Monday, January 31, 2011

Indy Transponder 31-JAN-2011 1700z

Al Ain aerobatic show faces potential weather blow - Arabian Aerospace | High winds and unseasonal rain are threatening the famous Al Ain International Aerobatic air show which is due to formally open on Wednesday. ...

Al Ain Aerobatic Show - Official Website

Lowestoft air show in fund-raising drive - Norwich Evening News | The organisers of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival have launched a fundraising drive to help make the 2011 show a big success after suffering a £40000 ...

Daly, Walsh, Page for Red Nose Day stunts - Digital Spy | ... be paragliding with nothing but a parachute. Gavin & Stacey actress Page is going to perform loop-the-loops and barrel rolls during an aerobatic flight.

AeroIndia 2011 to Highlight Global Cooperation in Aerospace Technologies - Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report | Organized by the Ministry of Defense, AeroIndia 2011 a biennial Air Show is scheduled to take place from the 9th to 13th of February 2011. ...

Vintage aircraft on display at Marco Airport through Wednesday - Marco Island Sun Times | On display are the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII heavy bomber, consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII heavy bomber, and P-51 Mustang ...

SFO museum preserves and celerates aviation history - India Infoline.com | The collection focuses on air transport with an emphasis on the West Coast and the Pacific region. Exhibitions, research services, and educational programs ...

Man finds brother's WWII bracelet on website - Towanda Daily Review | Stephen A. Payer was 19 when he died, shot down in a B-17 bomber as it flew outside of Berlin, Germany. The Payers never received complete details about ...

Aviation Authors Convene At 2011 WAI Conference from Aero-News Network | Gathering Is Being Held In Reno In February Aviation authors and their devoted readers will be mixing and mingling during the 22nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference which will be held on February 24-26, 2011, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

Antique Airplane Association wins protracted legal battle from General Aviation News  | What started as a simple Freedom of Information Act request in August 2002 from the Antique Airplane Association’s Brent Taylor for drawings and data on the Fairchild 45 became a protracted legal battle that has wound its way to the U.S, Supreme Court and back to the lower courts. But it’s finally over, Taylor reports, noting a summary judgment by U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina could foreshadow easier access to Approved Type Certificate (ATC) drawings and data held by the FAA for those restoring antique and classic aircraft. ...

Today in Aviation History – January 31 from Calgary Recreational and Ultralight Flying Club 

Cadet who lost leg keeps piloting dream alive from Air Force Times | SAN ANTONIO — Cadet Matt Pirrello would jump out of an airplane again in a heartbeat. And he hopes to get that chance someday.

Air Force Back To The Track As NASCAR Sponsor from Aero-News Network | USAF Logo Will Adorn Petty Motorsports #43 Car Air Force recruiting officials announced Jan. 21 that they are renewing the NASCAR partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 car for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Flying Hillbillies take to the skies (video) - Charleston Gazette | Every year they hold a few "fun flies" and a fundraising air show for a Putnam County organization. Club members Dave Ellis (left), Mike Spencer and Jerry ...

Well-grounded in aviation - Salina Journal
He is a member of the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance, which "promotes getting women into this business," he said. ...

40-Yrs Ago: Apollo 14 to the Moon from Spaceports | Forty years ago today, the Apollo 14 Saturn V took to space from Cape Kennedy, Florida for the third human landing mission to the Moon. Commander Alan Shepard, Command Module Pilot Stuart Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell launched on their nine-day mission on January 31, 1971. Shepard and Mitchell made their lunar landing on February 5 in the Fra Mauro formation; this had originally been the target of the aborted Apollo 13 mission. ...


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Indy Transponder 31-JAN-2011 0300z

Air Show in El Salvador. - Demotix | 2011 Air Show, was held at Ilopango Airport, San Salvador city on Saturday. International and local pilots took part in a breathtaking display of acrobatics ...

Busy day on water for Auckland Anniversary - TVNZ | The Laneway music festival is also happening in Aotea Square. Off the water, the Red Checkers and Warbirds will fly over the city just after 11.00am.

Sky-high poetry takes wing - Wairarapa Times Age | Jeffrey Holman was in Masterton for the Wings Over Wairarapa airshow at Anniversary Weekend, and brought with him his new book of aviation-inspired poetry, ...

Formation flight Sunday. Thunderbirds from Planeshots

Final flight for Jim Poel - Travel for Aircraft | This weekend a family lost a good man, the aviation community lost an excellent pilot and the Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum lost a brave person willing to pilot the Albany Flyer replica. This aircraft is the Glenn Curtiss design from 1910 and its flight is what set American aviation on its way.
Jim Poel was piloting this aircraft last June when a crash occurred. He was severely injured and his fight for recovery had been going well. Recovery in these cases is a fight, make no mistake …

Celebrating a pioneering African American aviator from General Aviation News | On Feb.1, pioneering African American aviator Mildred Hemmons Carter will be saluted with a program honoring the 70th anniversary of the day she received her pilot’s license. The program will be held at 2 p.m. at the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center in Tuskegee, Ala. …

The "flying coffins" in German from fox2magazine
The Starfighter was the most spectacular fighting of the sixties: There was another aircraft that was so fast and went in such amount as the F -104 - but 116 German pilots killed him. The "flying coffin" is probably the biggest scandal of the aircraft postwar era and the aircraft was able to have a German loss of service without comparison. Nearly one in three German aircraft were pinned to the ground. ...

Circumnavigating the globe in a 182 - twice! by Steve | There are plenty of impressive aviation tales but this one certainly ranks up there with the best of them! Bob Gannon has flown his 182 around the world twice, landing in over 150 countries on all seven continents over the past decade. I can't even fathom having the nerve to consider such an adventure let alone actually doing it. What an incredible story!

DVD Review: Heart of Scotland Airshow 2010, Perth by Flightline UK | The charming Heart of Scotland Airshow at Perth was certainly a highlight of the season with it’s small, but very varied flying display over the picturesque Perthshire countryside. The weather for the weekend was …

DVD Review: Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow and Autumn Airshow 2010 by Flightline UK
… For this review, Flightline UK was supplied with the Blu-Ray edition in HD but more about that later. Apart from the content of the flying displays, this is a very interesting production because of the way it’s put …

WEF 2011 - MilCAP over Davos, Part 2 from AirSpace | Each year at the end of January, when you can see hundreds of photographers/Spotters hanging around Swiss Airfields, it is time for the WEF. Not a …

Red Flag Media Day 11-02 from photorecon.net | On January 25, 2011, Nellis Air Force Base Public Affairs hosted a media day for Red Flag    11-2.  Photorecon attended along with 38 other aviation photographers from all over the nation. Since 1975, Red Flag exercises have been taking place at Nellis Air Force Base, located in the desert north of Las Vegas, Nevada.  Red [...]

