Saturday, April 25, 2009

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Second Day at Sun 'N Fun from Airspeed by Stephen Force (Steve Tupper) Day two here at Sun 'N Fun in Lakeland, Florida. We got up at 4:30 a.m. yesterday to make the flight to Orlando and didn't get to the hotel until around 10:00, so no blog post yesterday. But we're back at a reasonable time tonight, so here are a few views of the day. Rod Rakic, the mastermind behind, got to hold Sean Tucker's pole (at least one of them) for one of the ribbon cuts at the show today. Ella and I talked our way up onto the announcer's stand and shot this picture of the moment. That's Rod in the orange shirt holding the near pole. ...

Oregon woman flies ultralight to Sun 'n Fun - AOPA Pilot How far would you fly to attend a fly-in like Sun 'n Fun, taking place this week in Lakeland, Fla.? Arty Trost flew 3611 miles from Sandy, Ore.—in her single-seat 1984 Maxair Drifter, which in calm air cruises at 55 to 60 mph. ...

Terrafugia's Transition Is One Car That Really Flies from news This flying, driving machine is not quite ready to leapfrog a logjam on Interstate 4. But the technology of the Terrafugia Transition is pretty clever.
Caught part of the Lakeland airshow on the way homw: by dshafik (Davey Shafik)

"Wings Over Wayne" Airshow - WITN
Over 150000 people are expected to visit Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro this weekend for the "Wings over Wayne" airshow. Seymour Johnson is home to the F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jet. And at 50 million dollars a pop -- these jets are ...

AirPower over Hampton Roads - WAVY-TV, VA
Langley Air Force Base is opening its doors this weekend for the AirPower over Hampton Roads airshow. The show will run April 24-26 and will feature the United States Air Force Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, and the F-22A Demonstration team. ...

Air show this weekend at Langley Air Force Base - Daily Press, VA
On Saturday, the B-2 stealth bomber will fly by the air show crowd, and locals can expect the well-known F-16 Thunderbirds to fly overhead on Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Headhunters will headline tonight's concert before the annual ...

Tomorrow if you live around Seattle this is a fun and Free Air Show..+ shuttle to Tulip Festival! by healthpilot

#ANZAC Day Air Show - Hood Aerodrome, ANZAC Day,25th april 12pm - 4pm by ANZACpoppy

Win Passes to the "Warbirds Over The Beach" show! from
An impressive line-up of fighter and bomber aircrafts headlines thefirst annual Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show, May 16 and 17 at theVirginia Beach Airport. Hosted by Military Aviation Museum, the airshow is set to highlight World War I and II aircrafts. A live swingband will provide entertainment while guests get an up close look atthese vintage aircrafts.

Travel Scene -- Trade that tour bus for a jet plane - Post-Bulletin, MN
The list includes the USAF Thunderbirds, US Army Golden Knights, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, National Guard planes and many others. There also will be static displays of such planes as the B-17, B-25, P-51 Mustang, Sea Fury, P-47 and Corsair. ...

Blue Angels, Golden Knights to visit air base - News & Observer, NC
The Disabled American Veterans will bring their restored B-25 Panchito, one of 16 B-25s that was launched from the aircraft carrier Hornet to attack Tokyo in response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Steve Kapur, an aviator for the GEICO Skytypers, ...

SFGate: Day in Pictures - San Francisco Chronicle, USA
Trying it again: Pfc. Daniel Pharr leaps out of an aircraft in a tandem skydive with Army Golden Knights Parachute Team Sgt. Joe Abeln attached to his back. The Golden Knights offered the jump to Pharr after the instructor he was tied to in an earlier, ...

Blue Angels team visits hospital, two county schools - Goldsboro News Argus, NC
By Kenneth Fine and Phyllis Moore Caroline Bryan, 5, gets an autographed poster from Blue Angels flight surgeon Lt. Johannah Valentine during a visit to Wayne Memorial Hospital Friday morning. US Navy Blue Angel Lt. Mark Swinger tells seventh-grade ...

Thunderbirds … America's Team … Being a USAF Thunderbird by thunderbirds6
"America's Team: Being a US Air Force Thunderbird" is sponsored by Honeywell Corporation on DVD and broadcasting nationally on 360 public television affiliate stations reaching about 50 million viewers thus far since its debut during March 2008.
... America's Team includes interviews of USAF Thunderbirds, including Major Nicole Malachowski, the first-ever woman Thunderbirds pilot (Right Wing).
Currently Major Samantha Weeks is the first-ever woman Thunderbirds Solo pilot (#5), and Major T.
Dyon Douglas is the first-ever African American Thunderbirds Opposing Solo pilot (#6). ...

