Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rare 30's Aircraft to fly at Planes of Fame

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WHO: MICHAEL O’LEARY - Editor and photographer for WARBIRDS and AIR CLASSICS magazines. Michael will discuss Seversky air racers and the Bendix Trophy. MIKE MACHAT - Aviation artist and writer, formerly the editor for WINGS and AIRPOWER  magazines, current editor and author for Specialty Press Aviation Publications. Mike will discuss how Seversky Aircraft became Republic Aviation.

WHAT: Our discussion panel will include a slideshow presentation, question and answer period, and opportunity for photo and book signing followed by a flight demonstration of our Seversky! Member’s raffle flight in the L-19 Birddog.

WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2010; 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.; 12 noon: AT-12 Seversky Guardsman flight demonstration.

WHERE: Planes of Fame Air Museum
7000 Merrill Avenue #17
Chino, CA 91710

WHY: When was the last time you saw a plane from the 1930's fly overhead or chat with editors from great aviation magazines?

The first Saturday of every month Planes of Fame Air Museum, a 501.c.3, hosts a Living History Flying Day on WWII aviation history in an ongoing effort to educate and inspire current and future generations.  Members are admitted free.  View our website at for more information and become a Facebook “fan” today.


ICAS Fast Facts -- September 30, 2010


 Congressman Sam Johnson, a former U.S.A.F. Thunderbird and POW during the Vietnam War, will get the 2010 ICAS Convention started when he delivers the keynote address on the morning of Monday, December 6 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

 An Air Force fighter pilot who flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Johnson was shot down in April of 1966 while flying an F-4 Phantom on his 25th combat mission. He spent nearly seven years as a prisoner of war, more than 42 months of that time in solitary confinement. He is a former director of the Air Force’s Fighter Weapons School and served as Wing Commander of the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing at Homestead AFB before retiring from the Air Force as a colonel.

 Since 1991, Johnson has represented the Third District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives where he serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee and is well known as a reliable advocate for the military and military service men and women.


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 The advertising deadline for the 4th quarter issue of Air Shows magazine has been extended to Thursday, October 8th. This is our final publication of the year and your last chance to have your marketing message seen before the ICAS convention in December. Don’t miss this important opportunity. Contact Mary Ann McManamay at 703-409-1162 or by email at


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 Many thanks to our 2010 ICAS Convention sponsors, including: Air Boss & Consulting International;; Mike Goulian Airshows; Julie Clark's Chevron Mentor T-34; John Klatt Airshows; Team Chaos Extreme Airshows; FedEx Express; Commemorative Air Force/Tora, Tora, Tora; ExtremeTix; Greg Poe Airshows; AirSupport, LLC; Jim Peitz Aerosports; Insurance Technologies and Programs; Mach 1 Productions; Air Boss, Inc. – George Cline; Shannon & Luchs Insurance Agency; Jacquie 'B' Airshows; Team Rocket; Nalls Aviation; Mohr Barnstorming; Geico Skytypers; Gordon Bowman-Jones; Aerostars Aerobatic Team; Tim Weber Airshows, Inc.; Rob Reider, Air Show Announcer; and OnBoard Images.

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Gordon Bennett Balloon Racers Reported Missing from Aero-News Network | Nightfall Inhibits Continued Searches Until Morning The news coming to ANN from the Gordon Bennett Control Centre is not good. A balloon flying in the Gordon Bennett race designated USA2, registration N801NM, is still missing as night falls. The pilots listed on board have been identified as American citizens, Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer-Davis…

Bone Yard Boys Make Airshow Happen - | Inmate help, increases their numbers ten fold in the days leading up to the Airshow. But it's the handful of volunteers that turn runways into a full blown ...

US Air Force Thunderbirds the featured act at high-flying, death-defying ... - Monterey County Herald (blog)
The US Air Force Thunderbirds performing its famed diamond formation. The Thunderbirds are the feature attraction at this weekend's ...

Air show preview: Aloft with the Canadian Snowbirds - San Diego Union Tribune | Canada's precision-flying team makes its second appearance at the Miramar Air Show, which starts Friday. For the first time, the Snowbirds offered ...

AirSho returns with B-29 rides, night show - With its B-29 back in the skies, a pyrotechnic nighttime displayand a battle of pirates set to take place in the air, the presidentand CEO of the Commemorative Air Force said they've crafted auniqu More...

