Monday, May 31, 2010

Indy Transponder 31-MAY-10 1830z

Wings and Wheels at Sikorsky Airport - WTNH
[Video] - Fighter planes are honoring our veterans over the skies of Connecticut this weekend.
The annual Wings and Wheels 2010 is underway at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford.
F4U Corsairs are taking off through the air over three days, as a salute to the state's aircraft.
The original Corsair is a fighter plane that was first built in Stratford. It was used to take on the Japanese during World War II. ...

'Warbirds' take to the skies - Cape Coral Daily Breeze
"It is absolutely warbirds only, and we dedicated it to veterans," said Ed Gamils, club president. The club has 320 members and other model airplane ...

Army parachutists transform routine with their focus - Janesville Gazette
Members of the US Army Golden Knights parachute team do what they call a "dirt dive," a dry run practice of ...

Southern Wisconsin AirFEST 2010 - Janesville - 05/28/10 from FenceCheck Forums
The Unique Jones Air Beach Show - Buzz Biz News
John Klatt, was one of the lucky persons, who performed a death-defying act. The people were very excited and keen to watch this act performed live by a ...
Air Stunts with the Blue Angels - Webcastr
[video] Airshow pilot Sean D. Tucker is the only civilian who flies with the Navy's premiere Blue Angels flight team. Take in the action right here.
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Airshow: a great way to take the air! - via Google Translator
To celebrate nearly a century of aviation jet, the Air base at Istres 125 Charles Monier considered a flagship of the French Air Force, is organizing Saturday 5 and Sunday, June 6, an air show, a fantastic showcase Aviation yesterday and today. ...

Mini Red Arrows come to the rescue - shropshirestar.com
A Shropshire father and son team have found themselves in demand following the grounding of the world-famous Red Arrows. The aerobatics team had to pull out ...

Wingwalker Phoebe Omlie's Costumes on Display from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale
The Memphis Tennessee Pink Palace Museum has a costume display going on right now. Featured in it are two outfits once worn by Phoebe Omlie. Her story is rather a tragic one. ...

Embry-Riddle’s Women’s Air Race Classic Team Gears Up for Competition from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale
Two pilots from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Arizona campus will be participating in the historic Women’s Air Race Classic which starts on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. The race which has been in existence for over thirty years covers 2,483 miles and includes stops in nine cities.
The race originally started in 1929 under the Powder Puff Derby name. Even though the name changed, the tradition among female pilots to highlight their determination and tenacity to be respected aviators has kept the tradition alive. The race continues to stand as a symbol of pride for the friendly competitive spirit and ...

Air Race, The (1933) Willie Whopper (Iwerks)  - YouTube
Willie Whopper spins his first incredible yarn, this one about his triumph in an air race. The most incredible thing about this cartoon is either of the two gags involving St. Peter.
Ub Iwerks produced this black and white short subject, which he made to sell the Willie Whopper series. It was never released theatrically. The plot and some of the gags (including St. Peter's obscene gesture) were recycled for Willie's SPITE FLIGHT (1933).

Race pilot and son killed in light aircraft crash - The Mirror
A british father and son have been killed after their light aircraft crashed ahead of a race in Menorca.
Bruce Hook, 63, was practising with Ian, 25, when he lost control while trying to change direction. ...

Flight: Visiting AcroCamp by John Halbrook
When your an aviation enthusiast and some friends of yours decide to make a movie that is showing off their love and passion for flying what do you do???? If your me, you take a day off of work, schedule...

Kiwi Mustang business takes off - Waikato Times
When selling his "Kiwi Mustang" to a United States enthusiast, Mike Crene was aware of some irony in packaging up the World War II P51 replica.
He had imported it five years ago as a disassembled kitset from the US, and was exporting it back, fully built. It was his first export but with two more under way and more planned, it is unlikely to be the last.
Building his first P51 Mustang was supposed to be a hobby but quickly became a business after the finished plane, complete with Royal New Zealand Air Force roundels, allowed through special permission from Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Defence, was an instant hit with New Zealand warbird enthusiasts.
"It was the first in the Southern Hemisphere so I got a lot of questions from the other guys."
His Kiwi Mustangs business has taken off, with two kitsets well under way to completion in a small hangar at Matamata Aerodrome. ...

'Airbase' Coventry 30-5-2010 visit blog/report by Gary Watson
£8 entry fee, gets you into a wonderful aviation museum, which will has time moves on, will put this Coventry airfield, well and truly on the map, along with the already up and running, Midland Air Museum, more or less next door. The grand opening was the day before, and I was all set to go, but the weather put me off, and I was correct to do so. Although, one of the staff said, there was a good turn-out considering the awful weather, but he did admit, he got 'soaked' by 3.00pm in the afternoon. Upon gaining access, you are given a 'warm-welcome' by  ...
Howard 500 Coventry 30-5-2010
Avro Shackleton MR.2 WR963 Coventry.
Day in History: Thunderbirds to perform at Rochester Air Show - Post-Bulletin
The Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at the 1990 Air Show at the Rochester airport in conjunction with Rochesterfest. Flying F-16 Fighting Falcon combat ...

This Week In Military/Aviation History 31 May-6 June from Warbirds Online
Well Folks, the speedy seven have flashed by again and like a bad penny, here I am again. Of course today is Memorial Day (traditional) and I hope your day was safe and peaceful. I also hope you took some time today to remember our military, both those who have passed on (Gone West) and those still serving along with their families. That is what this day is really about. I hope you also got a chance to thank a veteran or serving member of our military for their dedication and sacrifice. You have another chance tomorrow and I, for one, will try to make the most of it. In the meantime, what say we take our weekly stroll down History Lane, shall we? Yes, I think we should and shall, once again.

