Friday, April 30, 2010

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Awesome Blossom - St. Joseph News-Press
Only one air team in the entire world can make thousands drop their jaws while simultaneously humming the song "Dreams" by Van Halen: the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels will be the headlining attraction at the Sound of Speed Air Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 and 2 at Rosecrans Memorial Airport.  The Blue Angels will headline the Sound of Speed Airshow on May 1 and 2 at Rosecrans Memorial Airport.  In case you haven't heard of the Blue Angels, it's the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron. When the Blue Angels aren't serving as ...

Spirit of San Miguel: Sagebrush Days - Paso Robles Press
The Estrella Warbirds Museum prepared to perform a special fly-over during the parade, but the fog didn't burn off, causing a minor delay, ...

Balloons color Paso Robles skies - Paso Robles Press
The group of about 10 balloons – which were piloted by balloon ethusiasts hailing from across California – launched from the Estrella Warbirds Museum around ...

Red Bull Air Race World Championship - El periodico de Don Bucho
...In 2004 three races took place in Kemble (England), Budapest (Hungary) and Reno (USA). The series was expanded in 2005 to become the Red Bull Air Race World Series. Ten pilots competed in seven races around the world – Mike Mangold was crowned the champion with Peter Besenyei and Kirby Chambliss in second and third place respectively. Eight races took place in 2006 with ...

AirVenture Museum - Pioneer Airport
More than 50 vintage airplanes are displayed in seven period hangars designed to take you back to aviation's "Golden Age" of the 1920's and 30's. Fascinating displays include a tribute to the legendary air racer, designer, and builder Steve Wittman. Younger visitors will enjoy a play area with swings and pedal planes. For kids aged between 8 and 17, a free Young Eagles airplane flight may be available.

Fantasy Of Flight: Hangar #1 Overview - Lotsa Airplanes! by Martt
In addition to a beautiful entrance area that includes an excellent gift shop and the gorgeous Compass Rose diner, Fantasy of Flight includes some interesting diorama's depicting WWI and WWII settings.  The bulk of the aircraft however are on display in the two main hangar areas.   In this post are some pix of the first hangar area. The flying boat is the Short Sunderland which has a wingspan of 112', so you can quickly see this is a mighty ...

On Saturday, May 7th, students from Mr. Degner's  8th grade American History class from Boerne Middle School North, Boerne, Texas,  will compete in the 30TH ANNUAL TEXAS HISTORY DAY contest, at the University of Texas in Austin.  The students are hoping to advance to the NATIONAL HISTORY DAY contest at the University of Maryland in June, 2010. The student's project on the WASP is a wonderful ...

14 US Soldiers Awarded German Gold Cross Medals from Military Photos
ANSBACH, Germany — The rescue was harrowing, but his son was calm in recounting it, Jack McDonough recalled Thursday. Capt. Robert McDonough, a pilot, called him in the States from northern Afghanistan. His son described how he had to maneuver his helicopter, which was evacuating wounded German soldiers, to avoid heavy fire from insurgents who had pinned down a German platoon. The bullets were so close, he could hear the

Aviation exhibit at the QC airport - Monmouth Daily Review Atlas
The 24th annual Quad City Air Show will take place June 26-27 at Davenport Municipal Airport, 9010 Harrison Street, Davenport, Iowa. ...

Love at first flight from
... In August, Ensign Canja, 23, will begin her training to become a naval aviator at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida.
An Oregon State University graduate in radiation health physics, Canja earned her private pilot license over three summers between school years through the OSU Flying Club. ...

Wings of Hope: Benefit event to preserve precious memory of two area youngsters - Greene County Daily World
The Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles of America program will also be participating at the benefit. The young Eagles is a program where ...

Changes to Last Two Planned Shuttle Launches from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News
-NASA is planning to make some changes to the target launch dates for the last two scheduled space shuttle flights. Scientists with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS, program recently decided to change out the current magnet in the particle physics experiment module that will be attached to the International Space Station to a longer lasting one. This will take advantage of NASA's plan to extend station operations until at least 2020. ...

Apollo 40th Anniversary Road Trip - Road Trips For Families
Once you make it to Dayton, the best place to start is the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, just south of I-70 off of I-75. The site is home to The Wright Cycle Company; the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center, ...

students reach rocket finals - Cape Gazette
Four Cape Henlopen High School juniors are taking on the challenge next month at the Team America Rocketry Challenge national finals competition in Virginia ...