FlightTime Radio Show 159 from The FlightTime Radio Show | Milford and Charlie were at Craig Airport (KCRG) in Jacksonville for the EAA Chapter 193 Pancake and Egg Breakfast. Sky Harbor at Craig Airport is the Chapters new home and this was their House Warming Party! We had Brown Aircraft visiting the show. They filled us in on all of aviation services the provide. Check out their new web page, www.brownaircraft.com. Steve and Grant were back, reporting from Down Under! They had a new episode of Flying Down Under. Check it out...! They have a mate talking about Towel Dragging?!
Brandy Hofstetter-Newest Pilot from Welcome to Able Flight
It wasn't long ago that Brandy Hofstetter learned to drive, and it's been less than a year since she graduated from high school. Now the 18 year-old from New Jersey has an impressive addition to her list of achievements; she's Able Flight's newest pilot.  When she passed her checkride in early January she also became the fourth woman to earn a pilot certificate with an Able Flight Scholarship. To celebrate her remarkable achievement, the day after her flight test she took her mother and a friend on flights as her first passengers. ...

Happy birthday! Commander of International Space Station crew has present ... - Daily Mail | The commander of a six-person crew who are currently on the International Space Station (ISS) has had a special delivery today, ...

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Indy Transponder 30-JAN-2011 1530z

World's best pilots head to Al Ain airshow - The National | One of the world's leading military air display teams, the Turkish Stars, will also perform in Al Ain for the first time. The squadron features F-5 jets ...

Turkish Stars - Wikipedia | The Turkish Stars (Turkish: Türk Yıldızları) are the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force and the national aerobatics team of Turkey. The team was formed on November 7, 1992 and was named the Turkish Stars on January 11, 1993.  Turkish Stars fly with eight Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighters, making them one of the few national aerobatics teams to fly supersonic aircraft, and the only one with formations of eight supersonic jets. Twelve F-5s are available to the team. ...

Thunder in the Valley Air Show - Muscogee Moms | The 14th Annual Thunder in the Valley Air Show is coming! March 19-20, 2011 Gates open at 10:00 a.m. Pre-show from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Show from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Bring your family to the Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG) in Columbus ...

The Stunning Dubai Airshow 2011 - MB Publishing | Opportunities strike when you are in the right place, at the right time, which is why it’s important to be the part of the Dubai Air show. Dubai is all set to welcome the 12th edition of Dubai Airshow, 2011. The event will start from 13th November and last till 17th November, 2011 at the Dubai Airport Expo Center. The show will feature the latest aircraft and stunning aeronautical displays to the visitors during their Dubai holidays. ...

Chorley pupils enjoy a day with the Red Arrows - This Is Lancashire | A thrilling day with the RAF's Red Arrows team was the prize for four students from Southlands High School, Chorley who won a design prize. ...

Aerobatic Single Place Folding Wing Aircraft Makes First Flight - AvStop Aviation News
This folding-wing, aerobatic, sport pilot aircraft offers enhanced freedom and affordability, continuing the Sonex tradition of lowering the cost barriers ...

WW I Pilot Training – Air and Space Magazine Video
Shot at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas in 1917 and 1918, Aviation Training in the United States is a rare documentary record of World War I pilot training. In this slightly edited version of the silent film, cadets are shown working on airplane rigging inside a hangar; looking down on “targets” from a balcony-like Artillery Spotting Classroom; field-stripping a Lewis machine gun; making small plaster practice bombs using  …

Storch, Criquet Storch lightsport aircraft, experimental amateurbuilt light sport aircraft. from Calgary Recreational and Ultralight Flying Club | Dan Johnson and The Lightsport & Ultralight Flyer talk to Dennis Carley about his Criquet Storch WWII replica lightsport aircraft at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring Florida. ...

Lockheed Vega – Planeshots

Airacobra over New Guinea from Let Let Let - Warplanes | Splendid is the best word which can describe Eduard kit of the famous Bell P-39 Airacobra. As well this war machines served on various combat zones and flew under various flags, it is great source and …

Morane Saulnier 138 F-AZAJ - Passionate about aviation | … Appeared in 1927, the monoplane "umbrella" Morane-Saulnier 138, two-seater military training (pilot up front) fitted with a rotary engine and Gnome Rhone 9-cylinder delivering 80 hp. …

Klemm 35D SE-BGA from MRC Aviation  | A visit to Ardmore today, 30Jan, netted visiting Klemm 35D SE-BGA.  Sir Minty across at the NZCivair blog came across this World War 2 vintage machine being uncrated earlier in the week...

F-15D "Improved Baz" Israel air force from Flight Image of the Day | Today's image of the day comes from AirSpace photographer Xnir. His photo depicts an Israeli air force F-15D.  In F-15 news, the Israeli air force is to enhance an upgrade programme to its ...

Today in Aviation History – January 30 from Calgary Recreational and Ultralight Flying Club 

Museum hosts 'Space' exploration exhibit - North County Times | 1 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. (Courtesy photo) "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." Most Americans are familiar with ...


Indy Transponder 30-JAN-2011 0115z

Saudi Hawks Soar To Al Ain With New Awe-Inspiring Routines - PressReleaseNetwork.com | “The Saudi Hawks have proven to be one of the big draws to the Al Ain Aerobatic Show, and this year will be no exception,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, ...

Photos: Air Show at JASDF Gifu Airbase

Vintage aircraft display Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Marco Airport - Marco Island Sun Times
On display are the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII heavy bomber, consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII heavy bomber, and P-51 Mustang ...

How to Vote for CAF Awards 1/28/11- KOSA
Right now, the CAF which has participated in the 1991 with the B-17 Sentimental Journey has fallen into 6th place. To vote for the CAF commercial, ...

wings and women - HeraldNet | The B-25 Mitchell is a medium-sized bomber nicknamed Grumpy because the nose art was the likeness of one of the seven dwarfs from Disney's “Snow White,” ...

