Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Special - Wide Bay Australia International Airshow 2011 Tickets Now Available

The Wide Bay Australia International Airshow 2011 tickets are now available just in time for Christmas. Give the gift of an experience this Christmas and save with tickets currently available at 20% off.

Tickets are available through www.widebayairshow.com.au and as an extra Christmas bonus we have waived the booking fee.

The program for 2011 promises excitement and new acts with Matt Hall, Australian Red Bull Champion one of the highlights of the event. This is a great opportunity to see this top gun in action. The program will also feature the largest gathering of World War 2 fighters, as used by both allied and axis powers, that has ever been seen in Queensland.

“Tickets won’t be available at this price again so we encourage people to take advantage of this offer” said Peter Tuffiled, Chairman.

The 2011 Wide Bay Australia International Airshow rediscovers the performance of days gone by. Come and be entertained – 19th – 21st August 2011. You won’t be disappointed! The 19th is dedicated to a Trade and Careers Day followed by two days of aviation excellence.

To keep up to date with the latest Wide Bay Australia International Airshow 2011 news and ticket terms and conditions visit us at www.widebayairshow.com

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December's issue of The Magazine


December's issue of The Magazine by http://www.airshowsreview.com/ is now available for your free download, just by clicking on the cover of the The Magazine on our website entry page http://www.airshowsreview.com/ in pdf format.

Featuring reviews and great photography from air shows in North America; CIAS, Cleveland, Long Island and Scott AFB, and USAF Teams; A-10 West, and F-16 Viper East.

Our Best of the Year Show Award, based on 20+ criteria, and exclusive report from our by invitation only trip to Malta: Visit of the Air Wing Armed Forces of Malta, Aviation Museum of Malta, General impression of Malta, and the Malta International Air Show.
For any aviation enthusiast our latest book 'To B2 remember 2010' featuring awesome photography of aircraft from 2010 and the past, makes a tremendous Christmas gift, order yours today to ensure for timely arrival.

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Rockford airport to host member of Blue Angels team - Rockford Register Star | A member of the US Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team will visit Chicago Rockford International Airport this week. ROCKFORD — Sky watchers may catch a glimpse of an F/A-18 this week when a member of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team visits Chicago Rockford International Airport. Airport spokesman Thomas Bona said the airport expects the plane to land early Wednesday afternoon and leave Thursday, part of a routine site visit the team makes in preparation for air shows. The Blue Angels will perform at Rockford AirFest on June 4-5. Bona said tickets are expected to be on sale for the event sometime in December…

Hugh Oldham – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday from WarbirdRadio.com by Matt | TUESDAY – Airshow announcer Hugh Oldham joins us with a look back at the 2010 airshow season.  Hugh will also give us a preview of the 2010 ICAS Convention taking place next week in Las Vegas.  FYI…we'll be broadcasting LIVE from the ICAS convention floor next week…

Momentum Is Building from Flight To Success by Karlene Petitt | Renton Centennial of Woman Pilots December 5th Event-- Update: Today was a busy day passing out fliers to my community, in support of our Centennial Of Woman Pilot's event---  FREE FLIGHT $100 Give Away | GREAT NEWS! Two more pilots volunteered. Tom and Joyce…

Mr. Taylor Goes to Washington from Antique Airfield News | AAA Founder/President Named 2010 NAA "Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman Of Aviation", here are photos of the trip to the National Air and Space Museum and the awards ceremony. All photos by Caroline Sheen…

Thanksgiving Mission from Veterans Airlift Command | I'd like to share a note that went out from one of our aircraft owners about a Thanksgiving mission that was flown on a few hours notice to get some injured soldiers home for Thanksgiving. These guys just returned stateside from a nine month long tour in Afghanistan and had not yet had a chance to see their families. A big thank you goes out not only to Nick, but to everyone who helped us get soldiers home for Thanksgiving this year…

j-diaries: AIR SHOW by Jen | What better way to end off the summer than lunching on a patio with your family while watching ear-blasting jets fly by? The CNE's annual air show was something different and cute for an august afternoon. ...

World War II-era defense plants still rev up area's economy - Kansas City Star | It was followed by the Fairfax plant, which rolled out what was to be the first of 6600 B-25 Mitchell bombers less than three weeks after the Pearl Harbor ...


Owner Of Ohio Airplane Graveyard Dies [Video] from Jalopnik by Justin Hyde | Walter Soplata, owner of the secret backyard Ohio warplane collection, died earlier this month at the age of 87. His family has not said what would happen to his cache, but several of his "saves" will fly again. More »

MDQ's Clyde Shelton Enshrined at Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Gala from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News | Meridianville AL- Aviators from Madison County Executive-Tom Sharp Jr Field, AL traveled to Sevierville TN to witness honors for one of their own, Clyde H Shelton. Shelton was enshrined in the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame and recognized by the FAA with a Master Pilot Award during the annual induction gala at the TN Museum of Aviation…

Exercise Vega 2010 @ Decimomannu airbase – part 3 from David Cenciotti's weblog - the most visited Italian Aviation Blog by David Cenciotti | More pictures about Vega 2010 exercise in Decimomannu. Part 1
Part 2

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25. from Planeshots - Mon Nov 29 :

Virgin Galactic Quietly Eyes Orbital Spaceflight from Warplanes Online Community by Tynibelle | While Virgin Galactic's public sights are set on offering suborbital space tourist treks on its SpaceShipTwo passenger ships, the company is already quietly eyeing the next step which is orbital space travel. Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic's founder and President, publicly admitted the company's orbital aims last month at the dedication of the Spaceport America facility under construction in New Mexico. But he and other Virgin executives are not pouring in on the details…

Virtual Black Knights by Virtual Black Knights | The Virtual Black Knights is Singapore's very own Aerobatics team. Started in August 2010, the team is still very new, and currently practicing in the default Extra300S. With Microsoft Flight Simulator X Acceleration/SP2 as our current ...