The Latest from Max - MaxAir2Air
Hello Plane Folks, This week I bring you an essay that is part 1 of a series that shares with you the ideas behind my approach to "aviationography". It features classic planes from the National Aviation Heritage Invitational.  Enjoy! Max
P.S. The latest FLOG entry has been posted in my quest to be a pilot. Last week had its ups and downs, so-to-speak, but a highlight was watching Cirrus President Dale Klapmeier try to land on an aircraft carrier. Tune in to that here--
Additionally, Tony Phillippi is on the hunt for history buffs who might have information about the Howard 500. He is trying to amass an exhaustive study
on the airplane and its storied history. He has a website in progress--

Fighter Friday U-2 Spy Plane from I Love Planes

Fantasy of Flight May E-news

Fantasy of Flight E-news


May 2010


Fun Facts of the 15th
A continuing series of reflections in celebration of Fantasy of Flight's 15th birthday


Lessons of the Past/Template for the Future:
Fantasy of Flight's Immersion Environments


How did the Immersion Environments come about? What is their source?  


Kermit Weeks:  The Immersion Environments were a product of the design team I hired out of Miami, McBride and Associates, who were aware of a similar type museum exhibit in Chicago. Trenches of WWIOnce I understood the possibilities of the immersion experience for guests, I came up with the three main concept areas: Early Flight, WWI, and WWII.  And while I was not trying to emphasize the idea of war, most of the advancement in aircraft happened during those periods, and we had limited space to tell the story of aviation history.  The design team came up with the "jumping into the night" entrance and the mirrored "cloud chamber" aspects.  Since that time I've come to realize the Immersion Environments will be a key piece of our future product and its delivery. By combining it with our audio experience template and ride technology, we will be able to create engaging scenarios delivering what we all share in common, the human experience, through great stories of aviation in a way our patrons can self-discover something about themselves for themselves!




Secrets from the Maintenance Hangar Graphic

To Pickle or Not to Pickle?
That is the Question!
The best way to preserve an old airplane is to fly it. Why? Flying airplanes receive constant maintenance, constant inspection, and constant loving care.
However, with 160 or so aircraft in the collection, they can't all be kept flying at once. And more than a few of them are still waiting in line for restoration. They won't be seeing the clouds up close for a long time yet. 

As for the flying aircraft (which incorporates most of the aircraft in the display hangars), almost all are either flight ready or simply in need of an intense maintenance session to hit the skies. And by "intense maintenance" we mean soup to nuts. Every seal, every hose, every component reviewed, inspected, and all airworthy requirements fulfilled.

However, somewhere in between "needing restoration" and "needing maintenance" lies a whole different strata of aircraft. These are virtually airworthy but not on the front line for flight. These airplanes need preservation, which will hold off degradation until their number comes up for airworthiness.

Preservation techniques vary based on whether the aircraft is to be "on hold" long term or short term. Preservation steps may or may not include the following:
- Preserving the battery through trickle charging.

- Topping fuel levels to prevent condensation (and subsequent rust) in the fuel tanks.
- Blocking up the aircraft to minimize distortion of tires. 

Pickling Machine

Pickling Machine

- Shading "soft" surfaces to protect fabric.

- "Pickling" an engine with specific anti-corrosion formulas to fight water build up inside.


Once the aircraft undergoes full preservation, it essentially enters suspended animation.  A long sweet lullaby for a worthy old airplane.  

A Pickled Airplane: The Curtiss Pusher

A Pickled Airplane: The Curtiss Pusher



LabyrinthMay 1st is World Labyrinth Day
Check out Fantasy of Flight's Labyrinth
Designed by Kermit Weeks and based on an ancient pattern, Fantasy of Flight's outdoor labyrinth offers guests a unique opportunity to employ a centuries-old method of problem solving, focusing, relaxing, and reflecting... simply through mindful walking. 


But many of you may be asking, "How does this relate to Fantasy of Flight?"
Fantasy of Flight is built on the concept that flight is a metaphor for human potential, and Kermit urges us all to "light the spark within" and to engage our life's journey of self discovery. After all, as he reminds us, "we all fly in our dreams." The labyrinth is a wonderful tool for opening our minds, liberating our hearts, and freeing our dreams.
The Labyrinth is accessible during operating hours and can be found adjacent to the main parking lot. 