May 31 from Cut and Paste Aviation by KenInfinite
...1945 -- The last of 18,188 B-24 Liberators  was delivered to the USAAF.
This bomber was produced in larger numbers than any other U.S. aircraft and employed on more fronts than any other Allied or enemy bomber in WW II. Consolidated was originally asked to produce the B-17 under license, but submitted its own design for a more capable bomber. The placement of the B-24's fuel tanks throughout the upper fuselage and its lightweight construction optimized assembly line production and increased range and payload, but made the aircraft more difficult to fly and more vulnerable to battle damage. ...

New robot landers will be built by private rocket-makers - Christian Science Monitor
Two California companies, one a rocket engine builder and the other a mock moon lander champion, have teamed up to develop new private unmanned vehicles that NASA could send to the moon, Mars and asteroids.
The companies are XCOR Aerospace, specializing in rocket engines, and Masten Space Systems — which won a $1 million NASA contest to build and fly robotic vehicles on simulated hops on the moon. The two companies hope to combine their areas of expertise in anticipation of NASA-sponsored unmanned lander projects, according a joint announcement this week. ...

Formation Flights - Planeshots [P-40s, biplanes, F3f-1s, F-15s, CorsairIIs, and more]

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A Memorial Day Compendium - Steeljaw Scribe
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done – Ronald Reagan
Through the years we’ve observed Memorial Day on these pages in a variety of ways.  Through it all, we’ve sought to instill a sense of perspective and context to an ...

Jones Beach State Park Hosts New York Air Show 2010 - Daily Top Trends
It is typically headlined by either the US Navy Blue Angels or US Air Force Thunderbirds. All branches of the military are represented at the New York Air ...

Jones Beach Air Show from Kirby Chambliss
Jones Beach Air Show 2010 - LiveStreetJournal
Thousands of people gather around Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York (Long Island) for the Jones Beach Air Show 2010. Bad news for beachgoers and fans that ... 

Wings and Wheels 2010 car and air show - Danbury News Times
Tyler Surprenant, 10, of Cheshire, blocks his ears at a B-25 Mitchell starts its engines on the ...

Air Show [Harlingen] - Valley Morning Star
The planes were at the airport for a “static air show,” part of Harlingen's centennial celebrations. VIA is the site of the World War II Harlingen aerial gunnery school, the former Harlingen Air Force Base and the former home of the ...

Southend Air Festival thrills - Essex Echo
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the show, and although there's no Red Arrows display, there will be plenty of airborne thrills. ...

Terry Bowden's Blog: Ranger Airfield Fly-in, 2010 from Antique Airfield News
This article is from Terry Bowden's Blog Barnstmr's Random Aeronautics, who has kindly granted permission to re-publish on AntiqueAirfield.com.
Great weather in Texas today and a great turnout to this year's Ranger Airfield Fly-in. Here are some of my favorite sights.

Chino Wrap Up from Another Time To wrap up the posts on Chino here are the links to the pictures from that long weekend.  As noted were spent some time at the Yanks Air Museum shooting pictures of their outstanding Curtiss Robin.  Detailed Robin pictures are here.  This is one of three Curtiss Robins they have.  This one being powered by a Challenger radial.
The welcome shade from the California sun was provided by my friend Les Whittlesey at his hangar.  The hangar that he calls the Cal-Aero Aviation Country Club.  If you want to develop a serious case of hangar envy take a look at these pictures!  Thanks again Les for the place to hang out! (The picture above is my wife and I standing with Les's award winning Lockheed 12.) ...

60 YEARS BLUE ANGELS FORMATION WITH THE RED ARROWS -  www.youtube.com
Open house 2006. The U. S. Navys Flight Demonstration Squadron Check the fantastic website: http://www.blueangels.navy.mil/index.htm The Blue Angels mission is to enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting ...

The wildest of blue yonder tributes at Charlotte track - News Observer
Weather permitting, the sky over Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday is going to be filled with aircraft of the ages.
The always highly anticipated prerace show for the Coca-Cola 600 this year will feature a tribute to military aircraft that have flown for our nation in many of its wars.
The flyover, continuing the track’s annual and laudable Memorial Day tribute to U.S. troops, will include a World War I biplane that’s almost 100 years old. World War II planes, such as the beautiful, sleek P-51 Mustang – a few of which are now in the hangar of NASCAR team owner Jack Roush – will be up there, too.
P-51s were flown in combat by the famed Tuskegee Airmen, courageous African-American pilots who escorted B-17 bombers into the heavily defended airspace over Germany. ...

Local veteran shares memories as pilot in World War II - Fenton Tri County Times
Then Butts had a chance to work with B17 Flying Fortress planes, which he jumped at. He made the transition at Avon Park, and then went 11 miles down the ...

E. Fred Kessler - Great Falls Tribune
He flew numerous planes, including the BT-13, C-47, B-25, A-26, A-20 and his favorite, the P-38. Toward the end of the war, he was stationed in Cairo, ...
   
Programs showed what females could do - Nashua Telegraph
The WASP, under the command of renowned aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran and Air Force General Henry “Hap” Arnold, were originally stationed at the Howard Hughes ...

A pilot less ordinary: meet Lynda Meeks (2/2) from Plastic Pilot
This is the second part of an interview of Lynda Meeks, whose aviation career is really less ordinary. Lynda has experience with both airplanes and helicopters, and in both military and civilian operations! She’s also the founder of a nonprofit organization to encourage girls to embrace an aviation career…

Squadron opens hangar - Culpeper Regional Airport (KCJR) Virginia - Star Exponent
The National Capital Squadron, part of the Commemorative Air Force, opened their hangar to share their collection and knowledge of historic military aircraft and other items. The open house was in observance of Memorial Day and to kick off the summer weekend. Guests were permitted to climb aboard many of the aircraft on display; three are owned by the squadron, while others are personally owned.
The CAF works to preserve historic aircraft and maintain them in flying condition. Some members are military veterans, some are lifelong civilian pilots and others don’t fly at all. Regardless, Culpeper squadron member Grover Amick said everyone is welcome if they have an interest in aviation. ...

