Friday, January 29, 2010

Indy Transponder 29-JAN-10 2230z

56-year-old woman is the star performer at Al Ain aerobatic show - Ethiopian Review
If anyone were to think that aerobatics is a young man's sport, then Jacquie Warda is living proof that they are wrong on both ...

August air show at Pease to include aerobatic performers, USAF Stratotanker -
The Boston-Portsmouth Air Show announced today that world famous aerobatic performers Sean D. Tucker and John Klatt, as well as the USAF ...

Wingwalking: Don't Try This at HomeUnless Your Airplane is Parked! from Av8rdan's World of Flying
This is part two of my interview with wingwalker Jenny Forsythe, part one is here.
World of Flying: Has there ever been a time when things went wrong in your act and you scared yourself.
Jenny Forsythe: I really haven't had any truly scary moments with American Barnstormer. Rather, there has been a time or two when I find myself disappointed that I'm unable to do a particular stunt to my full capabilities. For instance, last year, at our first show ...

RAF Hawk Display Scheme 2010 by Flightline UK
The Royal Air Force Hawk Display Team have released images of their 2010 paint scheme via their Facebook mini-site.

Jean Heideman, 80, airshow volunteer - Hillsboro Argus
She worked at Rodgers Organ Company in Hillsboro for 24 years and was active in the chamber of commerce and as a volunteer at many airshows. ...

New problems for Red Bull Air Race - Portugal News
The Government has recently announced that the Red Bull Air Race might not be taking place between the 25th April bridge and Belém Tower, in Lisbon, ...

'Rare opportunity' to see monstrous steel birds - Orlando Sentinel
The collection that will be at the Leesburg airport will be a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24J Liberator and North American TP-51C Mustang. ...

A chance to ride the wings of history - Savannah Morning News
The Liberty Foundation's B-17 Flying Fortress "Liberty Belle" will be available for tours and flights this weekend at Savannah Hilton Head International ...
Video: A chance to ride the wings of history from Diamond Pilots by Kathryn

Commemorative Air Force - FB Post
Don't miss "West Texas View" on local tv station KWES ch. 9 on Sundays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, and 14 at 6 a.m. when they will run segments on the CAF! Set that DVR/TiVo NOW so you don't forget and if you're not in the area visit to watch the show each week!

Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Lee A. Archer, lone ace Tuskegee Airman, dies at 90 from
Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Lee A. Archer, a Tuskegee Airman considered to be the only black ace pilot who also broke racial barriers as an executive at a major U.S. company and founder of a venture capital firm, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 90.
His son, Roy Archer, said his father died at Cornell University Medical Center in Manhattan. A cause of death was not immediately determined.
The Tuskegee Airmen were America's first black fighter pilot group in World War II. ...

Dunst kept P-40 fighter planes communicating from Flying Tigers News
... Dunst would eventually find himself working ground operations at the faraway air base where he was assigned to the Chinese-American Composite Wing of the Flying Tigers of the 14th Air Force.
"Flying Tigers" was the name of the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force who fought before the U.S. entered the war. The group was eventually converted into a U.S. fighter group with the 14th Air Force. ...

Kelly Johnson Article from P38assn
"Air and Space " magazine has done a nice, lengthy article/bio on Kelly Johnson, the designer of the P-38, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The article is very in depth, and goes all the way back to his early days growing up in an extremely poor family in Michigan.  Here's a brief excerpt. Clarence Leonard [...]

WW II pilot gets a flying tribute - The Clarion-Ledger
Cary Salter of Jackson flew some 50 missions in a P-51D Mustang during World War II. He shot down two enemy planes and damaged another in the aircraft he nicknamed Charlotte's Chariot, in honor of the woman he has been married to for more than 60 years.
Thanks to the generosity and historic curiosity of Dan Fordice - son of the late Gov. Kirk Fordice and Pat Fordice - the 88-year-old Salter will get an up-close look at an exact replica of his war-time plane during a ceremony Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Jackson's Hawkins Field. Other classic planes will also be on display. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Only about150 P-51D Mustangs - a key element in the United State's victory in World War II - still exist, Fordice says. They usually ...

5 Tales of Survival from Extreme Falls - Popular Mechanics
In January, 1943, Magee was a ball turret gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress on a bombing run on the Atlantic coast of Nazi-occupied France. ...

How to Fall 35000 Feet—And Survive - Popular Mechanics
... confirmed or plausible incidents, including perennial Ripley's Believe It or Not superstar Alan Magee—blown from his B-17 on a 1943 mission over France. ...

The Birthplaces of Aviation - Air and Space Magazine
It didn't all happen at Kitty Hawk.
In the story of the airplane's invention, there are more characters than just the Wright brothers. And more settings too: In the first decade after the Wrights' landmark 1903 flight, airplanes were being invented in countries far beyond America and the other two hotspots of early aviation: France and England. ...

Library Adds New Museum Pass To The Intrepid - Garden City News
Through the generosity of The Friends of the Garden City Public Library, the Garden City Public Library has now added The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum ...

Astronaut Dedicates Flag Flown in Space to 9/11 Victims from
A NASA astronaut from New York returned to his home town Thursday to dedicate an American flag flown on the space shuttle to the victims of Sept. 11.

Fearless Felix Takes a 120000 Foot Plunge -
... with extreme sports, sponsoring winter sports as well as windsurfing, cliff-diving, rock-climbing, Formula One and even its own Air Racing series. ...

Sukhoi's T-50 Flaptor - First Flight Video from Ares
Sukhoi has posted video on today's first flight of its T-50 prototype of the Russian PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter, from Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

We Fly Boeing's New 747-8 - Wired News
For much of aviation's history, the inaugural flight of an airplane included many unknowns. They could be as fundamental as wondering whether the pilot ...

Boeing launches 787 Flight Test web site from FlightBlogger
Boeing has launched to track progress of the 787 flight test and certification program during this year.  ...

Flying Wings Photography (Andreas Zeitler) from Fear of Landing
Andreas Zeitler is a German aviation professional who runs a website dedicated to airshows in Europe and features his photography from all around the world. I first discovered his photographs on and visited his website:
I was thrilled to find a lot more photographs there as well as trip reports from his visits to Japan, Israel, Beirut and the US. Of course, he took plenty of photographs of interesting aircraft at all of these locations.
I mailed Zeitler and he kindly gave me permission to share his photography with you. I've added quotes from ...

Video: Mike Manhatton takes flight back in time from Diamond Pilots by Kathryn
the Supermarine S5, a British Schneider Trophy racer. The number... from x planes

Heartland Warrior - Grissom AFB
The January edition of the Heartland Warrior is now available. The official E-Paper of the 434th Air Refueling Wing includes six pages of stories, photos and features pertaining to Grissom ARB and the U.S. Air Force. Top stories include:
--2010 defense budget now law
--Engineer recognized during Army ceremony
--In the limelight
--Air Force issues new mission statement


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