Today In Aviation History – November 30 « Calgary Recreational and ... by bikeal | Today In Aviation History – November 30. 30 11 2010. Crossing of the English Channel by Blanchard and Jeffries on 7 January 1785. In 1784... Jean-Pierre Blanchard makes the 1st scientific observations from above the earth in a hydrogen ...

F-102 + Bombshell from The Unwanted Blog | Still haven't figured out who this is. The F-102′s look like early models (with a particularly odd and droopy "U.S. Air Force" painted on the sides), so my guess would be mid/late 1950′s…

Episode 125 – Bits and Pieces IV from Airplane Geeks Podcast by thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks) This week, Max, Rob, Dan, and David take a break from the usual joint recording session and instead bring you some individually recorded segments:…


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Monday, November 29, 2010

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Festive holiday atmosphere awaits everyone at EAA's Christmas in the Air - Oshkosh Northwestern
Get into the holiday spirit in an uplifting setting as EAA hosts Christmas in the Air from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
This free community event for all ages will feature a festive holiday atmosphere, complete with holiday performances by local musical, choral, and dance groups plus a special performance by Those Funny Little People, Wally and Victor. Refreshments are also provided along with Just Plane Chocolate Holiday treat sampling that begins at 5 p.m. ...

Five new riders for 2011 season of the Snowbirds from CavokBlog
Five new riders have been announced for the 2011 season of Air Demonstration Squadron, Canadian Forces, the Snowbirds, based at 15 Wing in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ...

Midland Airsho from CAF Minnesota Wing Blog 
Airsho is always a great time! You get a chance to see old friends, meet new ones and see some of the rarest aircraft fly! This year, the B-25, P-51 and Harvard made the trip down. There was a slight feel of political tension, but nothing that overshadowed the excitement of having FIFI fly overhead!
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P-61 Black Widow Update from CAF Minnesota Wing Blog 
Earlier in the year I posted a number of pics of the P-61 Black Widow at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. They are restoring it to airworthy condition, and are making some great progress! This series of pictures was found while surfing around Warbirdinformationexchange.com. I can't wait to see this fly! ...

A Ride in the PT-22 from CAF Minnesota Wing Blog 
The PT-22 took to the air this year for the first time, and is being touted by the two current pilots as one of the  ...  Read also:  Around the Hangar

VIDEO: New Zealand Company restores Mosquito to fly in 2011 from CavokBlog 

Have Drill, Have Doughnut, the MiG Projects of Area 51 and Groom Lake
from area51specialprojects.com
In the late 1960's, the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and a number of U.S. federal agencies undertook a program at Groom Lake to evaluate the MiG-17 to help fight the Vietnam War during a period of anti-Vietnam War protests and the North Vietnamese MiG-17s and MiG-21s having a kill rate against the U.S. air assets was 9:1. These programs were code-named HAVE DRILL and HAVE FERRY under The Defense Intelligence Agency Project "HAVESoviet MiG parked outside its hangar at Groom Lake - 1960 DRILL." At Groom Lake a small, highly specialized group of engineers and technicians had just wrapped up the CIA’s A-12 Oxcart program and continued on for Projects HAVE DRILL and HAVE FERRY involving trials of MiG-17F Frescos over the skies of Area 51 at Groom Lake, and Project DOUGHNUT, an ...

The Origins of Red Flag from Aviation Trivia of the Day by JP Santiago
I had started this blog out as a way of sharing a lot of the interesting aviation history I come across in the course of my reading. I'm a bit attention-deficit when it comes to reading, I usually jump between numerous books at once as I've really never been able to read one book straight through then start another. The benefit of this little quirk of   ...

PICTURES: Australia's F-111 retirement to close chapter of aviation history - Flightglobal
As the last operator of the swing-wing, long-range strike aircraft, the event will close a chapter in aviation history that began with the first flight of ...

Algie Composite Aircraft 'LP1' - 385 MPH At FL290 & 14.5 GPH? from AirPigz
The LP1, or 'Light Pressurized 1', began over 15 years ago in the mind of David Algie. It wasn’t just an idea 15 years ago tho, work actually began on this airplane that far back, and the basic shape has been frozen for quite a long time. The LP1 is a two-place, pressurized, carbon fiber kit aircraft powered by an adapted Chevy Corvette LS engine that is intended to operate at altitudes as high as ...
Read also:  Caption Contest #43 - Ends Wednesday 12.1.10 At 9PM EST

The flights of 50 years ago from Plane Talking 
... The arrival of the jet age was as much a visible, and insistent signal of change as television and satellites.
The jets were a homework disrupting event. We’d rush outside to watch. Just as the ear splitting noise of a Super Constellation grinding its way into the air was an event that would unpack a practice scrum, or completely silence a classroom. ...

B757 Supertanker ground test from TAKEOFF TUBE 
Evergreen Aviation's B747 Supertanker performing a ground test. Watch the plane flex during the blast! That's about 40,000lbs of pressure, and 20,000gallons exiting in about 10 seconds. This platform will be used to fight fires among other things....stand clear and watch out!

