Sunday, July 31, 2011

#OSH11 - Saturday's AirVenture News Summary

Super Saturday lit up sky at AirVenture - Oshkosh Northwestern | Appleton resident Ryan Van Helden kicked back with friends as he watched the night air show followed by fireworks at the EAA AirVenture gathering. "It's great. I've never seen anything like it," Van Helde said about the night air show. ...
 

Swordfish lands at Oshkosh after monumental effort - EAA News | They were known as “Stringbags” and the origin of the nickname is uncertain. Some fans of the Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber say it refers to the mass of flying wires and leather stitching that held it all together. The Royal navy’s Swordfish dropped not only torpedoes, but bombs, rockets—even leaflets—when they flew interdiction missions over occupied France. There are only two Swordfish still flying, and Rob’s is the only one on this side of the Atlantic. It took a monumental effort to get it here to AirVenture. ...
Photo: Vintage Wings of Canada

Honor Flights are the least we can do for WWII veterans - nwitimes.com | Honor Flights is a program to recognize the service of our veterans, especially World War II veterans, with a day of celebration and remembrance for their service. Part of that is to transport those veterans to Washington DC, with the best possible ...

Aerostar Jet - AVweb | Christy flew the jet to AirVenture Oshkosh for the jet's first major public debut and says he's testing the market with eyes on certification. The engines improve performance in every way but fuel flow, and take advantage of the Aerostar's aerodynamics ...

Video: Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 Zero WWII Fighter by AVwebFlash Current Issue | One of three flying examples left in the world, this rebuilt Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 Zero WWII Japanese fighter on display at the AirVenture air and trade show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This aircraft is owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) Southern California Wing, based at Camarillo.This video is brought to you by Bose Corporation and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather.

Tuskegee Airmen exhibit drawing attention at EAA - Fox11online.com | The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron out of Minnesota has traveled the country to teach people about the Tuskegee Airmen, and one of the pieces of the exhibit actually made its debut at EAA. The story of the airmen has even caught the ...

 A first timers impressions of OSH 2011 by Darren S | ... Instead I want to share some of the different things I experienced and encountered during my first trip to OSH. These high lights and low lights are in no particular order and hopefully they will answer some questions for future Airventure goers.  To say I was excited to go would be an understatement. I read the Notam through a bunch of times and watched all the youtube videos I could on the approaches. I felt I had a pretty good handle on things but nothing beats doing it yourself. This is a good segway into my first notation. ...

Meet the cast of Flying Wild Alaska by EAA News | The cast of Discovery Channel's Flying Wild Alaska has infiltrated EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Flying Wild Alaska follows the Tweto family, of Unalakleet, Alaska, who run cargo airline Era Alaska. The show premiered in January 2011 with six million viewers, the best-rated debut ever for Discovery

AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 QuickCast 2 by The Pilot's Flight PodLog | David is at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, and he is bringing you some daily QuickCast from the the grounds! ...

"Fore!" UCAP #244-golf by Uncontrolled Airspace: General Aviation Podcast | Saturday Morning, July 30. From the convention grounds near the legendary brown arch. The Boeing Dreamliner, Meet the Administrator, and Noah's Ark.

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2 Dead In Crash Of Wright Replica Aircraft - NBC4i.com | The plane was one of a couple of planes built and maintained by volunteers interested in Dayton's aviation heritage. This model made test flights from the Beckley Municipal Airport in Springfield and had recorded 25 hours of flight time. ...

In-flight fill-up - Sacramento Bee | An F-16 Falcon from the US Air Force Thunderbirds is seen from inside the KC-10 Extender refueling it somewhere over Nevada on Thursday. The Thunderbirds will headline the free Air Power Expo hosted by Travis Air Force Base on Saturday and Sunday. ...
   
River Falls woman chosen USAF Thunderbirds ambassador - Pierce County Herald | Caroline Jensen of the United States Air Force was recently chosen to become a member of the “Ambassadors in Blue” with the USAF Thunderbirds for the 2012 demonstration season. Maj. Caroline Jensen stands in front of an F-16 airplane that has been ...

Blue Angels flight surgeon tours Montana Veterans Memorial - KXLH Helena News | A member of the Blue Angels flight team made quite an impression on some veterans in Great Falls on Friday - without leaving the ground. Montana Veterans Memorial president Gina Winters was joined by area veterans in giving Blue Angels flight surgeon ...

Great Falls Air Show delights, educates thousands - KXLH Helena News | The much anticipated "Flight Over The Falls" air show officially took the to skies on Saturday in Great Falls, and people from across the region - and out of state - flocked to the Electric City to see the Blue Angels, among other high-flying ...
   
Airport hosting Big Bear Air Fair 2011 - The Desert Sun | The B-25 Mitchell Bomber, P-38 Lightning, F4U Corsair, P-40 Warkhawk and P-51 Mustang will share the tarmac with the Douglas A-1 Skyraider and an assortment of T-34 propeller and T-38 jet training aircraft. This is the 14th time the airport has hosted ...

Risks & rewards of aerobatics - Oshkosh Northwestern | The International Council of Air Shows, or ICAS, says there are 320 air show performers in the United States and Canada. The International Aerobatic Club counts 3700 aerobatic enthusiasts as members, but International Aerobatic Club President Doug ...