Palm Springs Air Museum plane lawsuit dismissed - MyDesert.com
The Palm Springs Air Museum has reached a deal to dismiss its lawsuit over a fleet of World War II planes on display there, officials say.
The agreement with Jo Rose Pond, widow of museum co-founder Robert Pond, ensures Coachella Valley residents and visitors “will always be able to see the kind of aircraft that were flown in World War II,” museum general counsel Don Reuben said Thursday. ...

Truck Killer: The A-26 - Air and Space
This rare footage shot during the Vietnam War shows the Douglas A-26 Invader operating at England Air Force Base in Louisiana and at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB in Thailand. The final scenes at the Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, Texas, show the last airworthy A-26A, "Special K," now owned and being restored by the Pacific Prowler organization chaired by Jim Terry.

Flight of the Human Spirit
Episode 47 - Amazing Airport, Smiling FBO, and Touched Lives - combs.podomatic.com
Author, Michael Combs has always dreamed of flying. Join him as he takes off to set a world record while inspiring millions to follow their dreams -- no matter what. Michael's mission is to fly a Light Sport Aircraft into all 50 states in Forty Flight 40 days. ...
   
Pa. pilots to fly historic planes to film premiere - York Daily Record
He and the others are flying restored biplanes in for the Washington premiere of "Legends of Flight," a 3-D IMAX film about aviation history, on Saturday at ...

French air enthusiasts hope to restart Concorde engines - Yahoo
A French aeronautics association Saturday examined the engines of a Concorde passenger jet at an air museum outside Paris to determine if they could be used again.
"The objective is not to get it (Concorde) to fly again but to get the engines working again, hoping one day to see it taxi on the tarmac for the pleasure of visitors to the museum," said Frederic Pinlet, head of Olympus 593, named after the Rolls Royce/Snecma engines used on the aircraft.
The association founded a little over a year ago has reached an ...
Concorde May Fly Again from AVwebFlash Current Issue
An Air France Concorde was to have undergone borescope tests Saturday to determine if its four engines can be safely started in advance of a possible return to flight. The aircraft is at a French museum at Le Bourget Airport, where it was mothballed seven years ago when Air France and British Airways ended supersonic service after decades of financial losses and the spectacular crash of a Concorde in Paris in 2000 that killed 113 people. There was no word at our deadline on the outcome of the tests but it's hoped the aircraft can soon be fueled and readied for taxi tests before returning to the air for heritage flights. It's hoped the aircraft can be airworthy in time for a flight over the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
May 30 from Cut and Paste Aviation
...1912 -- Pioneer aviator Wilbur Wright dies from typhoid fever, at the early age of 45.
His death marks the end of his extraordinary partnership with his brother Orville, which culminated in 1903 with the first, powered airplane, Flyer, capable of sustained, controlled flight on Dececember 17, 1903.
Orville made the first flight, airborn for 12 seconds. Wilbur took the second flight, covering 853 feet (260-m) in 59 seconds. By 1905, they had improved the design, built and and made several long flights in Flyer III, which was the first fully practical airplane (1905), able to fly up to 38 minutes and travel 24 miles (39-km). Their Model A was produced in 1908, capable of flight for over two hours of flight. They sold considerable numbers, but European designers became strong competitors.
Orville sold his interest in the Wright Company in 1915. ...

Air Force Museum in Dayton hopes to land one of retired space shuttles - Plain Dealer
Officials say the shuttle Atlantis would be most appropriate for the Dayton ...

Space Shuttle Atlantis – The End of an Era from Wayne Farley's Aviation Blog
When Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Centre on May 26, 2010, it marked the end of 25 years of service for the space vehicle. ...

pitts aerobatics airshow costarica - Costa Rica Travel and Vacation
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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Indy Transponder 30-MAY-10 1600z


AirFEST: The sound of summer - WKOW-TV.com
For the first time ever, AirFEST had two jet teams: the USAF Thunderbirds and the Canadian Snowbirds. This weekend's performances are the teams' only ...

Southern Wisconsin AirFEST 2010 - Janesville - 05/28/10 from FenceCheck Forums - Aaron Haase, www.Airshowstuff.com




Blue Angels take to the sky at air show - 7Online.com
JONES BEACH, NY (WABC) -- Nothing screams Memorial Day weekend like the Blue Angels at the air show at Jones Beach. The crowd of nearly 150000 people was ...  For most people, it was their first time out on the sand that was worth the money.
It was also the first time in the water for some beachgoers, although they can't say they really enjoyed it, because it was too cold!
Lt. Commander Any Tomlinson of the Blue Angels says it's just a routine day on the job.
"I'm a WIZO, a weapons systems officer which is a back-seater in the F-18," Tomlinson said.
Others people noted that it's important to remember and honor the military and the veterans who have served our country on this Memorial Day.
Blue Angels 2010 Jones Beach - The Photo Forum

Air show includes demonstrations, aircraft tours - Columbia Missourian
Marines Captain TB Sanders and Air Force Staff Sgt. Joe Sanders talk about the day's activities during the 2010 Salute to Veterans air show on Saturday. ...

Organizers hoping for clear skies as Navy's Blue Angels return this week - Leader-Telegram
Staff file photo The US Navy's Blue Angels are headlining the 2010 Chippewa Valley Air Show, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 6, at the Chippewa Valley ...

Air show tickets going on sale - Martinsburg Journal
MARTINSBURG - For those wanting a special vantage point to view the upcoming Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Inc. air show during the 167th Airlift Wing's open ...

Skyhaven's annual Fly-In is [was] Saturday - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
The Annual Airport Fly-in Breakfast and Craft Show sponsored by the Skyhaven Pilot Association, Tunkhannock, will be held rain or shine, on Sunday, June 6. ...

