Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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Sebring LSA Expo: Keeps getting better and better - General Aviation News | Sunshine, light breezes, and a 15% increase in attendance over 2011 helped make this year’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, one of the best attended LSA expos in recent years. (See gallery of photos below).  Known by most as the Sebring LSA Expo, the show was held Jan. 19-22 at Sebring Regional Airport (SEF). It attracted more than 16,000 people, with many visitors arriving by air....

The Fly-In You Might Have Missed ... But Shouldn't Have - Aero-News Network | In a previous edition of Aero-News, we advised our readers about the second annual Fly-in at the Palatka, Florida airport this past Saturday. Well, if you missed this fly-in, you missed an excellent event, because it wasn’t like the typical fly-in where you just have a gathering of pilots and their planes with a few dissimilar models interspersed among the food and trinket vendors. No, not at all, this was much different....

Twirly Birds Announce Annual Meeting - Aero-News Network | To Be Held In Dallas, TX In Conjunction With Heli-Expo | The social helicopter pilot organization "Twirly Birds" has announced their annual meeting to be held in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, February 12th during the 2012 HAI Heli-Expo. The reception will begin at 1700 CST immediately followed by a membership meeting at 1800 in Ballroom A, Section 1 in the Dallas Convention Center. Steve Sullivan, Twirly Birds President, along with Vice President Jim Kettles and Treasurer, Dennis MacBain, will conduct the meeting and presentation of the prestigious Les Morris lifetime achievement award. A silent auction of vintage helicopter models will also be held....

Red Checkers no show investigated - Sun Live | A Red Checkers Airtrainer that made a forced landing while on its way to the Tauranga City Airshow will be returned to Ohakea Air Force base in Manawatu by road today, or tomorrow.  The forced landing on Friday, January 27 meant the Red Checkers were pulled from the Tauranga Airshow, and from the Anniversary Day celebrations in Auckland on Monday....

CAF AZ Wing Event to Recognize Inductees into the Arizona Military Aviation Walk of Honor - Fighter Country | SPECIAL INAUGURAL TRIBUTE EVENT TO RECOGNIZE THE FIRST INDUCTEES TO THE CAF ARIZONA WING AVIATION MUSEUM’S WALK OF HONOR | PHOENIX – The Commemorative Air Force (“CAF”) Arizona Wing Aviation Museum, located at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona, announced today the inauguration of its Walk of Honor as a tribute recognizing the contributions by Arizonans to the field of military aviation. Inductees will be honored for their achievement with the installation of a special bronze plaque at the Museum....

Outback Air Race 2012 raising funds for Flying Doctors - Australian Flying | Organisers of the Outback Air Race, a fundraising event Royal Flying Doctor Service, are looking for pilots to compete in this year's staging of the event.  Since the very first Outback Air Race was held in 1996, the event has raised over $1.2 million for the RFDS, and this year the race will be staged..

Aero-TV: The Veteran’s Airlift Command -- A Higher Purpose - Aero-News Network | A Little More In-Depth Look At One Of The Bright Shining Lights In The GA World | Some months ago, we offered up a short but impressive look at a small organization that embodies the true spirit of today's aviators... the Veteran's Airlift Command. This time around, we get a little more in-depth and detailed about one of the true stars in the GA biz... folks who serve those who served us and present a positive and impressive aero-image for the world....

The Taylor Aerocar - InFlight USA | The future is strange to us, or at least that is the general consensus. When we think of the future, certain scientific anomalies dominate our consciousness: the personal robot, the teleportation device, the complete meal in a cup, the flying car, etc. We imagine that these are machines that would be built far off in the distant future, with teams of corporate or government backed engineers working tirelessly to produce such fantastic creations. After all, in what era could one have the knowhow or the money to make something like a flying car? The answer to that question is 1949....

