Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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This years 'Shoreham Airshow' has broken all records for raising funds for 'The Royal Air Forces Association'. A cheque in excess of £155,000 will be handed over to the association in the near future. Don Bean MBE the airshow organiser said. "I am delighted to be able to hand over this amount to RAFA. A lot of effort by the team at Shoreham has made this possible. One also must remember that they are all volunteers with many non members mixing with members of Shoreham RAFA to run it. I do hope that Headquarters appreciate our efforts – as in the current economic climate this is a lot of money to be raised for one charity and we trust that this will be spent wisely."
"The 2010 event is now being planned," said John Periam, the Airshow Press Officer, adding ...

Save Vulcan from a flightless future - Bournemouth Daily Echo
THE Vulcan bomber, which thrilled an estimated 1.2 million people at Bournemouth's air festival this year, could be grounded unless ...

Woman pilot pays tribute to WASP - Montogomery Advertiser
About 1,000 women changed the course of aviation during World War II.
Two female aviation programs were established during the war and quickly merged into what became known as the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP.
Those paved the way for women like Maj. Bridget McNamara to become military pilots.
Now McNamara is a student at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base and a member of the board of directors for the National WASP World War II Museum in Sweetwater, Texas. ...

America's First Women Aviators - HistoryNet
The homespun movie star and aviation buff Will Rogers couldn't help laughing as he watched eager pilots rev up to start the biggest women's air race the nation had ever seen. When a couple of them glanced into their mirrors before ...

Edward Bellande: Pioneering pilot from General Aviation News
"Air speed record to Los Angeles broken" was a headline in the Oakland (California) Tribune on Jan. 28, 1932. The story reported that a new coastal speed record for tri-motored planes was made on the Oakland-Los Angeles airway when a Transcontinental and Western airplane made the 360-mile hop in 1 hour and 52 minutes.
The craft, a Ford Tri-Motor, piloted by Eddie Bellande and Erwin Lewis, left the Bay Airdrome in Alameda at 10 a.m. and arrived at the Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale at 11:52 am. Nine passengers were carried on the record-setting flight. ...

Frozen in time by The Kraken
The P-38, destined to be known as "Glacier Girl," was one of a flight of six Lightnings and two B-17 Flying Fortresses. These planes are now known as the "Lost Squadron," which were forced to make emergency landings en route to England ...

Photographic Archive Shows War Through a Spitfire Pilot's Eyes from Planenews Aviation News Portal
Sitting in a freezing cockpit at more than 30,000ft for hours with anti-aircraft shells being fired at them, aerial photography pilots during the Second World War risked death every time they took off on a secret reconnaissance mission...

Third-generation pilot Kelly Adams 'born to fly' from Brenham Banner-Press
His grandfather Harry Adams likely survived a number of close calls piloting P-47s in World War II and F-86 jet fighters in the Korean War, which had followed closely on the heels of "The Great War" in 1950.
Today, his father Tom Adams of Springville, Tenn. is still flying in aerobatics competitions — at age 73 — after retiring at a then-required age 60 from a more than 30-year career as a Northwest Airlines pilot.
So 43-year-old Kelly Adams — a Continental Airlines pilot (and resident of Brenham) for more than 11 years — is fully serious when he suggests that he "was born to fly."
Indeed, Tom Adams — as the owner of a 1946 J-3 Piper Cub — would avidly begin passing on his many years of aviation knowledge and experience to his own two boys at an early age. ...

Corsair VIP at Florida museum for holidays from General Aviation News by Janice Wood
Kissimmee Air Museum, located at the Florida's Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) will have a visiting VIP (Very Important Plane) during the holiday season: The Collings Foundation's rare F4U-5NL Corsair ...

Florida Air Museum Receives Restoration Grant from Top News
The Florida Air Museum at SUN 'n FUN has received a $30,000 grant that will be used to build facilities to support its growing aircraft restoration and preservation activities.

Museum opens holiday store from General Aviation News by Janice Wood
Seattle's Museum of Flight's downtown Holiday Gift Store — located on the second floor of City Centre Mall (1420 5th Ave in Seattle) — is open now through Dec. 24.
The store offers a selection of aviation and space related gifts, including books, flight-related apparel, holiday ornaments, toys, calendars, Museum of Flight gift cards, as well as inspirational group experiences for kids or adults. The store also carries a wide range of early-learning educational gifts for children as part of its support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
Store hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon – 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Museum of Flight, located on Boeing Field, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $7.50 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Admission on the first Thursday of each month is free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo.
For more information: 206-764-5720 or

Aero Club of Pittsburgh celebrated 100 years - Avionews
(WAPA) - The Aero Club of Pittsburgh celebrated 100 years since it's founding in July 1909. As one of the oldest aero clubs in the US, the Aero Club's ...

Keokuk's Daily Gate City Online - Daily Gate
The EAA developed the Young Eagles program in 1992 to get kids interested in aviation. They reached their goal of giving airplane rides to 1 million kids nationwide by 2003, the anniversary of the Wright brothers' first successful ...

When Good Rockets Go Bad from Amazing Facts
In the grand scheme of human space programs in Russia and the United States, catastrophic failures are relatively rare. But they are often quite spectacular and make a big impression on the public and on the funding for space exploration. The explosions in the videos we've assembled here were very costly, some in terms of life, some in terms of lost equipment and all in terms of progress of the space programs. ...

Space Drawing set 19: Early reusable Shuttle orbiter from The Unwanted Blog
A-10 Thunderbolt II / Warthog from FenceCheck Forums

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