Saturday, November 28, 2009

Indy Transponder 28-NOV-09 0500z

Nellis wing commander to appear on 'Jeopardy!' from Air Force Times - News
If there's an "Air Combat Aviation" category on the Dec. 2 episode of "Jeopardy!", Col. Dave Belote ought to do well.Belote, commander of the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., will fulfill a lifelong dream when he appears on the game show."I've been trying for years to be on the show," Belote said. "I have always been able to play silly memory tricks and have had a mind for trivia."Belote taped the episode Oct. 14 in Los Angeles, but couldn't tell Air Force Times how well he did until after the show aired. He did, however, reveal that to succeed on "Jeopardy!" one must not only possess encyclopedic knowledge, but also attain mastery of the buzzer.

W.Va. Guard air show set to fly in 2010 - The Herald-Mail
The 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard will know next month whether the air show they are planning for next year at Eastern West ...

Snowbirds flypast will kick off Grey Cup Parade tomorrow in downtown Calgary - Calgary Herald
The procession will begin with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds team flying overhead as parade marshal Elisha Cuthbert--who plays actor Kiefer Sutherland's ...

Rider Pride! - Discover Moose Jaw
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are leaving 15 Wing Friday morning to take part in the festivities in Alberta. The team will arrive Friday afternoon at the ...

Last air show of the season for the Patrouille de France - Cawa
The ultimate demonstration of the team presentation in 2009 of the Patrouille de France (PAF) was held, Wednesday, November 25, on the basis of ...

The weekend starts here... from Air Race News Watch
High-flying pilot Paul Bonhomme will be returning home to be guest of honour at the big Christmas Lights switch-on in Maidenhead this ...

O'Hare - Airport and WWII ace Butch O'Hare from
Edward H. O'Hare was born on March 13, 1914 in St. Louis, the son of"E.J." O'Hare, a wealthy businessman and attorney. His parents sent himto Western Military Academy (WMA) at age 13; after his arrival he pursued aninterest in marksmanship, becoming president of the rifle club. In1932, he graduated from WMA, and in 1933 went on to the US NavalAcademy. Many of his classmates from both schools died in WWII.
Upon his graduation from Annapolis he received choiceduty on the USSNew Mexico (BB-40). While he was interested in aviation, all newofficers had to spend two years in surface ships, before specializingin aviation or submarines. Thus in 1939 he started flight training atNaval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, learning the basics on N3N-1 andStearman NS-1 biplane trainers.
In November, his father was gunned down by Al Capone's gunmen,most likely because he had given the government information useful inits prosecution of Capone. The gangland-style murder made bigheadlines, and the newspapers printed numerous speculations on thecircumstances of the murder. Many of these were less than flatteringand implied that E.J. was involved with the mob. (Ewing &Lundstrom's excellent biography, Fateful Rendezvous: The Life of Butch O'Hare, covers theseevents in great detail.) Arriving at Pensacola after the funeral,young O'Hare moved up to flying more advanced biplanes like the VoughtO3U, the Corsair SU, and the Vought SBU-1 scout bomber (top speed 205mph). In early 1940, he completed the required flying in patrol planesand advanced land planes. ...

US P51 Ace Bill Overstreet from Military Photos by David Tate
Just interviewed a WWII fighter pilot with some incredible stories:
1. Flew from Germany to England, then landed... BLIND.
2. Chased German fighters so close the ground he had grass in his wingtips and barbed wire hanging from his tail.
3. While in formation, flew loops around the Golden Gate Bridge.
4. Shot down a German fighter as the two flew UNDER the Eifel Tower!
5. Was part of an OSS "underground railroad" that saw regular flights outta Europe ferrying downed pilots back to England (anyone hear of this operation before?).

Beryl Markham: Britain's Amelia Earhart -
When the English aviatrix Beryl Markham crash-landed her Vega Gull monoplane in a bog on Nova Scotia on 5 September 1936 she became the ...

Great thinker changed aviation - The Age
He came up with these major design changes after testing his ideas in supersonic wind tunnel tests, solving problems that had confounded his fellow aviation ...

Former B-52 pilot shows boy skies still the limit - Daily Press
The weekend before Thanksgiving, Hartney met the Menachems at Langley Air Force Base, where he's the chief flight instructor at the Aero Club, ...

James Bond stuntman pilot died during roll at air show from
A stunt pilot who worked on the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies was killed at an air show after trying to copy a barrel roll that another plane had completed, an inquest heard yesterday - reports The Telegraph.
Brian Brown, 49, may have carried out the move "on impulse", which caused his World War II Hurricane to crash into a fireball during the air show in September 2007, the inquest heard. ...

WW1 beauties fly in NZ from Aeroplane Monthly News
The latest masterpieces to emerge from The Vintage Aviator Ltd's (TVAL) workshops in Wellington, New Zealand, recently made their first flights.

Vimy touchdown ends the adventure from Aeroplane Monthly News
Vickers Vimy replica NX71MY landing at Brooklands on 15 Nov 2009. Photo: Michael OakeyLike a revered but demanding old actress, whose public adores her but whose relatives' love for her is often tempered by exasperation, Vickers Vimy replica NX71MY swept sedately into the Dunperformin Retirement Home in Surrey on November 15, reports Michael Oakey.

Restoration: Kentucky Panther - Air & Space Magazine
Grumman's first jet honors a son of the Bluegrass State.

Concorde for central London? from Aeroplane Monthly News
Proposed Concorde attraction, London. Image: Club ConcordePlans to move Concorde G-BOAB from Heathrow Airport to a purpose-built new attraction on the Thames in London were unveiled by Club Concorde in November.

Friday Fiction: The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale
Every Friday, I'll post an installment of The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship. This book, written by Margaret Burnham and published in 1911, is in the public domain.
It's interesting to read for a variety of reasons, not least of which is to see the prevailing attitude toward women.
The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship
Margaret Burnham, 1911, Chapter One: The Golden Butterfly ...

Gil Cohen: Aviation Artist - Air & Space Magazine
A new illustrated book brings aviation history to life.

St. Louis County friends say plane crash in Africa won't stop documentary from Aviation & Aerospace News
The documentary was supposed to have a simple script: Two friends in their 20s leave behind the comfortable suburbs of west St. ..

AirRacerMovie: from Chasing the Dream
Air Racer DVDs now 20% off until December 31, 2009. Visit to order. Happy Holidays!

Video: Angel Flight by Radney Foster - by Diamond Pilots
In Memory of the Soliders of "Red River 44" and in honor of the air crew that brought them home.

Douglas C-74 Globemaster from Planeshots
Breitling Wingwalkers New Colour Scheme from Flightline UK
Mosquito B.IV DZ353 from Aeroplane Monthly News
BZ's Travis AFB airshow Photo Gallery from
Grissom week in photos: 27 Nov from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind.
Best Pictures of the 2009 Airshow Season from FenceCheck Forums
Glacier Girl P-38 Lightning - Timothy Pruitt Photography (FenceCheck Forums)
Inspirational Women Aviatior Videos at YouTube from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale
Video: In 1959, Flight Instructors of 3615 Squadron, USAF Training Exercises - Nellis AFB, Nevada by Diamond Pilots


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