Global Hawk prepares for flying mission from AF.mil Photos
An RQ-4 Global Hawk gets all pre-flight checks accomplished from maintenance technicians before a mission while deployed Nov. 23, 2010, at an air base in Southwest Asia. The Airmen and the RQ-4 are assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin) 

Tree festival soars at air museum - The Columbian | Others came to see the planes and displays at the Pearson Air Museum, which for the first time hosted the Vancouver Rotary Foundation's annual fundraising ...

CBS Sports Reporter Goes Sky High from FishbowlDC 
On Sunday when many people were still recovering from Thanksgiving gorging, CBS Sports Correspondent Kaylee Hartung was preparing to jump out of an airplane.
The jump was an early Christmas present from her younger brother, Tyler, who has done nearly ...

Interesting rocketry photo album from The Original Rocket Dungeon 
I just found an interesting Flickr album containing scans of some photos of the Space Services Inc Conestoga I and related facilities. ...

Dragons (on aircraft and in movies) from The Original Rocket Dungeon  
   
Private Rocket Builder to Launch Demo Flights From Florida - Space.com
"While we are preparing for a flight demonstration in Florida, there are enough new space ports around the country that evaluating them will take time. ...


Dragon II is now in MARINE CORPS Colors for 100 years of Military Aviation


From a computer generated drawing to reality - Dragon II of the Air Show Jet Team -  Red Star and The Dragon is now in her MARINE CORPS colors carrying the Vietnam Service ribbon on her tail for the 2011 celebration of 100 years of Military Aviation. Using state of the art computer CAD programs Dragon Aviation was able to see the impact of the new color scheme and make adjustments to it before the paint was applied. The computer image of Dragon II was able to be "Flown" on the screen so that the color sceme could be viewed from the air show audience's perspective and adjusted for the best effect. 

The "Red Dragon" was added to DragonII as a decal due to time constraints when Dragon I was retired. Now that the season has finished the actual artwork was completed after two weeks of sanding taping and painting.

To book this exciting act go to:
281 914 - 9871  cell

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New Snow Bird Team Has A Windsor Connection
from Windsor International Air Show 2011 by Sounds of Freedom III | 15 WING, MOOSE JAW, SASK. – Five Canadian Forces pilots were officially introduced as the latest members of  431 (Air Demonstration) Squadron, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Wednesday, November 24 at 15 Wing, Moose Jaw, Sask., after a rigorous selection process and months of preparation. The newest  squadron members are…

Snowbirds could take flight again over Oak Bay - Oak Bay News | Approval was also requested to allow for a demonstration by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, who could fly as low as 500 feet over Oak Bay. ...

Goodbye Biggin Hill Air Show
from Aeroplane Monthly News | Biggin Hill two-day International Air Fair to be replaced with a one-day "Open House Air Day" in 2011.

Randy Rothhaar Photography: More From the 2010 MCAS Miramar Airshow
by Randy Rothhaar | More From the 2010 MCAS Miramar Airshow. Posted by Randy Rothhaar at 6:50 PM. Labels: 2010 MCAS Miramar Airshow, airshows, new images ... Airshow Galleries. Airshow Galleries Click image to view ...

Nellis Airshow 2010 pictures from road trips photos on webshots - Nellis Airshow 2010 pictures published by jeffwetltd.

'Pappy' Boyington possessions donated to VMF-214 squadron - Yuma Sun | Boyington recently added to its rich history by donating his father's golden aviator wings to the squadron. In addition to the aviator wings, Boyington gave ...

Today's Photos - Monday, November 29, 2010 from Military Photos by hogdriver | The U.S. Navy's USS George Washington aircraft carrier takes part in joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea in the West Sea November 29, 2010…

Iowa Aviation Museum - Virtual Globetrotting - Description: The Iowa Aviation Museum is located at the Greenfield Municipal Airport in Greenfield, Iowa, and is dedicated to preserving Iowa's aviation heritage. The Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame, located at the museum, honors Iowans who ...

Bellingham's Heritage Flight Museum takes to the sky to bring life to history - Bellingham Herald | BELLINGHAM - At the Heritage Flight Museum, you can stare at the folded wings of the L-13 Grasshopper parked in a hangar, read a little about the airplane ...

Hot air balloons fly in Sussex - CBC.ca | The sky over Sussex was dotted with hot air balloons Saturday in a tradition that brings friends from across North America to the southern New Brunswick ...

Forced landings just part of the fun - Wairarapa Times Age | Hobby: Ros Bruce, a member of the Wairarapa and Ruahine Aero Club, competing in the Cook Strait area rally at Hood Aerodrome on Saturday. ...

On This Day in Aviation History: November 29th – NYCAviation | 1987 - Korean Air Flight 858, a Boeing 707 flying from Baghdad to Seoul with a stop in Abu Dhabi, crashes off the coast of Burma, killing all 115 on board. ...


We Are Serious. And Don't Call Us Shirley! RIP, "Airplane" Star Leslie Nielsen
from Telstar Logistics by Telstar Logistics | Sad news from the Hollywood Bureau: The fog is gettng thicker. Actor Leslie Nielsen, the star of send-up comedies like "Airplane" and "The Naked Gun," has died. Entertainment Weekly recalls... The master of parody boasted a talent for delivering the most ridiculous lines in the straightest way possible, cloaking outright absurdity in straight-faced obliviousness… 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Air Zoo unveils expansion plan from General Aviation News 
Thanks to a grant, the Air Zoo is expanding with a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall addition to its Main Campus beginning this month. ...

