Monday, February 28, 2011

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Cirrus Acquired By Chinese Company  from AVwebFlash Current Issue | Cirrus Industries Inc., parent company of Cirrus Aircraft, has been sold to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA) of Zhuhai, China, but it appears the company will continue to build parts in Grand Forks, N.D., and assemble airplanes in Duluth, Minn. It has long been rumored that a Chinese company would acquire Cirrus and the final announcement was made Monday morning. CAIGA is a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), the state-owned aviation company of China that makes everything from military jets to airliners…

Plane wreck believed to be Earhart - THE discovery of an aircraft wreck at the depth of 70 metres north-west of Buka in Bougainville may hold some answers to the 74-year mystery of the disappearance of world-famous aviatrix – Amelia Earhart.  There are strong indications that the aircraft is a Lockheed Model 10 Electra which took off from Lae on July 2nd 1937 destined for Howland Island. The crash site is in direct alignment with Earhart’s flight path out of Lae, past north of Buka Island in a straight northeast direction to Howland.  Information emerging from Buka say that certain interested parties were in the process of engaging the services of a professional diver with appropriate diving gear from overseas to help in the recovery process...

Thunderbirds fly the Blue Angels « Recollection Of Memorabilia  by modelworks | The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds hosted three members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels team at the Thunderbird Hangar at Nellis Air Force Base, Feb 23 as part of the two demonstration units' traditional exchange program. Blue Angel No. ...

Hudson River crash: Pilot was scheduled to fly plane to Florida air show - Poughkeepsie Journal | KINGSTON — The 38-year-old Rhinebeck Podiatrist who died Saturday after the vintage British military jet he was piloting crashed in the icy Hudson River was scheduled to fly the plane to an air show in Florida. Michael Faraldi of Germantown had taken ...

Libya requests its Mirage F1s back  from Warplanes Online Community by Jobelle | Libya has formally approached Malta to return two Mirage F1 fighters that defected there recently.  The Libyan government has formally requested the return of two Mirage F1 fighter jets flown to Malta by defecting pilots on Monday.  The aircraft are under armed guard at the airport. The pilots have requested political asylum and their case is being considered. The pilots claimed they flew to Malta after being ordered to bomb fellow Libyans in Benghazi…

Aviation past and future on show at Avalon – Ninemsn | Fighter jets - including the F22 Raptor (pic) will feature at the Avalon Airshow in Victoria. The centenary of Australia's first passenger flight and the 90th anniversary of the RAAF are combining with the future of aviation at this week's Avalon ...

Change in Leadership for Wide Bay Australia International Airshow Board - Wide Bay Australia Air Show | At the Wide Bay Australia International Airshow meeting on Friday the Board was informed that Mr Peter Tuffield had tendered his resignation as Chairman and Director due to serious illness.  Peter, who recently retired from the National Australia bank, where he was Regional Business Banking Manager, has been Chairman of the Airshow for the past six years and has been instrumental in making the Airshow into a professionally run organisation that contributes substantially to the region’s economy every two years. Since he took over leadership in 2005, he has been the face of the Airshow and has worked tirelessly to build this event to the International standard that it is today. Peter has also been actively involved in the community and is recognised for giving freely of his time to assist the Airshow and many other community-based initiatives. ...

Look Ma! No Propellers!  by Joe Clark | F-84 Thunderjet - Today, the jet age truly turns 65 years old. It was born when the prototype XP-84 Thunderjet flew for the first time at Muroc Army Airfield on this day in 1946. Current jets are far more powerful than the first jet, they fly faster, farther, and higher; and Muroc is no longer under control of the Army, it is now Edwards Air Force Base…
Museum of Aviation focused on long-term goals, short-term improvements - Macon Telegraph | But there is one aircraft not currently at the museum that he would love to lay his hands on: a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. That's not just the wish of one man longing for a B-17 bomber to put in the backyard. A dream for the museum since it opened in ...

Aloft on a streetcar named courage - Buffalo News | His B-17,with a nine-member crew, was 26000 feet above Cologne, Germany, and had just dropped bombs on a sprawling railroad yard. “We got hit with a lot of flak. We lost one of the engines, and its propeller was windmilling,” Kane recalled. ...

World War II, from the ground up - Daily Commercial | The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24J Liberator and North American TP-51C Mustang have drawn more than 1000 visitors at Leesburg International Airport since Friday. Today is the last day to see the planes, from 9 am to noon. ...
 
Tour of Duty: Eskildsen, Chodacki saw World War II from B-29 Superfortress - Baxter Bulletin | The B-29 bomber that Eskildsen and Chodacki flew during World War II was recreated and is in the New England Air Museum. / Bulletin Photo by Kevin Pieper Niel Eskildsen, 86, (left) and Henry Chodacki, 91, met during World War II while serving ...

WWII vet shares bomber stories | INFORUM | Fargo, ND -  www.inforum.com | Air museum lecture series takes flight Bazil “Bud” Murray’s experience aboard bomber aircraft in World War II got off to a bumpy start…

Auckland/ Ardmore visit - Post 1: X-Flight and the Warbirds Dakota  from Rodney's Aviation Ramblings | After a bit of an absence, I made another visit to Auckland last weekend. This was an opportunity to catch up with some people I hadn't seen for a while [more details on my other blog, Rodney's WTAOG Stuff - Andrew, Anita and Tahi will be making an appearance shortly :-)].  My first visit was to see Rob and Helena at Rob's Patisserie in the suburb of Ponsonby. Well worth a visit if you're looking for a bite to eat, or a fancy cake for a special occasion!...

