Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Steve Fossett's Round-the-World Record Smashed by 29-Year-Old Jet - Fast Company
[video] Three Swiss pilots have broken the round-the-world flight record, smashing Steve Fossett's four-year-record by almost ten hours, reports Reuters. The flight touched down yesterday in Geneva, 57 hours and 54 minutes after taking off, and the 23,000-mile journey included ten pit stops of 15 to 20 minutes, and 57 hours and 54 minutes. Chief pilot Riccardo Mortara, claimed, however, that the trip could have taken five hours less, had it not been for an angry volcano.
The plane, a Rockwell Sabreline, was en route from Canada's Goose Island to the Icelandic town ...

PICTURES & VIDEO: Round the world record beaten in Sabreliner from Flight Image of the Day by Barbara Cockburn
Italian pilot Riccardo Mortara has set the world record for the fastest round the world flight in his 30-year-old Sabreliner.
They had to add a 12th leg to their trip, after plans to land in Keflavik, Iceland, were aborted due to a volcanic eruption.
The Sabreliner 65 jet, took of from Geneva at 06:12 UTC on Friday morning, flew east, and returned  Sunday at 16:06 UTC, completing the 36,770 km minimum distance in 57 hours 54 minutes. The average speed around the world was 647km/h.
This journey beats pioneering pilot Steve Fossett's time of 67 hours and one minute, which was achieved without stops in the state-of-the-art VirginFlyer in 2006.
A secondary target was to beat golfer Arnold Palmer's 1978 record of 57 hours 26 minutes, which he set in a ...
Local man selected for flight with Thunderbirds - Montgomery Advertiser
A Montgomery-area teacher was notified of his selection today to fly with the US Air Force Thunderbirds as part of its Hometown Hero program. ...

Blue Angels to perform next month - WCBD
The Blue Angels will be performing over the Charleston Harbor next month for a special air show. We are still waiting on confirmation from the City of ...

Wings over South Texas from thecrushgirls.com
The Wings over South Texas Air Show will be held at the Naval Air Station Kingsville March 27 - 28. This year, it's "more than just Wings!" In addition to the headliner U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team - the Blue Angels - there will also be a performance by Grammy-nominated country artists, Emerson Drive, to following the Blue Angel performance on Saturday, March 27.
All performances are free to the public, and parking will be available on base. Please be sure to check out the security information located on the NAS-Kingsville website prior to packing your things for the  ...

MacDill: 140000 people showed up at weekend's AirFest - Tampabay.com
TAMPA — About 140000 people attended this year's AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base on Saturday and Sunday. ...

'Rise and Shine' reveals events - Beloit Daily News
Airfest is the only civilian show in North America to host two jet teams, according to the Visit Beloit team. "Beloit's an amazing community," Frederiksen ...

The Red Arrows Team News - RAF Red Arrows
After a weekend of travelling the Red Arrows have arrived at Kastelli in Crete for the first stage of Exercise SPRINGHAWK.
Ten Hawks and a C130 Hercules carrying the Blues and the extra equipment required left Royal Air Force Scampton on Saturday morning. The pilots and the engineers were waved off by some of their families who braved the rain to see them go. After a brief stop to refuel in Lyon, France, and then an overnight stop on Saturday in Bari, Italy, the Team arrived at the Hellenic Air Force base of Kastelli yesterday (Sunday).
The Team have been made to feel extremely welcome by the Greek air force. ...

Milwaukee Air & Water Show from OneRiot.com
Welcome to the official Facebook Page of Milwaukee Air & Water Show. Get exclusive content and interact with Milwaukee Air & Water Show right from...

Updates from the Field from Nordo News by Rich Davidson
It's Been a While | Wow, it's been a long time since an edition of NORDO News went out. The reasons for this are numerous. First and most obviously,  ...

Annual fly-in draws aircraft enthusiasts - Tahlequah Daily Press
Saturday's unexpected cold snap didn't deter the pilots of the Tenkiller Airpark from coming in for a hot breakfast; however, many of them had to drive rather than fly.
Airplane enthusiasts from all over Cherokee County attended the 21st annual Mary Kelly Wild Onion and Eggs Fly-In Breakfast, at the airpark Saturday morning. ...