To learn more about World Labyrinth Day, click here.


Click here to see Fantasy of Flight's registry on the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.



MilitaryMay is National Military Appreciation Month
From all of us at Fantasy of Flight, to all military men and women of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, a most sincere thanks for your service.
Military Salute


And to our readers, if you haven't offered a word of thanks to American veterans or active service members, here's your reminder!


Fantasy of Flight is pleased to honor the brave individuals of our armed forces by extending free admission to all active-duty, retired and reserve military, May 1-31, 2010. Guests must present a current ID to qualify for the free general admission ticket. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.



StufftheBusStuff the Bus


Partnering with the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven, Fantasy of Flight and attraction visitors will "Stuff The Bus" this summer to benefit the Polk Education Foundation.


Donate school supplies from the accepted list of items and receive $5.00 off Fantasy of Flight adult general admission, May 1 - Sept. 30.


Click here for details.



AprilApril: A Memorable Month of Fun and Excitement

Sun 'n Fun Splash-In: 
Lakeside and Luncheon

Kermit Weeks with Jeff Skiles

Kermit Weeks with special guest: "Miracle on the Hudson" Co-Pilot 

 Jeff Skiles


13th Annual Mustangs & Mustangs


Mustangs & Mustangs

 This popular event featured nearly 500 cars!


"Victory in the Sky" symposium with WWII Fighter Aces including Triple Ace Bud Anderson


Kermit with Fighter Aces

Cdr. Charles Haverland, Lt. Col. Don Bryan, Kermit Weeks, Col. Bud Anderson, Lt. Col. A.T. House



Did you participate in our recent events? We'd love to get your feedback!




WorldsGreatestDadCOMING SOON


World's Greatest Aircraft Collection Seeks World's Greatest Dad


Watch this space for an exciting opportunity to celebrate your Dad!



PassHoldersCornerPass Holders Corner 


Fantasy of Flight is pleased to offer special savings for Annual Pass holders through the end of May.


Annual Pass Holders


Save 15% 

On purchases
from the Fantasy of Flight Gift Shop and Compass Rose Diner.

Discount valid through May 30, 2010. Offer excludes clearance items in Gift Shop. Present Annual Pass at the time of purchase to receive the discount. Not valid with any other discount or promotion.



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Weekend Events - Fencecheck

5/01/10 |  Thunder Over The Empire 2010
5/01/10 |  Dyess Big Country AirFest & Air Race 2010
5/01/10 |  Sound of Speed Open House & Air Show 2010
5/01/10 |  Acadiana Airfest 2010
5/01/10 |  Yak Attack 2010
5/01/10 |  Plasy Fly Days 2010
5/01/10 |  Scottsboro Fly-in 2010
5/02/10 |  Wings of Freedom 2010
5/02/10 |  Abingdon Air & Country Charity Show 2010
5/02/10 |  Spring Air Display 2010
How the US Navy protects America - Kansas City Star
From April 24 to May 2, sailors will be at the Sound of Speed Air Show in nearby St. Joseph, and at events throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area to ...

No Runway operations at Abingdon Air & Country Show – Official Statement by Flightline UK
Due to circumstances beyond the organisers' control, no fixed-wing aircraft will be operating from Abingdon Airfield for the Abingdon Air & Country Show on Sunday 2nd May 2010.  This is due to an issue surrounding the sign-off by Defence Estates, which owns the airfield, of the licence which is required to operate fixed-wing aircraft from Abingdon for the event. The show's flying display will still be going ahead as planned. ...

Unsung hero sought for jet ride - Delmarva Daily Times
Hundreds of thousands of spectators will take in June's OC Air Show with necks craned, oohing and aahing the high-flying maneuvers of fighter jets skimming the ocean and Boardwalk.  But just one person will get to ride shotgun with the Thunderbirds.  Air show organizers are looking to fly a lucky local in a Lockheed Martin F-16D for a one-hour Thunderbird orientation flight. ...

Aviation Days land at Lunken -
Get up close to jets, warbirds, sport airplanes and the people who fly, repair and control them during Lunken Airport Aviation Days, 10 am-4 pm Saturday and ...