It's About The Tailwind!  from Flight To Success by Karlene Petitt | Robbi and Doug DeVries invited my husband and myself to the first release part of Robbi's wine---Tailwind Cellars, and Doug's Grumman Goose project. What a night it was.  I happened to be in Reno at the Women in Aviation conference and flew home a day early for the party of the year. I lured my friend Kathy McCullough to join us with promise of music by Billy Joel. Yes, she shopped, changed her airline ticket, skipped town a day early, and flew to Seattle with me. So what's in a "L" anyway? ;)…

Re-igniting the Spark of Flight, by Christian Lienemann  from Aviation News by christian lienemann | The General Aviation community consists of individuals from all walks of life who all share the dream of flying. The article below was written by an Auto Repair shop owner in Metraire, Lousiana, Christian Lienemann, who finally made his lifelong dream of wanting to become a pilot a reality. It was a life changing event for him and he now owns his own airplane and enjoys sharing his passion for aviation with customers and other people he meet. Thank you Christian for sharing this experience with all of us!...

The history of aviation and the impossible  from General Aviation News by Janice Wood | In a blog post at The Atlantic, Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft and now the force behind the new Kestrel Aircraft Co., talks about a recent visit he made to the National Air and Space Museum. And while Klapmeier says that anyone who loves aviation would thoroughly enjoy the museum, both on the Mall and the Steven F Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport, he adds that “everyone needs to see this place. Why? Because the history of aviation is linked to the development of our society. Behind the airplanes, spacecraft and associated artifacts is the story of people striving to do the impossible.” Read the full post here.

Able Flight Wins Christopher Reeve Grant

When you donate to the Able Flight Scholarship Fund...you become more than a donor...you become a partner in its mission.


A special thanks to  Perrone Aerospace, a founding sponsor and continuing supporter of Able Flight.

WHO DO YOU HELP WHEN YOU DONATE TO ABLE FLIGHT?
People like Able Flight pilot & Iraq war veteran Ryan Kelly who lost a leg below the knee due  to the blast of an IED.
Donate today to help inspiring people like Ryan become a pilot!

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ABLE FLIGHT WINS  CHRISTOPHER AND DANA REEVE FOUNDATION GRANT
Funding Supports Training Program At Purdue
"We're honored  that the foundation has selected Able Flight to receive our third Quality of Life Grant," said Charles Stites of Able Flight."With this support we'll be sending a deserving scholarship recipient to train at Purdue University this summer. The competition for the Reeve Foundation awards is intense, and this speaks to how the foundation sees Able Flight fulfilling its mission."



 
 ABLE FLIGHT PILOTS FEATURED IN MARCH AOPA PILOT MAGAZINE
The story of  Able Flight pilots Heather Schultz and Sean O'Donnell's effort to help wounded veterans become pilots appears in AOPA PILOT magazine this month. They are also featured in an AOPA video you can find here.
Sean O'Donnell and Heather Schultz after completing
Freedom Flight 2011
Hansen family image
(L-R) Mike, Jon & Ron Hansen
(not shown Mitch & Matt Hansen)

SPOTLIGHT ON HANSEN AIR GROUP
From the beginning of Able Flight in 2006, the Hansen family has been a key partner in its success. This multi-generational family of pilots not only imports the adapted Sky Arrow, but has provided many hours of training for scholarship winners at its Georgia facility.

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Leadership and Army Values Are Vital to the Golden Knights from US Army Golden Knights | There are some traditions in the Golden Knights that can trace their roots far deeper than the Team’s 50-year lifespan. While the Black and Gold canopies and air show performances are signatures of the US Army Parachute Team, the Army Values and good, old-fashioned mentorship are what REALLY holds this Team together. The Non-Commissioned Officer [...]

Sell-out expected for next Wanaka Airshow - The Press West Coast | Tickets are already on sale and expected to sell-out quickly for the 2012 Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. The biennial Easter event attracts over 85000 visitors and features top stunt pilots, aircraft and aerobatics from around the world. ...

2011 Show Will Be Taking Applications from Windsor International Air Show 2011 | VOLUNTEERS We'll be opening up the application process very soon. Each volunteer will have to fill in a new application even of we had you on file last year. Every year we have to get your correct information and find a place for you in our organization.  The new ...

Vintage planes take to sky for fly-in - Marlborough Express | The Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand Inc held its annual fly-in and annual general meeting at Blenheim's Omaka airfield. Pilots competed in events including spot-landing, bombing, aerobatics, flying with instruments covered, and the perfect loop. ...

Doctor dies in Hudson River plane crash - Times Herald-Record | A New York State Trooper dive team member is lowered from a helicopter on Saturday to a spot near where a small jet crashed into the Hudson River in Kingston. The pilot, Dr. Michael Faraldi, 38, of Germantown, was killed in the crash. ...

