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Reports show tornado touched down during Sun 'N Fun event - Central Florida News 13 | Strong storms and at least four confirmed tornado sightings have swept through Polk County, causing major damage, minor injuries, and the cancelation of the Sun 'n Fun event for the day. Police said strong winds blew through at noon, causing a large ...

Sun n Fun storm damage  from AOPA Live: Latest videos from AOPA Live | Sun 'n Fun President John Burton's press conference on the devastating storm that struck the fly in.

SUN ‘n FUN responds to crisis  from General Aviation News by Drew Steketee | “The most amazing thing that has happened at SUN ‘n FUN,” said event president John Burton late Thursday, March 31 after “a tornado, a micro-burst, I don’t know” swept through the Lakeland, Florida, fly-in and air show. Local media reported multiple tornadoes north and south of the Lakeland area during the day including the major hit on Lakeland-Linder Airport at noontime.  Read more...

Tornado at Sun n Fun 2011 from photorecon.net | Sun n Fun this year had some unusually bad weather.  It was rare event, but people had some problems getting past weather to get to the show.  Thus we were short some acts for the airshow on Opening Day on Tuesday.   The air show on Wednesday was cancelled because of a storm that was moving [...]

Bad News from Sun ‘n Fun 2011  from Leaving Terra Firma by Matt | I’d like to start out by saying that I hope everything works out as best it can for everyone that is actually at Sun ‘n Fun. From what I understand, some severe storms and potentially a tornado tore through the airport there earlier today. According to the event staff, no major injuries were reported and, pending clean up today, the event should resume as close to planned as possible…

"Purple Radar Echos" UCAP #230-bravo  from Uncontrolled Airspace: General Aviation Podcast | UCAP Daily! Jack & Dave are joined by Dave Shallbetter to share their experience of the big SnF storm of 2011.

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Sun-n-fun Tornado  from VAF Forums by BigJohn | Here are a few photos that I took immediately after the disaster at Sun-n-fun. This is just a small portion of the damage. We took refuge in one of the big steel hangars near the Van's tent, which somehow survived with Mitch Lock and possibly other Van's folks inside.

Red Arrows confirm Windermere Air Festival show - News & Star | The Red Arrows have confirmed that they will attend this year's Windermere Air Festival in July. Squadron Leader Graeme Bagnall, who is Red 10, is the team's commentator and on the ground safety supervisor. ...

All-female F-15 crew  from AF.mil Photos | Maj. Tracy Schmidt, Capt. Leigh Larkin, Maj. Christine Mau and Capt. Jennifer Morton pose for the camera before their mission March 29, 2011, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Schmidt is a 389gh Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, Larkin is a 389th ESF weapons system officer, Mau is a 455th Expeditionary Wing executive officer and F-15 pilot and Morton is a 389th EFS weapon system officer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sheila deVera)

Harrier crashes off ship - An AV-8B Harrier jump jet crashed Tuesday in the Gulf of Aden shortly after taking off from the amphibious assault ship Boxer, military officials told Marine Corps Times…

Aerospace legend Burt Rutan ready for a landing - Los Angeles Times | Burt Rutan's aviation design career has included numerous firsts in flight, including Voyager and SpaceShipOne. “I'm leaving the best job in the world,” says aeronautical engineer Burt Rutan, 67, who has worked for more than 45 years in the desolate ... and more »

HondaJet Has Achieved a Maximum Speed of 425 KTAS at 30,000 Ft.  from Planenews Aviation News by gil | The first FAA-conforming HondaJet has achieved a maximum speed of 425 KTAS at 30,000 ft., surpassing Honda's performance guarantee of 420 KTAS for the production aircraft.

Museum expansion cleared for takeoff - Monroe News Star | Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers. Museum director Nell Calloway said that in the past three years, many visitors have asked permission to look at the old planes which had been parked next door to the museum, but because of safety concerns she had ... and more »

Chennault museum snips ribbon on restoration building - Monroe News Star | It will be restored to become a replica of an aircraft flown by General Claire Chennault and the Flying Tigers and to be enjoyed by museum visitors. Museum director Nell Calloway said that in the past three years, many visitors have asked permission to ... and more »

Naval Aviation: A gallant aviator makes his mark on history - Pensacola Business Journal | On Oct. 25, 1912, now-Ensign Chevalier reported to the aviation camp at Annapolis, Md., to begin the process of learning to fly, eventually receiving the designation of Naval Aviator No. 7. A member of the First Aeronautic Detachment, ...

Aviation Museum Strives to Survive Amid Base Closure - Patch.com | Theresa Katalinas For more than 25 years the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association has worked to preserve pieces of aviation history at its Wings of Freedom Museum. Now, the nonprofit, volunteer-run group is trying to preserve its own future ...

Group that maintains WWII planes scrambling to fund fire sprinklers for South ... - Greenfield Daily Reporter | The Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force has leased the hangar from the city since 1971. Without the events, "it would be hard to pick up that kind of cash flow someplace else," wing leader Amy Lauria told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. ...

First cruise missile — Kettering’s Bug  from Travel for Aircraft by travelforaircraft - Powered and controlled aviation began in the early years of the 20th century and aircraft rapidly evolved through WW I becoming large and with multiple engines — even flying onto and off of water. Glenn Curtiss had plans to have the first aircraft design to fly across the Atlantic with the America* — a Curtiss Model H — in 1914, barely a decade after the first controlled flight under power by the Wright Brothers in 1903. Cruise missiles also had their start in WW I with the Kettering Aerial Torpedo, more popularly known as the “Kettering Bug”, which could deliver a 180 lb (81kg) warhead to a target 75 miles (120km) away.

Operation Teaball: Network-Centric Real-Time Intelligence During Vietnam  from Tails Through Time by JP Santiago | In past blog posts I've discussed some of the measures taken by the military to reverse the decline in air combat proficiency in the skies over Vietnam. This past November I had blogged about the origins of Red Flag as well as the top secret USAF program to obtain and fly MiGs. Back in March I wrote about the US Navy's own efforts that began with the Ault Report. While these were all steps that would benefit fighter pilots in the skies over Vietnam, there was another effort that took place that has received scant attention in the history books and presaged today's military buzzword of "network-centric" warfare. Between the bombing halt of 1968 and the start of the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive in 1972, air combat over North Vietnam was nearly non-existent…

Area man fulfills dream to fly, overcomes obstacles - Killeen Daily Herald | 27, 1929, and his first job was delivering the Saturday Evening Post and Liberty Magazine to people on his route. He learned to deal with obstacles early on. His mother died in 1940 from heart disease, and he and his brother were raised by their ...

Air Force Week in Photos  from Air Force Link Top Stories by afnews@dma.mil  | This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.  View the slideshow.  more...

SpaceX: Something Big (and Heavy) is Coming  from Discovery News - Top Stories by Ian O'Neill | SpaceX has released a teaser video promoting something "big" that will be announced on Tuesday. We know what it is…

Hong Kong Airlines Orders Boeing 747-8  - It is a classic case of the cat jumping out of the bag, or it is a teaser like they did for the Qatar Airways 787 order. Whatever it is, Boeing’s own newairplane.com website has now confirmed what was a strong rumor during this year’s Asian Aerospace expo – Hong Kong Airlines will order the Boeing 747-8…
 

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