Monday, November 30, 2009

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The Premier December issue features: The Best Air Show in 2009 award, from our staff of professionals who attended North American Air Shows in 2009, The Blue Angels, Viper North's Mig-17 UTI and lots of photos from air shows. Enjoy our first of many issues.

The Airshow Aces

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Gene Soucy Airshows has joined forces with and Kent and Warren at Pietsch Airshows to form an exciting new airshow component, the Airshow Aces.  Fashioned after the classic airshow troups of the 50’s and 60’s, the Airshow Aces provide a stand alone 12 act, 1 hour. & 40 minute, complete airshow package utilizing 6 perfromers, 4 aircraft and a special “truck top airport” vehicle.  The fully coreographed show which also features announcer Danny “Hollywood” Clisham, and Wingwalker Teresa Stokes, is now booking for the 2010 airshow season.

Gene Soucy
Gene Soucy Airshows
Airshow Aces, LLC
2008 ICAS Shownmanship Award Recipiant

The "AIRSHOW ACES"  - a 12 Act Airshow Package - 1hr. 40min. of Non-Stop Action!
Kent Pietsch     701-240-4865
Warren Pietsch 701-852-4092
Gene Soucy, Danny Clisham, Teresa Stokes

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Glacier Girl Crash

Dear P-38 Fans:
I received an email this morning, stating:
Don't know if you've heard or not but the P-38 called Glacier Girl that they recovered from the glacier on Greenland and restored was taken to England to go into their Air War Museum and during a demonstration flight, the pilot was doing some slow rolls parallel to the runway and simply sank into the ground where it crashed through a line of parked airplanes in a ball of fire.
Naturally, I immediately contacted Bob Cardin (who was the Project Manager on the Glacier Girl Expedition and is currently employed by the new owner of GG, Rod Lewis). This was his reply:
Not Accurate! GG is well in San Antonio.
So have no fear, Glacier Girl is fine and all in one piece.
Blue skies, Kelly
PO Box 6453, March ARB, CA 92518, USA

USAF Museum | News and Notes: December 2009



News & Notes

December 2009


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Air Force One off display 

Dec. 5, 2009-Feb. 13, 2010

SAM 26000 Air Force OneThe Boeing VC-137C SAM 26000, also known as Air Force One when a president is on board, will be taken off display on Dec. 5 to be painted back to its original presidential paint scheme. Painting is expected to take several months, and the aircraft is currently slated to return to the Presidential Gallery on Feb. 13, 2010, in time for Presidents Day. The Presidential Gallery will not be open for touring on Dec. 5 due to aircraft movement, but the regular schedule will resume on Dec. 6. Visitors are asked to plan their trip accordingly. Click here for more information.



Korean War 60th anniversary 

Event registration now open

Korean War 60th AnniversaryThe museum wants to make sure veterans who served in the "Forgotten War" are remembered and honored throughout 2010, and it has partnered with other organizations in the Dayton area to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War with special events and the opening of the museum's renovated Korean War exhibit area. Korean War veteran groups as well as individual veterans and their families can find additional information and register now for the Dinner Under the Wings and Exhibit Opening, Freedom's Call Military Tattoo and Korean War Memorial Ceremony.



Free family fun on Dec. 12 

Learn about the Wright brothers during Family Day

Take-off of the 1903 Wright FlyerCommemorate the 106th anniversary of the world's first heavier-than-air flight by learning about the Wright brothers and their incredible invention during Family Day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 12. Activities include comparing heavier-than-air flight to lighter-than-air flight by observing model (paper) hot air balloons as they're launched as well as hands-on demonstration stations and storytime. Visitors can also make paper flight-related ornaments from 1-3 p.m. in the Modern Flight Gallery. Click here for more information.



Holiday gift ideas 

Air Force Museum Foundation offers several options

Gift ShopLooking for a unique gift for someone on your list? An Air Force Museum Foundation membership or something from the museum's gift shop could be just what you need. Shop online at or purchase gift cards for use in the gift shop, IMAX Theater or Morphis MovieRide.