People in Aviation: March 2011 from www.ainonline.com  | 2011 Schedulers & Dispatchers Outstanding Achievement & Leadership Award ... NBAA also awarded its 2011 Corporate Aviation Management Scholarships ....

WAI Conference Wraps In Reno - AVweb | Almost 3000 people from 22 countries attended the Women in Aviation International conference in Reno that ended Saturday. In a news release, WAI said $691750 in scholarships were distributed to 76 recipients ranging from ...

The B-18 “Bolo” Story – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Monday from WarbirdRadio.com | MONDAY – Captain Richard S. Dann (United States Navy) joins us to discuss the Douglas B-18 Bolo.  Designed from the DC-2, the Bolo takes it’s place in history as one of the most versatile aircraft of it’s generation.  CAPT Dann will share ...

Reno man on the trail of Amelia Earhart mystery - Reno Gazette Journal | Elgen Long, a consultant for the 2009 movie "Amelia," said the envelopes may be the only pieces of evidence that can prove or disprove the claim that a bone found in the Pacific are the remains of the aviatrix. The envelopes will be steamed open. ...

Veteran set to turn 90 after surviving four plane crashes, train bombing - Ocala | Pringle flew the B-24 and B-17 bombers and the Bristol Blenheim, a twin-engine bomber. He said although he isn't sure of the exact amount, he flew at least 50 official missions in Alaska. After D-Day, he went on to fly more than 50 additional missions ...

De Plane - Grumman Widgeon from Fantasy Island from Another Time | Back in 2003 my dad and I flew the 170 up to Bartlesville, OK for the annual fly-in.  The weather was great and it was a nice flight.  Clear blue skies.  This was one of my first aviation events with my new digital camera.  The event produce a good number of great pictures. ...

Top Gear the Spitfire challenge - YouTube | Jeremy, Richard and James fulfilling their and almost every men's childhood dream, to fly the mighty Spitfire.

Hot ice blues in Antarctica as jet flights end from Plane Talking | The second and last jet flight between Hobart and the Australian Antarctic blue ice runway some 70 kilometres from the Casey station this season took place yesterday. ...

Formation flight Sunday from Planeshots

American Pilot First To Fly Russian-Made Mi-35 In Combat from Military Photos | Kabul, Afghanistan, May 15, 2010--U.S. Air Force Major Caleb Nimmo is the first American pilot to fly the Russian Mi-35 HIND attack helicopter in combat. He is deployed to Afghanistan advising the Afghan National Army Air Corps’ rotary wing squadron as part of the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Combined Air Power Transition Force.  The 377th Rotary Wing Squadron of the Kabul Air Wing is advised by CAPTF’s coalition partners from the Czech Republic, Hungary and the U.S. The squadron flies the Russian made Mi-35 attack helicopter and the Mi-17 transport helicopter. ...

Growing up in Cotton Center helped soldier - Plainview Daily Herald | A former operations officer and executive officer in Tiger Squadron (his great uncle flew with the Flying Tigers and was shot down prior to WWII over Rangoon in 1939), he was involved in multiple "combat engagements" that resulted in soldiers getting ...

Press Release: The Beer has Landed: Astronauts4Hire Completes Space Beer Microgravity Test from Astronauts for Hire | Orlando, Florida – Astronauts4Hire has completed its inaugural paid contract to test the world’s first beer designed for consumption in space. The experiment, which marks humanity’s first formal study on alcohol absorption in microgravity, took place aboard a parabolic trajectory microgravity flight out of Cape Canaveral, Florida operated by Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G). Yesterday’s flight was the first in a series of microgravity flights qualifying the beer recipe for consumption in space, funded in part by sales of the beverage on Earth. ...

NASA provides detailed pictures of Discovery's survey maneuver from Photoblog | Katie Cannon writes:I remember being in middle school and our teachers wheeling a TV into our classroom so we could watch the beautiful shuttle launches that always sent a little twinge of national pride through me. I remember that cold day in January when I was home on a snow day and saw the Challenger ...


Sunday, February 27, 2011

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F-22 Raptor returns to Sun ‘n Fun from General Aviation News | The world’s only operational fifth-generation fighter aircraft – the F-22 “Raptor” – will return to the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, which will be held March 29-April 3 on its campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) in Florida. ...

Mark Kirsch – World’s Strongest Man - Fiargo AirSho | There has always been an innate fascination in cultures throughout history in who is the World’s Strongest Man. The Strongman Sport is the modern culmination of this fascination, and is the ultimate test of Human Strength, Speed, and Coordination.  We are excited to announce that Mark Kirsch will be displaying his amazing strength at this year’s air show.

Community invited to Air Show forum - Clacton and Frinton Gazette | A FORUM to come up with ideas to develop the Clacton Air Show is being held next week. Residents, businesses and community groups are all invited to attend the meeting to brainstorm ways to help the event bring more money to the district. ...

3 World War II planes to land in Hattiesburg - Hattiesburg American | Flights on the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person for 30 minutes. Visitors can also fly the P-51 themselves for $2200 for a half hour or $3200 for an hour. Officials say about 90 percent of the cost to visitors goes toward keeping the planes flying. ... 