Snowbirds get ready for air show season kick-off from Headline News
431 Air Demonstration Squadron-better known as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds-based at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Sask., is getting ready to kick off the 2009 air show season.

Snowbird Training Camp coming to an End - (press release), Canada
After an intense three week training camp, the Snowbirds are ready to begin the 2009 Air Show Season. The Birds will fly their final practice on Saturday over the Strait of Georgia at 9:30 am Then it is back to Saskatchewan for the 15 Wing Armed Forces ...

F-22 Raptor to highlight AirFest - Rockford Register Star, IL
A US Air Force F-22 Raptor, which features parts built locally by Hamilton Sundstrand and Woodward Governor, will headline the event Aug. 22 and 23, Chicago Rockford International Airport officials announced this morning. ...

Rockford's AirFest -, IL
Don't expect to see the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds at this year's AirFest. Something brand new will fly through the sky's. "We're one of only six cities in the world this season, this summer who will host the F-22 Raptor," says Rockford ...

Wide Bay Australia International Airshow from Technorati
The Biggest General Aviation Airshow is taking place this July in Bundaberg Queensland in Australia. There will be Ultralights Thrusters, to a Challenger 300 Jet. There will be a huge variety of aircraft and flying demonstration over the three day weekend Friday 3rd July through to Sunday 5th July. Check out the site on for further details. Stay tune coming soon the Beyond The Skies DVD Documentary on the Bundaberg Airshow Down-Under.

World Elite Formula Aerobatic competition from
Mamaia FAI - World Elite Formula Aerobatic competition is a high class sport, event and fashion show coach, offering a huge audience high quality entertainment, mizand value as human and technical performance, precision and passion, imagination and competitiveness.

Reno Air Races & Airshow 2009 Ramp-Up #4 - TopFlight Aviation [video]
[a quote we can all relate to: "Speed is addicting!"]

'Dream Machines' show coming to Half Moon Bay - San Mateo County Times, CA
By Elizabeth Pfeffer HALF MOON BAY — Most people will never have the chance to co-pilot a vintage warbird, barnstorm in a Wright brothers-style biplane or follow Highway 1 by zeppelin. But go to the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show this Sunday and you ...

Gathering of Eagles grounded -
By Michael C. Butz Held each July at Lost Nation Municipal Airport in Willoughby, the air show was grounded in what would've been its 14th year due to the recession, said Dick Shaeffer, air show administrator for the US Aviation Museum, which organizes ...

Iran canceled air show when Russia warned Israel planned to ... - DEBKA file, Israel
DEBKAfile's Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that Moscow warned Tehran Friday April 17 that Israel was planning to destroy all 140 fighter-bombers concentrated at the Mehr-Abad Air Force base for an air show over Tehran on Iran's Army Day the ...

RASSEGNA STAMPA: IL GAZZETTINO - Il Giornale del Friuli Libero
Major Stephen Commisso, 36 years, a native of Camino al Tagliamento, previously head of technical section of Frecce Tricolori, died last night in a motorcycle accident in Lurago ... (translate here)

Frecce Tricolori - trustedwatch from
During the 1986 season, the Frecce Tricolori July-September 22 times in their North America tour in Canada and the USA to 11 shows. Insgesamt haben sie es jetzt auf ├╝ber 2.000 Vorf├╝hrungen gebracht. Overall, they have it now to put more than 2,000 performances. ...

Evan flies - Beale AFB '09 from
Beale Air Force Base is a really cool place. It is the home of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing; the home base for the RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and the U-2 "Dragon Lady" spyplane. It was a privilege to meet some great guys like the base commander, Brig General Robert Otto, Major Pat "Rock" Hudson and many others who were very nice to my dad and me. Ellen Hatfield, the Public Affairs Officer went way out of her way to take care of the media and especially us.
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Red Bull Air Race - Hannes Arch Big in Japan - Red Bull Air Racing News
World champion Hannes Arch certainly isn't resting on his laurels after winning the first race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2009 in Abu Dhabi (UAE) in impressive style. Just hours after securing maximum points in the United Arab Emirates ...

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Blogger's Roundtable April 24, 2009 from Blogger's Roundtable - U.S. Dept. of Defense
Retired members of the original Tuskegee Airmen are on their second journey to visit U.S. troops in the Middle East...