Plane Talk - Plainview Daily Herald
... Mo., in the Beech E-90 King Air prop jet, then jumped into his Wittman Tailwind and flew to Taylor for the last air race of the year. ...

Tracking JF-17 Progress Information Post Zhuhai Air Show - GrandeStrategy
There is a lot of new information and data coming out after the recently concluded Zhuhai Air Show. The information is however presently only available to ...

Why I Flew my Hunter through Tower Bridge - 5th April 1968 by Flight Lieutenant Al Pollock - Al Pollock and Flypast Magazine
ALAN POLLOCK, the man who flew a Hunter Jet through the middle of Tower Bridge on April 5, 1968 has agreed to tell his own story exclusively to FlyPast.
His daredevil antics caused a storm of controversy at the time, but the Royal Air Force refused to court martial him, preferring, instead to have a Medical Board discharge him.
He was not court martialled, he claims, because his outspoken views on the fighting effectiveness of the Royal Air Force and the lack of RAF 50th anniversary flying celebrations in l968, might provide embarassing publicity.
It has also since transpired that his one-man anniversary display inadvertently co-incided with the recently exposed 'coup plot' against Prime Minister Harold Wilson's Labour Government.
Now, for the first time since the incident, he has agreed to reveal why he made his incredible flight, which captured the country's imagination and describe his fascinating personal account of that fateful day. ...
   
The Anatomy Of A U-2 Space Suit by Airboyd.tv
Courtesy: 380th Air Expeditionary Wing

110 Inch Aircraft Tire Test (1945) by Airboyd.tv
Aircraft Wheel Inertia Drag Loads, Drag Load Test on 110-inch S. C. Airplane Tire. Air Technical Service Command Wright-Patterson AFB OH 19 APR 1945

Formation flight Sunday. B-36s from Planeshots
More formation flights:  Sabres, Vampires, Mustangs and Liberators, Canberras, TBD-1s,  and more

Sunday Fantasy - xplanes

Avro Vulcan Spectacular Take Off from Military Photos 

10 Must See Aviation Music Videos from Plastic Pilot 
Lucky you, I spent hours searching for the best videos combining aviation and music, and here are my 10 favorites.
Be careful with the first one, it is sticky and addictive. And the last one… Well, have fun looking at them. ...

Collection : Skydiving Santa from poststar.com

Ariane-5 Launched from Kourou Spaceport from Spaceports 
On 26 November Ariane V198, an Ariane 5 version, two telecom satellites: Intelsat 17 and Hylas-1, from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana at Kourou. The flawless launch delivered Hylas-1, ESA's first public--private partnership in a full satellite system, into space. The satellite was released into its transfer orbit after  ...

Americans in Orbit: 50 Years (in 2012) from Spaceports 
Americans in Orbit - 50 Years is working to inspire students to pursue careers in space exploration, aerospace engineering, and space science. Interesting educational project is also on Facebook.

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Indy Transponder 28-NOV-2010 1430z

Vintage aircraft focus of possible TV series - Plain Dealer ... Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton earlier this year for a fly-in of B-25 bombers to commemorate the famed Doolittle Raiders of World War II. ...

Miramar Air Show 2010 : Shez Photography by Bryan | So instead the audience got to see the slowest plane at the air show, an Antonov An-2 biplane. This plane is massive for a single engine aircraft and yet it can take off from distance as short as 170 meters (558 feet). ...

Air museum opens hands-on learning facility - The Desert Sun | The Palm Springs Air Museum welcomed a new addition on Nov. 20, as the Major General Ken Miles Aviation Science Center opened its doors for the first time. ...

DVD Review: Royal International Air Tattoo 2010 from Flightline UK | Produced by Adrenalin Television, available from airtattoo.com priced £16.95 (Collectors Edition £24.95, Standard Edition Blu-Ray £24.95, Collectors Edition Blu-Ray £35) The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the biggest annual airshow in the country in terms of participating aircraft and one of the largest military airshows in the world.  With that size, the RIAT has set high standards for airshow organisation. Those high standards are reflected in this production which is produced with high quality High Definition broadcast standard equipment. The camera-work is mostly superb, though the opening display coverage of the Swedish Air Force Gripen is noticeably shaky in comparison to the rest of the footage and other productions…

Exercise Vega 2010 @ Decimomannu airbase – part 2 from David Cenciotti's weblog - the most visited Italian Aviation Blog by David Cenciotti | Below, more shots by Giovanni Maduli during Exercise Vega 2010 at Decimomannu airbase. Pictures were taken on both Nov. 24, and Nov. 25, 2010, during the Media Day that was organized by the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF). More pictures will be published in the next days. Part 1 can be found here here.

Weekend Wings #37: The F-111 Aardvark, Part 1 from Bayou Renaissance Man by Peter | On Thursday, December 3rd, 2010, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will officially retire its remaining General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark strike aircraft. The date will mark the end of more than four decades of service for this remarkable plane. The F-111's story is so complex that we can't possibly do it justice in a single Weekend Wings article. I'll therefore break the story into two parts. This article will examine the genesis of the program, and focus on the new and complex technologies that went into it. The second instalment, next weekend, will discuss the aircraft's development and operational career, and the numerous variants that were produced…

Steve McQueen bio published from General Aviation News by Janice Wood | Did you know that Steve McQueen was a pilot who flew antique planes? That and more is revealed in a new biography on the star, "Steve McQueen: The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon," by Marshall Terrill. Read more...