   
Vintage aircraft owners plan Minden fly-in - The Record-Courier
The Mooney aircraft owners, numbering around 30 to 40, scheduled a fly-in for the weekend of Carson Valley Days in June, giving the airport a launching ...
   
Fifi to taxi - Odessa American
Fifi won't be flying Memorial Day, but visitors to the Commemorative Air Force's Memorial Day celebration will get to see the B-29 Superfortress taxi around ...

Commemorative Air Force flies high - Brownsville Herald
... into VIA from Brownsville, home of the Rio Grande Valley wing of the Commemorative Air Force, a group dedicated to the preservation of aviation history. ...

Sacramento-area veterans to be honored with flights on WWII planes - Modesto Bee
Stilwell knows something about the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator and the P-51 Mustang that will land at McClellan Airport on Friday. ...

WWII pilot recalls many near misses - The Desert Sun
Pilot Eugene Key and his B-17 crew took a slight detour during their first flight overseas for the US Army Air Corps during World War II. ...
   
Tuskegee Airmen tell how they soared above, beyond - Alexandria Town Talk
Banks, an aviator who is a safety officer at Camp Shelby, said he is one of a few black aviators in Mississippi and recalls his time in aviation school at ...

Mystery surrounding death of 2 Tuskegee Airmen solved - Montgomery Advertiser
When one of White's brothers met Newton, he urged the historian, who had written extensively on aviation history, the military and World War II, ...

Pioneering WASP pilots fly in for reunion - Abilene Reporter-News
WASP members Eleanor Gunderson, right, of Tucson, Ariz., and Edna Modisette Davis, of Los Angeles, sign a book for fellow WASP Mary Wyall (not pictured) ...

The wasp in a nutshell - Nashua Telegraph
... with 1830 accepted and 1074 eventually graduating from training. n The WASP, under the command of renowned aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran and Air Force ...

Gone but not forgotten - Pocono Record
He piloted a B-17 bomber with a crew whose job was to test-fly against American radar systems to assure their accuracy during World War II. ...

Air Museum plane lawsuit dismissed - The Desert Sun
The Palm Springs Air Museum has reached a deal to dismiss its lawsuit over a fleet of World War II planes on display there, officials say. ...

Warbird Radio Updates
Tour The PT-13 – Photo Tour Now Posted!
P-51 Demo Pilot Scott “Scooter” Yoak – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday

CAP Volunteers Fly Critical Missions In Support Of Oil Spill Response from Aero-News Network
Aircrews Have Flown 73 Missions Totaling 197 Hours Civil Air Patrol members from Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are launching daily aerial damage assessment flights from their station in the Mobile Convention Center, one of several incident command posts set up for the Gulf Coast oil spill response.


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DC-3 Reunion Hits Turbulence from AVwebFlash Current Issue | The structure of a much-anticipated mass arrival of DC-3 aircraft at this year's AirVenture Oshkosh is in question after an apparent rift developed between the owners group organizing the 40-ship formation and EAA. Last week EAA announced that it will "exclusively organize and coordinate all AirVenture activities for the DC-3 75th anniversary." The owners group, which says it's been working for more than a year to organize the gathering independently of EAA under the name The Last Time, has termed the EAA announcement "a hostile takeover" of the event and it calls into question whether a formation flight over Wittman Regional Airport on the opening day of AirVenture will be held. EAA spokesman Dick Knapinski said EAA is not trying to hijack the event; rather, it's trying to ensure it goes smoothly and safely…

French air enthusiasts hope to restart Concorde engines - MSN Philippines News | A French aeronautics association Saturday examined the engines of a Concorde passenger jet at an air museum outside Paris to determine if they could be used ...

Concorde May Fly Again from FlyerTalk Forums by CHIC SILBER | The engines on a French Concorde are to be examined as the first move in a £15m project aiming to get the supersonic passenger jet back in the air. The Rolls Royce engines of the former Air France Concorde will undergo an initial examination to see what work needs to be done to start the engines. Concorde was retired seven years ago, but it is hoped the jet could return to flight in a heritage capacity. The tests by a French-British team will take place near Paris.

G3XBM (Roger): Concorde to fly again? from Planet Ham by Roger G3XBM (noreply@blogger.com) There are moves afoot to get Concorde, the supersonic jet, flying again on memorial flights and it is possible it may yet fly over London at the 2012 Olympic Games opening. The only time I've been on Concorde was at Duxford Airport in Cambridgeshire in a static display. My wife's brother used to work for BT and fly to the USA and back in a day using Concorde so he could hold meetings in New York on a day trip - how times change! See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8712806.stm

AirFEST Takes Off In Rock County - WISC Madison | The Southern Wisconsin AirFEST is 9-years-old and going strong, bringing an economic benefit to the community. The weather on Friday night was ideal for an ...

Air show includes demonstrations, aircraft tours - Columbia Missourian | A-10 Thunderbolt II flown by Captin Joe Shetterly, above, and the WWII P-38 Lighting Flown by Kevin Eldridge, below, join together in the Heritage Flight at ...

Check Out Our New Facebook Page! from P38assn | P-38 Association Public Relations Director Dayle DeBry has set up a new Facebook page for the Association. Never too late to teach WWII vets new tricks, you know! Plus, our younger fans will love it! You can find it here (or just do a search once you're on your Facebook page for P-38 National Association. [...]

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down for May 29 - The Desert Sun | In the 12th annual event, 3500 carnations will be dropped from a B-25 Mitchell bomber on the tarmac west of the museum at noon. Activities begin at 10 am ...

World War II pilot to join airport's aviators exhibit - GoErie.com | The late John "Jack" Alexander Siegel, an Erie native who flew in World War II, will be added to the airport's Famous Erie Aviators Exhibit. ...