Before The Wright Flyer (via Rulers of Sky!)  from Calgary Recreational and Ultralight Flying Club | Man had always dreamed of flying in the sky like birds, so did the Wright Brothers. As we all know they are responsible for making a machine – the wright flyer – which, what we today know as an aircraft. But before Wright Brothers made their marvelous invention in 1903, their were several attempts made towards developing a stable, controlled and true "flying machines". History tells that many centuries before, attempts were made to fulfill man's … Read More

The ramming unit of the 4th Sentai from x planes | As the raids over Japan continued, Special Attack sections were formed within some fighter units, with the sole purpose of air-to-air ramming of B-29s. The art on the nose depicts the silhouette of a B-29, and tearing through one of the wings is the unit’s name: “Kaiten Tai”, which translates to “quaking the heavens”.  Although these men expected to die, nothing was certain in war. In February 1945, the Japanese military …

Overdue respect - Jerusalem Post | Americans returning from the fighting in Israel in 1948 and 1949 often did not speak about their activities for fear of being prosecuted for serving in a foreign army. It even took a presidential pardon in December 2008 from outgoing president George W. Bush to erase the stigma of a jail sentence for Charles Winters, who served 18 months in prison for selling three surplus B-17 bombers to Israel. Winters, a Christian, was the only American actually jailed for such activities. ...

The lion that never roared from fox2magazine |  It was the most ambitious project of the Israel Aircraft Industries: to design and develop a world class fighter from the beginning. The project »Arieh«, as it was known, was a plan for a military plane on a par with the top fighters of the era: the McDonnell Douglas F -15 and General Dynamics F -16.  Starting in late 1974, a small group of engineers worked on the IAI Arieh …

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Challenger Astronaut Ronald E. McNair's Legacy Honored - ABC News | A physicist recognized nationally for his work in the field of laser physics who was also notable for being the second African American to fly in space, ...
More Challenger Tributes are here.


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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Indy Transponder 29-JAN-2011 1530z

Annual Air Show takes off in Al Khor - Peninsula On-line | AL KHOR: The 4th annual Al Khor light aircraft show “Open Fly-In Day to Al Khor Airfield” got underway here yesterday and the event's ...

Hundreds of enthusiasts visit air show at Al Khor - Gulf Times | Besides the air-show, which also offers visitors to fly with pilots on short rides, various activities have also sprung up on the sidelines, ...

Centennial of Naval Aviation from Military Photos 

San Diego 'Parade of Flight,' Open House Honor Naval Aviation Centennial - Navy Compass | SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Air Forces and Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) will kick off the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA) at the 100th ...

BLOG: Coronado's Naval Aviation Exhibits Prepare For Take-Off - SanDiego.com (blog) | Coronado is the proud "birthplace of naval aviation," and the quaint islander bedroom community is celebrating 100 years of flight. Guess what? ...

Flight: A Tribute to Aviation -  San Francisco Chronicle | Petaluma Museum exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Fred Wiseman airmail flight and aviation history opens Feb. 2 through April 24. ...

Aviation Collection Supporter Jack Hamilton Dies - Media Newswire | The former president of Teledyne Geotech was a staunch supporter of aviation history who served as co-chairman of the History of Aviation Collection ( HAC ...

Honours for Spitfire pilot found in river from www.smh.com.au | THE World War II Australian Spitfire pilot whose body was found in the wreckage of his aircraft in France last November will be buried with full military honours in April.  Flight Lieutenant Henry Lacy Smith, 27, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire on June 11, 1944. He tried to crash land in a field but ended up ditching his plane in the River Orne, landing upside down and drowning while strapped in the cockpit.  ...

Low Passes – Planeshots

World War II: Johnson Dies from About.com Military History | January 30, 2001 - Noted British ace Air Vice Marshal James "Johnnie" Johnson (right) dies. Entering the Royal Air Force through the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Johnson was activated in August 1939. His early flying career was plagued by an old shoulder injury sustained while playing rugby. Undergoing surgery to correct the problem, he missed the Battle of Britain...

Interesting aviation Statistics from WW2 from PPRuNe Forums | … 276,00 aircraft manufactured in the US. 43,000 planes lost overseas, including 23,000 in combat. 14,000 lost in the continental U.S. …

Peek Inside Red Bull’s Toy Box - Autopia Wired.com | The aircraft inside Hangar 7 include several World War II planes alongside modern Formula 1 cars. This Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair once belonged to Flying Bulls chief pilot Sigi Angerer, who flew it in airshows around Europe. One day he took Mateschitz for a ride — you can see the small passenger window behind the cockpit. Mateschitz was hooked and the Flying Bulls team was born.

'Daredevil of the Sky: The Bessie Coleman Story' from www.latimes.com
BESSIE COLEMAN made flying look easy. If she were afraid, she never showed it. People nicknamed her "Brave Bessie" because she had nerves of steel.  Aviation was in its infancy. It had been only 15 years since the Wright brothers invented the airplane when Bessie began to dream about flying. Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was born on Jan. 26, 1892, in ...

Aviatrix And Retired Teacher Donates Historic Aircraft, Airport from Aero-News Network | Lake Erie College Receives Collection Which Includes A Fokker DR-1, An Interstate L-6, And A Ryan ST3-W In what is likely one of the more unusual multi-million dollar donations to an institute of higher learning ... officials at Ohio's Lake Erie College said Thursday that it has received the nearby Pheasant Run Airport (OI31) located in Madison, Ohio, and one of the largest vintage aircraft collections in the country. ...

Foundation event features air station's pictorial history - New Bern Sun Journal | Ellis will be the keynote speaker at the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation's annual fundraiser called Aviation Heritage: Tradition Spurs Vision ...

Looking Back: A small airfield that time forgot - Hounslow Chronicle | The aviation history of Heathrow, Hanworth, Heston and Hendon, along with other airfields in the london area, has been well documented over the years, ...

Flying club meets with Air Force rescuers - Ocala.com | The Del Webb's Spruce Creek Flyers represent a cross-section of American aviation. The group includes military and combat pilots from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War, NASA engineers and flyers from commercial and recreational aviation. …

100,000 flight hours for the Eurofighter Typhoon – via Translator | The event was celebrated at the headquarters of Eurofighter in Monaco of Bavaria in Germany, and took part in all raprpesentanti the Eurofighter program, NATO NETMA agency that manages the program and representatives of all nations that cooperate in the construction and development the aircraft and using it in their air forces.   Currently, the Eurofighter Typhoon is used in a variety of operational scenarios, ...

January 29 from Cut and Paste Aviation 

Featured past column: “Pilgrimage to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome” from Greg Brown's Flying Carpet Blog | Since my current July, 2009 AOPA Flight Training column is about WWI aircraft, I thought it might be fun to simultaneously feature a past column on the topic. Read this month’s featured column, “Pilgrimage to Old Rhinebeck,” here. It’s the story of a very special place, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in upstate New York, where authentic World War airplanes still fly today. Don’t miss seeing it, if you ever find yourself in the area! ...