Racing for glory - Miles M2L Hawk Six by shortfinals | In the 1930s,  Charles Phillips and Jack Powis formed Phillips & Powis Aircraft at Woodley, near Reading, Berkshire following a chance meeting with Frederick G. Miles, an up-and-coming aircraft designer. Miles joined the company, and so did his wife Blossom (Maxine) and his brother Herbert, and was soon turning out wooden touring, club and racing aircraft of startling efficiency and performance…

"Aircraft Crossing" UCAP #213 from Uncontrolled Airspace: General Aviation Podcast | The boys gather for one of their early morning hangar flying sessions. They talk about a different kind of through-the-fence operation... Jack gets a new toy... and, there's gonna be a book! Uncontrolled Airspace #213 "Aircraft Crossing"...

Miracles Happen When Pilots are Involved from Flight To Success by Karlene Petitt | With only a month until the Centennial of Women Pilots comes to a close--- I wasn't sure if we could pull off an event on such short notice. The event: December 5th FREE FLIGHT in honor of the FLY IT FORWARD campaign. Then miracles began to happen--- thanks to pilots…

Airships for the 21st Century « Aerospace Blog ... these new vehicles are being designed to lift heavy payloads, remain aloft for weeks or even months at a time, and fly without pilots—all while expending far less energy than a conventional airplane or unmanned aerial vehicle. ...

November 28 from Cut and Paste Aviation by KenInfinite…

On This Day in Aviation History: November 28th NYCAviation | 1987 - South African Airways Flight 295, a Boeing 747-200 Combi, crashes into the Indian Ocean as the result of a fire, killing all 159 on board. ...

How A Top Secret Program Restored American Air Superiority from Aviation Trivia of the Day by JP Santiago | At the height of the Vietnam War, the skies were filled with technologically-advanced American aircraft from both the US Navy and the USAF, yet the air battles were a thread-bare echo of past glories in the 1950s skies over Korea's MiG Alley. By 1967 the Navy had a kill ratio of only 3.7 to 1 (3.7 MiG kills for every Navy fighter lost to a MiG) and the USAF was even worse, with a kill ratio of only 2.2 to 1…

A row of AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopters - US Army Sky Soldiers from Helikopter Hysterie - The Helicopter Blog by Axel | In one of our earlier posts we showed a black US Army AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter. In the old picture it's hard to judge the actual size of this machine. Today I have another view from the same event, where you see quite a few of the AH-1s parked in a row waiting for their turn. Look at the full size image and check out the crew relative to the choppers. That should put it into perspective. You can also go on a ride in an AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter for about $450 per 15 minutes. Follow the link for details…

Final Flight - MSGT Leland Haynes

Submitted by TD Barnes, President Roadrunners Internationale

It is my sad duty to inform the Blackbird family of the loss of one of our finest. Last night Leland Haynes, 69, departed on his final flight due to complication of recovery from surgery. Leland was a personal friend to many of us and his departure creates a void in our family impossible to fill.

Leland's service to his country, the Air Force, and the SR-71 Blackbird family did not stop when he retired and folded away his blues. Leland purchased an old Commodore 64 computer and challenged the cyber world where he became a master webmaster dedicated to recording for history the legacies of the men and women who served their country maintaining and flying the SR-71 Blackbird.

Leland retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant. He served on the Blackbird from 1969 to 1974, serving for five years in the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (SAC) at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, California. His job was to maintain, inspect, launch and recover the SR-71 Blackbird. From the moment he found out he was to be assigned to the secret Blackbird, to the day he left the organization, it was a love affair to last a lifetime. To Leland, each and every launch was a sight to behold. The awesome fact that he was about to launch the worlds fastest air-breathing and highest flying aircraft in the world redefined, to him, the meaning of responsibility.

As his tenure with the 9th SRW was about to end, Leland was informed that his plane, Article 64-17972 was to make a New York to London speed record attempt. He arrived in Farnborough, England in August of 1974, to receive the aircraft as it landed.  To end his distinguished career in the USAF on this note was about as high a recognition possible for a job well done.

Leland didn't stop with just the Air Force's SR-71 - he adopted the CIA A-12 Blackbird family that preceded the SR-71, working with the Roadrunner staff and webmaster to record their legacy as well. It was common at both the A-12 Roadrunners and the SR-71 HABU reunions to see both of the organization's webmasters, Leland and Roadrunner webmaster T.D. Barnes sitting side by side to show the presentation that they had jointly prepared for the event.

The Blackbirds are no longer flying, so if you hear a rumbling sonic boom and see a Mach 3+ plane at 85,000 jettisoning a bit of fuel to drop a contrail, you'll know it is Leland still doing what he loved to do, except now it is God flying his plane.

Funeral arrangements and updates will be posted on the Roadrunner Website at: http://roadrunnersinternationale.com/final_flight.html.

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Updated 12/2 - TD Barnes did this video for the services:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Indy Transponder 27-NOV-2010 2345z

Snowbirds could take flight over Royal Victoria Yacht Club - Saanich News
Approval was also requested to allow for a demonstration by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, who could fly as low as 500 feet (152 m) over Oak Bay. ...