Tickets on Sale for 2010 Red Bull Air Race New York - MarketWatch

In the Red Bull Air Race, fifteen of the world's best pilots race individually against the clock for the fastest time through an aerial race track made up ...

Bonhomme eager to get revenge on Arch at Rio Red Bull Air Race From
Red Bull Air Race World Championship leader Paul Bonhomme will be looking to show his resurgent rival Hannes Arch of Austria why he is the title holder at the third race of the 2010 season in Rio de Janeiro on May 8/9. The Englishman saw his three-race winning streak snapped in dramatic fashion by Arch in Perth, Australia and will be eager to show the Austrian his place in Brazil in what is shaping up to be the most exciting season in race history with a ...
"How We Did It" Red Bull Glider Skydiver Transfer from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Say, how did those guys pull off that skydiver glider-to-glider transfer that's getting some much attention on YouTube and Red Bull's site? Here's the inside story from Ewald Roithner, the lead pilot. He spoke with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli.

Patrouille Suisse meets Patrouille de Glaciers - 24th April 2010 from AirSpace
... One of the Highlights each time is the famous Patrouille Suisse during the ceremonies at the end of the race. This year with the new leader, Capt Marc 'Zimi' Zimmerli, I've seen the Team for the first time in 2010. ...

Part of the joy of posting information is sharing what other people have written about their experiences.  I just received an email from Ken Kula, who wrote the following eyewitness account of the last reunion of the Doolittle Raiders-- and the flyin of the B-25's, along with some of the photos he took. There were more than a few WASP who flew the B-25, so this is completely relevant to our ...

Residents say MAPS is 'hidden treasure' - Akron Leader Publications
We are longtime local residents and had never taken the opportunity to visit the nearby MAPS Air Museum. That is, until we partook in their most recent pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 25, and had the double pleasure of touring the facility as part of the breakfast. We had heard of the museum, we had read about happenings at the museum, but we'd never been to the museum. Boy, were we missing out on this gem of a treasure! I'm certain we will be returning, ...

Celebrating Aviation History - Apple Bazaar Blog
There are basically four personalities that have made huge contributions to aviation history – Daniel Bernoulli, the Wright Brothers (Orville and Wilbur) and Carl Gustaf Patrik de Laval. Daniel Bernoulli ...

The Doolittle Raid: Part 1 - Hometown Focus
After months of covert planning and training, Doolittle, his crew of 80 raiders and their 16 fully loaded B-25 Mitchell bombers were aboard the aircraft ...

Amelia Earhart (Part Three Of Four) Taking Flight by Gregory Branson
At the age of 34, on the morning of 20 May 1932 Earhart set off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland with the latest copy of a local newspaper (the dated copy was intended to confirm the date of the flight). She intended to fly to Paris in her single engine Lockheed Vega 5b to emulate Charles Lindbergh's solo flight. Her technical advisor for the flight was famed Norwegian American aviator Bernt Balchen who helped prepare her aircraft. He also ...

Wings Over Salina Museum Gets Donation by Milt
Along with a significant military aviation history, Salina is the boyhood home of former NASA astronaut Steven Hawley. The town made aviation history twice in the mid 2000s. In 2005, Steve Fossett flew the first solo nonstop airplane ...

April 30 from Cut and Paste Aviation
... 1928 -- British pilot Lady Mary Bailey lands to complete a flight from England to Cape Town, South Africa. She took off on March 9. ...

Sonja Locke: Flying to New Heights! from Flight To Success
Friday's Fabulous Flyer is my friend Sonja Locke. Not only is she an inspiration to all, but Sonja is an example of what can be accomplished when you put your heart, soul, and energy into a dream.  ...

Inwood Historic Film Night --Tuesday, May 4th at 7:30 PM at the ... by Cole Thompson
If you're not aware of Inwood's role in Aviation history, then you are in something special. But, that's just the opening act. Curtiss landed on the grounds of the Isham family–today Isham Park. After that well learn about the amazing ...

Listen to #EAA Radio interview on Learn to Fly Day effort from #EAA - Twitter Search

A Pretty Girl & A B-17 Bomber from Military Photos
Thunder Over The Empire 2010 - March ARB, Riverside - 05/01/10 from FenceCheck Forums
The Kyūshū J7W1 Shinden from x planes
Air Force Week in Photos from Air Force Link Top Stories


Urgent - Collings Foundation Needs Your Help!