Thousands pack coastline for Sunderland Airshow - Sunday Sun | Coun John Kelly from Sunderland City Council said: “This is the 23rd year of the Sunderland International Airshow and it has become one of the best and biggest events of its kind. Once again, we've got a varied line-up, with something for everyone as ...

Patrouille de France. She will fly over the airfield and Pluguffan Esquibien - The Telegram | The Patrouille de France, has to Lannion - Perros-Guirec for the departure of the Solitaire du Figaro will make a detour to Quimper, the vertical Airfield Pluguffan today at 11 h 10, then five minutes later, Esquibien ...

Red Bull aerobatic display energizes the Celebration of Light opening night in Vancouver, BC - CNW | VANCOUVER, July 30, 2011 /CNW/ - As an estimated 250,000 spectators gathered to enjoy the opening night of The Celebration of Light they were treated to a surprise aerobatic display by Red Bull Pilot Pete McLeod. The 27-year-old Red Lake Ontario native put on a blistering display of speed, agility and power with his modified Edge 540 aircraft. At 9pm the roar of his engine had everyone's attention as he sped into the pre-arranged safe flight zone that was kept clear of all spectators and vessels. Ten minutes and

Chico Air Museum Acquires Retired Air Force F-15 Eagle as Part of New Display ... - DigitalJournal.com | The Chico Air Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the mission to help promote the rich aviation history of the Northern Sacramento Valley. Two specific goals of the museum are to honor current and past military veterans, and to educate and ...
   
A group of Vietnam Veterans get long overdue recognition - KIVI-TV | The "Huey" was unveiled at the Air Museum and veterans from across the country attended the ceremony. "It brings back memories, what we saw what we did, what our job was. I can't help but get emotional, it's a very emotional thing," Sid King, ...

PILOT PHOTOS 1940-960s from Heritage flight gear / flying gear displays | JULY 2011 - More pilot photos from 1940-60s

Bonhomme Richard Completes First MV-22 Osprey Recovery from U.S. Navy News Headline Stories | Sailors in the air department aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) recovered their first Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey July 28 while the ship was in transit to Seattle.


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 Kevin Crombie, Eric Ingram and Jermaine Strachan were awarded their Able Flight Wings on July 26th in a ceremony at EAA AirVenture. Joining them to be honored  were Paul Lampasso, Able Flight's first recipient of a Career Training Scholarship and Aaron Michaels, Able Flight's 2011 Flight Instructor of the Year.
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

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In Pictures: Sunderland International Airshow 2011 - BBC News | Sunderland International Airshow returns to Roker this weekend. The three-day event takes place from 29 July - 31 July. The Sea Cadets Band performing as part of the show on the ground. On Friday, the Band of the Royal Airforce Regiment played the ...

Tippin tabbed for AirFest - Janesville Gazette | County music singer Aaron Tippin will appear Saturday, Sept. 10, as part of his “Red White and Loud” tour. The show features hits such as, “Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly,” “I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way” and “Kiss This. ...

Naval Air Station marks 100 years - HeraldNet | The largest part of the event that began Thursday is Saturday's Centennial of Naval Aviation Heritage Fly-In. The free event is scheduled from 10 am to 5 pm on both Ault Field and Seaplane Base. ...

Tuskegee Bird Flies North from AirSpace by The National Air and Space Museum | During the past two years, it has been my privilege to work closely with the curatorial staff of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to locate an aircraft with a lineage tied directly to the Tuskegee Airmen. We were fortunate enough to accomplish the mission that will culminate in the acquisition of a PT-13 Stearman that flew at Moton Field, Alabama, during WW II—the home of the Tuskegee Airmen. ...

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Doolittle Tokyo Raiders will return to Air Force Museum for 2012 reunion - Dayton Daily News | In addition, the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association, which plans the group's reunions around the country, is pursuing sponsor support for efforts to fly in and land 25 B-25 Mitchell bomber aircraft on the museum's runway during the 2012 reunion. ...

WWII bombers fly high during follies - TheNewsTribune.com | History buffs, aviation fans and everyone in between can get a rare up-close look at restored World War II bombers -- or even take a flight in one -- this weekend at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. ...

Women In Aviation Invite Daughters To 2012 Conference - AVweb | The 2012 Women in Aviation Conference, coming up next March in Dallas, Texas, will include a day-long program designed for the daughters of those who attend, the group announced this week at EAA AirVenture. "Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day" ...

Sky is not the limit: Former WWII pilot recalls ‘passion to fly’ and her unwavering drive to live to fullest - The Maui News | KULA - Even after nearly 70 years, Virginia Elaine Jones still gets teary eyed when she thinks about getting her pilots' wings.  "My mother was going to be my first passenger, but she passed" before Jonesy - as she prefers to be known - graduated from the Women Airforce Service Pilots program in 1943. ...

Women Pilots: Helene Dutrieu from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale | Hélène Dutrieu (10 July 1877 – 26 June 1961), was a cycling world champion, stunt cyclist, stunt motorcyclist, automobile racer, stunt driver, pioneer aviator, wartime ambulance driver, and director of a military hospital. ...

COCKPIT FEST AUSTRALIA PART 4 from Heritage flight gear / flying gear displays | JULY 2011 - Another installment to the CFA-2011 event held in late June 2011. Some more photos to share.