Air show set up at MCBH : Habiliblog - Air show set up at MCBH. September 29, 2010 7:21 pm. Yes, the Bayfest promoters call us every year to help set up the event at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Why us? Because we have a reputation for being the hardest working people ...

Results From the Perfect Air Show Lineup Poll by Hank Plumley - The people have spoken, well, a few have, and here are the results to the "What is Your Perfect Air Show Line Up?" poll….

Harrison Ford named recipient of 2010 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy - BlueSky Executive Aviation News
The National Aeronautic Association has announced that aviation advocate Harrison Ford will receive the prestigious 2010 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. ...

U.S. Marshal Service To Monitor Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta from AvStop » Number One Online Resource For General Aviation News | The United States Marshal Service, District of New Mexico, will be assisting local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the 2010 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The annual event will take place October 2-10. The fiesta expects 750-1000 balloon pilots to participate from all over the world and the event attracts over 10,000…

Skydive Temple Hosts Large Skydiving Event – KWTX | The fourth-annual event is called the Deadman Boogie, a memorial to lost skydiving friends, as well as being a fundraiser for Disabled American Veterans. ...

Kursk from Let Let Let - Warplanes by Srecko | We all who has lived in the Eastern Europe and have been interesting in aviation history, was more or less informed about the battle of Kursk and that this present also one of the largest aerial operation in the WW2… 

IWM Duxford Autumn Air Show celebrates the 65th birthday of B-17 ... by Flightline UK - The Autumn Air Show on Sunday 10 October celebrates both the 65th birthday of B-17 Fortress G-BEDF Sally B, and 75 years of the B-17 Fortress. The only B-17 currently flying in Europe, Sally B delights air show crowds with her majestic ...

Pilot of JFK Emergency Landing Speaks Out - ABC News | A former naval aviator, Conroyd, 55, has received a Bronze Star, a Navy Marine Commendation Medal, and five other awards. He joined the military in 1978 and ...

The Adventures of Chopper Chick! by Desiree:

LiveAirShowTV: Reno Wrap Up Part 1

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 - PFLUGERVILLE, TX -- LiveAirShowTV continues it's coverage of the 2010 Reno National Championship Air Races with a general wrap up of the events of race week.  This overview will be in two parts, so as to fit the guidelines of YouTube and to make it more manageable for the viewers.  Race fans will get another look at how the week got started, race coverage as well as other happenings on the ramp and in the pits.  Get more information on what kept most of the planes in the Super Sport Class on the ground.  Get a look at the gathering for the late Al Goss in the Warlock pit.  Go on board as the Hawker Premiere 1 business jet goes around the pylons.

"We shot a lot of really great stories during race week.  It was impossible to put all of that into a daily wrap up video and get it posted for fans by the next morning", said LiveAirShowTV President Jeff Lee.  "This is our first chance to expand on some of these stories and show race fans a bit more about what was going on at Stead Field.  This is just the beginning.  We will be going even more in depth with several of the race teams, the unique planes in the Heritage Trophy Invitational, and the 3D IMAX production being shot."

To see part 1, go to:  It will be the video in the main window at the top.  Our stories from race week and others, including Formula One pilot Smokey Young's speed record  using the new Swift bio-fuel, can be found to the right under "Uploads".  Just click "see all".

Part 2 of our Reno wrap up coverage will be available in the next few days.

Remember to follow us on Twitter (@LiveAirShowTV) and our Facebook Fan Page.  We will be covering the Texas air shows coming up in October, so stay tuned for highlights from those shows.


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In the air with the Canadian Snowbirds - San Diego Union Tribune
Flying his CT-114 jet about four feet from his wingman, Canadian Snowbirds pilot Capt. Marco Ruscani says learning aerial acrobatics is ...

Canadian Snowbirds 2010 Schedule

Air show takes to the sky this weekend - 680 News
Stunt pilot Michael Wiskus with team Lucas Oil will be in the air again this year. In terms of what to expect at the air show, he said, it's "very noisy, ...

CAF Reveals Plans for 2010 Airsho -
For the first time ever, the Airsho will be running into the night with some planes taking to the sky in the dark. The show's biggest attraction is making ...