Annual Scottsboro Fly-In is back in town - WAFF
SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - The Annual Scottsboro Fly-in will be on Saturday May 1st at the Scottsboro Municipal Airport. Admission is free to everyone. ...

April 13, 2010 Meeting Speaker: Billy Werth - Indianapolis Aero Club
The Indianapolis Aero Club welcomes Billy Werth as it's speaker for the April 13th meeting. ... Billy has over 8000 hours of flight time in 20 different aircraft, with 900 of it teaching folks how to fly upside down. ...

P-38 in Event to Benefit the Military from P38assn
On May 1st, the Allied Fighters P-38 Lightning will participate in the "Hot to Trot" charity to benefit the military.  If you live in SoCal, the event will be held at Torrance Airport.  The "Hot to Trot" event will bring together live music performances, WWII aircraft, pin up girls, and a live and silent auction [...]

LATEST NEWS: SUN SET IN ABU DHABI from www.nicolasivanoff.com
The first real on-site flying tests were made today. There are still a few things to control as always, such as installing cameras in the cockpit, but we must have finished before 10pm (local time). The latest technical checks were satisfying. As of tomorrow, everything must be operational; sponsors and media are arriving, the race week can finally start…
Nicolas' first flight went fine, he just needs to get used to his new plane, but already enjoys the new sensations.
Abu Dhabi is a place Nicolas enjoys especially and where he returns for the 6th time already. Together with Alejandro Mc Lean, they are currently having a city tour at sun set. ...

Powder Puff Pilot teams with Oregon Aero from General Aviation News
What happens when you cross women pilots with one of the nation's foremost suppliers of aviation products? Pink pilot gear!
That's just what happened when Denver-based Powder Puff Pilot, a web retailer that specializes in pilot gear and accessories for women, approached Oregon Aero, Inc., designer and manufacturer of aviation products. That meeting resulted in the customization of two of Oregon Aero's most popular products: A pink version of the Oregon Aero Super Cushion Portable Cushion, and an Oregon Aero headset bag with just a touch of pink. ...

Pioneer Aviatrix, Elinor Smith (Sullivan), Dies at Age 98 - PR Newswire (press release)
Elinor Smith (Sullivan), aviation pioneer and record-setting aviatrix died Friday, March 19, 2010 in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 98.
One of the youngest and most daring pilots of the 1920s, Smith's numerous records for endurance, altitude, and speed, along with her work as a test pilot, left an indelible mark on the history of aviation. But it was her infectious love of flight and her bold refusal to be constrained by either youth or gender that made her an icon. ...

Celebrating 100 Years of Women in Flight: In a Bücker Jungmann from WAI Connect Blog
Women pilots on three continents challenged themselves to introduce other women to aviation during March, as part of the celebration of the Centennial of Women Pilots. This video, created by one of the participants in the Centennial of Women Pilots,  also celebrates the women of the 1930's who flew Bücker biplanes. The Bücker Jungmann has been in production since the early 1930's in Germany,

New Wright Brothers documentary: "On Great White Wings" - Springfield Edge
This is a 2-minute sample from the documentary, "On Great White Wings."  This DVD chronicles the life and times of the Wright Brothers and their quest for flight. It depicts the events that shaped the lives of Wilbur and Orville Wright at what is now Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in Ohio. For visitor information visit nps.gov/daav.
Video: Riding with the Wright Brothers — where it all began ...

Army's offer inspires young pilot to sign up By Mark J. Price Beacon Journal
Cuyahoga Falls test pilot tempted fate as one of America's early flying heroes
As far back as he could remember, Jimmy Collins wanted to fly. The wind gently whispered to him as clouds rolled softly across Ohio.
James H. Collins was born in Warren in April 1904, only four months after Dayton brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright made their famous first flight near Kitty Hawk, N.C.
As a toddler, Jimmy liked to run around with a piece of paper tied to a string, swishing it through the air. When he got older, he built kites and model planes.
''Always I had a dream,'' Collins recalled as an adult. ''I cannot tell you what that dream was. I can only tell you that flying was one of its symbols.'' ...

Veterans relive WWII by radio between B-17, B-29 - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
Retired pilot Hank Hendrickson radioed back from the same seat in a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber headed for the coast of France. ...