Onex Single-Place, Folding-Wing, Aerobatic Sport Aircraft Makes First Flight Video from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News  | Oshkosh, WI- Sonex Aircraft, LLC is proud to announce that the number one prototype of the new Onex single-place, folding-wing kit aircraft made its first flight yesterday, January 27, 2011 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. Piloted by Sonex General Manager, CEO, and Onex designer Jeremy Monnett, the ...

Humidity and more flying from Rodney's Aviation Ramblings | After all of the excitement of the last airshow, I'm not back into BAU [Business As Usual] mode.  Pictures today are of an RNZAF C130H Hercules departing Wellington last weekend. Click on the image for a better look and note the visible propeller tip vortices.

‘Miracle’ solo: Flight 1549 passenger is the PIC from Aviation Blogs | On a freezing day in January 2009, Clay Presley stood on the wing of an Airbus A320 that had been ditched in New York’s Hudson River, waiting for boats to rescue him and the other … Two years and 10 days later, Presley soloed a Cessna 172SP at Rock Hill Airport in Rock Hill, S.C. ...

What does a laser look like when it shines on pilots in an airplane cockpit from Calgary Recreational and Ultralight Flying Club

For $200000, George Whitesides will send you into space (video) - VentureBeat | Designed by aerospace engineer Burt Rutan, the spacecraft won the Ansari X Prize. That ship now hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. ...

Shuttle Discovery to Make Its Final Launch Pad Trip Monday from SPACE.com | The shuttle Discovery is set to roll out to the launch pad Jan. 31 ahead of its final mission ...

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Indy Transponder 29-JAN-2011 0330z

Oceana Hornet pilots to perform Super Bowl flyover from The Virginian-Pilot | Local Navy pilots have been tapped to perform a four-plane flyover at Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on Feb. 6, the Navy announced.  The aircraft and air crews are from Strike Fighter Squadrons 83 (the Rampagers), 131 (the Wildcats), 103 (the Jolly Rogers) and 143 (the Pukin’ Dogs). All are part of Carrier Air Wing Seven and based at Oceana Naval Air Station. The flight will be led by Cmdr. Ben Hewlett, who heads the Wildcats. ...

Air show comes back to GJ in 2012 - Grand Junction Free Press | After a four-year break, Air Show! Western Colorado is scheduled for Sept. 21-23, 2012 at Grand Junction Regional Airport. The three-day event will feature ...

Unique aerial ballet to feature at Al Ain Air Show - GulfNews | "[They] will perform a unique aerial ballet," said the organisers of the air show. The two-propeller aircraft from the 1960s with their sleek lines and ...

Naval Ships Prep For 'Centennial Of Flight' - San Diego News Story - KGTV San Diego | SAN DIEGO -- The U.S. Navy is busy preparing San Diego-based ships for a public celebration next month. Thursday, January 27, 2011.

Crowds to be wowed as Duxford set for lift-off - Cambridge News | The show will feature the Sally B, Europe's last flying Boeing B17 Flying Fortress plane, which for more than 30 years has flown as a memorial to the 79000 ...

Those magnificent planes - Waikato Times | The New Zealand Warbirds Association have delivered to the show venue an assortment of Harvards, Mustangs, Yaks, Beavers and Tiger Moths in preparation for ...

Team Viper Hawker Hunter display from TAKEOFF TUBE | A video of team viper displaying at the RAF Leuchars airshow in Scotland. The team do some wonderful flying in there four Hawker Hunters. They are the only Hunter display team in the world.

The Ninety-Nines, Inc. Reno Area Chapter International Organization of Women ... - Sierra Sun | Members of the Reno Area Chapter have worked at the Reno Air Races since their inception. Through donations contributed back from the Reno Air Racing ...

Profile 45 - "Flak Shak" as flown by many from WWII & Korean Conflict Airplane Profiles | Flak Shak is done.  Almost.  I might mask in a Browning .50 cal in the waist-gunner's spot if I have time before I have to get it off to the printer.  But, "life" for me right now has sifted all of my available time right out from under.  Hopefully, tail gunner Robert Hickman will sign the prints some time in the next few weeks.  He's the surviving crewman of the airplane.
Throughout the research, working on the art, talking to family and learning from 485th BG historian, Jerry Whiting, my thoughts toward Flak Shak bounced between the dramatic extremes of loss and victory.  This big bomber is a small symbol of war's terror, horror, power and grit.
I'm at a loss for words to describe Flak Shak's combat life.  But I have to try. ...

On August 20th 1944, 69 Boeing B-29 Superfortresses of XX... from x planes | On August 20th 1944, 69 Boeing B-29 Superfortresses of XX Bomber Command were engaged by over a hundred Japanese Army and Navy fighters over Yawata. this was the seventh mission for the B-29s over Japanese soil. ...

Boeing B-29 Superfortress “THUMPER”, of the 497th... from x planes | Boeing B-29 Superfortress “THUMPER”, of the 497th Bombardment Group. It was the first B-29 to return home to the US after completing 40 missions, and went on a bond-selling tour. ...

Flying The Mig-29 – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday from WarbirdRadio.com | MONDAY - John Sessions from the Historic Flight Foundation joins us with an in-depth look at flying the Mig-29.  On January 23, 2011 the second privately owned Mig-29 took to the skies over Washington.  The “Fulcrum” is capable of Mach 2.2 and altitudes of nearly 60,000 feet.  While it’s a far cry from the other airplanes the […]

In attempts to increase effectiveness against enemy bombers,...  from x planes | In attempts to increase effectiveness against enemy bombers, several types of Japanese aircraft were fitted with oblique weaponry. The Nakajima J1N1 Gekkou (“Gekko”, allied reporting name “Irving”) had variants that featured both upward and downward firing 20mm cannons, while variants of the Mitsubishi Ki-46 reconnaissance aircraft (allied reporting name “Dinah”) featured an upward firing 37mm Browning cannon.
Many versions of the Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (屠龍, “Dragon Slayer”, allied reporting name “Nick”) were equipped with twin upward firing 20mm cannons, and it was this aircraft that encountered Boeing B-29 Superfortresses over Japan for the first time:  ...

Nice shot of this F-15E crew from the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing... from You like airplanes, too?

Living Legends: Surviving F4U Corsairs  from Warplanes Online Community | Originally designed as a carrier-based fighter, the Corsair’s difficult handling and landing characteristics caused the Navy to rely on the Grumman Hellcat instead. The Marine Corps benefited from this policy change, and its land-based units eagerly adopted the “Bent-wing Bird.” The famous Jolly Rogers, the Navy’s VF-17, also flew the Corsair during its tour in the Solomons. Late in the war, as the handling problems were resolved, both Marine and Navy pilots operated F4U’s from carrier decks. ...