USAF FILM CLIPS 1950s to 1960s from Heritage flight gear / flying gear displays | JULY 2011 - In the last few weeks i have been busy with many things and finally have found time for a short update.  I have spent about 4hrs researching and have collated some rarely seen footage that incorporates pilots and flightgear scenes for viewing. ...

My Movie Ate My Podcast! from Airspeed by Stephen Force (Steve Tupper) | By way of getting some content up into the feed, I though it might be a good time to sit down with Will Hawkins, director of A Pilot’s Story and talk about both his film and my film, Acro Camp. We’re each coming down to the final stages of editing our respective films and this conversation turned into a good discussion of what independent filmmaking is and can be. Especially when it’s independent filmmaking about  ...

PC-Aero Wins Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Vision Award from CAFE Foundation Blog | A Green Flight Challenge entrant, PC-Aero’s Elektra One, has won the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Vision Award at AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, becoming the latest winner of this important award for innovation in the pursuit of “green” aviation. ...

"Surly Beer?" UCAP #244-foxtrot from Uncontrolled Airspace: General Aviation Podcast | Thursday, July 28. From the 2nd annual UCAP beer bash, we visit with a bunch of listeners and talk about strange beers, shortened Air Force careers, and more.

Interactive Thingy: Shuttle Cockpit from Theo Spark | Space Shuttle Discovery - 360VR Images

SpaceX To Launch ISS-Bound Supply Ship In November from TechCrunch | With the demise of the space shuttle program fresh in my mind, I’m forced to find my space-related solace wherever I can. Luckily, with companies like SpaceX still devoted to removing the obstacles to commercial space flight, ...

#OSH11 - Friday's AirVenture News Summary

Chuck Yeager still gruff, colorful and quotable at 88  - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | At 88, the war pilot still has a brash sense of humor about his aviation career. By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel Oshkosh - At 88, Chuck Yeager still has the right stuff. And he spins tales of an extraordinary aviation career. ...

Photos: Inside a Boeing 787 Dreamliner Test Plane at EAA Airventure from NYCAviation | Thousands of EAA Airventure spectators lined up along the flightline early on Friday as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down at Oshkosh for the first time and opened the doors for public tours, another first for the aircraft.

787 impresses at Oshkosh from Things With Wings [video/photos] | Just over a year after making its international debut at the 2010 Farnborough air show in the UK, and several weeks after a swing through public air shows at Paris and in Germany, the 787 has finally made its first appearance at a major U.S. air show. Earlier today ZA001 wowed the crowds at EAA AirVenture ...

Video: The Navy Takes Over Oshkosh from AVwebFlash Current Issue | Celebrating 100 years of naval aviation, the U.S. Navy has turned KOSH into a veritable NAS, with a wide assortment of naval aircraft on display. Paul Bertorelli walked the line and spoke with servicemen about the different aircraft.This video is brought to you by Bose Corporation and WxWorx XM WX Satellite Weather. ...

Burt Rutan's Boomerang - Safety Through Asymmetry - Wired News | The Burt Rutan designed Boomerang is one of those creations that draws a crowd due to its innovation, unmatched performance, and unusual appearance. When word got out earlier this summer that the asymmetric airplane was being worked on ...

WomenVenture creates 'sea of green' - AOPA Pilot | The fourth annual gathering of women pilots at AirVenture was sponsored by Women in Aviation International. Thursday's clouds were long gone and sunlight and bright blue skies provided a perfect photo opportunity. Women pilots from all around the ...

Young Eagles fundraiser totals $2.2 million - AOPA Pilot | In the end the car sold for $400000 and included a Blue Angels flight helmet signed by the current flight team. A flight with famed aviator Sean D. Tucker and lunch with Bob Hoover totaled $40000; lunch and a flight with Harrison Ford fetched $50000. ...

EAA celebrates 100 years of airmail - WAOW | Alan Westby runs the EAA Airventure museum. He says the exhibit shows the progression of the planes used and the pilots who flew them. "These guys were hearty souls, Westby says. They were literally flying across nothing and if they crashed they were ...
   
George Lucas, Gary Sinise visit AirVenture - Beaumont Enterprise | AP IMPACT: Gulf oil industry-gov't ties persist OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — The next generation of commercial airliners, filmmaker George Lucas and actor Gary Sinise are visiting this year's Experimental Aircraft Association's convention in Oshkosh. ...

Ole Yeller: A standout among Mustangs from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh | In a world of warbirds where gritty military appearance wins awards, one canary yellow P-51 Mustang wins hearts. It is the former mount of one of the most capable and beloved pilots of all time, R.A. "Bob" Hoover.  ...

"FIFI" pilot started as a Young Eagle by  EAA - The Experimental Aircraft Association | When "FIFI" last came to Oshkosh in 1995 David Oliver was 13 years old and watched from the flightline. This year when the world's only flying B-29 touched down at Wittman Field, that 13-year-old, now-grown, was on the flight deck-at the controls.

EAA AirVenture 2011 - Part 2 by Tom | Tuesday I let Georgia sleep in while I caught the 7 AM North 40 bus over to the show grounds then walked to the main bus park to catch another one out to the seaplane base. The contrast between that location and the main site is amazing. While AirVenture at Wittman is sensory overload, the seaplane base is tranquil and relaxing - at least it was early in the morning when I was there. It is a wooded area on a  ...