For our readers that don't receive the Newsletter from the Collings Foundation  - 
Here's the link if you'd like to subscribe to their letter.

15 Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients and 120 Prisoners of War Unite with the Collings Foundation to Honor Vietnam Veterans and Return a F-105 Thunderchief to the Sky, But Today the resistance Ironically is the U.S. Government!

We Urgently Need Your Help Before This History Is Lost!

For the past 21 years the Collings Foundation has been deeply dedicated to honoring veterans and educating
younger generations through our “Wings of Freedom Tour”. The Collings Foundation feels that all veterans should be honored for their service, so again with your help, we started the “Vietnam Memorial Flight” and now have the only privately owned and operated F-4 Phantom and a TA-4 Skyhawk. These two aircraft offer Vietnam Veterans the opportunity to gather, reflect and share their memories with each other; show their families the aircraft that they flew, maintained, or saw overhead helping to protect our troops. The most prolific and important aircraft of the Vietnam war, the F-105, of which over half were lost during Vietnam, now faces its most devastating opponent from returning to flight, the US Government.

Nearly four decades after the United States ceased combat operations in Vietnam, a group of highly distinguished veterans are striving to honor their fellow Service-members in a unique and deeply meaningful
fashion. Their goal is to return a Vietnam-era F-105 fighter-jet to the sky on a mission of recognition and education. According to Medal of Honor recipient and 6-year Prisoner of War Colonel Leo Thorsness (ret), “It is one thing to see “my” aircraft mounted on a pole or gathering dust in a museum, quite another to see it roar down the runway and take to the sky. This means a lot to me and my fellow veterans—it gives us a chance to show our families how we served our country.” Fourteen other recipients of the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, have banded together with Col. Thorsness in this valiant effort. To see Medal of Honor support letter click here.

Col. Thorsness (picture on left), President, Medal of Honor Society and his fellow veterans are partnering in this endeavor with the Collings Foundation. In the late 1990s the Foundation expanded its mission to honor Vietnam Veterans by acquiring and restoring an F-4 Phantom, TA-4 Skyhawk, and UH-1 Huey for its “Vietnam Memorial Flight." The impact of these flying aircraft is quite remarkable, for they are unique “living” memorials that resonate with people of all ages and backgrounds.

However, it was clear to veterans like Col. Thorsness that the Vietnam Memorial Flight would be incomplete if it did not include an airworthy F-105 Thunderchief. Tasked with conventional strike and SAM suppression missions deep within enemy territory, the odds faced by “Thud” crews were the envy of few. About half the F-105s built were shot down, and over half of all US bombing
missions flown in Vietnam were undertaken by “Thuds.” In total, 150 F-105 crewmembers were killed during operations in Vietnam, and a further 100 “Thud” crewmembers were held captive as prisoners of war. Put quite simply, flying F-105s during Vietnam yielded a very unique understanding of dedication to duty and sacrifice.

Acquiring an F-105 to restore to airworthy condition is no easy feat—even for a group that includes 15 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and 120 former Prisoners of War. This initiative requires Congressional authorization, whereby an aircraft is transferred at no cost from the government to the Collings Foundation. Whether the Collings Foundation and the group are successful or not will be determined next week.

The House Armed Services Committee is currently considering language submitted by Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA) to enable the transfer. According to former F-105 pilot, 5-year POW, and past Air Force Association Chairman of the Board Gene Smith: “We served our country over the skies of Southeast Asia and after being shot down we continued to uphold the highest standards of military conduct as prisoners of war. Getting an F-105 back into the skies means a great deal to me—we gave a lot for this country; many of my friends gave with their lives. I think this sacrifice and dedication to duty merits recognition.” The transfer and restoration of the F-105 will be at NO cost to the U.S. Government, in fact the Collings Foundation has never received any funding from the U.S. Government for any of its programs.

In an effort to secure an F-105, the Collings Foundation has spent the last few years trying to work with the Air Force. However, the Service chose to oppose the project—even though it would occur at no cost to the US Government and include hold-harmless provisions to ensure that the Air Force was no longer legally liable for the aircraft. They are turning their backs on our veterans and the 120 American POW heroes that combined have spent over 300 horrific years in camps like the "Hanoi Hilton" in North Vietnam that support this effort. Faced with this obstacle, the Collings Foundation turned to Capitol Hill and is now working to secure an F-105 through legislation. The issue is currently being decided and we need your support. All of the crews that bravely flew in the skies of South East Asia never questioned the risk/reward; they just did what was right. It is time the US Government does the same.