Joining Technologies Helps in Connecticut Corsair Project from Warplanes Online Community | Last Jan. 10, Joining Technologies, an innovator in laser cladding, electron beam and laser welding applications, announced that its laser technology is playing a key role in the Connecticut Corsair project. The said project is a volunteer effort aimed at restoring Connecticut’s official state aircraft, the F4U Corsair. Joining Technologies’ laser equipment is helping restore worn-out parts and components to their original form ...

Midland Air Museum pictures from TAKEOFF TUBE

Heritage  from Air Force Link Top Stories | The Heritage section is dedicated to the former Airmen who developed the independent Air Force and continue its evolution into cyberspace. The subsections provide an overview of important people and milestones. The data has biographical profiles and citations for Medal of Honor recipients along with spotlights featuring important dates in Air Force heritage. The people, events and equipment of the past are integral to understanding the future.  ...

U.S. Air Force F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter aircraft from the...  from You like airplanes, too? | U.S. Air Force F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing are lined up on the flight line with canopies raised following their return from Saudi Arabia where they took part in Operation Desert Storm. Photo by U.S. Air Force. …

MORE PICTURES: UK's first Nimrod MRA4s scrapped after £4bn investment from Flight Image of the Day | With work to scrap the UK's BAE Systems Nimrod MRA4 maritime patrol aircraft having started at the company's Woodford site in Cheshire earlier this week, widespread criticism of the decision has mounted. ...

Just In Time For Spring Break, Water-Powered Jetpack Finally Goes On Sale - POPSCI  | Waterskiing is so passé. This summer, you’ll be able to fly with Raymond Li’s water-powered jetpack, which is going on sale in March. It’s only $99,500! ...

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Indy Transponder 28-JAN-2011 2345z

Celebrate 100 Years of Naval Aviation! - Navy Compass | Take advantage of this opportunity to see the world's finest aircraft up close, talk with aviators and aircrew personnel, and honor naval aviation heritage ...

Centennial of Naval Aviation - Heritage Paint Schemes from FenceCheck Forums

Selfridge Air Show to Fly Again This Year - Patch | Selfridge Air National Guard Base will hold its biennial Air Show and Open House on Aug 20-21. By Edward Cardenas | Email the author | 12:52pm Attendees to ...

Stunts in the sky at 62 - Bangalore Mirror | The Flying Bulls Aerobatic Team has performed at various aviation and motor sport events and contests. Besides enthralling thousands of spectators worldwide ...

Aerobatic pilots prepare for air show season - Historic City News | ... and airport users can expect increased flight activity, from now through the end of April, as “aerobatic pilots” prepare for the 2011 Air Show Season. ...

NAS Conducts Mock Disaster Drill - WTOK | The Navy's Blue Angels perform at an air show at Meridian Naval Air Station every few years. The mock disaster drill Thursday included something going ...

Beriev Be-12-200 Chayka at Moscow Air Show 2001 from Planeshots

Expanded offerings highlight EAA's Hops & Props fundraiser on March 5 - Oshkosh Northwestern | The festivities will be held from 6:30 pm to 10 pm at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. More than 250 extraordinary beverages are available from ...

You've heard of Earhart, have you heard of Hart? from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale | Akron aviator Beryl Gwyn Hart took the world by storm in the 1930s. The vivacious redhead won international fame for attempting the first commercial trans-Atlantic airplane flight. Hart didn't achieve the glory of colleague Amelia Earhart, but she did meet a similar fate. Both pilots are still missing. ...

Check out airplane nose art at Historic Flight Foundation - HeraldNet | The B-25 Mitchell is a medium-sized bomber nicknamed Grumpy because the nose art was the likeness of one of the seven dwarfs from Disney's “Snow White,” ...

Bracelet provides answers to McAdoo WWII serviceman's death - Standard Speaker | Stephen A. Payer was 19 when he died, shot down in a B-17 bomber as it flew outside of Berlin, Germany. The Payers never received complete details about ...

Nakajima Ki-27 “Nate” from Travel for Aircraft | The Nate was a modern fighter design in the 1930s and rapidly became outdated by 1940 when it was largely retired by the Imperial Japanese Army except for pilot training. In its day it was sleek with an enclosed cockpit and single wing. Not fast, it was agile and enjoyed success against Russian aircraft during the invasion of Manchuria by Japan. ...

Museum Prepares to Take Flight with New Exhibit - Patch | The rebuilt Wiseman-Cooke aeroplane of 1911, now owned and displayed at the National Air and Space Museum in ...

The First Successful Combat Drops of Laser-Guided Bombs from Aviation Trivia of the Day | By 1972 President Richard Nixon's policy of "Vietnamization" was underway as the bulk of responsibility for the defense of South Vietnam transferred from US forces to the South Vietnamese military. Nearly the bulk of US forces in Vietnam had already departed and the Seventh Air Force had already sent half of its combat aircraft back stateside. Only two aircraft carriers remained in the Gulf of Tonkin. The North Vietnamese saw the opportunity to ...

Today in Aviation History – January 28 from Calgary Recreational and Ultralight Flying Club

Kelly McHugh: Ditching Over the Gulf of Mexico from AVWeb Podcast - Podcast | Kelly McHugh was flying a Piper Jetprop P46T at 26,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico on December 4, 2010, when the engine started to lose power. He was more than an hour from shore with three other men aboard, and, one way or another, they were all about to get wet. AVweb's Glenn Pew spoke with McHugh to hear the story of the ditching. ...

Air Force officials announce NASCAR sponsorship for 2011 from Air Force Link Top Stories | Air Force recruiting officials announced Jan. 21 that they are renewing the NASCAR partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 car for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. ...

Did China Try To Pass Off Top Gun As Air Force Footage? - Gizmodo | A few days ago, China Central Television showed footage of what they claimed was an air force training exercise conducted on January 23. From the looks of things, they were actually just playing clips from Top Gun. The clips in question were reportedly aired during the News Broadcast program on China Central Television, the major state television broadcast company. They supposedly showed a J-10 fighter firing a missile at another aircraft during a practice exercise. ...

Jannus Historic Marker Unveiling Party - Tampabay.com | The Experimental Aircraft Association will also invite students ages 8-17 to join the Young Eagles program for a chance to fly free. ...