X-15 Pilot Joe Walker Inducted Into Nevada Aerospace Hall Of Fame http://airboyd.tv Courtesy: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center This movie clip shows Dryden pilot Joe Walker in the X-15. The late NASA research pilot and X-15 rocket plane astronaut Joseph Walker was among eight aerospace pioneers who were inducted into ...
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EAA is already planning next summer's convention - WKBT
Hoover is enjoyed a legendary air show and air racing career after flying 59 missions in World War II and escaping a prisoner of war camp by commandeering a ...

Airsho 2010 - CAF Warbirds from MILAVIA 
Between Midland and Odessa in Texas, the Midland International Airport hosted the 2010 Airsho of the Commemorative Air Force on October 9-10. The large CAF collection of warbirds was joined by the last surviving B-29 Super Fortress. More than 90 photos of the warbirds and modern military jets.

Comox Air Force Museum from Airline Pilot Central Forums 
My husband and I spent Thanksgiving driving in the snow and ice to get to the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Today, after a wonderful spa experience, we drove on to the Comox Air Force Museum, which is situated at the entrance of CFB Comox.
This museum has the most interesting exhibits dedicated to the Canadian Air Force and all her accomplishments from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and they are working on Kandahar. It specifically is the repository of all things from 19 Wing. ...

Entrepreneur’s Dreams Take Flight from Aviation Blogs 
To say Richard ‘Coop’ Cooper loves to fly is an understatement.
The Mississauga businessman says he feels like he’s in withdrawal if he hasn’t flown one of his vintage planes across the blue skies of the city at least once a week.
“Until I started flying, I never understood addiction at all,” said Cooper, who’s also an Honorary Snowbird, inducted into the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in 2006. “Now, I get it. Flying is addictive.”

Making the Ship Go Faster from J Clark 
... On the proverbial dark and stormy night, a Tomcat crew lost an engine on the catshot. The pilot and his radar intercept officer (RIO) executed all of their immediate action procedures and cleaned up the airplane for single-engine operations. Then they headed for the marshal stack where they had to hold until all the other airborne aircraft were safely aboard the carrier. ...

Graf Zeppelin film “Farewell” available online until December 6, 2010
from Airships: A Hindenburg and Zeppelin History Site 
The Dutch film “Farewell” can be viewed in its entirely (in English with Dutch subtitles) at the following URL between now and 01:35 on December 7, 2010:
http://beta.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1013339
“Farewell” is a fictional account of Lady Grace Drummond Hay’s experience on the 1929 Round-the-World voyage of the LZ-127 Graf Zeppelin. ...

Giant flying aircraft carrier concept from Grover Loening. Art... from x planes
Joseph J. Leray, Inventor, 1933 from x planes

Dallas Historical Society reopens 'Remembering Tom Landry' exhibit at Fair Park - Dallas Morning News
... memorabilia from the University of Texas, where he played for the Longhorns; medals earned when he was a B-17 co-pilot during World War II; ...

Top 5 Fighter Planes Under development from Defence Aviation 
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine stealth multirole fighters. After entering service it would be considered as the  most advanced fighter aircraft in the world, performing ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions.
The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), integrates advanced very low observable ...

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Miles O'Brien Looks at Private Space Flight from Spaceports 
Judy Woodruff of PBS looks at the future of space exploration with the NewsHour's Science Correspondent Miles O'Brien. The segment reviews the retirement of the space shuttle system and the post-shuttle era. The Washington Post provides a summary of the private sector efforts now underway. ...

IMAGE: Space Aircraft X-34 hangar at Edwards Air Force Base - CAVOK
Yesterday we disclose here the interest of NASA , the American space agency, in putting the project of development of reusable spacecraft X-34 on active duty. It was then that our collaborator in the U.S., Bernardo Malfitano, sent us a picture taken last year during a visit ...

X-37B Secret Space Plane To Land Soon from Slashdot 
Phoghat writes "The highly classified X-37B Space Plane is scheduled to land soon. It was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on April 22 atop an Atlas 5 rocket, and the Air Force is still being very secretive on all aspects of the flight. We do know that it's set to touch down at Vandenberg Air Force Base's 15,000-foot runway, originally built for the Space Shuttle program. In many ways, the craft resembles a Shuttle with ...

Early signups for Space Adventures/Armadillo flights from RLV and Space Transport News
Space Adventures says they have "more than 100 reservations" for rides on the Armadillo Aerospace space tourism vehicle: Space tourism becomes big business, attracts Silicon Valley figures like Google's Sergey Brin - San Jose Mercury News.

Russia will invest $ 2 billion in garbage space
Russian space agency unveiled plans to create satellite system to remove the dying and leaving the area cleaner ...

Soyuz TMA-19 with 3 crew on board lands in Kazakhstan
Um russo e dois norte-americanos permaneceram por mais de cinco meses na Estação Espacial Internacional A Russian and two Americans remained for more than five months on the International Space Station ....


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The Perfect First Flight - Discover Moose Jaw | The Snowbirds will be providing fly-overs for both events. It will be Regina native and new Snowbird pilot Captain Denis Bandet first flight with the team. ...

Now for something slightly older - Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion from http://www.aafo.com/ Some misc. photos taken by my father at an earlier version of Reno. For those who know, a couple of these did not race. The biplane flying shot is labled "An Englishman doing crazy flying" Seems like a 1942 Interstate Cadet is carrying on a very old tradition! Some things have not changed in 70 years!...

