Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Indy Transponder 8-APR-09 0300z

Bluebonnet Air Show from
Sat April 11th, I am going to ride to see the first half of the show. This is a great show and Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force has a pretty neat museum there. I went last year and it was one great show and a good reason to ride. Airshow site.

Full up for fun weekend - Marlborough Express, New Zealand
By CHERIE HOWIE - The Marlborough Express Marlborough's population could almost double this weekend if the predictions of Classic Fighters Airshow at Omaka organiser Graham Orphan are correct. Mr Orphan, one of several involved in organising the ...

Wings, Wheels, Wine - Mudgeee Guardian and Gulgong Advertiser, Australia
Off the ground, visitors will be treated to an amazing sky spectacular, with jet aircraft, war birds, aerobatic displays, ultra-lights and helicopters taking to the air. See a spectacular ‘Pitt’s Special’ dual aerobatics display, join a helicopter joy ...

Royal Navy Air Power Demo at Air Tattoo - UK Airshow News by Flightline UK
One of the biggest displays of Royal Navy airpower will be staged at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire to mark 100 years of naval aviation.
More than 40 fixed wing and rotary aircraft, from training squadrons and the front line as well as from the Royal Navy Historic Flight, will combine in unique formations in a dramatic demonstration of Fleet Air Arm aviation during the past century.
The Fleet Air Arm is the Royal Navy’s air force, operating around 200 combat aircraft and more than 50 support/training aircraft. They provide the Royal Navy with a multi-role airborne combat capability in all environments, day and night, over the sea and land.
At the Air Tattoo, rare naval aircraft such as the Swordfish, Sea Hawk and Sea Fury will share the skies with their modern counterparts such as the iconic Harrier and the Jetstream. Also taking part will be Lynx and Sea King squadrons, a variety of training aircraft plus the Royal Navy helicopter display team The Black Cats. ...

Robins Air Base Air Show to be held next month - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, GA
This year's Robins Air Force Base Air Show will take place May 2nd and 3rd and will feature the US Air Force Thunderbirds and the US Army's Golden Knights parachute team. Also included in the lineup will be a Battle of Midway scenario with World War II ...

Warbird pilot remembered for contributions to aviation - SmartBrief, DC
Robert Baranaskas owned a collection of the vintage aircraft, which he regularly flew in air shows in an effort to increase awareness of US aviation history. "Bob's generation were the guys who originally started flying warbirds again and got them into ...

Air show is all at sea... in the sky - Swindon Advertiser
Earlier this year, organisers of the air tattoo announced that visitors will be allowed to park on the airbase for the first time since 9/11 terrorist attack in New York.

Michael Goulians Sun n Fun Schedule from Smoke-On by Tom
Lakeland, Florida - April 24-26 - Michael Goulian will be performing at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In on Friday (tentative), Saturday and Sunday of the event. Airshow starts at 2:00pm each day. This will be the first live performance of Michael’s new Castrol Aviator Extra 330SC aircraft with his Lycoming Thunderbolt IO-580 engine and new generation [...]

Blue Thunder Update! from
I hope everyone has been sitting around breathlessly awaiting the March report on the progress of the “Blue Thunder II” construction. I am sorry to report that we are falling behind schedule, but we are working hard to catch up.
While the cockpit interior is being painted, I am wiring the switches and lights on the panel. This is not a great picture, but it is where the panel was while I was taking photos. ...

WWII era planes coming to Dona Ana County Airport - KDBC, TX
The B-17 is one of only 9 in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out - $12 donation ...

Fly-In’s co-founder named to Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame - Galesburg Register-Mail, IL
Thomas E. “Tom” Lowe, co-founder of the National Stearman Fly-In, has been selected to join the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be May 20 in East Peoria as the concluding event of the 2009 Illinois Aviation Conference. ...

World War II aviators share stories, experiences from Air Force Link Top Stories
It's rare today to be able to sit down with living legends and pick their brains of past experiences and commitment during their military aviation careers.
Three such individuals provided that opportunity for servicemembers and civilians here March 31 during "Lunch with the Legends" at the base club.
Providing insight to their careers were Marion Stegeman Hodgson, a Women Airforce Service Pilot, or WASP, during World War II; Michael Spiller, a B-17 Flying Fortress navigator during World War II; and Wayne Kuschel, a veteran pilot of 50 different aircraft. They also visited with the audience during the event.

