Saturday, October 31, 2009

Indy Transponder 31-OCT-09 0215z

Randolph Air Force Base - 2009-Randolph Air Show from
Team Randolph preps for air show Nov. 7, 8
With gates open to public, 12th Security Forces will be 'on task' during Randolph Air Show
'Amazing' Raptor raises the bar for Air Force's fighter aircraft
RAFB prepares for annual *Air Show" - Google
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Partnering with the San Antonio community for Celebrate America's Military week, Team Randolph opens its gates to the public Nov. 7-8 for the 2009.
Aero-TV: Granley Family Airshows – Ross Granley, Sharing the Legacy - Aero-News Network
Ross Granley grew up on the air show circuit; his father, Bud Granley, flew for 47 years as an aerobatic pilot before starting his own company, ...

It's *Air Show* Time Again! - Serious Amateur Photography
This year is a special treat for local photographers at the Wings Over Houston air show since they've finally set aside space for shooters and arranged for some flight line passes to be available. I guess my bitching griping must have ...

Vintage Tulsa Show - Facebook via
Welcome to the official Facebook Page of Vintage Tulsa Show. Get exclusive content and interact with Vintage Tulsa Show right from Facebook. Join...

Plane, helicopter collide off California coast; 9 missing from FenceCheck Forums
[photo] It's the same plane that flew at the Capitol air show. Very tragic accident. Prayers are with the missing crew.

Flypast: The whistling wheelbarrow - Staines News
Designed in the mid-1950s to meet an Air Ministry requirement for a cargo plane for the RAF, it was bedevilled by political interference and penny-pinching ...
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NASA Research Pilots To Enter Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame - Space Ref
Two retired research pilots who logged more than 16000 flight hours between them at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton are the latest aviators to be ...

Goulian Team #99 Changes for 2010 from Mike Goulian Airshows by Karin
As evidenced during our win at the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest, the Goulian #99 race team is capable of winning. With the right components of our team working together, we can expect big things for 2010. With that goal in mind, we have expanded our team and made some changes that we think will push us near the front for 2010. ...

Historic B-17 tours at Jones Riverside - Tulsa World
A World War II Boeing B-17 Bomber sits on the tarmac at Jones Riverside Airport at Jenks on Thursday. The aircraft was restored by the Experimental Aircraft ...

Dick Faurot Flies In The B-17 'Aluminum Overcast' - News On 6
TULSA, OK -- News On 6 meteorologist Dick Faurot took a trip in history on Friday, taking a ride in a B-17 bomber. The "Aluminum Overcast" is in town for a ...

Ninety-Nines to celebrate 80th anniversary with local reception - The Wichita Eagle
The Ninety-Nines was founded in 1929 and named for the group's first 99 charter members. Its first president was aviatrix Amelia Earhart.

Galloping close! - Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion
I don't know if this has been posted here before or not.
An awesome article written by Scotty Germain about the crew's monumental efforts to get the Ghost to Reno 2009.
A great read! And this gives just a slight idea of what was accomplished by this team!
Amazing job! Looking forward to seeing the Ghost in 2010!

Bushcaddy flying again by John McKeown
Well it has taken a long time but finally the Bushcaddy is flying again in a tailwheel configuration, as it was meant to be. It took me longer to do the mods than it took Brian to do a rebuild on the badly damaged Savannah caused by a ...
Ocala veterans enjoy 'Honor Flight' - Ocala
"I'm overwhelmed," said Carl VonGoeben, who was a B-17 tail-gunner in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. His eyes filled with tears and he paused. ...

Flights of fashion - KFSM
If anyone could make grease monkeys glamorous, it was Amelia Earhart, the famed aviator who, in 1932, became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic ...
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China Exclusive: Chinese archivists unlock secrets of the dead in MIA search via Flying Tigers
by Xinhua writers Yan Hao and Liu Xin
BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese military archivists have identified more than 100 documents that could lead to the repatriation of the remains of the United States personnel who disappeared during and after the Korean War (1950-1953).
More than 50,000 U.S. personnel were killed in Korean Peninsula and along the border of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The U.S. Department of Defense still lists more than 8,100 as missing.
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Archives Department has been combing more than 1.5 million archives of the then People's Volunteer Army (PVA), the Central Military Commission (CMC) and the PLA headquarters during the Korean War.
Archivists have given at least four valuable archives found in the first 10 percent to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Chinese archivists have also located the site where a U.S. bomber crashed 59 years ago in south China's Guangdong Province. ...