Survey: Why Aren't More Women In Aviation? from AVwebFlash Current Issue | A two-year study has identified barriers that stop women from learning to fly and produced suggestions to increase the number of female pilots. The study was performed by Penny Hamilton, Ph.D., and included 296 surveys or personal interviews, women pilots and student pilots, females who did not complete their flight training, and instructors of both genders. Dr. Hamilton used her research to produce a list of the top 10 barriers that stop women from flying and the top 10 ways to increase female success in general aviation. Topping the list of deterrents was one that anecdotally appears universal -- a lack of money for flight training. Dr. Hamilton addressed gender specific recommendations to counter "instructor-student communication incompatibility (Mars vs. Venus)," a lack of readily available female mentors, certain perceived gaps in experience and skill sets and more…

Ashley Balinski - Appleton Post Crescent | Her volunteer activities include working during the EAA AirVenture in the KidVenture tent, participating in Student Council, and working as a volunteer at ...

Mosquito Restoration on Track for Spring Flight. from Planenews Aviation News Portal by gil | The restoration of a flyable de Havilland Mosquito is on track for completion in spring 2011. With remains rescued from a Canadian farm, the aircraft is undergoing an extensive rebuild in New Zealand and would be the only flying copy of this WW II fighter-bomber in the world. The Mosquito is mostly a wooden aircraft, which gives it a great speed advantage over its competitors and adversaries. Rebuilding a wooden warbird, however, is not a speedy process since much of the original aircraft had to be thrown away and built from scratch, including the tools and equipment required for the restoration…

Bellingham's Heritage Flight Museum takes to the sky to bring life to history - TheNewsTribune.com | His favorite piece of aviation history is the Grasshopper, he said. "There's only two of them left in the world in the original condition," Paden said. ...


A Tiger from Down Under! by shortfinals | The DH82A seen here, at the Great Vintage Flying Weekend, Keevil, is that rare survivor, an Australian Tiger Moth. It became obvious to the Royal Air Force, as soon as the Second World War broke out, that the supply of Tiger Moths from UK sources (including Morris Motors of Cowley) would be insufficient…

Evergreen Supertanker Demonstration   from TAKEOFF TUBE by (USA_Spotter) The Evergreen Supertanker showed impressive results during the U.S. Forest Service administered grid tests earlier this year. From high, medium and low coverage levels, the Supertanker showed it provides quality, consistent retardant line construction…

Majestic Rotors from PPRuNe Forums by Earl of Rochester | An opportunity for Rotorheads to showcase the best you have, or have seen, of rotary wing images. Dedicated to aviation photographers the world over who provide us with a window into the world we love but who's efforts often go unmentioned. Earl

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U2 - on the road from Aviation News - Airplane-Pictures.net | The band U2 have been using Airbus A319 as a tour bus during their U2 360° Tour of New Zealand and Australia…

Alliance Air Show « FionaLorne Photography by fionalornephotography

Hustler in Colour from Military Photos by Duggy - Enjoy:

Sukhoi from Defence Aviation by Madhu Mailankody | Sukhoi , the major Russian Aircraft manufacturer known for its combat aircrafts was founded by Pavel Sukhoi in 1939 and it was called, The Sukhoi Design Bureau. Presently  it is known as Sukhoi Corporation and its company headquarters is located in Moscow , Russia. The Sukhoi Corporation has a strong market hold in defense and aerospace industry in Russia. Over 29,000 people are employed by them and about half of Russia's current tactical air power is due to contributions of Sukhoi…

Grumman's Biggest Cat in World War II from Aviation Trivia of the Day by JP Santiago | In early 1941 the United States Navy issued a requirement to Grumman for development of a large twin-engined fighter powered by twin Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engines of 2,100 horsepower each. The Double Wasp was used on the Navy's other two fighters under development at the time, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair- two such engines offered a tremendous leap in performance for what the Navy designated the F7F…

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Services set for Buck Rigg, 8th Air Force Museum founding director - Shreveport Times
Under Rigg's leadership, the museum acquired its bomber collection, which aside from the B-29 includes a World War II-era B-17 and B-24, and Cold War-era ...

 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation from photorecon.net
The Centennial of Naval Aviation is a historic milestone. From its humble beginning in 1911, the Navy’s flight program has grown to become a guardian of freedom for America and its allies. It has succeeded because of the hard work and dedication of men and women who are willing to continually challenge themselves and, if [...]
  
Alva Pilot Tells How She Won Air Race 2010 - Southwest Florida
Terry Carbonell, local pilot and winner of the Women's Air Race Classic 2010 was interviewed at the Airplane Owner's And Pilot's Association convention in ...

The Battle of Britain Airshow Duxford September 2010 DVD & Blu-ray [JPress]
from PlanesTV (BETA) - Aviation Action 
A big show that will go down in history; the 16 Spitfire formation and tailchase was entralling. Our powerful lenses, stereo sound and in-cockpit cameras in 2 of the Spitfires faithfully reproduce the emotions we all felt on the day.

THE FLY HIGH by Joseph Mariggiò
The Air Force celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Italian acrobatic team with a rally in Looking in the province of Udine, eleven and 12 September. With about seventy men, including officers and noncommissioned officers (among them may soon be a woman) and ten aircraft (including nine in training and solo), the Tricolour Arrows represent, in ...

Vintage aircraft coming to Key Largo - Boston Globe
... a 1942 Boeing Stearman, a 1943 North American AT-6, and nearly 30 additional vintage planes, all of which will participate in an air show Dec. ...

WWII recruit was gunning for action - ReporterHerald.com
He flew 30 official missions as a waist gunner in a B-17 with the 340th Bomb Squadron, 97th Bomber Group of the 15th Air Force. Henry, born and raised in ...