Holiday closings 

Mark your calendar

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1. The gift shop will be closed for inventory on Thursday, Dec. 31 (museum still open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.). The IMAX Theater will be closed Jan. 4-6 (museum still open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.).



Featured exhibit of the month

Day of Infamy: The Pearl Harbor Attack

Flag Flown at Pearl HarborOn Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked U.S. military and naval facilities on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands without warning, dealing the United States a staggering blow. On Dec. 8, the U.S. declared war on Japan. Germany and Italy in turn declared war on the United States on Dec. 11. The U.S. then declared war on those two Axis partners of Japan. The museum's Pearl Harbor exhibit features a diorama of Lt. Phillip Rasmussen and his P-36, a flag flown on the USS St. Louis during the attack and an A-2 flying jacket worn by Col. (Ret.) Lew Sanders when he reportedly became the first person in U.S. uniform to shoot down an enemy aircraft in World War II. Click here for more information about this exhibit.


This month in USAF history 

Dec. 17, 1950

Lt. Col. Bruce Hinton and the F-86ADuring the Korean War, Far East Air Forces F-86 Sabres met North Korean MiG-15s for the first time in combat. Lt. Col. Bruce H. Hinton achieved the first F-86 aerial victory over a MiG-15. The museum's F-86 is marked as Hinton's 4th Fighter Group F-86A (S/N 49-1236). Hinton passed away on June 27, 2009. (Information provided by Air Force Historical Studies Office)

In this issue

Air Force One

Korean War

Family Day

Gift Ideas

Holiday Closings

Featured Exhibit

USAF History

On the Radar

IMAX® Schedule


Plan Your Visit



On the radar

Dec. 4, 11, 18 · Behind the Scenes tours


Dec. 12 · Family Day


Dec. 19 & 20 · Holiday Concerts (tickets no longer available)


Dec. 25 · Christmas Day, MUSEUM CLOSED


Jan. 1 · New Year's Day, MUSEUM CLOSED


Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 · Behind the Scenes tours


Jan. 16 · Family Day


Jan. 18 · Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MUSEUM OPEN



IMAX® schedule

Space Station · 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily


Fighter Pilot · 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily


The Magic of Flight · 1 p.m. daily, 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 


10 a.m. shows can be arranged for groups of 50 or more.

For ticket prices and to confirm show times, visit







Plan Your Visit 

Museum Hours
Open daily

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

FREE admission!



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Sukhoi pilots ready to show what they can do - New Straits Times | "Being a frontline squadron, and not an aerobatic squadron, we have other missions," said Suri. Lara Lombardi of AugustaWestland finishing a model of a ...

Air show a success - Helena Independent Record | As a member of the Gateway to Freedom Air Show and Military Open House, I want to thank all the volunteers and sponsors that made the show such a success. ...

Pilot of a small plane survives crash at air show in New Caledonia - Radio New Zealand International | The pilot of a small plane has survived a crash during an air show in New Caledonia. The pilot, who has been named as Christine Darbel, suffered a broken ...

RAF Tucano Display Team - Homepage
- Find out where we will be over the summer. This link will be live as soon as participation at airshows is finalised.

P-38 Lightning Newsletter -- Monthly News About Our Favorite WWII Airplane from | We'll make this quick this month because we've all got lots to do over the next few weeks. There have been some truly phenomenal developments in the P38 community since our last newsletter, including someone who built from scratch (and is now flying) a new P38!  That's pretty exciting in our book! So, have a look.  Enjoy.  And take this time to celebrate your friends, your family and your blessed life…

Collings Foundation seeks FAA exemption to add to its historical fleet from General Aviation News by Meg Godlewski | Years ago, B-17s, B-25s, B-24s and P-51 Mustangs (pictured) existed in abundance. Today just a handful of these warbirds remain airworthy — and very few offer rides to the public. The Collings Foundation, a private group out of Stow, Mass., is one of the few organizations that provides these historical aviation experiences but, according to Collings Foundation President Rob Collings, attempts to add more aircraft to the foundation's fleet is proving to be a difficult process because of waivers that must be obtained from the FAA. ... read the rest of Collings Foundation seeks FAA exemption to add to its historical fleet

Army Chief reviews NDA passing-out parade - Indian Express | The Indian Navy Air Squadron 551 flies the Sagar Pawan, which is the only Navy Air Aquadron in the world after the Blue Angels of the United States. ...

