Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Teamwork ensures Thunderbirds performance from Air Force Link Top Stories
Airmen from three commands came together to prepare the Thunderbirds F-16 Fighting Falcons in time for the Keesler Air Force Base airshow April 4 after inclement weather damaged five of the aircraft's noses.
The damage from the weather occurred as the Thunderbirds arrived for the airshow and was limited to the red cones called radar domes, or "radome," at the nose of the aircraft. Air Combat Command, Air Education and Training Command, and Air Force Materiel Command Airmen worked together to replace the cones, which are structural, weather proof enclosures that protect the F-16s' radar antenna from environmental conditions.

Clouds ground air show’s second day - Dateline Alabama, AL
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said attendance and traffic for Saturday’s air show was far higher than expected, causing some shuttle buses to run hours behind schedule, but he said most people understood the logistics involved in staging an event of ...

Air show a good lesson in event planning - Tuscaloosa News

Blue Angels Debut At Wisconsin Air Fest - WIFR, IL
In less than two months, the Blue Angels will make their debut in the stateline once again, for the 2009 Southern Wisconsin Air Fest just south of Janesville. The event will take flight May 30th and end on the 31st. The Rockford Airport is expected to ...

American Heroes Air Show Returns to Austin’s Historic Camp Mabry - Helicopter Association International, VA
Once again the Lone Star state will welcome back the American Heroes Air Show to Austin. The Heroes Air Show, the nation's premier aviation event dedicated exclusively to helicopters, will land at the Texas Military Forces’ Camp Mabry on Saturday, ...

Air show chairman to remain on job through 2011 from www.daytondailynews.com
DAYTON — Corporate executive Michael Emoff said Monday, April 6, that he plans to stay on as chairman of the Dayton Air Show's board through the 2011 show, while he grooms fellow board member Paul Horan to succeed him.

Central Washington University Open House from Airline Pilot Central Forums by DClark
For those of you who are interested, or know people who are interested, in the Aviation program at Central Washington University, we will be having an open house on Sat. April 18. It will start at 10 am and last till 3 pm. We will be providing more information on our Flight Officer and Aviation Management Degrees.
There is more information at www.cwu.edu/~flight.

Plane takes off without pilot at vintage airshow - Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom
A runaway aircraft took off on its own when the pilot could not get into the cockpit on time after swinging the front propellor. The classic biplane ran in circles on the ground at speeds of up to 60mph before taking off and flying on its own for 200m. ...

Car, plane collide at air show - Victoria Advocate
The driver of a 1963 Thunderbird left a single-file line of stopped vehicles and struck the edge of an Air Force training jet wing at the Wings over Victoria air show on Saturday. The collision busted the front windshield of the Thunderbird and bent a ...

Peter Besenyei Releases Airshow Calendar from Smoke-On by Tom
In addition to the Red Bull Air Race Schedule, Hungarian Peter Besenyei has released his airshow schedule as well…Read More

Nigel Lamb Blog Update: Knee Deep in Muck from Smoke-On by Tom
Two days before I leave for Abu Dhabi and I find myself knee deep in a trench full of mud as we try to rectify some drainage between two ponds where I live. Read More----

Aussie Matt Hall Interview from Smoke-On by Tom
Interview with Australian Pilot Matt Hall:

Sole Survivor of Cape Lookout B-17 Crash in WWII, Wilbur Perez, Dies - Salem-News.Com, OR
The half-hour program examined a historic WWII B-17 bomber crash that Perez alone survived. Photo: Dave Pastor (SALEM, Ore.) - A man whose life crossed paths briefly but significantly with Oregon history when his B-17 bomber crashed into Cape Lookout ...

World War II aviator visits CAP - Inside NoVA, VA
John Weston discussed flying a B-17 during World War II with members of the Prince William Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol on March 24. On March 24, members of the Prince William Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol were provided an ...

Smithsonian extends hours at popular museums - The Associated Press
The National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of Natural History will stay open two hours later, until 7:30 pm every day through at least Labor Day, while the National Museum of American History will stay open at least an hour later.

Air museum officials interested in land controlled by village - Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette
Chanute Air Museum organizers would like to build their new museum building on the same property that the village of Rantoul had been saving for a proposed business park.

English museum seeking answers to WWII mystery - Akron Beacon Journal, OH
It then moved to the air museum, where it was repainted and put on display for 40 years. David Morris, the museum's curator of aircraft, spearheaded an ambitious project in 2000. In a meticulous, inch-by-inch process, workers removed the 1963 paint ...