Seven years after final flight, doors close on Filton's Concorde from Things with Wings 
Seven years ago today Concorde made its last ever flight, and there is some sad news about the very aircraft that made that flight.
Now preserved at Airbus’s Filton plant near Bristol, British Airways Concorde G-BOAF will not be reopened to the public when it comes out of a maintenance and preservation programme this winter. However it will be  ...

the Nord 600 very large transport concept, circa 1966 from x planes

New Mexico flavoring in South Florida’s aviation history from Travel for Aircraft 
Don Boyd is a man with boundless energy and is insanely devoted to aviation as well as the history of the Miami Springs area. You can see for yourself at here the dozens and dozens of photos, all carefully cataloged in folders, of the area as well as its aviation history.
The area has always been significantly involved in aviation with Glenn Curtiss, Amelia Earhart and Eastern  ...

Presidential phone call from AF.mil Photos
Senior Airman Nicole Kazimer, a C-130 Hercules loadmaster assigned to the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron at an air base in Southwest Asia, speaks to President Barack Obama on the telephone Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2010. One of a handful of servicemembers chosen from U.S. Central Command to talk with the president, Airman Kazimer regularly flies combat airlift missions that deliver troops and supplies to locations across Southwest Asia.

High-flying girl: West Lakeland teen takes to the skies, not the roads - Stillwater Gazette
After going up for the first time solo on her birthday - 16 is the youngest an aviator can be alone at the controls - Jessica plans to get her pilot's ...
   
Q&A: Indy astronaut David Wolf - Indianapolis Star
David Wolf, 54, discusses his STS-127 mission during a pre-flight press conference last year in Houston. Wolf was discussing how the crew would install a ...


The Real Story Behind NASA’s Resurrected Space Plane from Danger Room 
The aviation and space press buzzed last week with the news that NASA had quietly moved its two long-grounded X-34 space planes from open storage at the space agency’s Dryden center — located on Edwards Air Force Base in California — to a test pilot school in the Mojave Desert. At the desert facility, the mid-’90s-vintage, robotic X-34s would be inspected to determine if they were capable of flying again. It  ...

Mexicana Airline Flight Attendants Strip Down For Calendar To Raise Money After Bankruptcy Filings from Aviation Blogs 
When their airline filed for bankruptcy in August, a few dedicated stewardesses did what no high-priced executive would do: stripped down to raise some dough.

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Council To Hear Air Show Date Recommendation - The Dispatch | OCEAN CITY – The Tourism Advisory Board will come before the Mayor and City Council next month to recommend the OC Air Show be held the second weekend of ...

Win a day with Leon Haslam and The Blades - Motorcycle News ... is offering youb the chance to win a day with World Superbike rider Leon Haslam and fly with the UK's premier civilian aerobatic team – The Blades. ...

Childhood dream comes true for Windsor's Snowbird - Windsor Star | A Windsor-born pilot is now a member of Canada's pride of the skies -- the Snowbird squadron. ...

Norman to be at the Flying Show: NEC Birmingham from Autogyro circumnavigation of the globe by The GYROX Team | The annual 'Flying Show' is to be held in hall 12 at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK, on Saturday 27th November 2010. It is the UK's biggest indoor show covering the whole spectrum of lightweight sport flying, from simple paraglider canopies to 'hotship' composite microlights capable of cruising at 130kts or more, and all with the great emphasis on affordability…

Cottesmore 24th Nov – Harriers Back from the boat (images) from PPRuNe Forums by Man-on-the-fence | At the risk of getting a load of abuse for being a lowly spotter I thought some of you might like to see these. Probably my final visit to RAF Cottesmore , my hope was to get the special tailed examples as they came back from the Boat. I was treated to some of the best light I have seen here and some of the coldest temperatures as well.

SLIDESHOW: Boeing's Plant-2 comes down on the Duwamish River leaving a rich ... Westseattleherald.com
Boeing's historic Plant-2 building, once churning out hundreds of B-17 Flying Fortresses a year in its heyday that helped win WWII is now a ...

John Goff: First to fly? A new look at Salem's aviation past - Salem Gazette | Inventor James Tytler (1745-1804), who lived his final years in Salem, was Scotland's and Britain's first aviator. He made grand balloon ascents above ...

World's most travelled man reaches 15 million miles from FlyerTalk Forums by robledouk | A British man who currently holds the record for travelling the most miles around the world has reached a new landmark - 15 million mile. 70-year-old Fred Finn, who has spent 52 years exploring the globe, has visited 139 countries and took 718 flights on Concorde while it was active. These numbers not only make him the world's most travelled man, but also give him the record for the most journeys taken aboard Concorde planes…

Second Generation Antiques from Antique Airfield News | The AAA has always welcomed and encouraged those with homebuilt aircraft to participate in it's activities. AAA founder/President Robert Taylor is an early member of the EAA (M-839). EAA founder Paul Poberezny is a lifetime member of the AAA and is a regular participant at the AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in…

Which cities should get the retiring space shuttles? [Space Shuttle] from io9 by Alasdair Wilkins | As the holiday season kicks into high gear, a few cities are scrambling for one of the biggest gifts imaginable: a space shuttle. Now that the shuttles are retiring, it's time to decide their final homes. More »

Science facility new to museum - The Desert Sun | The Palm Springs Air Museum welcomed a new addition Saturday, as the Major General Ken Miles Aviation Science Center opened its doors for the first time. ...

Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger from Planeshots:

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