Monday, March 9, 2009

Indy Transponder 9-March 1030z

TBM Avenger Lands On Fire At Millville, N.J. from AVwebFlash Current Issue - Terry Rush, 63, was departing Runway 28 at Millville Airport in New Jersey, Saturday at roughly 5 p.m. in a Grumman TBM Avenger, when he noticed his left wing was on fire, according to early reports. The pilot flew the aircraft, on fire, back to a landing at the airport, but not before the fire had spread. Rush, who was himself beginning to burn, successfully landed the burning aircraft, jumped onto the wing, then to the ground as the aircraft rolled out and became engulfed in flames. Local fire companies arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire within about ten minutes. But by then, the historic restored aircraft had been transformed into a hardly recognizable wreck sitting some 400 feet from where its pilot had evacuated it. Rush was flown by medevac helicopter to a local hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition, having suffered second and third degree burns to his left side and both hands.

Cherry Hill pilot critically burned - Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ
The single-seat torpedo bomber was featured in last year's Wheels & Warbirds Airshow in Millville that Rush, a local airplane mechanic, helped coordinate. State police and firefighters rushed to the airport about 5:30 pm Saturday after the fiery ...

The USN Blue Angels made a surprise visit to AirShowBuzz members who have been camped outside the El Centro fence line taking the fantastic photos and updates you see in the forums.
First Class Act

Sky's the limit at air show Saturday - Yuma Sun, AZ
The current world record is held by the Indianapolis Air Show, which it set last year with a wall that stretched 6700 feet. If successful, MCAS' wall - nearly two miles long - will beat the current record by more that 3000 feet. ...

Red Bull Arrives by P-38
Here are some great shots of the Red Bull P-38 after she arrives in Hamburg on her way home to Salzburg. If you don’t speak German, here is a rough translation of the caption: “Today, something special from Finki (Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport )…at 14:58 o’clock on the way to Salzburg.” God bless Google language tools! Thanks to Pat Carry. [...]

Glacier Girl - P38 Tiamo Photography from Glacier Girl by Allen
The P-38E Lightning nicknamed Glacier Girl was the center of a story of determination and heroism at a Warbirds in Review.

Airshow practice - The Air Force is practicing for airshows in Tucson this weekend. I was going to make a point of going out, finding a good vantage point, and getting some shots of the cool air planes that filled the skies all weekend long. Needless to say, I never did go out and do any shooting, so just as the sun was going down this evening, on a very overcast day, I heard a few planes, grabbed the camera and went outside. Took this shot at 500mm, f/8, 1/180th of a second, handheld at ISO400. Lots of nois…

A wing and a prayer - Arizona Daily Wildcat, AZ
Air Force Colonel Eric Schnaible, director of public affairs for air combat command, said this was an opportunity for civilian and military pilots to train together in preparation for the spring and summer air show seasons. ...

Defence Air Power to be displayed at Avalon - defpro, Germany
A wide spectrum of the Australian Defence Force’s air power will be on display during the Australian International Air Show 2009 at Avalon Victoria, Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin announced today. ...

'In Your Face' Never Looked So Good! - Recently I have begun making tons of new flying friends on Facebook, one of them being Jim Koepnick, who happens to be EAA's photographer back in Oshkosh. For a few wonderful days in late July, we all go to and have loved looking at the endless great photography that chronicles the Oshkosh airshow...and much of that killer imagery comes from Koepnick. As I professional photographer myself, I know great work when I see it. I have judged numero…

Today In Military/Aviation History 9- 15 March from Warbirds Online by Tom Kwiatkowski Sr.
Hello Folks, Yep, It’s Sunday night and here I am once again throwing a weeks worth of Military/Aviation History in your direction. I honestly hope you’re enjoying and learning from this information. I have no idea if anyone is even reading these posts. Believe it or not, I’ve been doing these things going on three years now. Week after week. I, like I said, hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I do posting them for you. Have you ever tried impressing anyone with the Aviation/Military information which is posted here? I hope you have. I know I’ve picked up some stuff that occasionally comes in handy. If you enjoy reading these and at the same time learn a little something, then my job is complete. I’ll keep puttin’ ‘em down and you keep pickin’ ‘em up and we’ll both be happy. Now, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we? Have an AB FAN week, Tom K

Fly-in zooms into Whangarei - Whangarei Leader, New Zealand
The Northland Recreational Flying Club is hosting a ‘fly-in’ from Saturday, February 28 to March 1. A fly-in is when flying clubs are invited to visit another club, to meet up with flying enthusiasts, trade stories and have a look at other aircraft. ...

Warhawk Air Museum celebrates 20 years of preserving, evoking ... - ‎Mar 7, 2009‎
What: Warhawk Air Museum, 201 Municipal Driveat the Nampa Airport. When: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am to 5 pm Saturdays.

Pulse Detonation Engine testbed: “Borealis” from The Unwanted Blog by admin
On display at the USAF Museum (in the experimental plane annex…. ya gotta take a bus) is the Air Force Research Lab/Innovative Science Solitions Inc. “Borealis,” a Scaled Composites Long-EZ kit plane with substantial modifications. The propellor and associated propulsion system were replaced with an experimental pulse detonation engine, necessitating substnatiall changes to the airframe, including the massive bulge visible on the underside. PDE’s work by spraying small puffs of fuel into an air-filled tube and detonating them, rather than simply burning the mix. In principle this leads to simpler engines with greater fuel savings compared to conventional turbojets. So far, though, the engines look to be pretty damned heavy.

Concorde descent & landing from Airline Pilot Central Forums by joel payne
A 10 minute video of old "droop snoot". I love the remark about slowing through Mach 1.95 - Shortcut to:
Aviation Video: Concorde Descend and Landing (cockpit) Patrick's Aviation

Young pilots create thriving air-taxi service - While much of the aviation industry struggles, an Atlanta-based air-taxi company is enjoying strong growth. Founded by a couple of Georgia Tech student pilots who met through the Yellow Jacket Flying Club, ImaginAir boasts 15 employees and a fleet of five fuel-efficient Cirrus SR22 GTS aircraft. "It really opens up point-to-point transportation for the first time," says CEO Aaron Sohacki. ImaginAir has flown more than 600 routes at about one-third the cost of a typical air charter, a price advantage that is fueling the company's growth. "We basically doubled our business from 2007 to 2008, and we think we can easily double that for the rest of the year," says company President Ben Hamilton. American City Business Journals/Atlanta (3/6)

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