Smoke Rings.3GP - These really cool smoke rings formed during an airshow bombing demonstration These really cool smoke rings formed during an airshow bombing...

AcroCamp Recap from Life on the Road as a Pilot by admin@girlswithwings.com (Lynda) | You're probably wondering why it has taken me so long to publish a blog entry about AcroCamp.  Yeah, me too. AcroCamp, in case you are unfamiliar, was (is?) a documentary about "four pilots from different walks of life and around the country gathering in Michigan to take over a Part 61 flight school for four days and fly aerobatics for the first time" that took place May 13-17, 2010…

"This Week In Space" – May 29, 2010 from Uplinks by Miles O'Brien | We begin at the end this week – the end of an era in space. Well maybe. This was the scene at the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday – commander Ken Ham dead-sticking Atlantis down the steep glide slope to Runway 33.  The mission – STS-132 – was the final scheduled flight of Atlantis.  But she is not heading straight to the museums.  She's now back in her Orbiter Processing Facility – NASA-speak for hanger – where she will be prepped for flight on short notice should there be trouble on the remaining pair of missions. BUT the museums might have to wait -  NASA is leaving the door open to schedule an encore mission for Atlantis. Since there would be no rescue vehicle at the ready – she would likely fly with a scaled down crew that would use the Russian Soyuz as a lifeboat.  NASA will make a decision on this by mid-June. Maybe the shuttle program will end as it began – with a two person crew…

May 29 from Cut and Paste Aviation by KenInfinite…

Saturday, May 29, 2010

June Hangar Happenings

120 Days Until Biplanes and Zeppelins Over The Beach!
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JUNE
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MEMORIAL DAY -WEEKEND FLIGHT DEMOS

Saturday, May 29th at 2:00 -  Three Military Aviation Museum fighter planes to do Flight Demos
Monday, May 31st at 1:00 - P-51, P-40 and Corsair scheduled to do flyovers at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Memorial Day parade.  Take-off from the museum around 12:30


Friday, June 4th, 6:30-10pm - Battle Of Midway
Event hostedy by the Hampton Roads Squadron of Association of Naval Aviation
Open to the public, tickets are $30
For more information contact: 
Kurt VonFecht at 340-9659 or kcvonsr@cox.net
Saturday, June 5th, 1-5pm - Pig Pickin
fundraiser for Virginia Beach Crimesolvers
Open to the public, tickets are $35, children 12 and under, $10
Barbecue, Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Beer Soft Drinks,
Live Music and Flight Demos!
For Tickets contact:  The Breakers Resort Inn - 428-1821 or Peter Kwick Printing, Inc - 486-3011

Sunday, June 20th - Honoring all Fathers!
Free admission for all Father's with one paid admission




Warbirds Over The Beach 2010 was a hit!
We hope you had a chance to make it to the annual WWII air show.  Pictures and video will be posted soon on our website. 
Don't miss our next air show - Biplanes and Zeppelins on September 25th and 26th, featuring replica WWI planes. 
Visit www.MilitaryAviationMuseum.org for more information.
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Drive-In Movie Night  Saturday, July 17th
Help us pick a movie

Send in your suggestions and be eligible for a prize
Must be WWII aviation related and family friendly
Email your suggestions to:

events@aviationmuseum.us
Visit www.MilitaryAviationMuseum.org for more information on upcoming events and speakers.
1341 Princess Anne Road * Virginia Beach, VA * 23457  *  (757) 721-PROP (7767)

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AirFEST Takes Off In Rock County - WISC Madison | The Southern Wisconsin AirFEST is 9-years-old and going strong, bringing an economic benefit to the community. The weather on Friday night was ideal for an ...

United States - Wisconsin - Southern Wisconsin AirFEST 2010 - Janesville - 05/28/10 from FenceCheck Forums

AirFEST 2010 zooms skyward to big opening night crowds - Beloit Daily News | Friday was the kickoff for the ABC Supply Southern Wisconsin AirFEST 2010, and crowds were streaming in the gates, as others parked nearby looking toward ...

Thunderbirds take flight in Janesville - WKOW-TV.com | JANESVILLE (WKOW)-- The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at the Southern Wisconsin ...

Another unique Channel crossing from Bayou Renaissance Man by Peter | Back in April 2008, I mentioned the strange (and sad) story of Fr. Adelir Antonio de Carli, a Brazilian priest who tried to make a record long-distance flight suspended beneath a cluster of small helium-filled balloons. Unfortunately, the winds changed and carried him out into the Atlantic Ocean, where he disappeared from sight. His body was later found, floating in the sea. His mishap earned him first place in the Darwin Awards for 2008

More than 1,000 people attend 500 Festival Memorial Service to remember those who have given their lives from U.S.S. Indianapolis News | More than 1,000 people attended the noon outdoor ceremony under blue skies and a slight breeze. At the end of the ceremony, F-16 fighter jets, from the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne, flew over in a "missing man formation," with one plane pulling away from the other three…

Local vets to help lead Memorial Day honors - Abilene Reporter-News | The Big Country Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force will conduct its annual Memorial Worship Service at 10 am Sunday at Elmdale Baptist Church. ...

Crowds gathered in Croydon to welcome home air pioneer - Your Local Guardian | Eighty years ago, the streets of Croydon played host to the thousands of admirers who thronged to the borough to give aviatrix Amy ...

Let Mr. Tightwad help you enjoy the summer - Southtown Star | It's not nearly as crowded as the Chicago show, but you'll still get to see some wickedly cool stuff, such as the USAF Thunderbirds soaring high in the sky. ...

Everett's WWII air museum adds ground firepower to collection – HeraldNet | EVERETT — The World War II air contingent occasionally seen flying over Paine Field now has ground forces to back it up. ...