Top 10 Reasons Why I Loved Attending EAA AirVenture/*Oshkosh* *...* by Aviation Queen | This past week, I was smack in the center of the aviation geek universe, covering the annual Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Air Show in Oshkosh, Wis. For the uninitiated, more than 500000 people and more ...

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Flying with the Thunderbirds - Daily Democrat | The Thunderbirds, however, stay just below the speed of sound during air show maneuvers. (Matthew Henderson/Democrat) FAIRFIELD -- As the sun rises and a bugle broadcasts "Reveille" across the rolling hills surrounding Travis Air Force Base, ...

Blue Angels member tours Montana Veterans Memorial - KXLH Helena News | One member of the Blue Angels team took time out of his busy schedule for a tour of the Montana Veterans Memorial in Great Falls on Friday. Memorial president Gina Winters was joined by area veterans in giving Blue Angels flight surgeon Jason Smith a ...

Tri-Cities air show filled with aerobatic feats (w/ video) - TheNewsTribune.com | John Klatt with the Air National Guard flies the Extra 300L two seater as his partner Bill Kerns flies the Staudacher S-300D over the Tri-Cities Thursday as a preview to the airshows this weekend over the Columbia River During the 2011 Water Follies. ...

National Championship Air Races to star in IMAX documentary - Reno Gazette Journal | After attending in 2003, his connections helped him get to know the Reno Air Racing Association, which runs the Air Races. “You just don't walk into an event like this and go, 'Hi, we're going to make a movie!'” Fry said. Co-producer Leckie is not a ...

Aerial demonstration return to USAF base in Germany from Warplanes Online Community | The USAF West Coast F-16 demo team will join a Belgian OV-10 and a L-39 to perform aerobatics display at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany this weekend. ...

Sunderland Airshow set for take off - BBC News | The event, over the coastline at Seaburn and Roker, will also include a fly-past by Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes, and a Cold War bomber. There will also be an RAF parachute team, acrobatic flying show and a display by wing-walkers. ...

Excitement as countdown to Red Arrows begins - DCA | Excitement is building across Falmouth as the countdown begins to the spectacular Red Arrows display, which will be wowing crowds once again this year thanks to sponsors Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC). The Royal Air Force's world-famous ...

Historic warbirds will visit Anoka County-Blaine Airport Aug. 3-7 - Coon Rapids Herald | by Tim Hennagir Warbird lovers will have plenty to watch next week as a Florida-based non-profit organization brings its historic planes to the Anoka County-Blaine Airport. History Flight is dedicated to preserving and honoring all American World War ...

Navy News Service - Eye on the Fleet - www.navy.mil | USS Midway Museum volunteers, Don Williams, left, Bob Gingery, and Gary Walcher conduct a wings-off restoration of an F4F-3 Wildcat at the Midway restoration hanger at Naval Air Station North Island. The USS Midway Museum restoration hanger is helping re ...

Navy aviators plan Fargo landing - In-Forum | Fargo AirSho organizers expect at least 100 and possibly 200 to 300 current and retired naval aviators and flight officers to descend on the city for a luncheon Aug. 12 in conjunction with the AirSho. FARGO – All hands on deck: The Navy is coming to ...

Whidbey base celebrates 100 years of naval aviation Saturday - PNW Local News | Vintage, World War II era Navy planes will be some featured aircraft at the Centennial of Naval Aviation Heritage Fly In scheduled this weekend at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The public is invited to the Centennial of Naval Aviation Heritage Fly ...

16th FAI European Gliding Championships: results for Club Class, Standard Class, 20m two seat Class from Fédération Aéronautique Internationale - FAI | Here are the provisional results for the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra

City of New York marks 'Air Force Day' during CSAF visit from Air Force Link Top Stories | Citing the city's long military history, Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared July 28 as "Air Force Day" in New York, through a proclamation read at the Air Force Association Iron Gate Chapter's 50th Anniversary Luncheon here.  Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz spoke at the event, ...

Norman Surplus resuming his record breaking gyrocopter flight around the world in SE Asia July 2011 by Norman Surplus | Norman Surplus of Northern Ireland who is attempting to be the first person to fly a gyrocopter around the world. He hopes to take approximately 50 days and will include crossing NE Asia, North America and the North Atlantic stopping in Japan, the Russian Far East, Canada, the US, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Scotland and home to N.Ireland. This will cover a distance of 19,000 miles approximately. The 47-year-old businessman -- who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2003 -- has been ...

Pilots for Patients lauds milestone - The News Star | Dozens of people gathered at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum on Wednesday to celebrate Pilots for Patients' 1,000th mission, which took place earlier this week.  Pilots for Patients is a  ...

Illinois National Guard Aviator Inducted in Aviation Hall of Fame from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale | There are few people in the world born to fly, but Maj. Tammy Duckworth is one such person. The 19 year veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard and Hoffman Estates resident was recently inducted into the Women of Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame.  "I am extremely humbled to have been inducted into the hall of fame," said Duckworth. "Especially when the ...

Women Pilots: Raymonde de laRoche from You Fly, Girl by Cathy Gale | Raymonde de Laroche (22 August 1882 – 18 July 1919), born Elise Raymonde Deroche, was a French aviatrix and the first woman in the world to receive an aeroplane pilot's licence. ...