Senator Nelson Speaks About Space and the 25th Challenger Anniversary from Spaceports | US Senator Bill Nelson (-Fla)talks about the Space Shuttle Challenger 25th anniversary and the future of U.S. space exploration and space policy. ...

 All of today's Challenger Tributes are here.

Indy Transponder 28-JAN-2011 #CONA Edition

San Diego Centennial of Naval Aviation - Kick Off Celebration Events – Navy.mil  | Film Festival, Parade of Flight, 5k Run, Golf Tournament, Gala and more.... The U.S. Navy, in concert with the U.S Marine Corps and U.S Coast Guard, celebrates 2011 at the 100th anniversary of Naval Aviation. It has been 100 years since CAPT Washington Irving Chambers, USN, placed the order with Aviation Pioneer Glenn Curtiss for the Navy’s first two aircrafts. Since those early days, when aircraft were fashioned from bamboo and Sitka Spruce and pilots draped bicycle inner tubes around their torsos in case of a forced water landing, we have progressed with amazing speed. In 1911, the aircraft was a tactical afterthought, something to support the battleship Navy, so dominant at the time. Today, Naval Aviation is an essential part of the Navy/Marine Corps/Coast Guard team, our national defense, and is a key capability in maintaining maritime awareness and dominance throughout the world. …

More Naval Aviation Heritage Aircraft (But Still No Hawkeye)  from Tailhook Daily Briefing  | ...All that is, it seems, except an E-2C. So with that in mind, I humbly submit a proposal for an E-2C in the colors of VW-1, circa 1952-55:

100 Years of Naval Aviation - Air & Space Magazine
The Navy's first pilot and 10 more milestones.

San Diego 'Parade of Flight,' Open House Honor Naval Aviation Centennial  from U.S. Navy News Headline Stories  | Commander, Naval Air Forces and Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) will kick off the Centennial of Naval Aviation (CONA) at the 100th Anniversary Parade of Flight and North Island Open House, Feb. 12. ...

Coronado Museum to open new history exhibit “Wings of Gold: Coronado and Naval Aviation” Feb. 4.   from La Jolla Light  | In early 1911, the United States Navy asked pioneer aviator/inventor Glenn Curtiss to train one of its officers to fly. Curtiss chose a sandy, scrub-covered island in San Diego Bay as the location for the task and Coronado became the birthplace of naval aviation. The course of military history was changed forever. The Coronado Historical Association (CHA) will participate in a national celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation with the unveiling of a themed museum exhibit “Wings of Gold: Coronado and Naval Aviation” on Feb. 4. …
Celebrating America's love affair with aviation - Petaluma Argus Courier | To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this early milestone in aviation history, the Petaluma Museum presents the exhibit, “Flight: A Tribute to Aviation,” ...

VAQ-129 "Vikings" Throwback Growler By U.S. Naval Air Forces  | An E/A-18G Growler from the "Vikings" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Wash., arrives at NAS North Island Jan. 26.   The Growler is painted in a throwback three-tone paint scheme (circa 1944), honoring …


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Fact or fable: hunt is on for buried Spitfires - The Australian   | IT'S the Lasseter's Reef of warbirds -- a rumoured stash of mint-condition Spitfires hidden underground in rural Queensland.   Many have searched for the legendary British fighters, reportedly still in their crates and hidden since the end of the World War II around the Queensland town of Oakey, but so far nobody has been able to lay claim to what would be a multi-million-dollar find.  They are the remnants of 656 Mark V and Mark VIII Spitfires that were delivered to the RAAF during the war.  RAAF records show that …

CLAYTON > Fair and air show money given to charities - St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Dick Hrabko, who had served as the air show's president for many years, attended Wednesday's event. "The air show made money every year and never had a ...

Living Legends Honors Outstanding Individuals  from EAA - The Experimental Aircraft Association  | EAA Chairman of the Board Tom Poberezny and his wife Sharon were in California last weekend to participate in the 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards. There are 70 "Living Legends of Aviation," who have been recognized for their outstanding achievements to aviation. …

Authors convene at 2011 WAI Conference -   from GA News | Aviation authors and their devoted readers will get a chance to talk during the 22nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held Feb. 24-26, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. “Both the authors and our ...

Women of Aviation Worldwide Community | Want to fly?  | Would you like to know what it feels like to fly in an airplane? During Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, pilots around the world are offering to take girls and women, who have never flown in a small airplane, on a short flight. To …

Balancing Excitement and Risk - Aviation Blogs  from www.flightschoollist.com   | Last week, I had my first introduction to the Lancair 360. And it was quite a flight. In the left seat was Ultimate Air Race and stunt pilot Dave Riggs. We met up with two other 360 pilots for some formation flying and air race practice.  If you haven’t heard about Ultimate Air Race Championship (UARC), you’re probably not alone. The race had its inauguration in China last fall with more than 500,000 spectators and 850 Million television viewers. A combination of the Red Bull Air Races and the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., UARC is a low altitude, high-speed, semi-aerobatic race with several aircraft duking it out on a tight pylon course. …

Rare flight for A-26 at Lyon Air Museum  from General Aviation News |   The Douglas A-26 Invader “Feeding Frenzy” attack bomber aircraft, a highlight of Lyon Air Museum’s collection, will rumble out of the museum’s hangar at John Wayne Airport in Southern California, roar down the runway and take to the air at  noon on “A-26 Day,” Sat., Feb. 12, weather permitting.  …

Great old photo of a Vought F4U Corsair shortly before catching...  from You like airplanes, too?

C. R. Smith Museum celebrates 100 years of black aviation  from General Aviation News | American Airlines C. R. Smith Museum hosts a “Celebration of 100 Years of Black Aviation” with special presentations by Donald Elder, an original member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, and C. B. Rice, a historian and author. The Jan. 29 event at the Dallas-area museum is a kick-off for Black History Month in February.  …

Little Boy and The Story of the First Atomic Bomb  from Aviation Earth   | 65 years ago, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress helped bring the Second World War to an end with a stunning blow. Its ‘Little Boy’ cargo would show man at his most destructive. The physicist Albert Einstein first hinted at the potential use of atomic weapons in a letter (co-drafted with Hungarian physicist, Leó Szilárd) to the [...]

“With no self-starting apparatus on the Nick, two men...  from x planes  | … This version in the photograph is carrying a nose-mounted 37mm Type 98 tank gun. Although the Nick was only able to accommodate 16 rounds and fire at a rate of about 3 rounds per minute, it became a lethal weapon in the hands of several Japanese pilots when faced with the Boeing B-29 Superfortress over Japan. In the words of Isamu Kashiide: …

Video: Nimrod Destruction on BBC  | The seventh 'Most watched/listened' story on the BBC website right now is Nimrod scrapping condemned as 'barbaric vandalism' with graphic shots of Nimrod airframes literally smashed up.  Along with the top story is running an interview with Air Vice-Marshal Tony Mason (retired) who wrote a letter to the Telegraph with five other ex-defense chiefs: Nimrod decision 'leaves gaps in UK defence'.