Hamilton Metalplane Detail Photos from Antique Airfield News | Randy Koivisto captured photos of the Hamilton Metalplane as it flew from Fleming Field to Anoka County Airport, both near Minneapolis, on May 17th. The plane was owned and restored in the 1970's by Jack Lysdale in St Paul, MN, and was Grand Champion at the 1975 AAA fly-in. It recently sold at auction to H.S. Wright III will likely be flown to Seattle later this year…

Famed bomber flying into airport - Alton Telegraph | The World War II vintage bomber will offer the public an up close look at a unique piece of aviation history. The public is invited to tour the airplane. ...

WWII-era planes gives family chance to connect, remember - KGO-TV | When a B-17 landed at Moffett Field this week, the sights and sounds and smells of it brought back a lot of memories. Roy Delpier's sons, Dennis and Terry, ...

Western Pennsylvania pilots plan to fly historic biplanes to DC for film - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ... restored versions of the historic biplanes into Washington next month for the premier of "Legends of Flight," a 3-D IMAX film about aviation history. ...

Chief Aviation Ordnance Officer John William Finn Dies At 100 - AvStop Aviation News | He was the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the attack on Pearl Harbor , the oldest living recipient, and the only aviation ordnance man to have ...

Hagerstown pilot awarded flight scholarship from 99s - Civil Air ... By Maj. Brenda A. Reed, CAP | Fox's chapter of the 99s, Sugarloaf, will be hosting the terminus for the Air Race Classic in June this year. Fox serves on the Air Race committee and is chapter secretary this year. The Air Race Classic is an air race started by the ...

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Canadian Forces Demo Hornet Launches Its 2010 Show Season - Marketwire | In tribute to the Canadian Navy, the Air Force will adopt the Canadian Navy Centennial (CNC) as it's theme for the 2010 air show season. ...

Aeroshell Aerobatics Team returns to Columbia for another thrill - Columbia Missourian | His brother, Alan Henley, had started an aerobatics team in 1984 with former crop duster Steve Gustafson and slot pilot Gene McNeely, and Mark joined them ...

Tuskegee Airman Quentin Smith remembers his war during Chesterton visit
- Chesterton Tribune | Almost washed out, in fact, until he received tutelage from Willa Brown, the country's preeminent black aviatrix. Smith got pretty good, real good in fact, ...

Hero teacher flies with Thunderbirds - AirForceTimes.com | A teacher who tackled a suspected gunman outside a suburban Denver school took to the skies with the Thunderbirds on May 23 ...

Precision flying, loud and proud - Beloit Daily News | It will be the only civilian show in North America to host two jet teams — the US Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. ...

Navy's Blue Angels to launch air show in St. Cloud June 26-27 - Coon Rapids ECM Publishers ... Minnesota flying legend John Mohr, Mike Wiskus and his Lucas Oil plane, Team Chaos and warbirds like the B-25, P-51 and the MiG-17. ...

Flying High - Memphis Daily News | Pilot Greg Poe flies the ethanol-powered Fagan MX2 in knife-edge flight against the Memphis skyline. Photo: Lance Murphey Airplanes seen flying through the ...

Memorial Day Events – WTVM | Tuesday, June 1 – Dedication of the Walk of Honor near the parade field stadium behind the museum, including another air performance by the Sky Soldiers. ...

WWII flier reminisces at air show practice run - Columbia Missourian ... his neck skyward as pilots made practice runs with rolls, climbs and other acrobatics in preparation for the 22nd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow…

Corsairs visit home this weekend - Stratford Star | Proceeds from what Brady said would be the "largest gathering of exotic cars and warbirds in Connecticut in 2010" will benefit The Discovery Museum. ...

From co-pilot to pilot - Tulsa Daily Commerce and | Most training was done in the B17 aircraft since there were so few B29s available, Morris said. As a result, even the most experienced pilots had only 65 ...

Famed bomber flying into airport - Alton Telegraph | BETHALTO - The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is bringing its B-17 Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey to St Louis Regional Airport, ...

From a media mogul to a jet pilot, the region's women to watch – National | But al Baloushi, who is from Al Ain and has earned a mention in the British book, The 100 Greatest Women In Aviation, is undaunted by competition from her ...

Dr. David Wolf, NASA Astronaut and Inventor, to Speak at BioConference Live - PR Web ... today announced Dr. David Wolf, a NASA astronaut, medical doctor, and electrical engineer is scheduled to speak at BioConference Live on June 3rd, ...

Out and About - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette | Hoosier Air Museum – Featuring 1946 Stinson V-77 Gullwing, Smith mini-plane, 1935 Speedbird, 1979 Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunship; 2822 County Road 62, ...

Salute to Veterans Corporation Air Show Set to Begin This Weekend!! See These Performers!! from The Aero Experience by Carmelo Turdo:

Solar Impulse Hits Another Milestone from EAA - The Experimental Aircraft Association | Solar Impulse reported a milestone in its HB-SIA solar-powered aircraft project Friday, May 28, as the plane's four 10-hp electric motors ran exclusively on power collected by its nearly 12,000 solar cells while simultaneously generating additional energy…

Strange But True Aviation News from Things with Wings by Benet Wilson …the beach is NOT a runway.  Mark Jensen was arrested in Tybee Island, Ga., after he landed his plane on a local beach, reports News 4 Jacksonville

Guelph man killed by low-flying plane (Ontario) Thana Dharmarajah, Guelph Mercury | GUELPH — The RCMP major crimes unit, along with Transport Canada and the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission of the Northwest Territories continue to investigate an incident that killed Guelph native William Bleach. According to the RCMP, Bleach, 26, a pilot for North-Wright Airways Ltd., died as a result of injuries he sustained while watching a low-flying plane at an airport in the Northwest Territories last week…