George Washington

We urgently need your help to right this wrong. These Medal of Honor Recipients and POW’s gave so much to all of us Americans. Now need you on their team, backing them up. Every person that reads this needs to call. Do not rely on others doing this for you. Our nations heroes deserve better and your opinion really matters and you can be a hero to these brave men. We need you to call Chairman Ike Skelton, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today. If you do not act the Air Force will destroy the remaining potentially flyable F-105’s, ensuring that our veterans will never be adequately honored-we cannot let this happen!

Please call 202-225-2876 right now and tell Chairman Skelton’s staff that you want to be on record that this is an issue for Representative Skelton as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and that:
  • You strongly urge Chairman Skelton to support Congresswomen Tsongas’ Amendment that would transfer an F-105 to the Collings Foundation; the F-105 will not fly with out Chairman Skelton’s support.
  • You support our nation’s veterans and are disturbed by the US Government’s unwillingness to support this initiative.
  • You would stress that the Collings Foundation has never in the past nor ever will seek any funding from the federal government.
  • You oppose any other compromise legislation that would threaten the success of the F-105 transfer.
Tell the staffers of Chairman Skelton that you would like your call counted and documented.
Please forward this to all that would be outraged that our government would resist honoring our veterans.

The Collings Foundation
PO Box 248
Stow, Massachusetts 01775
978.562.9182 -

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Aerial acrobatics this weekend - Kansas City Star | Klatt's aerial acrobatics will be featured this weekend at the Missouri Air National Guard Open House - Sound of Speed Airshow at Rosecrans Memorial Airport ...

AirFest 2010 brings 'Thunder over the Empire' - Highland Community News ... operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft. For the full Air Fest 2010 schedule, visit http://www.marchfieldairfest. com/general-information/schedule.

March Airfest 2010 is this weekend at the Reserve Base - Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror | Gates open at 8 am, May 1 and the first performance is at approximately 9 am The Patriot Jet Demonstration Team and the F-22 Raptor will be the highlight of ...

March Air Force Base Airfest 2010 from Air & Space Magazine

Dyess Big Country Air Fest stars B-1 bomber - | Visitors to the Big Country Appreciation Day airshow wave from the flight line at Dyess AFB to a C-130 crew as they prepare for takeoff to demonstrate the ...

F-16 jets break in Temple airport's runway extension; annual air show takes ... - Temple Daily Telegram | The jets will be featured in this weekend's air show. (Mitch Green/Telegram) Two F-16s screamed into town again Thursday for this weekend's Central Texas ...

Aviation Days land at Lunken - | Get up close to jets, warbirds, sport airplanes and the people who fly, repair and control them during Lunken Airport Aviation Days, 10 am-4 pm Saturday and ...

Student gets flight of his life - St. Joseph News-Press | Savannah Middle School student Nathan Hogue wrote an essay that earned him a ride in Greg Poe's ethanol-powered stunt plane Thursday ...

Officer flies high in the West Texas sky - Abilene Reporter-News | Mark Creel , a maintenance specialist with the Air Force Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team, before taking an honorary flight aboard one of the ...

Aviator Skills Exhibited at Air Shows « Aviator college's Blog by aviatorcollege | The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable ...

Watch a streaming replay of the QT Air & Rocket Racing show on LiveStream!   from Rocket Racing League Games by smitty | Looping Webcast of the entire air show including the first public demonstration flights of the Mark III X-Racer and all of the amazing flying stunts & aerial performers from the show!!! Hosted by award winning national anchor Miles O'Brien with special guests NASA Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Owen Garriott, and John Herrington, Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, and other distinguished participants. (original air date: April 24th, 2010 – Tulsa, OK) LOG-IN:

Armadillo Aerospace + Space Adventures = ? from Spaceports by (JackKennedy) Virginia-based Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company currently providing human space mission opportunities to the world marketplace, today announced that the company has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement with Texas-based Armadillo Aerospace, LLC, a leading developer of reusable rocket powered vehicles. Space Adventures will exclusively market and sell commercial passenger experiences on Armadillo Aerospace's future suborbital spaceflight vehicles that are currently in development. Details of the deal will be made public May 27, 2010 in Chicago…