Wright B Over Manhattan, 1912 from Air & Space Magazine

Not Your Average DC-3 from by Tracy
I mentioned in the last post that my wife and I had traveled down to the Schellville Airport near Sonoma, CA to take a ride in a friend's airplane. While we were there we were treated to a tour of the airport and the treasures that were hidden in the hangars.When I got out of the car after the drive I did the usual I've-been-sitting-too-long stretch and looked around to see what planes were parked outside. I glanced at this "DC-3″ parked in the weeds and assumed it was ...

U-2 and the Cuban Missile Crisis from Air Force Link Top Stories
After high-altitude reconnaissance flights over Cuba in October 1962, Maj. Rudolf Anderson returned with pictures of ballistic missile sites and nuclear storage facilities under construction. President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation Oct. 22 and six tense days followed. While negotiations between the two superpowers were still under way, Major Anderson attempted another reconnaissance run and his U-2 was shot down and he was killed.
Because of the classified nature of his work, Major Anderson belonged to a select group of unheralded and unrecognized reconnaissance pilots. By personal direction of the president, Major Anderson was posthumously awarded the first Air Force Cross. At the time, the Bronze Star was the highest combat decoration that could be made for Cold War action. He was also posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Cheney Award.

'The Queen Mother' - Wall Street Journal
RAF planes from the Second World War – a Spitfire, a Hurricane, a Lancaster bomber, a Bristol Blenheim – flew overhead, followed by the Red Arrows trailing ...

Airplane Graveyards by Diamond Pilots on 10/30/09
An airplane boneyard is a term used for storage areas where airplanes that are retired from service are kept. Airplanes that are stored in a boneyard can someday return to service or they are stripped of useful parts while everything else is turned into scrap metal. Most airplane boneyards are found in deserts which are good locations due to the dry conditions that reduce corrosion. ... Two popular airplane boneyards in the U.S. are Mojave Airport in California and AMARC (US Air Force Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center) which is located on the grounds of Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Patrick mcnamara: 'Passion' for aviation - Gaylord Herald Times
Deerfield said mcnamara had been a big supporter of the airport's annual air fair, which had taken a hiatus this year, but with mcnamara's enthusiasm and ...

Indy Flight via thesuburbanscrawl
... Let's say that you take him to the local airport where there happens to be a Young Eagles program, and let's go ahead and say that once he meets the volunteer pilot who is nice enough to spend his Saturday morning taking youngsters up in the air, he barely looks at you (let alone waves goodbye or even acknowledges that you are standing there) as he gets settled into the co-pilot's seat. ...

An Astronaut Explains How We'll Fall In Love With Space Again [Space] from Gizmodo by Astronaut Leroy Chiao
Our friend and astronaut blogger Leroy Chiao sat on the human spaceflight advisory committee which released its report last week. Since news stories about it were hazy at best, we asked him to explain what it really said:
It is not surprising, but it is dispiriting, to realize how little the general public knows (or cares?) about space exploration. We seem to take for granted, that America is the leader in human spaceflight. Will it always be so?
Remember high school history? Remember Portugal? They dominated the seas way back when, and thus, dominated the known world. Then what happened? Did they get lazy? Rest on their laurels? Sure, they still are the only ones who make port wine (at least any that's worth anything), but WTF, over? How about Rome? Ok, maybe they just got too decadent ...

NGLCC update via RLV and Space Transport News
A statement from the X PRIZE Foundation on the decision to allow Masten Space another window of opportunity on Friday morning to fly the Level II round: Masten Has One More Window... video

Controllers Help Passenger Fly Plane - Aero-News Network
Hypoxia Temporarily Incapacitated Pilot When the pilot of a small plane reported an oxygen problem over Ohio last week and asked to "lose some altitude," Ron Lewis, an air traffic controller at Indianapolis Center, responded immediately. He told the pilot to descend to 17,000 feet from 23,000 feet, and asked him what altitude he wanted.

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