Preserving Wichita History – The Kansas Aviation Museum - Classic Aero-TV | Director Lon Smith Describes Wichita’s Living Aviation History Museum | The Kansas Aviation Museum is more than just a showcase for Wichita’s rich aviation history; it is history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum is housed in Wichita’s original municipal airport terminal. Dedicated on March 31st, 1935, the Wichita Municipal Airport served as a ...

Burt Rutan: The Measure of His Success - Aviation International News | To my mind, however, Burt Rutan has repeatedly demonstrated over the past 40 years or so that he possesses the most fertile neurons ever tasked with designing flying machines. In April this year, Rutan put Mojave in the rearview mirror and drove north ...

Lindbergh Prize for Electric Aircraft Vision Award to PC-Aero - Helicopter Association International | At the World Electric Aircraft Symposium at EAA AirVenture, Erik Lindbergh, founder of LEAP, announced the 2011 AirVenture winner of the Lindbergh Prize for Electric Aircraft. LEAP's programs recognize, inspire and incentivize the innovation that ...

Burt Rutan's 16 wildest custom aircraft - DVICE | Last week, Burt Rutan announced his retirement from Scaled Composites while simultaneously unveiling a prototype of his latest design, the Model 367 BiPod flying car roadable plane. Rutan gave each of his aircraft designs a model number, and as you may ...

Still no answer to F-22s oxygen-system problems - Fort Worth Star Telegram | The Air force's fleet of F-22 Raptors has been grounded since May 3 as the service and Lockheed Martin try to sort out why pilots are being rendered nearly unconscious or fully blacking out, a likely explanation for last November's fatal crash in ...
   
Rocketeers prepare for fair; - Longmont Daily Times-Call | John and his brother Christopher, 12, have been involved in Boulder County 4-H rocketry for the past five years running. busy at home working on this year's rockets. The Trace and Stratos are slowly coming together, piece by piece: Body, tube, ...

NASA Presenter Discusses a New Way to Work in a New Age from PR Newswire: Aerospace/Defense | Two heads are better than one as today's innovation path is more about working together and leaving the do-it-yourself concept behind, according to next week's  ...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lucasfilm’s Red Tails Will Take Flight on January 20, 2012


Leslie Odom Jr, Michael B. Jordan, Nate Parker, Kevin Phillips, David Oyelowo and Elijah Kelley portray some of the heroic Tuskegee Airmen in a scene from Lucasfilm’s epic action film Red Tails, in theaters January 20, 2012.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (July 29, 2011) – A high-flying action epic inspired by the heroic exploits of the first all African-American aerial combat unit, the Lucasfilm Ltd. production of Red Tails will launch on January 20, 2012, released by Twentieth Century Fox. Produced by Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson, the gripping WWII actioner is directed by Anthony Hemingway (“Treme,” “The Wire,” “Battlestar Galactica”).

“I am humbled and honored to direct the story of the Tuskegee Airmen – heroes who have paved the way so others could have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” said Hemingway. “To be selected by George Lucas and Rick to direct this film was more than my wildest dreams come true. It’s been a blessing to work with them, along with the amazingly talented artists at Industrial Light & Magic. I’ve grown a lot on many levels from this experience. As director, I had the fortune to work with a highly skilled crew from the Czech Republic, U.K. and the U.S., along with a remarkably talented group of actors. The resonant beauty, strength and dedication of our heroes is reflected in the powerful ensemble cast.”

Red Tails stars Oscar® winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Crash), Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Nate Parker (The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters), David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Tristan Wilds (“90210”), Grammy® Award winner Cliff Smith aka Method Man (“The Wire”), Kevin Phillips (Pride), Rick Otto (“The Wire”), Lee Tergesen (Monster), Andre Royo (“Heroes”), Grammy-Award winner Ne-Yo (Stomp the Yard), Elijah Kelley (Hairspray), Marcus T. Paulk (Take the Lead), Leslie Odom Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Michael B. Jordan (“Friday Night Lights,” Chronicle) and Daniela Ruah (“NCIS”).

“I've wanted to do this film for a great many years,” said George Lucas, executive producer of Red Tails. “So it is especially gratifying to see it all come together. It has been a real pleasure to work with Anthony and the extraordinary cast on a project that we all passionately believe in. The Tuskegee Airmen were such superb pilots that it was essential for us to create visual effects that would live up to their heroism and put audiences in the cockpit with them. They were only in their early 20s when they performed these amazing feats,” Lucas added. “They became the best of the best—the top guns. It is an honor to bring to the screen a story inspired by their heroics.”



SYNOPSIS:

1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options – including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country – and the fate of the free world.

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Make some noise for the Blue Angels: Navy team prepares for weekend airshows - Great Falls Tribune | He said the Blue Angels' portion of the airshow takes place in four parts. First will be Fat Albert, a C-130 Hercules cargo plane with a Marine crew that pushes the craft to its limits to demonstrate its capabilities. Next, the F/A-18s perform the ...

NewsChannel 5's Charlie Keegan Goes for the Ride of a Lifetime - KFBB NewsChannel 5 | The Blue Angels gave NewsChannel 5's Charlie Keegan the ride of a lifetime Wednesday. He took off for a 45 minute flight in the backseat of an F-18 Hornet. Now, he's safe and back on the ground ready to share his experience. ...