Airsho ready to take off - Odessa American
CAF president Stephan Brown excitedly announced that “Fifi's” great return will also hold an opportunity for Airsho attendants to fly on the B-29 ...

"Gathering of Eagles" Celebration at Alberta Aviation Museum from News
On Tuesday, October 5, the Alberta Aviation Museum is holding a fund-raising "Gathering of Eagles" dinner to celebrate aviation. Special guests at the head table will include representatives of various periods of our aviation history and presentations will illustrate our...

We at Sanicole from Apache Roll, le blog de la patrouille Breitling 
S anicole, the only civilian Belgium rally that rivals the major international meetings, welcomed the Patrouille Breitling for a beautiful twilight flight Friday, September 17 and a demonstration to the public Sunday, September 19.
The sky of late afternoon has claimed more of a photographer, including Philippe Laret to whom we owe these shots.

Bulletin searching for WWII vets to interview for Nov. 11 edition - Bixby Bulletin
The Bixby editor toured a B-17 bomber Monday and would like to use the photos taken on that day to accompany the Veteran's Day story. ...

Posthumous honour given to founder of military show
“Paul helped the Air Tattoo grow into the unique and exciting event it is today and as a result, air forces from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Romania turned to him for advice.” ...

Years gone by: Airshow highlights - The Salinas Californian
1981: The California International Airshow Salinas debuts with the Blue Angels raising $250000 for local nonprofits and charities. ...

"Dreadnought" at the 2010 Reno Air Races by Randy Rothhaar

Ninth Annual Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Gala Announced from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News
The TAHF Board of Directors has announced the Inductee Class for 2010. The Annual Induction Gala and Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on November 13, 2010 at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. The public is invited.  ...

Local Stearman pilots win top honors at Illinois contest  | They have flown in formation over the Lilac Parade, Skyfest and the Veterans Cemetery dedication. More than 8000 Stearman biplanes were manufactured in ...

Air refueling pioneers honored in ceremony at Scott from Alert 5 - Military Aviation News 
The air refueling pioneers responsible for the United States’ first air-refueling flights in 1923 and 1929 were honored in a ceremony Sept. 23 at Scott AFB’s “Walk of Fame” as part of a presentation by the Airlift-Tanker Association Hall of Fame officials.

The Yeager Award Report and AEPSM Report Merger from Civil Air Patrol eServices News
The Yeager Award Report and the AEPSM Report have been combined into one report: Yeager (AEPSM) Award Report

AOPA Aviation Summit: from
If you’ve seen James Bond fly a BD-5 jet through a hangar and exit sideways out the other end or watched Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon get sprayed by an aerial applicator in “Odd Couple II,” you’ve seen the work of J.W. “Corkey” Fornof.
Fornof, an airshow performer, movie stunt pilot, and aerial coordinator, has flown in more than 100 movies,  ...

the Wainfan Facetmobile, circa 1995 from x planes
Man vs. machine at annual plane pull - Memphis Commercial Appeal
Special Kids & Families will host the 14th annual Valero Plane Pull Saturday at the Millington Regional Jetport. ...

Tribute to the Last Men on the Moon in 1972 from Spaceports 
Astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans were the three brave men chosen to fly NASA's final mission to the moon. They have been written up in history books and acknowledged by the  ...

Astronaut's View of Earth Eclipsed All Else from
Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson has many treasured memories from her six months in space, but one thing stands out above all else: the incomparable view.

Museum of Flight raises space shuttle flag over Space Needle from Aerospace News 
Seattle's Museum of Flight raised a space shuttle flag atop the Space Needle on Wednesday to promote its bid to land one of the shuttles after NASA retires the fleet later this year.

Martin Aircraft’s Commercial Jetpack Looks to Take Flight from Planenews Aviation News 
It is about time man flew among the birds – alone. We may not have the homes on the moon, or the flying cars that our totally reasonable childhood imaginations ensured us would be waiting for us when we grew up, but with a little luck and a lot of money, we might soon be able to scratch “jetpack” off of our bucket lists.

Editorial: Why rocketry matters to me & inspiring others from Rocketry Planet
My six years with rocketry have been very important to me. Because of what I've learned. But more about what I still need to learn. I fell into this hobby as the result of a coworker/friend. Upon entering I was super hungry for the knowledge. I soon realized that knowledge came by experience, not sheer hope. And not by speed, or fast. Since then I have tempered my learning. To continue learning, but not to force it too quickly. Soon I was a happy rocketeer, learning as time allowed. Making correct designs. Making mistakes, and hopefully learning from them.


