Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Indy Transponder 22-APR-09 0050z

Lakeland's Premier Air Event Begins Today - The Ledger, FL
8 pm - John and Martha King, Patty Wagstaff and Miles O'Brien present 'Over Africa' - Low and Slow with the Kenya Wildlife Service in the AOPA Pavilion. The 35th annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In begins today and ends Sunday. ...

It's Time For Sun 'n Fun - Lakeland Local
If you go, here are some of the highlights Burton said you can expect to see this year: A host of WWII aircraft. The U.S. Army Golden Parachute Team- this will be their first appearance at Sun 'n Fun. Rocket Racing demonstrations ...

5000 aircraft expected for Florida fly-in - SmartBrief, DC
Organizers expect some 5000 aircraft to fly in for the event, which features shows by the Army Golden Knights parachute team and 500 commercial exhibits for the general aviation market. The event continues through Sunday. Tampa Tribune (Fla. ...

35th annual Sun n' Fun Fly-In kicks off today! - ABC Action News, FL
LAKELAND, FL -- Sun n' Fun kicks off its 35th annual Fly-In and convention today! The fun-filled aviation event hosted by the City of Lakeland and Lakeland Linder Regional Airport runs from Tuesday, April 21 to Sunday, April 26. ...

Fantasy of Flight's 'Splash-In' Celebrates the Aviation Life Aquatic - Aero-News Network, FL
Back by popular demand for the second year in a row, Fantasy of Flight in Polk City will be hosting their annual "Splash-In" as part of the Lakeland Fly-In activities. Fantasy of Flight's sparkling Lake Agnes will serve as the chosen landing strip for ...

Arty arrives at Sun n Fun! from Technorati
I just have to post about Arty's Ultimate Adventure , even though it is before 5am and I am supposed to be getting ready for my flight to Sun n Fun , an enormous annual airshow in Lakeland, FL. I am so psyched to go, since it is my first time at this fly-in. I've gone to Oshkosh many years in a row, but I always have a booth for Girls With Wings and rarely get out to meet people and enjoy the airshow! So,I have my tent and sleeping bag already in my pack, just wrapping up a few loose ends ...

Sun N Fun Emergancy landing from Pilots of America Message Board

Sun N Fun is overhead from PassionAviator by bryris
Its Tuesday, the first day of Sun N Fun 2009. My schedule shows me going on Friday, but as I sit here at my desk in my Lakeland, FL home studying for finals, I can hear the airplanes flying overhead. ...

Ex-enemies from Vietnam War nurturing friendship -, FL
The former North Vietnamese aviator stood ramrod straight as a men's quartet sang the American national anthem and a medley of songs honoring the US military. US Rep. Brett Guthrie said it was proof that "Americans make our enemies our friends. ...

AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Podcast #1: Re-Engined Caravan Attracting Attention from AVWeb Podcast - Podcast
AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Podcast #2: Mooney Seeing Light from AVWeb Podcast - Podcast
AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Video #1: A Sun 'n Fun Preview from AVwebFlash Current Issue
AVweb's Sun 'n Fun 2009 Video #2: Kitfox Unveils New LSA from Aviation & Aerospace News

Soldier honors instructor with Golden Knights jump -, NC
After all, he was jumping out of a plane with the Golden Knights. Who wouldn't be excited? But as the plane flew higher, he stopped smiling and said a prayer. Raw fear played in his blue eyes, and his words became shorter. ...

Airmen honor America's veterans during Air Force Week from Air Force Link Top Stories
Air Force officials honored America's veterans during a Hampton Roads Air Force Week ceremony April 20 at the Boo Williams Sportsplex arena here.
Officials from Langley Air Force Base, Va., recognized all veterans from all of America's wars and displayed some of the professionalism and precision of today's Airmen with performances by the Air Force Honor Guard drill team and the Air Force Band.
Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Robert D. Gaylor, the guest speaker, shared his thoughts for those who served and for those who continue to serve in the U.S. military.

Unique plane to debut in Masterton - The Dominion Post, New Zealand
The Wairarapa-based Vintage Aviator company is taking the aviation world by storm with their debuting of one-of-a-kind WW1 fighter bomber aircraft this weekend. Expert airman Gene DeMarco was taking the FE2b pusher biplane for test flights recently in ...

Legends Over Madera - Air Show 2009 from
Join us as we salute our valley veterans! Legends Over Madera - Air Show 2009 will thrill spectators of all ages with exciting aerobatic performers, rare WWII bombers & fighters, an F-16 flyover and the only civilian four-ship jet flight demonstration team of its kind in the world, The Patriots Jet Team. This headlining act flies the beautiful L-39 jet and will perform exciting maneuvers similar to the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds. There will be a tremendous war bird representation with aircraft such as the P-38 Lightning, the B-25 Bomber, the P-40 War hawk, a F4U Corsair, and an MiG-17F to name a few. Several of these legendary warbirds and their pilots will be flying during the event! Madera is located just 30 minutes from Fresno, CA - less than 2 hours from Stockton and Modesto, CA, 2 hours from Bakersfield, an just 1hr. and 20 mins. from Yosemite!