Aviation News :: An Interview with Sully from FlightAware > Discussions | The host of 'Forum', Michael Krasny, will be interviewing Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on his show Monday morning during his second hour of his program, at 10am PDT (6pm GMT) on 11/30/09. Those of you with iTunes should be able to catch it live, and MP3 downloads and podcasts will be available shortly afterwards. Just a heads up if anyone would like to catch it. This is a call-in program as well, so you can call up to ask questions/make comments. EDIT: Those without iTunes can visit here to find various ways to listen in.

Flight 188 Tapes Released
from AVWeb Podcast - Podcast | The FAA released air traffic control recordings of the exchanges concerning Northwest Flight 188 on Oct. 21 as it overflew its destination by 150 miles. AVweb's Russ Niles snipped the highlights of those tapes and prepared this report.

World War II plane crash on Mt. Tam recalled 65 years later - Marin Independent-Journal | Charlie Gallagher holds some of the wreckage scattered among the bushes at the site of a 1944 plane crash on Mt. Tam. Gallagher was with a group of local ...

The Post-Vietnam Warbirds: A Generation of Amazing Aircraft ... by frankchadwick | The last F-117 has been retired from service, being superseded by the more capable (and stealthy) F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, but it left an indelible mark on aviation history. Finally, and perhaps the most revolutionary of them ...

Virgin Galactic's Space-Grazing Aircraft Is Ready for Liftoff - Wired News | If all goes well, spaceshiptwo will be the commercial version of the radical rocket that won the $10 million X Prize in 2004 after it made two flights to ...

Shuttle display will not be easy - Florida Today | When the space shuttles retire after 30 years of flight, probably in 2011, the shuttle Discovery is bound for the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum. ...

Concorde's Heathrow Home At Risk from AVwebFlash Current Issue | Officials at London's Heathrow airport say they just can't find a good spot to display their Concorde and may have to get rid of it, a prospect that has Concorde fans up in arms. "The Queen of the Skies should now be the Queen of Heathrow," said Ben Lord, spokesman for the Save Concorde Group. Instead, the airplane has been shuffled around from place to place, and is now stored behind a maintenance hangar. Earlier this year, the airport tried to sell off the airplane to a buyer in Dubai, but the deal fell through. Plans to display the Concorde in British Airways' new terminal also did not materialize. "Heathrow is the world's most congested airport and finding a permanent location is not proving straightforward," an airline spokesperson told the London Times. "We are looking at a number of options for the aircraft including a permanent home at Heathrow but have not made any decisions." Lord said his group would vehemently oppose moving the airplane. "Heathrow played a vital role in the 27 years of Concorde's commercial lifetime, and it's critical that Alpha Bravo remains there," he said., photo essays by Max Haynes
from | This week - Thankful

One-of-a-Kind Metalplane Up For Auction from AVwebFlash Current Issue | A 1929 Hamilton Metalplane, the only one of its kind that has been restored to flying condition, will go on the auction block soon in Scottsdale, Ariz. The airplane is hangared in South St. Paul, Minn., and will remain there until a new owner takes possession. The airplane was No. 22 of only 29 built, and was originally owned by the Canadian Forestry Service. After a long useful life in Canada, Alaska, and Washington State, it was fully restored in Minnesota in the 1970s. It was flown to airshows and won several awards, including Grand Champion trophy at the Antique Airplane Association National Convention in 1975 and the Silver Age Champion award at Oshkosh in 1976. Interested bidders can preview the Hamilton on Dec. 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fleming Field Airport in South St. Paul. The aircraft will be sold in an auction conducted by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in January.No reserve price has been set..