Raider Reunion - The City Wire, AR
Any student of history or those who as a kid read "30 Seconds over Tokyo" know that 16 B-25 (Mitchell) bombers flew a dangerous and deadly mission off the flight deck of the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942. While the damage to Tokyo was not considered ...

Lakes flypast honours 'bouncing bomb' inventor - Cumberland News, UK
By Chris Story One of Britain's greatest wartime inventors was honoured with an RAF flypast in the Lake District this week. War veterans were among those who watched the Tornado jet fly through the Borrowdale Valley, near Keswick, in memory of Sir ...

Coast Guard Aviator Named Enlisted Person of the Year - WNCT, NC
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen M. Sanders, a Smithfield, NC, native and a member of Air Station Atlantic City, NJ, was named Thursday the 2008 Active Duty Enlisted Person of the Year. Sanders has been a member of the ...

Pilot to recreate Berlin Airlift candy drops from Air Force Times - News
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The pilot known as the Candy Bomber for air-dropping handkerchief-tethered chocolate and gum to the children of Berlin in 1948 will recreate the historic drops in Georgia.

Over 130 planes lie at bottom of Lake Michigan from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale
Who knew?
WWII-era dive-bomber lifted from Lake Michigan
A dive bomber that had ditched in Lake Michigan on a training run in 1944 was brought to land Friday for restoration in Florida for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. The Douglas SBD Dauntless lifted from the water Friday to a pier in Waukegan, Ill., is among 130 to 300 or more planes estimated to have sunk in the lake during training late in World War II.

WWII-era plane pulled from Lake Michigan -, USA
"This is more fun than the law allows," said Chuck Downey, an 84-year-old retired Naval aviator who came to see the lift. Downey's friend and fellow pilot Grant Young also looked on. Young put a similar plane in the lake during training exercises in ...[photos and video]

Please identify this salvaged US WWII plane from Military Photos by EBK

Dive-bomber salvaged for WWII Museum -, FL
Ed Ellis, secretary of the foundation that supports the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Fla., where the newly recovered plane will be restored. Ellis puts the total aircraft sunk in Lake Michigan at more than 300. Taras Lyssenko, co-owner ...

Historical Aircraft Squadron - Ohio Area from FlightAware > Discussions
... A FlightAware member recently contacted me and explained a pretty heart-felt story on how he was connected to this organization. (Historical Aircraft Squadron) I have a huge respect for any prior servicemen/women and those still enlisted. This is a great website, and I look forward to meeting these volunteers keeping the spirit alive, when I fly up to CMH to visit friends this summer.

Going loopy for charity at Goodwood - Midhurst and Petworth Today, UK
Jason Phelan is hoping to raise £5000 by being flown in as many different aerobatic aircraft from as many different airfields as possible in three days. On Saturday (April 25), Jason, 36, will take to the skies above Chichester from Goodwood Aero Club ...

Youths get free plane rides in Hawthorne - Daily Breeze, CA
... at the control tower entrance to the field, near the intersection of Kornblum Avenue and 120th Street. Orientation and pre-flight briefings will start at noon. The event is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program. ...

More discussion of WK2 tests from RLV and Space Transport News
Rob Coppinger returns to the statement released yesterday by Scaled Composites about the WhiteKnightTwo flight tests: Scaled's statement raises more questions than it answers - Hyperbola

Aviation Sports Club - Parachute Section revival approved from AeroHub by Tim Fastnedge
Attention all Military Parachute enthusiasts :
The Parachute Section of the Aviation Sports Club resumes its Parachute Operation's on Sunday 26th April 2009. Weekend para activity will continue every weekend (weather permitting). This revival has seen the development of a brand new "Sharing the Skies" document. These new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will permit 'co-joint' operations of 'power section', 'glider section', 'model section' & of course 'parachute section'. Landings for the Para club have been secured outside the old club rooms near the corner of Punga & Karaka Rd's Whenuapai.

Bolt from the blue -- lightning hits Atlanta tower from Things with Wings by Adrian Schofield

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Beale AFB Open House 2009 from FenceCheck Forums
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Area pilots made fly-in better than last year's - The Exponent, IN
I want to express my thanks to everyone who was involved with the Fly-in/Drive-in at Purdue University Airport last Saturday. All the pilots from the area who flew in definitely made this Fly-in WAY better than last year's. ...

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