"Pilot" stories come to life in digital edition - Aviation eBrief  | Vote on the quirkiest airport in the United States, fly through Canada on an arctic adventure, and see what it's like to loop and roll your way to becoming a better pilot. The interactive polls and video content are embedded in the new digital edition of "AOPA Pilot." Watch the videos and take the polls and …

Force Recon Marines perform parachute training with SEALs, pararescuemen – Military Photos

Photo essay: Whiteman's T-38 Talons get ready for flight   from Air Force Link Top Stories |  Crew chiefs and maintainers perform final preflight checks on the T-38 Talon high-altitude supersonic trainer here Jan. 26. The T-38 is used by pilots to conduct sorties and accumulate flight hours and training time.  View the slideshow.

T-38 Talons ready for flight  from AF.mil Photos  | Maintainers and crew chiefs prepare several T-38 Talons for takeoff Jan. 26, 2011, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kenny Holston)

Airspeed: Flying the Black Rocket: The Northrop T-38 Talon from airspeedonline.blogspot.com | I've loved the Northrop T-38 for years. Born in the cauldron of the F-5 Freedom Fighter program in the late 1950s, it has since trained more than 50,000 military jet pilots throughout the world. It's sleek and pointy and fast (Mach 1.3 capable). It's the advanced jet trainer for the US Air Force. And it's also the companion trainer for many of the Air Force's most amazing aircraft…

Here's to many more: Woman's 103rd birthday celebrated up in the air - Redding Record Searchlight  | A Redding woman and her son celebrated her 103rd birthday Wednesday with a flight over the city.  Marion Paul and her 73-year-old son, Wayne, were treated to a helicopter ride around Redding as part of her birthday celebration. …

Remembering Challenger - 25 years later  from The Original Rocket Dungeon

Day of Remembrance  from RLV and Space Transport News   | Today is the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire and tomorrow will be the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Next Tuesday, February 1st, will mark eight years since the loss of Columbia. NASA has set January 27th each year as the official Day of Remembrance for these tragedies as well as for the loss of other astronauts who died in the course of their work.  …

Will Human Spaceflight Ever Truly Be Safe?  from SPACE.com   | The dangers of human spaceflight takes center stage this week, but just how risky is flying in space?

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Ninth annual Atlantic City Airshow set for Aug. 17 - Press of Atlantic City | "The air show has become the signature summer event for Atlantic City," said Jeffrey Vasser, executive director of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors ...

Wings Over Wairarapa 2011: Post 13 - Agricultural aircraft display from Rodney's Aviation Ramblings | New Zealand has always been a leader in the aerial application of agricultural chemicals. Much of this is due to the hilly and inaccessible nature of some of New Zealand's productive land. Early on the Tiger Moth was used by replacing the forward cockpit with a hopper. These days the Tiger Moth has been replaced by more modern aircraft such as the Kiwi designed and built PAC Cresco, helicopters and the Air Tractor…

Wings Over Wairarapa 2011: Post 14 - World War 2 fighters from Rodney's Aviation Ramblings | One disappointment of the airshow was the absence of Spitfires. I imagine that the weather had something to do with it, although the Auckland based 2 seater apparently had some minor mechanical issues - better to be safe than sorry though! Ok, I'm over that [!], and was very pleased to see the Vought/ Goodyear FG1D Corsair, ZK-COR, and two Curtis P40 Kittyhawks. These aircraft put on a really good display, but my favourite is and has always been the Corsair. I especially like the final picture with the Corsair pilot looking at the approaching P40 in the background…

Wings Over Wairarapa 2011: Post 15 - de Havilland Vampire from Rodney's Aviation Ramblings | With the demise of the much anticipated de Havilland Venom [it had a landing accident the day before the airshow], it was left to the DH115 Mk.55 Trainer Vampire to represent the post-war British jet industry. ZK-RVM is painted in RNZAF colours, although the registration NZ5712 was never worn by an RNZAF aircraft [the final Vampire has the military registration of NZ5711]…

Wings Over Wairarapa 2011: Post 16 - The finale from Rodney's Aviation Ramblings | All good things much come to and end, especially so a good airshow. This was not the best airshow I had been to, but certainly very good considering the weather and other factors outside of the control of the organisers! Value for money? Yes - where else can you get a whole day of  entertainment [or aerotainment as the people at the IndyTransponder.com call it!], just a few meters away from the flightline, for as little as NZD$30 a day? Going again? You betcha!...

Wings Over Wairarapa 2011: Post 17 - The real finale! from Rodney's Aviation Ramblings | I'm sure there is an ancient saying that goes something like this: Publish post in haste, repent at leisure? A couple of minutes after posting the final Wings Over Wairarapa post, I realised that there were a couple of aircraft I had missed and wanted to highlight. Here they are, in the real finale!...

All Female Catapult Team on Lincoln Launches Success in Support of OEF  www.navy.mil | Fourteen female Sailors assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln's (CVN 72) Air department formed an all-female catapult crew…

Mig-29 from Historic Flight by JeremyDL | Yesterday I joined former Air Force test pilot Doug Russell in the cockpit of the Mig-29UB Fulcrum ("UB" is the designation for two-place) HFF acquired about six years ago. Since then, Tim Morgan and I have had the pleasure of partnership in its restoration. Now some worry that HFF might change focus from Spitfires to Migs, but that will not happen on my watch. We undertook this project to demonstrate a small foundation could restore to top standards, one of the most advanced and elegant aircraft of the modern era. That we did is tribute to the collection of aviation devotees at Arlington Field (in particular, the employees of Morgan Aircraft Restorations), enlightened civil servants from the FAA (who will remain nameless to avoid career implications), talented and hard-working Slovakians who used vacations from jobs maintaining Mig-29s to work on ours, and a Chinese judge who knew what to do…

First Flight For Restored MiG-29 Fighter from AVwebFlash Current Issue | A MiG-29 Soviet-era fighter jet flew for the first time above Washington state this week, after a two-year restoration project by the Historic Flight Foundation. The two-seat MiG-29UB was manufactured in the Soviet Union sometime between 1985 and 1991, and flew with the Ukrainian Air Force until 2005, when it was demilitarized and offered for sale to the public…

Aerobatic training to start at airport - St. Augustine Record ... aerobatic pilots in preparation for the 2011 Air Show season and other competitions, according to a Northeast Florida Regional Airport press release. ...