Backseat Video: L-39 Racing At Reno - Low/Fast/Left!

Backseat Video: L-39 Racing At Reno - Low/Fast/Left!: "

This video is actually from Reno 2007, but that doesn't make it any less interesting. It's pretty amazing to have such a good view of 'Jet Class' racing - from the backseat of a speedy L-39! If you skip to about 1:30, you'll bypass the slower part of the video and get right up to where you can see the large group of jets as they are coming down the chute at the start of the race. There are several passes that take place as they make their way around the course, and some nifty jet shadows to watch on the ground too. It's pretty crazy/cool stuff... 500mph and about 50 to 100 feet off the ground!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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U.S. Team Missing In Balloon Race from AVwebFlash Current Issue
American gas-balloon pilots Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis have been reported missing over the Adriatic Sea, between Italy and Croatia. Thunderstorms were reported in the area. The two pilots are competing in the annual Gordon Bennett International Gas Balloon Race, which launched from southern England on Saturday night. As of Wednesday morning all the other 19 teams have landed safely, but ground crews have lost contact with Abruzzo and Rymer Davis. "The Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre have initiated an operation with a helicopter and fast boat, although no ELT activation has been detected so far," race director Don Cameron said in a statement. "The Croatian authorities and all shipping have been informed. We are very concerned, but can only wait for news now." ...

Hydrogen race balloonists missing in Adriatic storm from Black Horizon 
Two balloonists taking part in the Gordon Bennett Cup race are missing in thunderstorms over the Adriatic.
The Italian coastguard said boats would continue to search for them through the night but aircraft would have to stop at 1900 BST when it got dark.
The missing hydrogen balloon, piloted by Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis, is one of three US entries. No distress beacon has been picked up from Mr Abruzzo's balloon
A spokeswoman at race control in Bristol said contact had been lost with the American pilots. ... 

Gordon Bennett Cup (ballooning) - Wikipedia
The Gordon Bennett Cup (or Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett) is the world's oldest and most prestigious gas balloon race.[1][2] Referred to as the "Blue Ribbon" of aeronautics, the first race started from Paris, France on September 30, 1906.[3] The event was sponsored by James Gordon Bennett, Jr., the millionaire sportsman ...

SAN DIEGO: Miramar to make some noise in preparation for air show - North County Times
During Blue Angels' performances, Kearny Villa Road between Miramar Road and Harris Plant Road will be closed to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. ...

Fly-In coming to local airport - Montgomery Herald
A number of various other aircraft will fly in for the daylong event. Vendors for the event are still needed and anyone wishing to be a vendor can call ...

Fly-in Saturday at Augusta Airport -
Pilots and the public are invited to visit Augusta Municipal Airport Saturday for annual Fly-In activities. By Staff reports Some additional incentives have ...
Red Arrows fly by QEHS for soaring achievement - Gainsborough Standard
GENEROUS students at Queen Elizabeth's High School in Gainsborough were paid a flying tribute by the Red Arrows to thank them for raising money for charity. ...

Fly with Dick Faurot in the Historic B-17 the Liberty Belle - News On 6
TULSA, OK---The Liberty Belle is the most recently restored WWII Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. It is at Jones Riverside Airport this weekend giving tours and ...

P-38′s in Chino at Planes of Fame – Honey Bunny, Glacier Girl, and ... by Warbird
Last week 5 of the 7 still flying P-38s flew from Chino to the Sacramento Capital airshow at Mather for the weekend show. John Maloney flew chase in a. ...

Reno Air Racing: Flying on Ragged Edge. - Ridelust
... So when I saw this video I felt the need to post it up because one of the commentators makes a very valid point. Racer who fly in the Red Bull air race series are no doubt some of the greatest pilots on earth, but what if instead trying to beat the clock, they were trying to beat each other. ...

Scary moment at Reno Air Races 2010 from Aero Pacific Flightlines 
Thunder Mustang PAPA-51 (c/n FITM024) N151G/75 "Rapid Travel" owned and operated by George Giboney Jr. of Des Moines, Washington goes into the dirt on Sunday September 19 at the 2010 Reno Air Races. Not to worry though he walked away from the crash with just a few bumps and bruises he even talks about what happened in an interview contained in the link at the bottom of the this page. Thanks goes to David Hartman for forwarding these "heart stopping" photos.