Vintage Fighter Jet Crashes Into Hudson River, Pilot Missing - nycaviation | A Cold War-era British BAC 167 Strikemaster crashed into the Hudson River near Kingston, NY Saturday afternoon. 

30000 take joy flight to Wings Over Illawarra - Illawara Mercury | The 24-year-old pilot was one of more than 30000 who visited the annual Wings Over Illawarra air show yesterday. While most people took public transport or drove to Illawarra Regional Airport for the show, Ms Burt flew her flight school's Piper Warrior ...

Aviation history takes flight with celebration in Plainville - The Bristol Press | In May of 1911, less than eight years after Orville and Wilbur Wright got their airplane off the ground in Kitty Hawk, N.C., Nels Nelson of New Britain flew his “flying machine” at Tyler’s buckwheat field.  Nelson went on to perform at various air shows and the field went on to become Robertson Airport.  To commemoratee the 100th anniversary of Nelson’s flight, the airport plans to hold a celebration May 21. ...

Sightseeing tour of aviation sites could increase visitors - Dayton Daily News | Re “Interstate signs promote Dayton's aviation heritage,” Feb. 11: The signs that promote Dayton aviation heritage are a good start, but for years Dayton has passed up the golden opportunity to keep travelers and vacationers here for more than one day. ...

Carolinas Aviation Museum Acquires "Miracle on the Hudson" Flight 1549 ... - Live-PR.com | The Carolinas Aviation Museum today announced that it has acquired the "Miracle on the Hudson" Flight 1549 Airbus A-320 Airframe from Chartis, a world leading property-casualty and general insurance organization. President of the Museum. ...

Nice Reno Shots - Big Nevada | Air racing, aviation history

Hamilcar Glider from War and Game | On Britain’s huge Glider aircraft the Hamilcar, which the Germans believed to be a troop carrier depended much of the success of the Allied airborne landings on the Continent from D-Day onwards. Tremendous punch was given to ground operations, by the use of these gliders which towed by heavy bombers of the R.A.F carried a [...]

WWII vet shares bomber stories - In-Forum | He flew 54 bombing missions in a B-25 over China. Dave Wallis / The Forum Bazil “Bud” Murray's experience aboard bomber aircraft in World War II got off to a bumpy start. First, his five-man Air Force crew had to wait a week for their airplane while ...

The Cucumber Bomber - General Aviation News | Imagine running an FBO that provides flight instruction, maintenance services, charter flights, and cargo services with a stable of planes that includes a B-17. Before your mind flashes to a recent warbird parade at Oshkosh, think again. This story begins in 1959, when surplus warbirds could still be operated on the cheap. At that time, it wasn’t unusual for ordinary folks like Jack Kalemba to try and make a living by putting a surplus bomber to work. ...

Aircraft Never Before seen Vintage images - YouTube | A rare glimpse of Vintage images from Skyworld Kool Air Pics

Lockheed R6V Constitution. RATO test part two from Planeshots

February 27 from Cut and Paste Aviation
 Nice! Very Appropriately Named 'Seastar' From Dornier Seaplane from AirPigz | I got several pictures like the one above of the Dornier Seaplane Company's 'Seastar' at Oshkosh 2010. It was a hard airplane to miss since it's pretty large and rather unusual. Well, unusual since we don't see very many new production seaplanes these days. But, there was a time when much of the really amazing stuff  ...

Genesis of the Predator UAV from Aviation Trivia of the Day | Leading Systems' Amber UAV, grandfather of the Predator.  In the mid-1970s, Abraham Karem, a designer of high-tech weaponry for the Israeli Defense Forces, emigrated to the United States but despite his credentials working with the Israeli military, found himself unable to get employment with any of the major American defense contractors. Karem had some innovative ideas for unmanned aerial vehicles ...

DVD Review: British Airshows 2010 by Flightline UK | If you buy just one airshow DVD a year, this is the one! British Airshows 2010 covers a multitude of events up and down the country. Narrated by Sean Maffett, this production includes all the best bits from Planes TV’s  ...

P-40 in Combat from War and Game | The Curtiss P-40 achieved its greatest fame with the Flying Tigers, but it also proved itself in every theater of war. Rarely the fastest or most maneuverable aircraft in a combat, it was often the most rugged and served its nation well.   World War II U.S. fighter. The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, made famous by [...]

PC Pilot's Platinum Award for DC-3 Legends of Flight! - Just Flight | We were delighted to read in the new issue of PC Pilot magazine that DC-3 Legends of Flight has been deemed worthy of the coveted Platinum Award, with the reviewer concluding: "Just Flight and Aeroplane Heaven have started 2011 with a tour-de-force. This is their finest release yet, bar none, and equally one of the most impressive packages yet to be seen for FSX"  The review also looks at the additional aircraft and the ability to tow the Waco glider in the Expansion Pack, which it calls "an extremely worthwhile additional purchase".  ...

Young Eagles rally kicks off new year - General Aviation News | Orlando Gateway Sport Pilot Flight Training Center at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in Florida will host an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Young Eagles Flight Rally Jan. 8. ...