Aviatrix and Retired Teacher Donates Historic Aircraft and Airport to Lake ... - PAINESVILLE, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lake Erie College announced today that it has received a multi-million dollar gift from Lake County resident, ...

Historic Aircraft Collection, Airport, And Endowment Donated To College from AvStop » Number One Online Resource For General Aviation News | Lake Erie College announced on Wednesday that it has received a multi-million dollar gift from Lake County resident, Gretchen Reed. The gift includes the Pheasant Run Airport located in Madison, Ohio, one of the largest vintage aircraft collections in the country and a significant endowment to support the property, planes and related…

Saying Goodbye to Iconic 'Huey'. from Alltop RSS | It's not enough for retired Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall to wave goodbye to the Army]s last UH-1 helicopter flying on the West Coast. Crandall, 77, wants to take the controls of the "Huey" himself. "I would fly it tomorrow," said Crandall, a Medal of Honor recipient from Port Orchard. "If I can, I'll be in the cockpit."…

UH-1 Huey with Sharks Teeth from Helikopter Hysterie - The Helicopter Blog by Axel | According to a web source about the 174th Assault Helicopter Company Sharks, they were the first ones and only legitimate ones to display the prominent sharks teeth paint scheme. The 174th AHC has another website, see links below, where they explain all about the unit. They also have links to their Super 8 movies from Vietnam…

Today in Aviation History – January 27 from Calgary Recreational and Ultralight Flying Club by bikeal


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ONE-OF-A-KIND AEROBATIC ACTS TO LIGHT UP AL AIN SKY

Aerial Comedy, Dance Performances & World’s Top Pilots For Al Ain Aerobatic Show

Al Ain, UAE. January 26, 2010: Spectacular solo acts, gravity-defying stuntmen and a helicopter with a penchant for comedy are to take this year’s Al Ain Aerobatic Show, running Feb 2 – 5 at Al Ain International Airport, to new heights.

The latest line up joins a cast of stellar display teams that includes the Turkish air force’s aerobatic team - the Turkish Stars – as well as the Baltic Bees and Team Viper, the world’s only Hawker Hunter fighter jet display team.

“This year’s show will present the very best of every aerobatic discipline and provide spectators with an exhilarating, action-packed programme,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, Events Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which organises the show in conjunction with the UAE Armed Forces. “This great value event offers a full experience into the world of aerobatics combined with a family fun day out for everyone from the UAE and beyond.”

In an Al Ain Aerobatic Show first, the Fournier RF4D and RF5 motorgliders of pilots Fabio Iannaccone and Ivan Prizzon, known as Blue Voltige, will perform a unique aerial ‘ballet’. The two propeller aircraft from the 1960s, with their sleek lines and aerodynamics, will glide effortlessly through the air in a routine set to music that will be both passionate and thrilling.

Adding comedy value this year is one of the world’s most distinctive air show acts. Performing under the stage name ‘OTTO the Helicopter’, the clown-faced Hughes TH-55 Osageone helicopter will showcase a full set of antics, from blowing bubbles to playing with a giant yo-yo and racing around barrels. OTTO is piloted by Roger Buis, a nominee for the US Army Aviator of the Year in Helicopters, with over 16,500 total flight hours.

In addition, Miss Demeanour, a vintage 1956 Hawker Hunter jet whose stunning ‘atmospheric re-entry’ paint scheme and eye-catching stunts have captivated crowds worldwide, will be showing off her colours to the 130,000 expected visitors. No less of a legend than his aircraft, Miss Demeanour’s owner, Jonathan Whaley, started his flying career at only 17 and can spotted by film buffs in adventure-lovers’ all-time favourite films - ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ and ‘The Mummy.’

Also joining the exclusive line-up will be the unusually-named Scandinavian Airshow, which will dazzle the public with a three-act show of its own. This will include the Skycats’ famous wing-walking extravaganza, and Jacob Holländer’s spine-tingling Pitts Python and Wasp routines.

Flying the world’s most powerful piston biplane, the Pitts Python, Jacob Holländer will put this unique aircraft into its natural element with a head-spinning show of tumbles and tail slides, before hopping into the Wasp’s pilot seat to delight crowds once again with an exhilarating set of aerial stunts.

Fully whiskered, suited and booted parachutist Hella Stenning and skydivers Emma Alexson and Lisa Henriksson will have spectators peering through their fingers at the Skycats trio’s daring antics, wing-walking across a Grumman-164A‘Catwalk’ and striking different poses to rock music, while pilot Sus Jan Hedén performs loops and barrel rolls amid  swirling white smoke.

And if that’s not enough, more than 20 aircraft will take to the skies in the daily flying display, while the unique, multi-discipline FAI Desert Challenge, arranged by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the international governing body for air sports, will see six of the world’s best pilots flying in classic and free-style competing to be the Desert’s first free-style aerobatic champion.

Complementing the aerial displays will be spectacular on-ground activities for the whole family, including meet-the-pilot sessions, tethered hot air balloon rides, go-karting, bungee trampolines and crazy golf, as well as face-painting and appearances by children’s favourite magazine character Majid, the Al Ain Aerobatic Show’s own Friendly Pilot Bear mascot and a stilt-walking pilot.

“This really is those magnificent men and women in their flying machines,” said Al Sheikh. “In broadening the range of attractions, both in the air and on the ground, we have ensured that there is something for every visitor who will be enthralled, encapsulated and fully entertained. And with Al Ain International Airport being approximately just 80 minutes drive from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, it makes for an easy-to-reach day out for residents throughout the UAE and nearby Oman.”

The 2011 Al Ain Aerobatic Show is held under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Daily show tickets are just Dh40 per adult and Dh20 for children between three and 10 years old, while children under three enter free. Schools are being offered free entry on the Wednesday and Thursday – further information can be obtained by contacting alainschools@fegroup.ae or calling 04 2867755. Ticket details can be found on the Al Ain website at www.alainaerobaticshow.com.

Potential visitors also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a flight with one of the world-class pilots who will be participating at the show, as well as numerous other chances to win free tickets, by taking part in an online competition on the Al Ain Aerobatic Show website.  

The Al Ain Aerobatic Show is backed by a high-profile sponsorship line-up that includes Emirates Motor Company, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), Abu Dhabi Airport Company, Abu Dhabi National Hotels and Al Ain Water, and is carried out in partnership with Al Ain Municipality and Al Ain Police.