Aviation High School Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign - The Waterland Blog | Des Moines' Aviation High School kicked off a major capital campaign last week at the home of James and Sherry Raisbeck, whose foundation has pledged $4 ...

Take the 5-Minute Tour of the Space Station from Spaceports by (JackKennedy)

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 - Island Knights
from Military Photos by HadesssLoakoon

This Week In Military/Aviation History 30 November - 6 December
from Warbirds Online by Tom Kwiatkowski Sr. | Hi Folks, well, I'm back. Did ya miss me? Did you notice I was gone? Seems I had some personal stuff coupled with some computer issues and before I knew it, the month is now over and we're deep into the "Holiday" (aka Christmas) season.  Ho Ho Hopefully things won't be so messed up for the rest of the year. Since I've been gone for so long, why don't we try once again to get down to some serious history, shall we? Yes, I think we shall. Tom K.

On This Day in Aviation History: November 30th by Matt Molnar

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SC ETV program features Doolittle Raiders - WACH
South Carolina's public television station is featuring the famed Doolittle Raiders who bombed Tokyo in 1942. The monthly "In Our Schools" program on South ...

Aviation pioneer visits Minden-Tahoe Airport by Diamond Pilots
After 60 years out of the cockpit, 93-year-old Joe Szep stepped into the pilot's seat of a glider at Minden-Tahoe Airport on Tuesday.
With copilot Mike Moore of Soar Minden sitting behind him, Szep was towed by a plane up into the Valley's wide, shimmering-blue sky.
"I've never been in a glider," he said before take-off. "I'm sure it will be a different experience all together."
It's hard to imagine Szep lacks any kind of experience when it comes to flying. The Morgan Hill, Calif., resident worked as an aeronautical engineer and designer for Lockheed in Southern California for 35 years. In the late 1930s, he became part of the original Skunk Works program, the secretive group of engineers who produced the P-38 Lightning fighter plane used in World War II, the XP-80 Shooting Star, America's first operational fighter jet, and later the U-2 spy plane used in the Cold War. ...

Some soldiers never came back to Ann Street - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
His older brother, William, a mechanic in the Army Air Corps, died at 23 in October 1942 when the B-17 that carried him crashed in the mountains of northern ...

North Dakota man helped prevent South Korea overthrow - In-Forum
Eriksmoen would like to thank Ozzie Groethe, creator of the Wall of Aces at the Fargo Air Museum, for suggesting articles about the Check brothers and for ...

Betty became "Rosie the Riveter" at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle working primarily on B-17's and 19's for the war. Following his return from Europe, ...

Momentum needed to get women into aviation from Air Race News Watch
In the 1920s and 1930s, the "Golden Age of Aviation," women were involved as parachutists and competed in the first All-Transcontinental Women's Air Race, known as the Powder Puff Derby, Chabrian said. The participants of that race, who hadn't had an opportunity to meet other women aviators, eventually formed The Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. The 1,070 members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) ferried aircraft during World War II. By the 1960s, Chabrian said, women were more prevalent in the ranks of flight instructors and charter operations, but it wasn't until the 1970s that the first woman airline pilot was hired. "In the 1970s, the airline management wasn't sure what the public reaction would be toward ..

'Flight of the Red Tail' released to DVD from General Aviation News by Janice Wood
4Filmmaker Adam White is releasing "Flight of the Red Tail," a companion piece that follows three years after release of "Red Tail Reborn." The 12-minute film chronicles the events of the Red Tail Project, including the fatal crash of pilot and project leader Don Hinz in 2004, the five-year restoration journey to flightworthy status, and the captivating stories surrounding its return to the sky in 2009.
"Flight of the Red Tail had to be made, as the story of sacrifice didn't end when Red Tail Reborn was finished filming, it just began," said White. "The film serves as both a strong piece on its own and also as a companion piece to Red Tail Reborn which gives the full history on The Red Tail P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen, the namesake of the famed Alabama trained World War II veterans." ...