WASP reflect of roles as aviation pioneers from Air Force Link Top Stories
Three members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots reminisced about their World War II experiences as part of this year's Squadron Officer College Warrior Symposium series here March 26.
The WASP were a select group of women pilots who by becoming the first women in history to fly American military aircraft, became pioneers, heroes and role models.
The ladies who spoke to Squadron Officer School Class 09C were Dawn Seymour, Mary-Helen Chapman-Foster and Doris Tanner -- three of about 1,070 pilots who received their wings, ferried aircraft and participated in troop training during World War II.

Museum move plane-ly exciting - Camden Advertiser, Australia
The main hangar and administration/library buildings will be built to resemble an aeroplane and the roof will be curved to mimic the wing of a plane. To complete the museum, the committee needs about $2.5million in donations or in-kind support. ...

M Resort blimp grounded after last Vegas flight - Las Vegas Sun, NV
Aside from not flying in winds exceeding 18 mph, Dillard also doesn’t fly in precipitation. “The blimp is a fair-weather creature. It’s good for picnics, barbecues and sunny days,” Dillard said. “When I think of rain, I think of umbrellas and no one ...

Concorde is still a symbol of Gallic pride - Times Online, UK
The April Fool's Day story from the National Air Museum at Le Bourget fooled the news agency because it was plausible. In Britain, it would have raised an instant laugh because the nation's aeronautical heritage is not exactly a priority for the ...

Rare 2-seat Spitfire up for auction - The Associated Press
That plane had been on display at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio until 1997. The one now for sale is a Mark IX model delivered on Oct. 23, 1944, one of 23000 Spitfires built through the war.

Thrilling line-up for model air show - Shropshire Star, UK
Spokesman Steve Bishop said: “There will be everything from model turbines doing 250mph low passes to large-scale multi-engined World War Two bombers and one third scale aerobatic bi-planes. “Many of the top names in the sport will be displaying their ...

Embry-Riddle Offers Aviation/Aerospace Summer Programs for Teens -, MD
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Teens who'd enjoy hands-on exploration of aviation and aerospace topics will want to sign up for the Summer Academy operated by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at its Daytona Beach campus. This year the Summer Academy offers ...

Scouts get a lesson in aviation -, NY
By Brendan O'Reilly On their way to earning their Aviation Merit Badges, Boy Scouts with Southampton Troop 58 made a trip to Brookhaven Airport on Sunday for a look inside the Mid Island Air Flight School with Assistant Chief Pilot Gary Spence. ...

Sick in Space -
Poor Gherman Titov, the second human in orbit. By the time the Soviets flew him in August 1961, Yuri Gagarin had grabbed the glory four months earlier. Unlike Gagarin, who had made just one orbit, Titov was subjected to 17, which took a little more than a day. That might have granted the kid bragging rights—he was 25 years old, and remains the youngest person ever in space. ...
The Nightmare of Voskhod 2 from Air & Space Magazine
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PlaneSpot Category: Reference Released: 04/07/09 Price: $0 ( Download ) Description: Have you ever seen an airplane that you couldn’t identify? Now, the answer is in your pocket. PlaneSpot enables you to identify any US civilian registered aircraft, get detailed information about the aircraft, contribute comments and pictures, and view other users’ comments and pictures. PlaneSpot is a great way to find out exactly what type of aircraft you are looking at – either at the local a ...

Angels… BLUE Angels! from pastorron7
In Matthew 7:23 it is recorded that Jesus says to many on the day of judgment, “Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me…’” This past Saturday I had the honor of seeing the Blue Angels in Tuscaloosa. They are the demonstration precision flying team of the U.S. Navy. I was a guest of Blue Angel Maj. Brenden Burkes who pilots the C-130 “Fat Albert” for the Blue Angels. That meant I got to sit in the special Blue Angels section, was allowed parking priviledges, and have my ...

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From one of our family at Flight Line Internet Radio:

71° Gruppo P.166DL3 supporting the Abruzzo earthquake rescue by David Cenciotti On Apr. 6, 2009, at 03.33AM LT, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the Abruzzo region, in central Italy, killing more than 200 people, causing entire buildings to collapse and leaving 17.000 people homeless. The Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF), along with the other Armed Forces and Italian Air Services, supports the rescue mission that followed the quake. First of all, a sort of No-Fly Zone (enforced by specific NOTAMs) was created around L’Aquila and the other villages hit by the strong earthquake. Then, an HH-3F of the 15° Stormo, from Pratica di Mare, and a C-27J of the 46^ Brigata Aerea, from Pisa, both in MEDEVAC configuration, were deployed to L’Aquila Preturo airport, as soon as the airport’s infrastructures had been surveyed and repaired by personnel carried by AB.212 helicopters of both the 15° and 9° Stormo from Grazzanise in order to enable the operations of the rescue assets. ...

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