The Poetry of Ejection Seats in Action! from 
The progress of the ejection seat over the years has came a long way since WWII. Prior to this invention, the only means of escape from an incapacitated aircraft was to “bail out.” In many cases this was often difficult due to injury, confined space, and g forces. ...

Historic WWII plane for sale - Bellingham Herald
Skunkie was brought to Columbia from Greenwood prior to 1992's Doolittle Raiders' 50th anniversary. The Raiders were World War II fliers who bombed Tokyo in ...

September 29 from Cut and Paste Aviation 


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The Miramar Air Show Takes Flight Friday - NBC San Diego | The air show includes demonstrations by the world-famous Blue Angels, and the Canadian Snowbirds on Saturday, followed by four hour Twilight Show, ...

Historic Flight sends vintage aircraft aloft - Snohomish County Business | Other partners included the Boeing Tour center, Cascade Warbirds, Aviation Liaison Services, Everett Community College, Flying Heritage Collection, ...

Oxcart Legacy: Day 6 - Today the Oxcart Legacy tour went up the Hill...Capitol Hill. The group consisted of Ken and Sandra Collins, TD Barnes, Dennis Nordquist, Roger Anderson, Linda Cady, Bob and Mary Jane Murphy, Peter DeForth, Connie Pardew, Annie Jacobsen, Dr. David  Robarge and his wife Cheryl.  The group was led to the Capitol Hill Club right down the street from the Capitol Dome…

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Images from Aviation Earth | The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was an long range Mach 3+ reconnaissance aircraft developed in the 1960s. Its best defensive weapon was it's ability to reach supersonic speeds. To counteract a missile attack, it would simply just speed up. SR-71 Blackbird in flight SR-71 Instrument Panel NOse view of the SR-71 Blackbird SR-71 Blackbird Refueling..

Artist Bob Morgan unveils "Amelia Earhart in Helena" - KXLH Helena News | Famed aviator Amelia Earhart landed at the Helena airport to survey a route for Northwest Airlines 77 years ago. Helena artist Bob Morgan attended the 1933 ...

"Gathering of Eagles" Celebration at Alberta Aviation Museum from News | On Tuesday, October 5, the Alberta Aviation Museum is holding a fund-raising "Gathering of Eagles" dinner to celebrate aviation. Special guests at the head table will include representatives of various periods of our aviation history and presentations will illustrate our...

Travis Air Museum hosting mustangs, planes and more event at Nut Tree Airport ... - | Travis Air Museum's 2nd Annual Mustang Days Wings and Wheels will be held from 9 am to 3 pm Oct. 9 at the Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville. ...

WW2 Women's Pilots Group Holds Reunion in Palm Desert - KPSP Local 2 | On Wednesday, the WASPS were holding a ceremony in which a Gold Congressional Medal would honor famed aviatrix Jackie Cochran. A member of the Coachella ...

Discovery Centre caters for young high-fliers - Hills Shire Times | Discovery Centre volunteer and aviatrix captain Judy Rainsford will also be on board to tell budding aviators stories about how things fly. ...

Aero-TV: Terrafugia In Transition -- Update To The Proof Of Concept Vehicle from Aero-News Network | Wings Or Wheels -- Terrafugia Has It Covered Visitors to this year's Oshkosh extravaganza were provided an update on the progress of the Transition Roadable Aircraft, or "Flying Car" and the unveiling of a scalable model of the Beta Prototype (stage 2) next generation design…

DARPA - dreams of flying Humvees! from Black Horizon by Steve Douglass | DARPA funds numerous research projects and some of them sound like science fiction more than a product that could see reality. One of the more interesting projects that DARPA has talked about in the past year or so is the Transformer flying car. The idea behind the Transformer is that the soldiers could fly the vehicle over IEDs and rough terrain to make insertions into combat zones…

An American Astronaut Saves the A300 and Airbus from Aviation Trivia of the Day by JP Santiago | The first several years of Airbus' existence after the first flight of the A300 were miserable ones as orders slowly trickled in while the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar were racking up order after order from the world's airlines. Between the end of 1975 and May of 1977, Airbus failed to get even a single order for the A300…