007 helicopter flies in - Northern Echo, UK
The Hiller paid a surprise visit to the Thunder Day event at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, near York, at the weekend. And it will remain on show there all this week as a temporary addition to the museum’s extensive aircraft collection. ...

The RCAF Tartan from Headline News
The story of the RCAF tartan goes back to January 1942.

Last Navy Huey Helicopters Retire from Aviation Today
The U.S. Navy’s last two operational H-1 Huey helicopters flew their final flights on April 3, 2009 as they headed into retirement. The...

Pentagon to end F-22 program from Defence Talk Forum
Although I'm disappointed this really does not come as a surprise at all since I already knew the Pentagon will kill the F-22 program. The USAF will get 187 F-22s but thats it and instead put more funding into the F-35.

Movie Monday - April 6 - Coast Guard Aviation from Flightblogger by Jon Ostrower
Today's Movie Monday is a documentary on Coast Guard aircraft and the incredible missions they undertake, putting themselves in harms way to rescue those in need. The footage is really amazing, though the narration is somewhat dry (also, sorry for the time code).
You'll see the impressive performance and capabilities of Coast Guard helicopters like the HH-60 Jayhawk and HH-65 Dauphin. The Dauphin in particular can frequently be seen in the skies over Washington as several are stationed at the south end of Washington National Airport. I often spot the bright red Dauphin zipping along just above the surface of the Potomac river. Quite a sight indeed. Enjoy.

Touch the Moon This Weekend at the Kansas Aviation Museum - PR Newswire, NY
Visitors will have the rare chance to touch a piece of a moon rock this weekend in the new NASA Driven to Explore traveling exhibit at the Kansas Aviation Museum. Driven to Explore offers a look at America's ...

Blackpool International - About Us - from www.blackpoolinternational.com
In 1939 the airfield was taken over by the Air Ministry and developed for the Royal Air Force. Three runways were built, along with hangars and ammunitions stores. At the same time a large aircraft factory was constructed and occupied by Vickers. Between 1941 and the end of World War Two, Vickers produced a total of 3,841 Wellington bombers, all of which were test flown from Blackpool Airport's existing runways.
Also during the war it provided a base for Spitfire fighters, largely to protect the city of Liverpool from raiding German bombers.

NASA Astronaut Tweets Provide Inside Look at Mission Training from NASA Breaking News
NASA astronaut Mike Massimino is using Twitter to provide a unique, behind the scenes peek at the last weeks of his training for the fifth and final shuttle servicing mission to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Culpeper Star Exponent, VA
One of his most grim memories revolves around the sinking of a cruiser named the USS Indianapolis. In strict secrecy, the Indianapolis delivered a crucial part of the atomic bomb to an island named Tinian mere days before the Enola Gay embarked on its ...

AVALON 2009 - Australian International Air Show by johno60
Fire Fighting Helicopters from FenceCheck Forums
Send in your Air Show photos - Tuscaloosa News, AL
World War II Aircraft at an Air Show, March 2009 from Military Photos by Chucky
Singapore Air Force F-16 ‘Black Knights’, 2008 by Andrew Hunt
Sunseeker II solar-powered plane begins its European tour from Engadget by Joseph L. Flatley
World's Fastest Kettle: Steam Supercar to Break 170MPH Barrier [Real Steam]
from Gizmodo by Jesus Diaz

Caption Contest #14 Might Leave You Scratching Your Head from Airpigz Blog by Martt Clupper
I've always had a weird fascination with the Chance Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" (hmm, guess that makes 'me' weird too, eh?). Well, anyway, the guys in the pic seem to be having a little trouble making sense out of this very unusual airplane! ...

Taste to feature Reider stage - By Lauren Bishop - Metromix
Memorial Day weekend festival adds tribute to singer-songwriter
In the family of late Cincinnati singer-songwriter Katie Reider, saying or writing the number 3 meant “I love you” – a tradition started by Katie’s younger brother Andy that stuck.
So it’s fitting that Reider’s memory will be honored in three ways – with a stage, an award and day – at Taste of Cincinnati USA, the annual festival of local food and music where Reider performed for 10 years. After a family- and fan-led effort that included an online petition signed by more than 1,100 people, Taste of Cincinnati organizers and Enquirer Media announced today that a Taste stage featuring original music will be named the Katie Reider Stage Presented by Metromix Cincinnati. ...

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