3 Exciting Lunar Lander Announcements to End Your Week Right from The Launch Pad by Amanda Stiles | It was a cold November day in the not-so-distant past when the X PRIZE space team ventured to Washington D.C. to attend an awards ceremony in honor of two ambitious commercial space companies -- Masten Space Systems and Armadillo Aerospace, who had claimed the prize purses of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X PRIZE Challenge. We listened with excitement as representatives of the winning companies spoke of things to come in the near future: "Our next steps are to go higher and faster, and build up a lot more excitement for the idea of going to space," said Dave Masten, CEO of Masten Space Systems. That was followed by Phil Eaton of Armadillo: "We at Armadillo Aerospace are highly motivated to press on, and to use our vehicles and our developed technology to go higher and to fly farther and faster, and to provide a service for the commercial space industry."…

Friday, May 28, 2010

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Airshow to Honor Veterans - KOMU-TV
BOONE COUNTY - The 22nd annual Salute to Veterans Airshow takes place this weekend at Columbia Regional Airport. The use of ear plugs for children is ...


Memorial Day Air Show by Aviator College
The show begins at 10am and will end at 3pm. The other military performers include the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the A-10 East Demo Team, the Canadian Forces CF-18 Demonstration Team, and the NY Air National Guard - Search & Rescue. ...
   
Navy's Blue Angels to launch air show in St. Cloud June 26-27 - Coon Rapids ECM Publishers
St. Cloud, MN -- The United States Navy's “Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron,” known as The Blue Angels, will perform Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27, ...

Dig deep for the air show - The Lowestoft Journal
This year's programme looks set to include the Red Arrows, the world's only Vulcan Bomber and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, as well as aerobatic ...

The day of the Tricolour Arrows  - via Translator
The performance of the aerobatic team will conclude the festivities for the 50th anniversary of 72 Squadron Air Force. Men and women, young and old, all eyes turned to the sky to watch the acrobatic show that half an hour to dye the sky green, white and red. Five years have passed since the last performance by the aerobatic team in Frosinone.  It was May 2005. Arrows tricolor this afternoon will close the celebrations for 50 years of helicopter flight school. And the celebrations to mark the occasion, are double.  Even the aerobatic team this year off his first 50 candles, and now will play in his debut season. The ten pilots patrol (nine plus a solo) take off from the airport of Pratica di Mare. In five days the tricolor arrows will color the skies of Rome for the feast of the Republic. Estimates for the airport to watch the spectacle Moscardini approximately fifteen thousand people. A number will double if the event had taken place twenty-four hours on Saturdays. The acrobatic performance come at the climax of a day filled with action. We start at 12, when the airport Moscardini will officially open its doors to the public. Within the complex was set up a static display of helicopters. A demonstration of relief on the ground, and a demonstration Sar with recovery of the pilot with the  ...

SANTIAGO DE LA RIBERA AIR SHOW – JUNE 5TH AND 6TH - The Leader Newspaper Online
The long awaited air show is going to take place again next weekend, albeit on a much smaller scale than the fantastic spectacle we saw in 2006. ...


Jim Koepnick getting this image with pilot Jay Meidl flying - TwitPic - >>>>

Liberty Belle - WWII B-17 Bomber takes flight over Wichita - Examiner.com
The Liberty Belle, one of only 14 B-17's that are still flying today, (And one of only four that are certified to carry passengers), will be in Wichita over ...

Battle Tightens at the top as Red Bull Air Race Heads to Windsor, Ontario from Kirby Chambliss
As the Red Bull Air Race World Championship prepares to land in the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario on 5/6 June for the fourth round of 2010 season, all eyes are on the widening field of title contenders. In the most closely fought battle in the sport’s history, at least five teams are in the running, including local hero Pete McLeod, the youngest pilot in the championship. The Canadian, who currently sits in 5th place, is looking forward to his home race over the Detroit River after dazzling the crowd of 300,000 last year as a rookie with a brilliant performance under pressure.
Britain’s Paul Bonhomme, on 31 points, is clinging to a shrinking lead at the top of a pack of challengers that ...
New York Red Bulls Earn Wiiings from Kirby Chambliss
Free Download of Red Bull Air Race Magazine Windsor Edition from Kirby Chambliss
Reno Air Racing Association - Facebook
Reno Air Racing Association PRS is set for June 16-20 and we are happy to announce we have 29 rookies entered. We have 9 international pilots registered and a total of 52 planes that will round the pylons. Rare Bear, Big Bossman and Argonaut will be attending as well! This will be a fabulous PRS, now if only the weather will cooperate.

Mayday at Reno, I Guess I'm Really A Race Pilot - EAA News/Team Wasabi
7/29/2010 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM - 004 Forums Pavilion 4:  Team Wasabi formed to learn about the sport of air racing. The most trying part of a racer's career is after the engine quits on the course. In this presentation we will walk through our expeiences dealing with a sick engine on the course and troubleshooting it in order to finish race week 2009.  Presented by: Elliot Seguin

Treasured tradition from World War II resurrected on Honor Flight - Fox11online.com
He contacted family members of each veteran and had them send in letters for a special delivery "mail call." All 99 veterans received a packet of cards and ...

Flight Lifts Wounded Warriors From Private Battles - 89.3 KPCC
The small air corps on the airfield is composed of both modern and vintage aircraft, including a World War II-era B-25 bomber that's been named "Panchito" ...

Sink Your Teeth Into The Many Faces Of The USAF A-10 Warthog! from blog by Martt
Catch the Air Combat Command A-10 East Demo Team at the Indy Air Show June 12th &13th
Nose art has made a bit of a comeback in the last 20 years, and the A-10 Warthog is perfectly suited to putting a mouth on the front end to accentuate that massive 30mm GAU-8 cannon.  The simple shark teeth design like shown above is one of the most common seen on A-10's.  I think these kind of teeth looked great on the P-40 and other aircraft from WWII, but it's hard to argue with the way it's taken to the extreme here on the Warthog with the ability to spit serious firepower out of that mouth! ...