The WW2 ‘Shadow Factory’ system – Ford-built Merlin engine, MOSI - Shortfinals's Blog | The year was 1938, and it was getting late, very late indeed if Britain was to save itself from the coming storm which threatened to engulf Europe. Hitler’s armies had marched into the Rhineland (1936), taking it back from Allied control, they had merged with Austria (1938) Adolf Hitler’s native country, in what was known as ‘Anschluss’ (political union) and a significant part of the Czech Republic, known as the Sudentenland, which was mainly populated by ethnic Germans. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was thought to have submitted to Hitler’s demands too easily, but in reality, he bought precious time....

Day #3: Air Force Museum MeetUp - Avgeeks, Bacon, And Airplanes! - AirPigz | A total of 12 people made it to the 2nd annual AirPigz Air Force Museum Meetup over this last Fri - Sat - Sun, and it was a fabulous time of avgeek hangar flying and historic aviation overload. Can't wait to do it again next year! (more on that later).  In addition to spending time in the massive Air Force Museum facilities,...

History of Aviation, Animated Video - Pilot Salary

Explore the Air Force Museum of New Zealand - The Airplanes Channel | With a collection of twenty-eight classic aircraft, and millions of aviation-related mementos of all descriptions, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand has been preserving and presenting the fascinating history of the country’s Military Aviation since 1987. The museum is located at the Wigram Aerodrome just outside Christchurch. The aerodrome is named in honor of...

Metro State College of Denver's aviation team is on a higher plane - The Denver Post | Students on the Precision Flight Team of Metropolitan State College of Denver have won the Loening Trophy, the oldest and most prestigious collegiate aviation award.  The U.S. Air Force Academy is the only other college in Colorado to land the trophy. Other winners include Stanford University and Kent State University....

High school aviation endures bumpy ride - News & Record | HIGH POINT — Aspiring engineer Mrwan Othman  nearly gave up on the Andrews Aviation Academy.  “I was going to drop off,” said Othman, a junior from Jamestown. “I was going to go back to Ragsdale (High) because the program was so focused on pilots. It didn’t have what I was looking for.”...

PM Visits Mojave's Burgeoning Private Spaceport - Popular Mechanics | The sign at the entrance to the Mojave Air and Space Port says "imagination flies here." The motto fits this collection of World War II–era hangars and outbuildings with two control towers and four airstrips in the middle of the California Desert.  In 2004, the airport became a spaceport when a three-seat rocket-powered airplane built by a company called Scaled Composites and designed by its founder and CEO Burt Rutan...

Monday, January 30, 2012

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Air show wows the crowd - Bay of Plenty Times | Thousands of eyes peered skyward yesterday as aircraft of all shapes and sizes buzzed over Tauranga, putting on an impressive display. Sunday was the culmination of the two-day Classics of the Sky Tauranga City Airshow at Tauranga Airport.... 

Major General John Nichols announced as the 2012 Air Show Marshal for the WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show - Laredo Sun | The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) has formally announced Major General John F. Nichols as the air show marshal for the 2012 WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular Sponsored by CPL Retail Energy, A Direct Energy Co.  Along with Major Nichols the WBCA is pleased to announce the entertainment lineup for the 14 th annual WBCA Stars and Stripes Air Show Spectacular....

Air show returning to mid-May roots - SC Now | The eighth annual Pee Dee Air Show and Festival returns to its roots this year with the event moving back to its original dates, May 19-20.  It will feature a few new acts, too, including six-member Black Diamond squadron, which brings five Aero Vodcchovy L-39s Albatros, a 1960s Soviet combat training jet, and one MiG-17, a Soviet high-subsonic aircraft from the 1950s. The team will perform a variety of stunts at speeds up to 400 mph....

No changes planned for B.C. air show after Reno disaster - Battle Creek Enquirer | Changes are not planned for the air show in Battle Creek this summer despite an accident at an air race in Reno, Nev., last year.  "We don't expect any changes to the rules and regulations that govern us as an air show," said Barbara Haluszka, executive director of the Battle Creek Hot Air Balloon Championships Inc., which sponsors the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. The event is scheduled this year from June 27 to July 1 at the W.K. Kellogg Airport. "The rules we have to abide by were set for a reason."...