Fairfield’s ‘Hometown Hero’ soars with Thunderbirds - Daily Republic | FAIRFIELD — For his good work down here on Earth, Mark Lillis was given a tour of the heavens Thursday at transonic speed.
Lillis flew with one of the Thunderbirds as Fairfield’s “Hometown Hero” in advance of this weekend’s Air Power Expo at Travis Air Force Base.  Lillis, founder of nonprofit The Leaven, hit speeds of ...

Tri-Cities air show filled with aerobatic feats by planes new and old - TheNewsTribune.com
Klatt is a pilot for the Air National Guard and is one of the star attractions of this weekend's "Over the River" air show. In the midday hours from Friday through Sunday, helicopters, World War II-era bombers and modern fighter jets will take to the ...

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Navy's Leap Frogs to jump today at race honoring SEAL - The Virginian-Pilot | The Leap Frogs, the Navy's parachute demonstration team, perform in the skies above Chicago. (US Navy) By Meredith Kruse The Navy's parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, is scheduled to perform this morning at the Oceanfront at a race honoring ...

10cc ready to start airshow - Sunderland Echo | LEGENDARY rock band 10cc today vowed to get this year's Sunderland International Airshow off to a soaring start. The lads are the headline act at a free gig in Cliffe Park, tonight. The group has sold more than 30million albums worldwide, ...

Russian fifth-generation fighter to make first public flight at Moscow air show from Defense News | Russia's Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation fighter, also known as PAK-FA, will perform its first public flight at the MAKS-2011 air show near Moscow in August, Nikolai Zanegin, Deputy General Director of...

Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron Intros Educational Tool from Aero-News Network | "Rise Above" Traveling Exhibit Features Two Documentaries About The Groundbreaking Pilots The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron has come to AirVenture to introduce a new educational tool, the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit. It can be found near the CAF Red Tail Squadron Booth at the ConocoPhillips Plaza. The initiative includes a traveling theatre, with a 180 degree screen, housed in a brand new customized 53 foot trailer with expandable sides that can comfortably accommodate an audience of 30 people. ... [Photo via Red Tail Squadron]

Women In Aviation Invite Daughters To 2012 Conference from AVweb Top News | The 2012 Women in Aviation Conference, coming up next March in Dallas, Texas, will include a day-long program designed for the daughters of those who attend, the group announced this week at EAA AirVenture. "Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day" is aimed at girls age 10 to 18 and will take place on Saturday, March 10. A remark by EAA President Rod Hightower was the inspiration for the new program, said Peggy Chabrian, president of Women in Aviation International. When Hightower told her he was  ...

Join the Army! Live close to nature! — the Piper J-3 Cub diorama from Travel for Aircraft | The U.S. Army Aviation Museum is world class and has more than its share of full-scale dioramas. Like many, I love a well done diorama since it gives us an insight — if only vicariously — into the life of the service personnel who used the aircraft, as well as living with it at times. The diorama of the Piper J-3 Cub ...

Ronald Neumeister: Friday’s Fabulous Flyer from Flight To Success | I had the great opportunity to meet Ron, as he was the partner in crime with Bruce Achertling—my 'small world' captain—who gave me a ride home two weeks ago on my 30th anniversary. Talk about the talent in  ...

#OSH11 - Thursday's AirVenture News Summary

Mr. Oshkosh from Business Aviation Now | One of the most celebrated aerial performers at the ongoing EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., is also one of the show’s most durable. Sean Tucker has been wowing the Oshkosh throngs for ...

Rain Does Not Dampen Spirits at Oshkosh - Helicopter Association International | Even though it poured with rain all morning, July 27 was still an active time at the HAI HELI-CENTER™ at EAA AirVenture, in Oshkosh Wis. With the marquee able to keep everyone inside dry, many visitors stopped in and stayed longer to explore all the ...

Update: F-16 has rough landing at EAA - Appleton Post Crescent | An F-16 fighter jet had a hard landing late this morning at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Oshkosh. The incident happened on the north runway at Wittman Regional Airport near the Warbirds area. Information was not yet available ...

A good photo sequence here, from AvWeb.

China has First Pavilion at AirVenture from Business Aviation Now | This is China’s biggest AirVenture to date. Though there were no Chinese flags flying in celebration, Chinese companies now own the Cirrus and Epic airplane manufacturers, Brantly helicopter, Superior Air Parts, and the Continental engine company.   ...

Oshkosh AirVenture Plane of the Day: Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber from Nuts About Southwest - by bthomas | To be in the presence of this airplane is pretty surreal, for a number of reasons.  This Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber, named "Fifi," is currently the only one in the entire world fit enough to fly.  More than  ...

AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 QuickCast 1 from The Pilot's Flight PodLog

Enroute to Oshkosh! from A mile of runway will take you anywhere. by Steve | A few weeks ago I came across an airfare I simply couldn't pass up - roundtrip from Dayton to Milwaukee for about $25 (yes, you read that correctly - $25) after applying a $100 Delta certificate I had on file. The certificate was set to expire on 7/31 and I had no other use for it, so I quickly booked a ticket and figured I might as well enjoy Airventure for a day! I'm heading to the airport super early ...
Oshkosh Arrival; T-6B Texan II from Airspeed | We arrived yesterday at Oshkosh and hooked up with the myTransponder crew at Lindbergh and 48th. Thunderstorms and rain kept the skies pretty low and gray most of the day and the shooting was iffy at best. But that’s the beauty of Oshkosh. There’s something to do no matter the conditions. So I went strolling in the static area.  It’s not as though there ...

