Saturday, November 14, 2009

Indy Transponder 14-NOV-09 0500z

New Snowbird pilots welcomed to team - Moose Jaw Times-Herald
Captain Jean-Francois Dupont (left) and Yanick Gregoire (right) are the new Snowbirds for the 2010 season. Rebecca Lawrence photograph Two new show pilots ...

Aviation Nation Set for November 14th-15th at Nellis Air Force Base: Thunder ... - Associated Content
... United States Air Force premier stunt flying team, the Thunderbirds will headline over 100 flying aircraft at Aviation Nation November 14th and 15th. ...

All about the Blues: Photos, videos, more - Pensacola News Journal
Spectators began arriving as soon as the gates opened this morning for the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show. The Blues are set to fly around 2 pm, ...

Video: Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show - Pensacola Naval Air Station by Diamond Pilots
Pauline Buis of Baker with her dog, Aileron. Buis said she had to name the dog after an airplane part so her husband would accept the chihuahua.
Don Hatcher, 49, of Bonifay arrived at Pensacola Naval Air Station when the gates opened. He spent this morning checking out some of the aircraft on display.
Hundreds of people are already milling around this morning, looking at airplane displays and settling in to watch opening ceremonies before the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show.
Lines are pretty long for a chance to peek inside the Blues' F/A-18 Hornets.
But traffic is still easy to navigate around Pensacola Naval Air Station, and shuttles are set up to take visitors from the parking lot to the show at Forrest Sherman Field.
The Blues are set to fly at about 2 p.m. today.
Check back throughout the day for photos, videos and news from the show.
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Air Show This Weekend - KXNT
The Air Force Thunderbirds will highlight the show. Buses will provide free trips to and from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The public will otherwise not be ...
Aviation Nation Set for November 14th-15th at Nellis Air Force Base: Thunder ...Associated Content

VNY always an airshow via The Adventures of Chopper Chick!
I love flying out of Van Nuys Airport. I know I've said that before, but it can never be said enough. Just the other day while out on the ramp with our helicopters the group of T6's took flight, and before that a group of Gulfstreams and LearJets and Hawkers and others all seemed to take flight one after another. Then the cool vintage military jets, the aerobatic planes, etc. There was a sea plane I had never seen before take off on 16R. So many cool planes every day taking flight out of VNY, not to mention a group of 4 national guard Blackhawks that were here the other day as well. I love VNY!

Last minute tips for those headed to Visiting Nurse Association Stuart Air Show - TCPalm
By staff report The Visiting Nurse Association Stuart Air Show begins today. The two-day event is expected to draw 60000 people. Here are some last-minute

Stunt Pilot Promises 'Hardcore Aerobatics' At Show - WPBF
On Friday, WPBF 25's Stefan Holt got a chance to be top gun for a day and shared the skies with Holt on his Extra 300-I Aerobatic plane. ...

Royal Navy Airpower ... 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, ...

Dubai set for impressive airshow - Khaleej Times
"The Dubai International Air Show is viewed as an international forum for senior Arab and foreign politicians, officers, businessmen, investors, ...

North Weald Community Day Fly-In 2009 Review and PlanesTV Blog Update Now Online - UK Airshow Review
Between 1942 and 1944, 331 and 332 Norwegian Squadrons operated Spitfires from what was then RAF North Weald. In 2009, the Royal Norwegian Air Force celebrated their 65th anniversary and to mark the occasion, 331 and 332 Squadrons past and present were represented when they returned to their former wartime home in Essex for a community fly-in event, held on the September 13th. Arriving on the Friday prior were a pair of 132 Wing F-16BMs, and more significantly, a RNoAF Falcon 20, which brought six Norwegian veterans back to North Weald, to make an emotional return to the airfield from which they flew combat missions during the war. The day was a mixture of commemoration and celebration, with a wreath laid at the airfield memorial in honour of the thirty-six Norwegian pilots who were killed flying from the airfield during the Second World War. The friendship between North Weald Basset and the Norwegian city of Bodø, the current base of 331 and 332 squadrons, was celebrated.

Veteran Gil Nelson awarded two Presidential Citations during WWII -
During the war, Nelson flew the B-17 bomber, dubbed "the big-ass bird," because its vertical stabilizer was so big. Nelson grew up in south Tacoma, ...

Texas WASP honored by senator - Top Stories
It's been nearly 70 years, but one of the most untold stories of World War II can finally come to a close.
The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II were presented with a commemorative copy of a bill awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony for Texas native WASP Nov. 11 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.
Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison sponsored the legislation in early 2009, and only three months later, presented the WASP the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the U.S. Congress can bestow on a civilian for service to their country.