The Flying Fuddy Duddy - NBC Los Angeles | A Boeing B-17 Fortress Fuddy Duddy will fly near John Wayne Airport on Saturday, Feb. 11. AIRBORNE ARTIFACT: While history buffs usually have a favorite type of memorabilia -- be it a particular type of phonograph from the '30s ...

Fargo Air Museum plans Saturday in the Sky events for kids - Inforum | The Fargo Air Museum will host Saturday in the Sky for Kids from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 18, March 3 and 10.  The education series, for children ages 8 to 14, looks at different factors in flying. The first event on Feb. 18 is titled “It’s All about the Weather” and teaches about atmospheric conditions and how they factor into pilot decisions....

Red Bull Fighters - Apron6 | Photos: Many more soon...

The Dot Lemon Saga - In Flight USA | Mystery woman, barnstormer, pylon racer, gold-mine owner, Whitney family orphan … take your pick.  The history and mystery of this compelling woman (1907-1986) will be the subject of an exhibit at the International Women’s Air and Space Museum, from Oct. 3 to Jan. 3, 2012, in Cleveland, Ohio....

2012 prizes - Women of Aviation | Prizes are added as our sponsors offer them.... Barry Schiff’s Entire Book Collection Autographed by Barry Schiff | Awarded through a random drawing among U.S. based pilots and flight instructors who introduced 5 or more girls and/or women to flying from March 5 to March 11, 2012.

France Hydravion celebrates 100 years of seaplane women pilots at Le Touquet - Women of Aviation | 1912 – Only two years after the first powered seaplane flight accomplished by Henri Fabre on March 28, 1910, the famous aviatrix Hélène Dutrieu took off at the controls of a Farman seaplane and became the first woman to pilot a seaplane worldwide.  On March 10 2012, France Hydravion will celebrate this centennial at the “Across the Channel: Women Unifying Nations” event....

Chinese Flying Dragons By JetAviator7 | As pilots we all love anything that flies, but sometimes even I wonder whether this makes any sense at all.  One thing I give Red Bull credit for – they find the most amazing flying aircraft and devices – and the pilots to fly them. How would...

Healing soldiers, one dog at a time - The Daily Nightly | ...During World War II, the 20-year-old airman was on his 35th bombing mission when the enemy shot down his B-24 Liberator over German-occupied France.  In Stovroff's home a photo hanging on the wall shows the exact moment his plane nosedived to the ground, billowing smoke. In the picture, taken by an airman flying in another bomber, tiny white dots depict the 10 crewmen who parachuted to the ground....

"B.A. Scotch" UCAP #271 - Uncontrolled Airspace General Aviation Podcast

Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Wings Over Miami hosts historic planes - Local10 | The Wings Over Miami Air Museum will be hosting the Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour this week. Many historic aircraft will be on display, including a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and a P-51 Mustang. Two of those planes are the only remaining aircraft of their type flying in the world!...

Light sport aircraft fly to Bahamas - AOPA Pilot | When you think of small, two-seat, 1,320-pound light sport aircraft, you think of something best suited for short trips. The owner of Kitfox Aircraft, John McBean, and the owner of an Idaho flight school that...

Rob Holland / Jack Knutson Loop in Volcano - YouTube | Rob Holland and Jack Knutson looping solo and in...

Formation flight Sunday. Lysanders - Planeshots | Many more in the archives

FINAL Viper West Swag BLOW-OUT Sale!!! - Airshowbuzz | ...Not sure if Viper West, along with all the other amazing & historic single-ship teams, will ever be spun up again, so this just might be your very LAST chance at some cool Viper West goodies!...

WW II planes land in Leesburg airport - The Daily commercial | Aviation buffs will get a unique opportunity to experience history and, for a price, find out what it's like to fly in a World War II aircraft next month at Leesburg International Airport.  Three iconic planes from the World War II era will fly into the airport Feb. 15-17 as part of the Collings Foundation's 23rd annual Wings of Freedom Tour. The fully restored aircraft will be on display along the Bravo taxiway on the airport's east side near Echo Drive....