Air Force Raptors will be at Sioux Falls air show - Sioux Falls Argus Leader
A US Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team has confirmed its inclusion in the two-day Sioux Falls Air Show July 25-26 at Joe Foss Field.

With its last major domestic, pre-summer event returning to the hangar for another year, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) - organisers of the Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race and sponsor of the series' newly-formed Team Abu Dhabi outfit – has reiterated ...

Abu Dhabi Post Race Report from Team Bonhomme #55 Pit-News
The weight question seems to have been left open… and several more have cropped up. During the race, the lead was passed between Team Bonhomme, Nicolas Ivanoff and Hannes Arch. Team Bonhomme led in the Top 12, with Nicolas taking the Super 8 stage… then after a poor Super 8 run Hannes Arch pulls out a 1.24.60… the fastest run of the day and unbelievably quicker than anything he had done all week.

Americans struggling to catch Red Bull leaders - AOPA Pilot
Photo courtesy Andrew Parsons American pilots place seventh, ninth, and fourteenth in the first round of this year's Red Bull Air Race series that started with a race April 18 in Abu Dhabi. Hannes Arch of Austria came from behind to win over Britain's ...

Air Show @ Beale Air Force Base from Technorati
Our Sunday weekend went very well. How about yours? April 18th and 19th was the Beale Air Force Air Show. This event happens once a year here in Northern California. We are glad that we got a chance to be able to enjoy this event. We also got a to see different aircrafts, Air Force planes, and more. was 100 something degrees yesterday. The weather was very warm. We had fun though, but we went home dehydrated and got sunburned. U2 U.S Air Force Plan

A thought on the air show - Courier-Journal
... Throughout the day, we all enjoyed the ballgame (the Bats won!) and the air show (the F-16s are my favorite!) After the game, we walked around the ballpark and Waterfront Park for a few hours.
Everywhere I looked, I saw children laughing and running and playing and having a wonderful time. I saw families together, playing games, picnicking, and enjoying quality time with each other and their friends. ...

Grounded LMPD helicopter returns in time for Thunder - Louisville Courier-Journal, KY
A Louisville Metro Police helicopter that has been out of service for more than two years was back flying over Louisville just in time to monitor traffic congestion during Thunder Over Louisville. ...

Restored WWII Bomber Comes to Hillsboro Airport - The Oregonian
The Liberty Belle, a restored B-17 'flying fortress' bomber was in Hillsboro briefly Monday before going on week-long display at the Tillamook Air Museum. It will be back in Portland next week and WWII veterans and others will get rides. ...
Flight full of memories for one WWII vet - Los Angeles Daily News, CA
By Dennis McCarthy, columnist Nat Benjamin sat lost in thought in the belly of a restored B-17 bomber flying over Van Nuys last Thursday morning. Where had the last 61 years gone, he wondered. He was a 30-year-old father of a baby boy the last time he ...

Want to fly on a World War II B-17? Ticket cost: $430 - Seattle Post Intelligencer
A fully restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress will fly over Seattle on April 27. (The Liberty Foundation photo) A restored World War II Boeing B-17 is coming to Seattle in April and will be offering flights to the public shortly after. ...

World War II-era Flying Fortress at Visalia airport for public ... - Visalia Times-Delta, CA
David Turner, 91, of Exeter, the B-17 Flying Fortress parked Monday on the tarmac at Visalia Municipal Airport represents some of the most important moments of his life. "They're great planes. You can't get any better than these," Turner said. ...

Widow receives husband's World War II medal from Air Force Link Top Stories
In a ceremony that took almost 66 years to happen, Mrs. Doris Norred, widow of Army Air Corps veteran, Capt. William Norred, received her husband's Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor April 13 for his actions during World War II.

Descendants find diary of WWII POW - The Tennessean, TN
2nd Lt. Hardy A. Mitchener Jr., a navigator in the Army Air Corps from Nashville, was on a bombing mission over Germany in May 30, 1944 when his B-17 was shot down. He kept a detailed diary while the Germans held him as a prisoner of war. ...

Remains of MIA Aussie Canberra bomber found in Vietnam from Military Photos
THE remains of an RAAF Canberra bomber flown by Australia's last two MIAs have been found in Vietnam - almost 40 years after it disappeared into the jungle.
The wreckage was found in a remote mountainous region near the Viet-Lao border but no human remains have been located so far, Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon said.