'Texas Raiders' has new home from General Aviation News
"Texas Raiders," one of 12 remaining airworthy B-17s, has a new home. The G-model Flying Fortress, owned by the Gulf Coast Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, has been undergoing restoration for the better part of eight years at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston. Soon, the bomber will be flown to David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH) in Spring, Texas, where its new home will be the Tomball Jet Center. ...
Photo credit: GA News

The Flying Fortress: Celebrating 75 years from General Aviation News
This summer marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most famous aircraft of World War II: The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. ...

Rare piece of aviation history taking to the skies - Otago Daily
The replica made its first flight in February, 2005, at Mandeville when it reached a taxi speed of 70kmh and took off for about 100 metres. It had since flown several times and would become part of the Croydon Aviation Heritage Trust's ...

Up, up and away in Melton shire - Melton Leader
WHEN you see the trouble Gary Sunderland had getting his Voisin model replica plane to fly at the Centenary of Flight Airshow in Melton on Saturday, you can appreciate what it must have taken for Harry Houdini to fly 100 years ago.
While it was five aborted take-offs for the Bacchus Marsh air enthusiast and his model of Houdini's plane, nothing could dampen the day as more than 7000 people flocked to the Melton airfield.
"It was just a case of a tacky surface which was the reason I couldn't get the plane up," a philosophical Mr Sunderland said. "I've flown it from Bacchus Marsh where we have a different surface.
"But because it only has plywood wheels, it can dig in to a tackier take off and that's what the issue was.  ...

Richland man builds WWII fighter plane out of 'Spare Parts' - TheNewsTribune.com
His favorite trip is going to the annual Arlington fly-in, because he, Klute and Thompson cross the Cascade Mountains during the flight. ...

Fantasy of Flight adds nightFlight tours from General Aviation News
Unidentifiable noises and voices, drastic temperature changes, strange mists and shadows…these unexplained phenomena are drawing an eager crowd at Fantasy of Flight, where the Florida attraction's first-ever nightFlight paranormal tours have sold out in a matter of weeks.
Demand for the four-hour, limited-attendance nighttime tours, guided by Florida's Apollo Paranormal Investigations (API), a non-profit team of paranormal investigators (sometimes referred to as "ghost hunters"), has led Fantasy of Flight to add new dates, including a new tour on April 3. ...
Palin sets Thursday afternoon appearance at CAF Hangar - MyWestTexas.com
... visit has been expanded to include a 1:45 pm Thursday appearance and speech at the Commemorative Air Force Hangar west of Midland International Airport. ...

Northrop Grumman Returns Restored B-2 Bomber to Active Duty from Planenews Aviation News
PALMDALE, Calif. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE): Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has returned to service with the U.S. Air Force a freshly painted, completely overhauled B-2 stealth bomber known as the "Spirit of Pennsylvania." 

VIDEO: History of the F-35 by Skunk Works inventor (3 parts) from The DEW Line
The DEW Line is pleased to offer a three-part video showing a fascinating (albeit poorly-lit), 1hr lecture on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, presented last week by Skunk Works engineer Paul Bevilaqua at Johns Hopkins University's applied physics laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.
Bevilaqua is credited with the invention of Lockheed Martin's shaft-driven lift-fan, the core technology allowing the short-takeoff-vertical-landing (STOVL) F-35B. The first part of the lecture is below, and click on the jump to view the other two parts. ...

Spacesuit pioneer Joe Ruseckas (1917-2010) - collectSPACE: Messages
Among the space systems for which he receives credit, Ruseckas is remembered as the designer of the "first partially pressurized 'spacesuit' for keeping humans alive for lengthy periods at ultrahigh altitudes" for the U-2 program ["The C.I.A. and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974" Thomas Fensch, 2001] and the communications headset worn by Apollo astronauts on the Moon. ...

NYC Still Lobbying For Space Shuttle - Gothamist
Last year the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, along with around 20 other institutions, requested that NASA gift them a space shuttle—after they had ...

Aircraft company signs jetpack factory deal from PlaneTalking.com
The Martin Aircraft Company has signed a $12 million joint-venture deal to start production of the world's first commercially available jetpack.
The Christchurch-based company has been developing the jetpack for more than a decade but has struggled to find New Zealand funding for commercial production.
Company chief executive Richard Lauder said the joint venture would build Martin [...]
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the Lockheed XF-90 penetration fighter prototype, circa 1949 from x planes
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