The San Diego Air & Space Museum Unviels Lockheed Vega 5B used in Movie "Ameila" from Aviation News
Photo: Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart in the movie, "Amelia" which opened in theaters 10-23-2009
On Friday, October 23, 2009, The San Diego Air & Space Museum unvieled the Lockheed Vega 5B used in the Movie "Amelia," which opened in theaters on October 23, 2009. Hilary Swank played Amelia Earhart.
The plane was created as a prop for the film and was donated to The San Diego Air & Space Museum by Avalon Pictures. Amelia Earhart flew a Lockheed Vega 5B on her historic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
This movie features vignettes from her early years when Earhart was captivated by the sight of an aircraft flying overhead on the Kansas prairie where she grew up, her life over the preceding decade gradually unfolds. Also talks about her husband and her historic first women to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Also about when she failed and needed repair on the Lockheed L-10 Electra.

Kingston Flying Club: Aviation Dinner well supported... by Kingstondivepro
Club members interested in aviation history may like to note two upcoming events. On December 30th, a talk at the Aviation Museum in Ottawa, on December 30th in the afternoon and in mid January, the Kingston chapter of the Canadian ...

Collins launches online column from General Aviation News by Janice Wood
With 20 years of working with Sporty's under his belt, Dick Collins has turned his attention to writing an online column which will be posted at Collins will post on a variety of aviation topics with the same experience and insight he has shared with the GA community for the past 50 years. ...

WARPLANES: The Long View - Strategy Page
November 29, 2009: Earlier this month, the Chinese Air Force has announced that it had a F-22 type aircraft ready to make its first flight within a year. ...

On This Day in Aviation History: November 29th -

Uncontrolled Airspace #161 "Endless Quest to Fill Space"

Airventure 2009 - great video via PPRuNe Forums by drambuster
YouTube: Parts break off from F-15J during airshow - via Twitter
Cartoon: Red Bull Air Race(r)... - Vitória Sempre
Duggy's Photos - Duggy at air shows - Facebook via
Video: White Cliffs Of Dover - Spitfire Show - Music by Diamond Pilots
Video: North Weald Hangar 11 and some Hurricanes by Diamond Pilots


Sunday, November 29, 2009

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On the Ramp with The AeroShell Team from Airspeed by Stephen Force (Steve Tupper)
These are the show notes to an audio episode. If you want to listen online, please use the direct link below.
The AeroShell Team has been thrilling airshow audiences for years with a low and precise four-ship T-6 formation aerobatics demonstration. I caught up with the team this summer at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival.
If you've been following the Airspeed video episodes from this summer, you got to see both a two-ship aerobatic flight and – an Airspeed first – Mark Henley flew the Airspeed HD video camera in AeroShell 2, the right wing, in the Saturday performance at Battle Creek. ...

Temora Air Show by Gone Bush (WA)
As I write this we are at the end of Day One of the last airshow at Temora for this year. And I have a big bone to pick with all you EasternStaters: You have kept this a secret from us West Aussies for too long and I'm letting the cat ...

Florida Sun 'n' Fun Reader Tour from Aeroplane Monthly News
9-day tour includes: Two full days at the EAA's Sun 'n' Fun Fly-in (or spend one of the days exploring Florida's other attractions); a memorable day at John F. Kennedy Space Center; visits to several excellent aviation museums; and the chance to enjoy the thrill and excitement of water take-offs and landings on optional floatplane rides! April 12–20, 2010. Accompanied by the Assistant Editor