Sun 'n Fun 2010 Highlights from Aviation Social Media | DaveFlys by David | Another Sun 'n Fun Fly-In is behind us. Most of my week was spent at Sun 'n Fun Radio performing my duties as Editor-In-Chief. We really stepped things up at the radio station this year. Admittedly, we bit off more than we should have. The listeners were probably oblivious (at least I hope so), but those of us that were working behind the scenes to make it all happen were constantly busy. Too busy. It left many of us, myself included, overly stressed. In spite of that, we accomplished some pretty awesome stuff, like live internet streaming of the radio station thanks to our friends at

PFP # 58 Sun 'n Fun 2010 from The Pilot's Flight PodLog by David | We are back at one of the happiest places on Earth, Lakeland, FL, host to the 36th Annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In! Will and David invite a whole bunch of their friends into the (not so) virtual hangar on the deck of Sun 'n Fun Radio. The guys (and one lady) had an awesome time talking about, well, everything…

Gold Demonstration Team CRW Training from armygoldenknights's | Gold Demonstration Team conducts canopy relative work(CRW) at our training facility in Laurinburg, NC. In this video, Team members practice the tri-by-side. A difficult maneuver as the jumpers are linked together with straps. The jumpers start this by first docking one on top of the other, in a 3 stack. Then each jumper manuevers to be side by side. While side by side they snap into a link on each of the harnesses. These straps are used to relieve the tension on the jumpers arms as they try to navigate side by side…

Warbirds attracted 65000: data - | Vintage planes dogfighting overhead and F/A-18 Hornet jets streaking by attracted 65000 people to the Warbirds Over ...

THE DOOLITTLE RAID - Hometown Focus | After months of covert planning and training, Doolittle, his crew of 80 raiders and their 16 fully loaded B-25 Mitchell bombers were aboard the aircraft ...

History revisited - Corsicana Daily Sun | The B model (B-25B) used by the Doolittle raiders had only a .30 caliber machine-gun and four .50 caliber machine-guns that could fire forward. ...

Bomber plane tour a salute to veterans - Contra Costa Times | James Stanhope spent most of his time in World War II escorting B-17 bomber planes. The Fremont resident was part of a group of P-38 fighter plane pilots ...

Big planes take on big duties in firefighting - Anderson Independent Mail | Many training hours are spent in a classroom learning the best tactics and procedures, how to fly in mountainous areas and learning the hazards of flying ...

East Contra Costa volunteers fuel nation's only privately owned jet aerobatics ... - Contra Costa Times | Despite what several on the ground thought, they weren't the Blue Angels. The display of jet-powered precision flying was the work of East Contra Costa ...

The forgotten war from Flying Tigers News … had invaded China in 1937, and American civilian volunteers, among them the famous Flying Tigers, had already been involved there in China's defense before the United States entered World War II after the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor…

FAA Kills "Taxi To" For Takeoff from ExpressJet Forum by MikeW | Effective June 30, 2010, the FAA is deleting the term "taxi to" from taxi and ground movement operations as it pertains to aircraft cleared to taxi to an assigned takeoff runway. The change requires controllers to issue explicit runway crossing clearances "for each runway (active/inactive or closed) crossing." And aircraft issued clearance to cross a runway must cross that runway before receiving clearance for a subsequent runway crossing. There is an exception: "At airports where the taxi route between runway centerlines is less than 1,000 feet apart, multiple runway crossings may be issued after receiving approval by the Terminal Services Director of Operations," according to the FAA…

Aviation Trivia of the Day by JP Santiago - In 1986, Southwest Airlines was only the 14th largest airline in the United States and had only 63 aircraft in its fleet. In fact, in terms of passengers carried, Southwest was less than one-tenth the size of United Airlines. But from the passage of the Airline Deregulation Act in 1978, Southwest had not only grown four-fold but had remained consistently profitable during the rocky early years of deregulation. But few Americans at the time had heart of Southwest Airlines as it was still for the most part operating in Texas and the adjacent states. Despite its relative obscurity, though, the business world from academia to other industries took a close look at Southwest trying to divine the secret to its success. Perhaps Robert Crandall, the iconic head of American Airlines, Southwest's main competition in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, said it best when he said "That place runs on Herb Kelleher's bullshit."