Episode 116 – Roving Reporters from Airplane Geeks Podcast by (Airplane Geeks) David, Rob, Dan, and Max discuss the week's aviation news. We also have Kimon's report of a zero-G flight experience, David's interviews with the MS760 team and The Fighter Factory from the Oceana Airshow, and Max's interview with Carl Dietrich, co-Founder and CEO of Terrafugia, developers of a "flying car." Pieter Johnson came in with another Across the Pond, and Steve and Grant from the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast have their Australia Desk report…

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Oxcart Legacy: Day 6

Today the Oxcart Legacy tour went up the Hill...Capitol Hill. The group consisted of Ken and Sandra Collins, TD Barnes, Dennis Nordquist, Roger Anderson, Linda Cady, Bob and Mary Jane Murphy, Peter DeForth, Connie Pardew, Annie Jacobsen, Dr. David  Robarge and his wife Cheryl.  The group was led to the Capitol Hill Club right down the street from the Capitol Dome.
It was a VIP tour from beginning to end as these aviation pioneers were personally escorted by former Congressman Jim Longley who is now Executive Director of the Advanced Technical Intelligence Association (ATIA).

They watched opening session of Congress, were taken to a number of points of interest that the Capitol has including the old Senate room, the gallery and the rotunda. It was followed by a luncheon hosted by the ATIA at the Capitol Hill Club for Oxcart members and interested congressional members and staff.
 Plaques of appreciation presented by Advanced Technical Association during presentations and ceremony at Capitol Hill Club to Roadrunner President and Director of Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame Thornton D. "TD" Barnes, Peter Deforth,  Chief Historian at the Central Intelligence Agency Dr. Robert Robarge by  former congressman and ATIA Executive Director Jim Longley on the left, and ATIA Secretary/Treasurer Barbara Sanderson  on the right. Joining them on the right is Roger Andersen, 1129th SAS Operations Officer during Project Oxcart at Groom Lake and Operation Black Shield at Kadena.
"Thank you for what you have done for our country," said Barbara Sanderson, secretary/treasurer of ATIA. 'Your innovations in aerospace, technology and flight have set the standard-we can't loose your history."

Dr. David Robarge, Chief Historian for the Central Intelligence Agency introduced Oxcart members and each gave a brief  talk about their experiences with the still ahead of it's time program. Robarge who wrote the Oxcart History for the CIA said it was an honor to be part of this tour and presentations around the Washington DC area. "I have learned so much more from our A-12 veterans," he said

Bob Murphy, who was the Industrial Manager at Lockheed Skunkworks spoke about the cohesiveness and 'hands-on aspect of working for aerospace genius Kelly Johnson. "It was a privilege to work for Kelly and on the Oxcart program," he said. "And it was a very patriotic group."

Dennis Nordquist who helped design the J-58 engines for the A-12 started in his early 20's with Pratt and Whitney. "My time on the Oxcart program and the J-58's helped me to be success later in my career," he said. "They had a 'can-do' attitude."

Col. Ken Collins (Ret) was one of the six mission pilots for the A-12 and said it was a great experience working so closely with the engineers and other personnel on the program. Collins flew six missions in the A-12 over Vietnam.

The United States Air Air Force played a key role in supporting the Oxcart program while they tested at the Nevada desert and set up operations for the A-12's Blackshield missions at Kadena AFB in Okinawa.

USAF's Roger Anderson was there today to talk about his role as Operations Officer"It was a great program," he said. "I was so glad to be a part of it."

TD Barnes president of Roadrunners Internationale and Director of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NVAHOF) explained his duties as hypersonic flight support specialist and foreign radar and aircraft expert. for the A-12 program.  Barnes who along with Robarge and tour coordinator Peter DeForth were given special recognition plaques from the ATIA. Barnes also spoke about the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame and the mission to continue the state's rich aviation legacy.

Later some members of the group met with Nevada Senator John Ensign where they discussed the goals of the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame.

Nevada Congresswoman, Shelly Berkley expressed a desire to meet with the NVAHOF team, but encountered scheduling conflicts.

"Our aviation legacy is important to the country," said Barnes. "People need to be educated on the rich history we have and the technologies that have fostered what we have today."

Submitted by Connie Pardew
Photos by Mike Schmitz