Video: Robonaut-1: Balloon pop and recovery! from Spaceports

NACA takes first steps toward space - Alamogordo Daily News | "The first operable big airplane in aviation history" had four 100 horsepower engines; as did Sikorsky's "five-ton Il'ya Muromets," said "Milestones of Aviation." Three times as large as a Wright Brothers flyer, and able to carry 2425 pounds of fuel, ...

Astronaut Sad to See Shuttle Era Come to a Close - WJTV | The Stafford Air & Space Museum has external tiles, a shuttle main engine, a payload pallet, wheels, part of a solid rocket booster and other items. "The public definitely can have a feeling for what the shuttle is and what it is doing," museum ...

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Sky-high top guns ready to roar - Herald Sun | The event, to run at Avalon Airport between March 1 and 6, will boast a range of high-flying attractions, including the F-22 Raptor and the B-1 Bomber (pictured), which arrived yesterday. Russian triple world unlimited aerobatic pilot Nikolay Timofeev ...


It's lift off for Weymouth Carnival and Air Show - Dorset Echo | Carnival favourites the Red Arrows have already confirmed they'll be at the event on Wednesday August 17 – surprising organisers who usually get the nod in April. The Arrows – the RAF's world-famous aerobatic display team and carnival ...

Kemble air show salute to Hunters - Wiltshire Gazette and Herald | The 2011 Cotswold Air Show is planning a flypast consisting of nine of the iconic jets, many of which were built and maintained at the airport. From 1954 to 1989, RAF Kemble became known as the Hunter HQ, as virtually every UK Hunter, more than 1200 ...

The largest aviation event in the country - in August in Radom - News 24 | In August in Radom gets known throughout the world aerobatic teams, including Italian - FrecceTriColori, French - Patrouille de France and the Croatian Wings of Storm. According to the organizers, for the first time in Poland there is also the team ...

About the Snowbirds - Great Falls Tribune | The Malmstrom air show this weekend was the first outing of the season for the Canadian Snowbirds. The nine red and white Canadair CT-114 Tutors flew in from Canada to show off the skill and teamwork of the Canadian Forces during the Malmstrom Air ...

Air Show lineup to be unveiled - Delmarva Now | Last year's event featured the US Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team, several civilian prop plane demonstrations and parachute jumps by the US Navy Seals' Leap Frogs and the US Army's Golden Knights teams. The Thunderbirds are not available ...

Swellendam Airshow - Sout African Air Force Museum | The year's first and the Cape's largest air show will be hosted at the Swellendam air field on 5 March 2011. The air in the Overberg area will be ...

Sen. Reid Joins the National Championship Air Races as They Announce 2011 Event Theme and Entertainment - This is Reno | Today, in a joint press conference with Sen. Harry Reid, the National Championship Air Races announced that military fighter aircraft, the F-22 Raptor and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, will be the headline entertainment for the 2011 event. The Air Races also publicly recognized the U.S. military as well as congressional leaders in Washington, most notably Sen. Reid for the continued support and help in making the event a success. In addition, the Air Races announced they will welcome the L-39 Patriot Jets Team,  ...

13 Florida mayors skydive with the Army - NBC2 News | The mayors of Cutler Bay, South Miami, Coral Gables, Sweetwater, Miami Gardens, Surfside, Biscayne Park, Southwest Ranches, Deerfield Beach, Minneola, Belle Isle, Ocoee and Madison will tandem jump with members of the Army's Golden Knights Parachute ...
   
High flying ladies take their message to the sky -  KLTV | The times have changed, as there are a number of growing opportunities for women in aviation. "More and more women are becoming pilots, flying for the military and our armed services and this was all because of some of the pioneering women like Amelia ...

The Great Race - Air & Space Magazine | When the Air Mail Service decided to establish a route between New York City and Chicago, two pilots competed to fly it first. 

Vintage Fighter Jet Crashes Into Hudson River, Pilot Missing - NYCAviation | A Cold War-era British fighter jet crashed into the Hudson River near Kingston, NY Saturday afternoon, according to an AP report. Rescuers found the plane partially submerged with the pilot unaccounted for. ...

About the Frontiers of Flight Museum - Dallas, Texas - Official website | Embark on a memorable aviation journey - a tour of the Frontiers of Flight Museum. During your experience, you will bridge several lifetimes starting with the pioneers who realized their earliest dreams of flying; identifying with the aviators of the 20's and 30's, known as the "Golden Age of Flight"; understanding the sacrifices of the fliers of World War II; and progressing to the jet and rocket age of today. By virtue of these chronicles of time, you will also find a new appreciation for the role the Dallas/Fort Worth area (known today as the Aviation Capital of the World) has played in the unfolding global aviation story. At the Frontiers of Flight Museum you will see, hear, and touch some of the rare artifacts that have contributed to this exciting history. On display is a World War I Sopwith "Pup" biplane along with hundreds of models, uniforms, decorations, engines and propellers. You will long remember your "Flight Thru Time". ...

