-Eight to read. Hailey wrote a series of airplane disaster books, including Airport, which inspired the movie series.Sure, Runway Zero-Eight is dated. On the opening page, the ticket agent says "no smoking until you're in the air." And the flight attendants are called "stewardess" and are oogled over by the pilots. ...

Electric Airplanes Get Real from AVWeb Podcast - Podcast
An electric airplane that can take you 300 miles on less than $10 worth of power? It's not science fiction anymore, and Dr. Brien Seeley, organizer of the Electric Airplane Symposium told AVweb's Russ Niles about some of the breakthroughs that will be discussed at the April 24 gathering.

"Tracks of the Cloven Hoof" -, NY
... the star-studded "Scars To Freedom" concert for wounded troops at the Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California on Saturday, March 28. Scars To Freedom is a non-profit organization committed to free ...

Teens take pictures of space with balloon, Nikon Coolpix camera from Engadget by Joseph L. Flatley
The closest most of us 'round here will ever get to outer space is blogging about the Lunar X Prize, so our inner astronauts get rather giddy any time an amateur makes it to the cusp of the gravity well. The above photos were taken by the Meteotek team, a teacher and his four students from the IES La Bisbal school in Catalonia, Spain. The group designed and launched a balloon kitted out with a Nikon Coolpix and custom built electronics, intending to get some shots at 30,000 feet. Well exceeding their expectations, the $80 digicam (held aloft by a $60 latex balloon) reached over 100,000 feet, at which point it lost inflation and fell to the earth. As the balloon rose, the team was able to map its progress using Google Earth via the craft's on-board radio receiver. After it fell back to earth, the group "travelled 10km to find the sensors and photographic card," said one of the students, "which was still emitting its signal, even though it had been exposed to the most extreme conditions."

Space Shuttle Flight Simulator from How I Am Becoming An Astronaut by Damaris B. Sarria
While working out here in Houston, I had a chance to try out the Space Shuttle Flight Simulator and it was AMAZING!! The flight simulator is what the astronauts use as part of their training for launch, reentry, and landing scenarios. ...

Paul: NAF El Centro Air Show Videos Part 1 (via from FriendFeed
T-6 Texan on Flickr - Photo Sharing! by (Tasmanic)

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