EAA AirVenture 2011 - Part 1 from Winging It by Tom | Georgia and I only spent a couple full days at AirVenture this year but it was still another great trip. We got there on Sunday and took advantage of the pre-show day to trade our online tickets for wristbands and to get oriented without the big crowds. It gave us time to locate the ...

Oshkosh Pix #4: Wednesday 7.27.11 - The Rain Day (14 Pix) from AirPigz| There are several of Burt Rutan's unique aircraft designs all clustered together just off the edge of the main display ramp at Oshkosh. As you might expect, this collection of flying machines attracts a lot of attention thru the day. After the rain finally stopped around noon on Wednesday,   ...

Directly from EAA News - Airventure:
Summarizing our day:

On EAA radio this morning, many conversations throughout our week at AirVenture were echoed as Gene Cernan shared his vision for getting young people interested in aviation, and what the future might hold.  He shared that the National Flight Academy will be christened and commissioned next year.  The academy will take place on the USS Ambition, a mock up of the quarter deck of an aircraft carrier, with a focus on STEM.  A quick search yielded this post on the ground breaking for the USS Ambition.  Did I mention that Gene Cernan was thrilled with the sound of an F-18 flying in the background?  His advise to all, especially young people, "never give up - you'll surprise yourself!" and "always shoot for the moon!"

After Capt. Cernan's interview, those listening (or attending) got to listen to a passenger's point of view about the events of Flight 1549. What I found most intriguing was the fact that despite all we've read and listened to about the events of that January day, we still can't "identify" with all that took place that day.

Acro Camp was the topic when we listened to Steve Tupper share some clips, insight and a preview of what to expect when his independent film is released later this year.  Steve doesn't consider himself busy enough, so he has getting ready to shoot Acro Camp II in August!  He announced the "campers" for the next version of his efforts in this blog post last week, and elaborated more during his presentation today.

The air racier Tsunami is being rebuilt, and we got to hear from Sharon Sandberg and the rest of the team that is making the effort to reconstruct the aircraft from the wreckage and make another attempt at the speed record.  Be sure to check out their website and see how you can help with the efforts to resurrect this legendary racer!

The evening ended with a lot of fun while still sharing a passion for aviation with all the podcasters at the Sennheiser booth for the 2011 annual Podapalooza!  The vision and passion for aviation is alive and well ... just ask anyone that was there!  I have to echo the thanks of the podcasters to Sennheiser for hosting was is becoming a wonderful tradition!

Run up to Reno with LiveAirShowTV

PFLUGERVILLE, TX – JULY 26, 2011 – Everything in the world of aviation is centered around Oshkosh this week, but the Reno National Championship Air Races are coming up fast!  Have you made your plans to join us there?  To help get you ready, LiveAirShowTV has several new stories coming your way. 

For the last ten years, we have been, we have been heavily involved with the National Aviation Heritage Invitational.  LiveAirShowTV President Jeff Lee has worked with the organization since 2002 capturing the planes, participants, and judging each year.  “We took much of that footage from the first few years, created a showcase explanation video that now runs next to the permanent home of the Heritage Trophy at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, just north of Dulles International Airport”, says Lee.  “The owners and restorers have such an amazing passion for keeping this history alive, it was great to help tell their stories.”

We begin our series with a look back at three one-of-a-kind aircraft that were in Reno last year: the Douglas DC-2, the Hamilton Metal Plane, and the Boeing 40-C.   First up is a conversation we had with aviation legend, and 2010 National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee, Clay Lacy inside his DC-2 to learn how this plane helped launch the airline industry. 

In the coming weeks, you’ll see stories on the other two planes, a look at the General Aviation presence on the Reno ramp, and we’ll look back at the troubles in last year’s Super Sport Class, and what they expect this year.  We’ll also check in on the Sport Air Racing League and see how their season is going, and we will bring you a peek at the final stages of the Air Racers 3D movie that was shot over the last couple of years.

It’s an exciting August on LiveAirShowTV.  Keep checking the website, and make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blue Angels eager to amaze at Great Falls air show - KRTV Great Falls News | The Blue Angels, the world-famous US Navy aerial demonstration team, are getting ready for their air show in Great Falls this weekend, but the excitement isn't limited to just their official performance - and not just to spectators. ...

South Seattle Community College instructor to fly with Blue Angels - West Seattle Blog | The first Blue Angels plane to arrive in Seattle will get here Monday morning (with the rest arriving Tuesday), as reported here earlier this week; Monday’s the day they take selected media and community leaders up for a ride. And South Seattle Community College just sent word that SSCC instructor Heidi Lyman is one of ...

Travis Air Show, July 30 & 31 - The Sacramento Press | Travis Air Force Base is hosting a free, two-day community appreciation open house and “Skies Over Solano” air show featuring the USAF Thunderbirds and the Wings of Blue parachute team from the ...

Arlington Fly-In perseveres, despite wet weather By John Wolcott SCBJ Freelance Writer | ARLINGTON — Even during one of the wettest early summers on record, July's Arlington Fly-In and Sport Aviation Convention was a success, supporters agree.  Yes, it rained a lot, even wiping out the entire flying program on Thursday of the July 6-10 event at the Arlington Airport. ...