Ejection Seats - Historical collection of escape systems - YouTube | The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas (@ Love Field) has a large collection of escape systems on display. This short video is seveal years old but it gives an impression of the collection. Many more seats and better signage are currently on display. The collection is intended to preserve some of the amazing equipment that has been saving lives for decades. The museum has 100,000 square feet of space and over 35 aircraft, plus the Apollo 7 Command Module on display. www.flightmuseum.com

The World’s First Supersonic Ejection from J Clark | In 1955, George Smith was 31 years old, unmarried, stood 6’1” and weighed 220 pounds.  It was a Saturday morning just like today.  He was off work and on his way to the grocery store, but he stopped by his office to drop off some flight test reports on some acceptance flights he performed earlier in the week.  The North American Aviation dispatcher, Bob Gallahue, saw George walking to his car in the parking lot.  He called out to George and asked if he would perform an acceptance flight for an F-100A in need of delivery to the Air Force. ...

Warbirds & pilots of WW2 Photos via Facebook

Warbirds need new nest - St. George Daily Spectrum | Scheduled for March 19 at the Barn at Cotton Town Village in Washington City, the gala will feature a variety of aviation legends and a keynote address by Thunder Over Utah Director Kevin Walsh, who works with Michigan's Yankee Air Museum. ...
 
The Red Baron from Pixdaus: Popular Today Pics

Officials aim to complete the $7.5M Ford Island Control Tower restoration before the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor's bombing from The Kathryn Report | Officials are hoping that a badly needed project to stabilize and restore one of the enduring symbols of World War II can be completed in time for the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor this Dec. 7. A blessing was held yesterday for the Ford Island Control Tower restabilization project being spearheaded by the nearby Pacific Aviation Museum with the help of the Navy and Ford Island  ...

Stored in Kearny, the 'Miracle on the Hudson' jetliner will move to an ... - The Jersey Journal | The "Miracle in the Hudson" US Airways Airbus 320 that carried the passengers of Flight 1549 about two years ago will be a permanent exhibit this summer in the at the Carolinas Aviation Museum Charlotte, North Carolina, NBC-TV reports. ...

FlightTime Radio Show 163 from The FlightTime Radio Show | Charlie and Milford had Roxy and Rhonda on the show. They talked about the New Smyrna Beach Balloon and Sky Fest coming to the New Smyrna Beach Airport on April 8th, 9th and 10th!  There will be fun and aviation of all sorts to be enjoyed by all that attend! Next week, join us to hear Cloudy talk about his books, CloudDancer's Alaskan Chronicles!  He has three books about his adventures in Alaska.  Does anyone  ...

International Society for Aviation Photography - Official Website | International Society for Aviation Photography, Inc. is an international non-profit professional society whose broad range of member contributions span a wide variety of fields including: professional photographers, writers, historians, publishers, trade representatives, pilots and amateur photographers. ...

William H. Gerhold - Marietta Times | He was a member of the Experimental Aviation Association and worked closely for several years with the Young Eagles program which exposes young people to aviation through a hands-on process that culminates in a flight with a private pilot. ...

Friends of Minute Man Airfield Stow plan for the future - Harvard Post | The EAA 196 also sponsors Young Eagles, a program designed to help young children discover and explore the world of aviation. Every second Saturday from spring until fall, there are free rides in planes for children age 8 to 17. ...


Saturday, February 26, 2011

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70 Years of Thunder - Luke AFB | Details

Newest fighter jet to headline Selfridge air show - Daily Tribune | The military’s newest fighter aircraft will headline the 2011 Selfridge Air Show in August.  A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor team will conduct one of the flying performances during the free show, Aug. 20-21.  “For the majority of our visitors, I am certain this will represent their first opportunity to see an F-22,” said Lt. Col. Sean Campbell, director of the air show. ...

ILLOWA Sport Flyers to meet March 5 - Quad-Cities Online | The club will be joining in with the Davenport Airport and the Quad City Air Show June 18-19 with an area display of the club and aircraft. This year The Blue Angles will be the featured show. The Quad City Air Show is one of a few air shows that have ...

City says no to funds for air show - Wisconsin Dells Events | The Wisconsin Dells Council's Finance Committee said no to a request for funds for the annual air show at the Baraboo-Dells Airport, but said yes to a proposal to ...

The Horsemen P-51 Mustangs - Fargo AirSho | The Horsemen are widely know for flying the world’s only P-51 Mustang aerobatic team. The team flys only a limited number of select shows each year, and have named Fargo as a site for 2011. The Horsemen are comprised of three highly skilled warbird pilots who have passion for showcasing the planes that made America great: Jim Beasley, Dan Friedkin, and Ed Shipley.  The trio is also featured on a reality series on ASB.TV that follows the team from the creation of the team to their aviation adventures around the world.

Gateway Aviation Day set for takeoff - Arizona Republic | 26, 2011 06:24 AM It's called Gateway Aviation Day, and there will be a lot to celebrate while ducking under the wings of an aircraft-refueling tanker, standing closer than most people ever do to an Apache helicopter and checking out a McDonnell ...

Kemble air show salute to Hunters - Wiltshire Gazette and Herald | The 2011 Cotswold Air Show is planning a flypast consisting of nine of the iconic jets, many of which were built and maintained at the airport. From 1954 to 1989, RAF Kemble became known as the Hunter HQ, as virtually every UK Hunter, more than 1200 ...

Big Band Hangar Dance and WWII Musical Show - Arizona Reporter | ... a fund raiser for the non-profit CAF Aviation Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd at Mesa's Falcon Field, NE corner of McKellips and Greenfield; The CAF is an organization dedicated to keeping aviation history alive for current and future generations. ...