Hellcat To Be Recovered From Lake Michigan - Aero-News Net
Michigan Historic Preservation Office and MSHDA Announce Recovery Effort
Weather permitting on Monday, November 30, a World War II, F6F-3 Hellcat fighter plane will be raised from the depths of Lake Michigan off the Chicago shoreline. The plane has rested on the lake bottom for more than sixty years after crashing during a training exercise.
During the war, navy pilots trained to land on aircraft carriers in Lake Michigan before seeing active duty. The "aircraft carriers" used for training were in fact old Great Lakes passenger liners modified with wooden landing decks. The vessels docked at Chicago's Navy Pier, and the pilots left from the Glenview Naval Air Station in Glenview, Illinois. This airplane, an F6F-3 Hellcat Fighter (serial number 25910), was among many that crashed in the lake during aircraft carrier qualification training. The airplane was lost in about 250 feet of water on January 5, 1945. The pilot, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Walter B. Elcock, was attempting to land aboard the USS Sable during training. Lieutenant Elcock survived the crash and presently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 17,000 pilots completed the training at Glenview, including former president, and then-Lieutenant (Junior Grade) George H. W. Bush. ...

WWII Fighter Plane Headed Back to Land from Military Top Stories Center

The Big Race of 1910 - Air & Space Magazine
How the first U.S. air race launched an aviation tradition.

Bush pilot leaves legacy of determination - Northern News Services
The long-time aviator died last week at the age of 79. - Photo courtesy of Air Tindi McAvoy died at his home outside of Thorsby, Alta. on Nov. 21. ...

England & its Historic Aviation Reader Tour from Aeroplane Monthly News
15-day tour includes: Two major airshows — Duxford and Shuttleworth; 11 aviation museums & collections; privileged-access visits; Free time in the historic cities of London, Lincoln, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Cambridge and Windsor. June 28–July 12, 2010. Meet the Editor and members of the Aeroplane team.

Votes sought to save landmarks - Omaha World-Herald
Grand Island's Stuhr Museum, Alliance's Carhenge and the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland are competing in the online Save a Landmark program. ...

Airbus A400M First Flight Early December from
This week Airbus announced that the first flight of the Airbus A400M has been scheduled to the week December 7 - 13, if weather permits.
The A400M is the new European airlifter of the 21st century. It has more than twice the payload and volume of the C-130 Hercules and C-160 Transall, that it will replace. It will play an essential role in enhancing Europe's airlift capabilities, whilst enabling the establishment of common support, training and operational procedures and greater interoperability in multi-national humanitarian and peace-keeping missions. ...

Convair nuclear aircraft from The Unwanted Blog
These have been reproduced in black and white (Jay Miller's book on the B-58 comes to mind), but I don't think they've been published in color yet. They are screenshots from a film at the National Archives. Specifically, they are screenshots from a DVD, the DVD taken from a VHS, the VHS taken from the film. ...

"From RAINBOW to GUSTO:" Archangel II from The Unwanted Blog
Eighth in the series of reconstructed drawings from Paul Suhler's book "From RAINBOW to GUSTO." This is the second "Archangel" as drawn by Ed Baldwin. This is Figure 52. This particular drawing has a Source Grade of ...

Atlantis launch highlight video from RLV and Space Transport News
Here is a nicely made STS-129 Ascent Highlights video courtesy of Mike Interbartolo. It was "compiled by the SE&I imagery team here at JSC from all of the ground, air, ET and SRB assets". Includes musical soundtrack

Commentary: Keep NASA work force on job from Aerospace-Defense News
After almost three decades, NASA's space shuttle program is nearing the finish line.

Hornet Currency from Neptunus Lex
Gen. David Petraeus returned to the aircraft carrier Nimitz after taking a ride in an F/A-18F Super Hornet jet fighter yesterday.

Working on the line from Planeshots
Video: MXS Aerobatic Aircraft Demo Best Of 2009 Warbirds from Warbirds Online
Blue Angels–RAW COCKPIT FOOTAGE - viasolo
Canadian Lancaster Phots from PPRuNe Forums
Film Roll #1 From Aviation Nation by Parrothead Jeff
Canadian International Air Show 2009 from Warbirds Online
Best Pictures of the 2009 Airshow Season from FenceCheck Forums