Boeing SST cockpit photos from The Unwanted Blog
Back in 2004, I used my then-crappy digital camera to take these photos of the cockpit of the Boeing 2707 SST mockup on display at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA. They have a great deal of stuff there needing to be photographed a lot better. Anybody want to fund a trip?

Polar aviator Steve Brooks lands himself a bargain - This Is, UK
AN ICONIC Spitfire aeroplane made airworthy again thanks to a five-year restoration by a Hampshire firm, has sold at auction for more than £1.7m. A British polar adventurer bought the historic plane, pictured, the first ready-to-fly Spitfire to go ...

Spitfire sale: This munificent man and his flying machine - BBC News
The sale came at the end of an annual event held every April in the Royal Air Force Museum at Colindale, in north London by the auctioneers Bonhams.

The Hotrod Squad from
There's hardly a combat mission that the A-4 Skyhawk hasn't flown.

On This Day in History: April 21 Record Breaking Day for Hughes in ... - Brooklyn Daily Eagle, NY
by Brooklyn Eagle (, published online 04-21-2009 On April 21, 1936, the eccentric aviator and movie producer Howard Hughes landed at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn after a record breaking Miami-to-New York flight of 4 hours, ...

Airport fire under investigation - Northwest Arkansas Times, AR
The city of Fayetteville owns the hangar at 4240 S. School Ave. just north of the Arkansas Air Museum. The space has been leased since May 2006 by Spitfire Aviation Services LLC, owned by Lance Creamer. According to the company's Web site at ...

Crooks smash door, steal ATM from San Diego museum - San Jose Mercury News, USA
Sgt. Ray Battrick says a burglar alarm at 5:12 am Tuesday brought officers to the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. He says thieves apparently tore off the door frame and damaged a security gate then used a cable to pull out the ATM.

Clouds lift for 'Cadet for a Day' from Air Force Link Top Stories
For eight years, Academy cadets have been making wishes come true for ill youngsters.
They made it happen again April 9 through Saturday when Joe Hayford, 13, became the newest Cadet for a Day through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"His eyes were huge, and he never quit smiling," said Wish volunteer Maggie Appenzeller.
Accompanying Joe was his family--brother, Shane, 17, and parents, Chong Mi and Keith for the three-day event sponsored by Cadet Squadron -4.

EAA Chapter 119 Pancake Breakfast at the Watsonville Airshow from Technorati
Watsonville Airshow EAA 119 Pancake Breakfast Saturday & Sunday 7am - 11am EAA 119 Hangar $7 adults $4 kids One FREE Sunday Breakfast ticket included when you register your aircraft!

Mayfly is first purchase of British naval aviation fleet from Flight Image of the Day
A century of British naval aviation history began with an order in 1909 for His Majesty's Airship 1. The Mayfly emerged from Vickers two years later. Read more about the Royal Navy's first 100 years as an avaion power in our feature on a Century of Fleet.
"At last our leviatan of the air has emerged from the interior of its hiding place." is how Flight described the Mayfly in our 27 May 1911 issue.

VIDEO: Virgin Blue aircraft has near-miss with remote-controlled toy plane from Flight International by Stuart
A remote-controlled toy aircraft got a little too close for comfort with the real thing last Friday, as it flew close to a Virgin Blue aircraft near Perth airport.
The toy airplane, which if ingested would have presumably caused engine damage, had a video camera attached to the nose, meaning the whole remarkable incident was filmed and placed on YouTube, with Top Gun accompaniment.

Mojave Plane Crazy Saturday Photos from Mojave Skies by Alan Radecki
Video: ThunderBirds by psyfurius
US Air Force Thunderbirds @ the Puerto Rico Air Show by coqui2008
Sabre flying with the Snowbirds from Military Photos
HAWK ONE - Vintage Wings of Canada F-86 Sabre / Golden Hawk from FenceCheck Forums
The MOF's B-29 project is looking great - by roymcm
Thunder Over Louisville 2009 from FenceCheck Forums
Beale AFB Open House 2009 from FenceCheck Forums
Neat uses of timber: At an air show in New Zealand this weekend will be a plane that last flew 90.. by LumberJocks
At Sun 'n' Fun air show. Red Bull areobatic chopper is one not to miss. by milesobrien

Gary's South Shore Air Show from
Celebrate the South Shore Air Show's 10 year Anniversary in 2009! Relax on the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan at Marquette Park and watch one of the largest over-water air show's in the nation!
Saturday, July 11 & Sunday, July 12, 2009
Noon - 4:00 p.m. CDT

WWII Survivor of USS Indianapolis Honored Today - KFDX, TX
Eighty-three-year-old LD Cox was recognized today as an example of "Our Greatest Generation", which is a monthly program held at the Red Door Senior Center to commemorate veterans. Cox left college to volunteer for the Navy. In the Fall of 1944, ...

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