Officials celebrate 100 years of aviation Dominican - Nuevo eldiario | The 100 years of aviation in the Dominican Republic will be held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March, with the display of Caribbean Air Show 2011, a great air show in which acrobats and aircraft pilots will participate in various countries along the waterfront of the capital, between Avenida Maximo Gomez and Abraham Lincoln, between the hours of 13:00 to 19:00. ...

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Flying the Friendly Renton Skies - Renton, WA Patch from renton.patch.com | Back at the end of December, Delta Airlines pilot and Renton resident, Karlene Pettit organized a free event, dubbed “Fly it Forward,” which had the dual purpose of being part of a worldwide celebration of the Centennial of Women Pilots and a push to help Renton Municipal Airport earn the designation of the Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in the World.  Sadly, we missed out by a whisker, but as Karlene points out in her excellent blog post on the event, we started late but had an AMAZING finish and ultimately earned a top finish in the United States!  ...

1941 Air Race: Porterfield Gets Whipped By JATO Ercoupe! from AirPigz | OK, it wasn't a real 'air race', but it was a pretty historic event: the first ever JATO (Jet Assisted Take-Off) in the United States. And the massive brute of an airplane chosen to try this new technology? Why the Ercoupe of course... all ~1,200 pounds of it! My research on the internet turned up some confusing info on how much thrust is on display in this picture, but I'm inclined to believe the claim that the Ercoupe is ...

Crews To Use Video To Help Raise Rare WWII Airplane - 10 News [video] | TBD Devastator Bomber Discovered Off Coast Of San Diego | Recovery crews will be relying on new video footage in an effort to raise a World War II plane discovered off the coast of San Diego.  A&T Recovery revealed the first-ever glimpse of the TBD Devastator, which is considered the "Holy Grail" of naval aviation restoration. In the video, a robotic camera captures video of a weathered cockpit and instrument panel, along with the remnants of an airplane wing. ...

LaVoy Poehlman, 91 / Sept. 10, 1919 — Feb. 24, 2011 - Niles Daily Star | As a young man, LaVoy served in the United States Air Force as a flight instructor for B-25 bombers. On April 16, 1945 in Buchanan he married the former Colleen M. Mellen, who would be his wife and constant companion for more than 65 years. ...

Six decades later, World War II airmen honored with medals in Utah - Salt Lake Tribune | Also honored was Sgt. Paul Sersland, an aerial gunner on a B-17 who participated in 35 bombing raids over enemy occupied Europe in 1944 and 1945. “It's perfectly appropriate, even though it's decades late, that we still recognize the work these men did ...

A captured Junkers Ju 88A in U.S. colors from Planeshots | More Ju 88's in the archives

“Bell D188A Mach 2 VTOL Fighter Project” now in print from The Unwanted Blog | This is the real First Edition of the thing, with (hopefully) all the bugs worked out. It is revised from the original ...

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Dream of flight within reach for scholarship winner - AOPA Pilot | Women in Aviation International President Peggy Chabrian and AOPA President Craig Fuller waved from the cockpit of the giant replica and climbed down the stairs to welcome attendees at the opening reception of the twenty-second annual International ...

Student balloon project images Discovery from above from The Original Rocket Dungeon | Alan Boyle reports on the Robonaut-1 balloon project, which imaged Discovery/STS-133 from the stratosphere.  The project was a joint project by between the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and Quest for Stars.  The balloon payload included a smart phone, however, the team found that the cell coverage over the south Florida swamps was poor.  They have recovered the Robonaut-1 and are extracting more images. ...

Boeing Receives IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing for the Mercury Spacecraft in Ceremony Today from The Aero Experience | Boeing received the IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing for the Mercury Spacecraft in a ceremony today at the St. Louis Campus Building 100 Prologue Room.  The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a non-profit, professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation related to electricity, and recognizes the advancements made by the Mercury Spacecraft team in the areas of navigation and control systems, including fly-by-wire.  Here are some views of the ceremony: ...


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World's top aircraft descend on Melbourne for Avalon 2011 - Herald Sun | "We have dreams here; we do want Avalon to be an international airport." Airshow chief executive Ian Honnery said the show would feature the F-22 Raptor. "The F-22 Raptor boasts stealth technology, speed, agility and long- range capabilities," Mr ...

Northrop Grumman Showcases Key Capabilities at Australian International Air Show from PR Newswire: Aerospace/Defense | CANBERRA, Australia -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will highlight a wide range of its key capabilities and programmes at the Australian International Air Show, including unmanned aircraft systems, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), airborne ...

You so fly: Wings Over Illawarra 2011 - Illawara Mercury | "I remember I went to my first one when I was about eight years old and I couldn't take my eyes off the late Australian pilot Tom Moon doing a low-level aerobatic display," Mr Clark said. "From that point on I knew that's what I wanted to do. ...

Boston Portsmouth Air Show - Official Site | Tickets for the 2011 Boston - Portsmouth Air Show go on sale today at http://bostonportsmouthairshow.com/purchase_tickets.php#box. They've got the Thunderbirds and another awesome lineup!