Air show fans get up close look at planes - KVEW | Published Thursday, July 28th, 2011 Dozens of air show fans came to Bergstrom Aircraft in Pasco today, to get an up close look at some of the planes and jets performing in this weekend's airshow over the Columbia River. Two massive F-15 fighter jets ...

Aerobatic airplane ride brings big thrills - KVEW | The planes will be doing fast aerobatics for thousands of fans. I've never been in an aerobatic airplane before, and have to admit I was a little nervous to hop on board. "Anytime you do any acrobatics in the air, you're required to wear a parachute" ...

Flying in a stunt plane - KNDO/KNDU | The Air National Guard Panzl S330 aerobatic plane is one of many stunt planes. But, before going up in the air, safety is always first. Suiting up, you're given a parachute pack, strapped in, and finally take your place in the plane. ...
   
Tippin tabbed for AirFest - Janesville Gazette | JANESVILLE — For the first time in its 10-year history the Southern Wisconsin AirFEST will feature a musical performance. County music singer Aaron Tippin will appear Saturday, Sept. ...

Illinois National Guard Aviator Inducted in Aviation Hall of Fame - ReadMedia | There are few people in the world born to fly, but Maj. Tammy Duckworth is one such person. The 19 year veteran of the ...

Ninety-Nines to hold clinic for off-airport landings in Alaska - Alaska Dispatch | The assessment is part of a day of safety seminars and flying events held at the Palmer Air Fair & Rendezvous at the Palmer Municipal Airport (PAAQ) "Flying starts at 1:30 from the white line on the gravel strip. We will have 99s volunteers every 100 ...

C-17 named in honor of Medal of Honor recipients during Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 from Air Force Link Top Stories | A new C-17 Globemaster III was named for all Medal of Honor recipients during a ceremony here July 26 during Air Mobility Rodeo 2011.  Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr., the Air Mobility Command commander, officially dedicated the C-17, which will join the fleet at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as the "Spirit of the Medal of Honor." ...

Lockheed Martin's HALE-D airship learns to fly, makes a crash landing from Engadget | Because dirigibles were such a great idea the first, completely non-disastrous time around, Lockheed Martin and the US Army have teamed up to bring the quaint technology back into our hyper-modern era. The lighter-than-air vehicle got a new lease on ...

Harrison Ford exclusive on AOPA Live - Aviation Ebrief | Actor and pilot Harrison Ford talks with AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines about the importance of general aviation and how he is helping to protect aviation as the spokesman of AOPA's General Aviation Serves America campaign. Ford discusses ...

Get Ready For Fantasy Flight Week, 1st to 8th August from RAF Museum London News | From 1st to 7th August, the Museum will be holding ‘Fantasy Flight Week’ - a week of fantastical tales of flight from around the world narrated by the Museum’s professional story tellers, specially tailored for 3 to 9 year olds. Held three times a day at 

Private Rocket Ship for Space Tourists Takes Break from Test Flights - Space.com | On Oct. 4, 2004, Binnie piloted SpaceShipOne's second Ansari X Prize flight, bagging the $10 million X Prize purse. His flight peaked at 367442 feet (69.6 miles; 112 kilometers), and also set a winged-aircraft altitude record, breaking the mark set by ...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Sky Challenge Air Race Launched

A new city centre air race format has been launched which is forecast to change the way we watch sport. The Sky Challenge Air Race uses new technology to allow high speed aerobatic aircraft to fly against each other through a computer generated course.

“We’ve invented an interactive digital course for the planes to fly though” said Sky Challenge CEO Peter Newport at the Oshkosh air show in the United States. “This solves all of the problems of running air races for event spectators and TV viewers – people just want to see the thrill of the world’s best pilots in a true head to head race.”

City centre competitions have, up until now, been flown as time trials by individual planes against the clock due to the technical challenge of keeping the aircraft on their own individual tracks.

The Sky Challenge Air Race displays the digital course for each plane on a screen inside the aircraft cockpit. Military grade technology keeps each pilot on their own individual track – which can adjust in real time to mistakes or short cuts made by the pilot. “This means that the first plane across the finish line is always the winner” said Peter Newport. “We’ve done away with the need for post finish penalty points and will give spectators and TV audiences the chance to experience a brand new type of live sport.”

Mid size and large cities, preferably with a river, beach or harbour near the city centre, are the targets for the Sky Challenge Air Race. The package being offered to host cities will include global TV coverage, outdoor screens to bring every aspect of the action live to the spectators and an interactive game which allows millions of online virtual pilots to fly the same city centre course.

“It’s the perfect promotional package for a city wanting to market itself globally and a chance to showcase the actual city – not the inside of a sports stadium” said Newport. “We’re offering the opportunity to bring hundreds of thousands of spectators into the city centre – which will produce huge economic benefits with no need for expensive facilities to be built and very little disruption to the infrastructure of the host city.”

Technical testing of the Sky Challenge Air Race has been completed and the interactive digital course is protected by patent applications which have been filed around the world. The interactive course can be developed for all types of sport and is not limited to air racing. The Sky Challenge Air Race is already engaged in initial talks with a number of cities and invites further expressions of interest prior to the start of a formal bid process. New video has been posted on the Sky Challenge website and You Tube to mark the Oshkosh launch.