The Ninety-Nines: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow - You Fly, Girl
First off, let me give a shout out to Turgid Tomes, owned by Gwil Owen, at 3409 Marlborough Ave, Nashville, TN 37212, a used-book emporium. I had ordered a copy of The Ninety-Nines, Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow from them, and it ...
... The Women Aviatior's Wiki is about to take a great leap forward in terms of entries!
Pilots entered today:
Doris Abbate
Mary Ann Abbott
Della Abernathy

B-25 arrival at Cumberland airport delayed - Cumberland Times-News
The scheduled arrival of the Cumberland Goes To War B-25, Panchito, at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport has been delayed until later ...
Veteran visitsCumberland Times-News

Great New Reason to Visit Grimes Field - on 11/13/09
As we stood there gawking at the beautifully restored Pitcairn, the giant hangar door behind us slid open and there stood Chris Patton, Director of the new Champaign Aviation Museum. He welcomed us inside, and what an eye opener that was! Upon entering you can't miss the obvious "pieces parts" of a B-17, in this case "Champaign Lady", currently under restoration by the museum. That's Chris standing in front of the fuselage section.

The 39th Pursuit Squadron - HFM Bellingham Army Air Field History Project
"December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan... The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
The newly-opened Whatcom County Airfield/Bellingham Airdrome was active with civilians on that fateful day... and all likely listened with disbelief as news of the attack on Pearl Harbor played over their car radios. What did this mean for the Country? What did this mean for a town like Bellingham, perched on the edge of the Pacific's sheltered in-land waters? What lurked off the coast, waiting to strike?
Though the events of December 7th came as a shock, the possibility that America would ultimate engage in WWII likely came as little surprise to most. Since the conception of the Bellingham airport project before 1936, the Army Air Corps had been lobbying hard for an airfield in such a strategic position. And our research indicates that the final push to finish the first runway after 4 long years of stopping and starting, came as a result of War Department funding. Simultaneously, in other parts of the country, a handful of pursuit squadrons were being made 'battle ready'... and it was one of these, the 39th Pursuit Squadron, that arrived in Bellingham a mere three days after Pearl Harbor.
We have been in contact with one of the pilots of the 39th, and he has very graciously shared his memories of those days with us. ...

Navy N3N plane from Hitchcock thriller "North by Northwest." by Diamond Pilots
LAKE FOREST -- It's one of the most chilling chase scenes in film history: A suited Cary Grant runs for his life as a low-flying biplane buzzes, shoots and crop-dusts him before crashing into a fiery ball.
Bill Knauz of Lake Forest owns that biplane made famous in the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "North by Northwest." A picture of Knauz' plane chasing Grant graces the cover of a 50th anniversary DVD/Blu-Ray edition of the award-winning film just released by Warner Brothers.
"I bought it about five years ago," Knauz, 81, said of the fully restored Navy N3N that he keeps in his hangar at Kenosha Regional Airport. ...

Dual Spitfires offer rare treat - Otago Daily Times
A recently-restored Spitfire fighter, confirmed as one of two to fly at the Warbirds Over Wanaka international air show next Easter, will be sporting the ...

Advanced F-106/Sky Scorcher - The Unwanted Blog
A 1956 concept for a derivative/modification of the Convair F-106, equipped with canards, entirely new inlets, a noticably larger nose (housing a larger 40″ radar), an infra-red seeker at the top of the vertical fin and a weapons load of a single massive Convair "Sky Scorcher" missile. The idea seems to have been that the Soviets would send waves of supersonic bombers tightly packed into groups which could be blasted out of the sky with two-megaton-yield nuclear air-to-air missiles. ...

Airmen fly C-5M into U.S. record books - Top Stories
An attempted record-setting flight by a C-5M Galaxy that took place Sept. 13 is now in the official record books after being certified Oct. 30 by officials of the U.S. National Aeronautic Association.
The Dover Air Force Base, Del., aircrew flying the C-5M, named The Spirit of Normandy, consisted of eight 512th Airlift Wing reservists and four 436th Airlift Wing active-duty members. They set 41 records during the flight that included various altitude, payload and time-to-climb records.

Envisioning a future for Willow Grove air base - Philadelphia Inquirer
... could radically reshape the sprawling, 64-year-old facility - and its 8000-foot airstrip, which for years hosted the popular Willow Grove Air Fest. ...

Upset training group to hold first meeting from Flightglobal Events
A working group formed under the auspices of the Royal Aeronautical Society in June to develop standards for how simulator manufacturers can model the aerodynamics...

Mission Flag makes it on my Wall of Fame - The Adventures of Chopper Chick!
At Aaron bros. they actually sell a nice frame just for the flag to be folded like this but I thought the box would be much nicer to put all the memorabilia together in.
My long hallway that I love framing photos in.
Most of my great memories make it into a frame and get placed on either my hallway wall or office wall and some others throughout the rest of the house. The big walls in my house that are loaded with photos are the office and the hall. I recall when I first bought my house or was actually looking at buying it, I fell in love with the long hallway as I knew I would clutter it with memories. ...

WWII music video, history program set - Oneonta Daily Star
Tunison wrote, performed all the instruments, recorded and mixed the video to his song "B-17." The audio is accompanied by a montage of World War II B-17 ...

Space Shuttle On Track for Monday Launch -
NASA is on track to launch the space shuttle Atlantis on Monday, but only if an unmanned rocket launches early Saturday as planned.


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