Davis-Monthan prepares for air show season - KGUN | According to a DM press release, "the Heritage Flight Conference is held each year prior to the beginning of the spring and summer air show seasons to provide a forum for civilian and Air Combat Command demonstration pilots to train together to prepare ...

People, Planes & Helicopters At Coronado Navy Plane Airshow by Rob Hurlbut | Many photos from Centennial Of Naval Aviation airshow on Coronado NAS navy base in February 2011.

Michigan B-52 bombers take flight again in Ric Mixter's 'Bombs Away' - The Bay City Times | Wurtsmith was named in honor of a US Army Air Force major general, a Detroit native killed in a B-25 bomber crash in 1946 in North Carolina. “Selfridge has had the most impact on aviation but all the bases have their own accolades,” Mixter said. ...

Women In Aviation, By The Numbers from Things with Wings | ... There are plenty of women in the aviation field, but the numbers of women in leadership positions in the airlines could be better.  My friend Kelly Murphy of Emerald Media, partnered with the Regional Airline Association to create this special supplement of RAA's Regional Horizons magazine to salute this year's conference. ...

Confederate Air Force Voted Favorite Don´t Mess with Texas Ad of Past 25 Years - Live-PR.com | After nearly 600000 total votes cast in the Face-Off, Texans have declared the Confederate Air Force, now the Commemorative Air Force, the favorite Don´t Mess with Texas TV ad of the past 25 years. The Texas Department of Transportation celebrated the ...

World War 2 Lancaster Bomber Taxi Run Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum - Skegness | The Avro Lancaster Bomber NX611 ‘Just Jane’, often treats spectators to a taxi run at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum at East Kirkby near Spilsby. ...

The DC-9 from J Clark | Forty-six years ago today, the DC-9 flew for the very first time.  Douglas Aircraft began researching the need for short- to medium-range airliners in the late 1950s.  The original thought was to design a smaller version of their popular DC-8, complete with four engines.  The airlines did not show enough interest in that particular design and the engineers and managers at Douglas began rethinking their ideas. ...

Friday Video: The MiG-29 - the second line air superiority fighter of the Indian Air Force from Bangalore Aviation | While many are familiar with the front line air superiority fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, the MiG-29 Baaz (meaning Hawk) has remained in relative obscurity with the public. A further development of the MiG-29 is the MiG-35 which was a contender for the 126 MMRCA tender of the IAF.  India was the first international customer of the MiG-29. The IAF placed an order for more than 50 MiG-29s in 1980 while the aircraft was still in its initial development phase. ...

Flashback Fridays: A Few Words About Jet Engines from Nuts About Southwest | Along with our 40th anniversary this year, we should be celebrating another almost forgotten 75th anniversary.  On January 27, 1936, Frank Whittle and three other English investors formed Power Jets, Ltd. to make and market jet aircraft engines.  Whittle was a career Royal Air Force officer who had a unique eye on the future.  He patented his design for the jet engine in 1930, and he began experimenting with what would become the components of jet engines, including compressors and turbines during the 1930s.  In World War II, Britain and Germany both introduced operational jet aircraft, and the US began making license-built versions of British jet engines.   ...

Monika Petrillo from Flight To Success | Friday's Fabulous Flyer! Life is all about the journey. The best journey's are those that we learn something about ourselves in the process.  Monika's journey began the day she decided to get her pilot's license at the age of twenty-four. Quite often we follow in our parent's footsteps, but this time Monika's father followed in her's.  A year after Monika got her license, her father, at fifty-eight, got his license too. Dad came to came to California, slept on her floor and flew during the day.  ...

Joe Smith: Six decades aloft and still flying - Mt Shasta news | Drivers up near the top of the Dunsmuir grade on I-5 who hear a sound like a lawnmower overhead, and who take the trouble to scan the sky for its source, may catch sight of a tiny airplane with translucent yellow wings heading in for a landing at Mott Airport. In the cockpit would be Joe Smith, who is required to take off and land six times a month to keep his pilot's license. But for Smith, this is hardly a chore. “I've been flying since 1949,” he said, smiling in the cockpit on the tarmac last month. “I've always flown for pleasure.” ...

Things Not To Do to An Airliner from Things with Wings | Standing in a hangar in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, for the unveiling on Feb. 21 of the first Embraer EMB-145 for India's airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) program - and looking at all the antennas, radomes, lumps and bumps on what was a regional jet - got me thinking about other airliners that have been chopped, stretched, added to and otherwise poked and prodded to become less-than-beautiful military platforms. ...

Aerial Photographer James Cavanaugh - ANN | ANN's Paul Plack talks with aerial photographer James Cavanaugh about his background in both aviation and photography, his profession, and how amateur photographers can get better aerial photos.

Giant Model Airplanes Take to the Skies This Weekend - First Coast News | The pilots fly their giant models through various aerobatic and high-skill maneuvers, and it's all to benefit the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund. The planes will be flying at Lannie Road Model Airplane Flying Park, just east of the national ...

Photos: Shuttle Discovery lifts off for the last time from RGJ.com | 48 images from the historic flight

Gov't Shutdown Wouldn't Leave Shuttle Discovery Stuck in Space from SPACE.com | What will happen to space shuttle Discovery's flight if there is a partial government shutdown?

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