Vintage plane banged up in emergency landing at Sundance in Piedmont - News OK
A privately owned military training airplane made a crash landing with the plane’s owner and an instructor aboard Thursday evening, but no one was injured.
They were practicing touch-and-go takeoffs and landings at Sundance Airpark, NW 122 and Sara Road, when the plane lost power and the pilot made an emergency landing in a field adjacent to the airpark about 8 p.m., Oklahoma City fire Battalion Chief Steve Lumry said. ...

Musings on Charles A. Lindbergh on the 83rd Anniversary of the Transatlantic Flight from AirSpace
May 20-21, 2010, marked the 83rd anniversary of Charles A. Lindbergh’s historic solo, nonstop flight from New York to Paris. As a result of this feat, Lindbergh became an instant hero and celebrity. But how do we explain the overpowering public reaction to what some thought was a stunt? In his essay titled, “The Meaning of Lindbergh’s Flight,” published in 1960, historian John William Ward theorized that Lindbergh enabled Americans to look both forward to the technological future, which they feared and misunderstood, and backward to their ...


May 28 - Cut and Paste Aviation
...1913 -- Lts. Thomas De Witt Milling and William C. Sherman set two-man duration and distance records of four hours, and 22 minutes, and 220 miles from Texas City to San Antonio.
1912 -- Capt. Charles de Forest Chandler, commanding officer of the U.S. Signal Corps Aviation School at College Park, Maryland, receives War Department form no. 395 AGO, dated February 2, 1912, which was the first document on U.S. aviation medicine. It dictates that "all candidates for aviation only shall be subject to a vigorous physical examination to determine their fitness for duty."

Raptor pilot surpasses 4000 hours - F-16.net
Sandford amassed the milestone flight time over 24 years, flying A-7 Corsairs, F-16 Fighting Falcons and F-22 Raptors. Lt. Col. ...


New Pics: Global Hawk Landing, U-2 Approach from Ares Beale Air Force Base, just north of Sacramento, Calif., has long been the home of high-altitude reconnaissance for the Air Force. The venerable U-2 Dragon Lady is based there, and the facility was home to the SR-71 while it was in service. ...

Plan to honour forgotten Scots hero isn't full of hot air - Edinburgh Evening News
In a sprawling aerodrome 60km north-west of Barcelona, the 18th-century aviator's Grand Edinburgh Fire Balloon is to be recreated using original drawings ...

Balloons Carry Man in Chair Across English Channel - AOL News
But this much shorter 22-mile trip across the English Channel carries great significance for the aviator. "It is such a classic challenge, isn't it? ...

Atlantis lands for final time after 25-year career from TAKEOFF TUBE
How would you look after 120 million miles? Atlantis might appear a little scuffed up to outsiders as it heads into retirement after a quarter-century of spaceflight. But to the trained eyes of NASA engineers, the ship is still in its prime — a fact that adds to wistful emotions at the space agency as the shuttle program winds down. Atlantis returned home from its 32nd and final voyage Wednesday, the first of three shuttles that are closing out their flying careers and eventually heading to museums. “The legacy of Atlantis, now in the history books,” Mission Control announced at touchdown. About 1,200 guests lined the Kennedy Space Center runway to watch the shuttle glide through a clear morning sky to a flawless landing at the end of a 12-day journey. NASA employees wore white ribbons with the name “Atlantis” and the shuttle’s picture embossed in gold. Even the lead flight directors came in from Houston for the occasion. ...

Space Adventures returns to suborbital spaceflight from Personal Spaceflight As expected, Space Adventures announced Thursday at the International Space Development Conference, (ISDC) in Chicago its partnership with Armadillo Aerospace to provide suborbital space tourism flights. Armadillo will develop a vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) suborbital vehicle carrying people to at least 100 kilometers altitude, with Space Adventures selling the seats, starting with its existing customer list of about 200 people, including several former astronauts. ...

Anyone want an F-23? from FenceCheck Forums
Spotted in Norfolk........... from Theo Spark
Against the Wind: Felix testing his suit from Aerial Sports Feed 

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RAF’S FUTURE AIRLIFTER IN UK DISPLAY DEBUT


The Royal Air Force’s much-debated next-generation airlifter will be unveiled to the British public in July when it makes its UK flying display debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Airbus’s chief military test pilot Ed Strongman will be at the controls of the A400M when it displays at the airshow, at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on July 17&18.

The aircraft, which is designed to fly troops and equipment, was due to go into service this year, but is now unlikely to be operational before 2012. Its appearance will provide the first opportunity for the public to see the culmination of a two-decade long project to develop a future military transport aircraft.

Due, ultimately, to replace the RAF’s C-130 Hercules fleet, the A400M can travel further and faster than most current in-service airlifters and can carry larger payloads. It is also far more flexible.
Chris Pocock, Defence Editor for Aviation International News said: “When they first see it, most people will be surprised at the size of Europe's new airlifter. Thanks to its huge turboprops mounted on a swept wing, the A400M combines a high cruising speed at altitude with excellent slow-speed tactical performance, and the capacity to carry a variety of large military and humanitarian loads.”

This summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo will feature around 300 aircraft from across the globe, including the US Air Force F-22 Raptor, Romanian Air Force MiG-21s and Polish Air Force Su-22s. The event has also been chosen by the Royal Air Force to stage its flagship commemoration of the Battle of Britain, on its 70th anniversary.

In addition to the flying display, visitors can enjoy a large static aircraft park plus a wide range of ground-based activities including a concert stage, Battle of Britain ‘Village’, plus the interactive Tri@RIAT area for youngsters. For details and to buy tickets, visit airtattoo.com

Photo by Tony Osborne