Missouri Commemorative Air Force Wing Readies for Airshow Season - The Aero Experience | The Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is gearing up for the 2012 air show season at St. Charles County Smartt Airport, just west of St. Louis.  Since 1982, the Missouri Wing has carried out the Commemorative Air Force mission of "education through living history" by preserving and demonstrating World War II era aircraft and vehicles locally and throughout the country.  There is...

Day #2: AirPigz Air Force Museum MeetUp (1-28-12) - AirPigz | Not a lot of info in this post, I just wanted to share a bit from Saturday January 28, 2012 at the Air Force Museum MeetUp. Most of the day was spent over at the R & D hangar across the field from the main museum buildings. The R & D area, (which is connected to the Presidential aircraft display area) is my favorite part of the entire AFM experience. There's...

Red Tails of today see “Red Tails” movie - AOPA Pilot | One of the very first military units in Afghanistan to see the “Red Tails” movie was the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, the unit that today carries the heritage of the 332nd Fighter Group known as the Tuskegee Airmen....

Red Tails: World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen Fly Again in Film and on Stage but Much History is Ignored  - HNN | ...Audiences learn who the Tuskegee Airmen are and why they fight (in the 99th and also in the 477th Bombardment Group), and about the racism they endure, but that’s only half the story. What Lucas did not tell was the first part of the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, back home in the U.S., and it’s a far more riveting story than all the dogfights in the skies of Europe put together....

The Stunning S-38 Sikorsky Flying Amphibian - Moose Peterson Aviation Photography | In the movie The Aviator, Howard Hughes steps off an oddly romantic flying boat after he lands it in a bay and drifts up on the sand to ask an actress out on a date. Just what is this aircraft? Sometimes called “The Explorer’s Air Yacht,” The Sikorsky flying amphibian plane first flew May, 1928 with 110 being...

Historic airbase tour - Sleaford Standard | ...Lincolnshire is commonly referred to as Bomber County, due to its vast aviation heritage. North Kesteven, in the heart of the county, has many Royal Air Force stations across the district – including three active bases in Waddington, Cranwell and Digby....

Cancelled: The Navy's SeaMaster - Air & Space Smithsonian | The Navy wanted a nuclear bomber of its own; the Glenn Martin Company thought, Why not a flying boat? | In the early days of the cold war, the U.S. Navy was feeling left out. The future was nuclear, and the Air Force’s Strategic Air Command seemed to have a lock on the delivery systems. The Navy’s first bid for a piece of the strategic pie, the supercarrier USS United States, was killed by the Pentagon in favor of the Air Force’s B-36 bomber, so the admirals came up with a plan for a force of nuclear-armed seaplanes....

January 29 – Aviation History - CRUFC

Maryborough Aero Club to honour Tiger Moth crash victims - The Courier | MARYBOROUGH Aero Club will carry on the legacy of its president David Oxley and vice-president John Fisher, who died in Friday’s air crash, club secretary Marcus Taylor has said.  But Mr Taylor said the deaths of the two men, aged 71 and 61 respectively, had devastated the committee....

Is Boeing calling time on the stealthy F-15 Silent Eagle? Lockheed Martin hopes so. - The Aviationist | Silent Eagle, not to become reality?  The Korea Times has reported that there is a possibility that aviation giant Boeing may not full fill its promise to provide the stealthly version of it’s F-15 to South Korea....

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Airshow a roaring success - SunLive | “It's been a great airshow – there's no two ways about it.” Tauranga City Airshow 'Classics of the Sky' co-director Andrew Gormlie made the comment as the 2012 event finished following a mock attack of the Tauranga Airport airstrip....

Air club member enjoys airshow - SunLive | Garry Cole, left, Jack Cole and Barbara Cole enjoying the aerobatics at the Classics of the Sky Airshow in Tauranga. Barbara, Garry and Jack Cole decided to come to the Classics of the Sky Airshow to see the aerobatics and enjoy the day....

Tuskegee Airmen commander served with honor - lohud.com | Oftentimes the course of history returns to remind us of bittersweet memories. In July 1944, on an American airbase in Corsica, a squadron of P51 Mustang Fighter Planes buzzed our runway then landed. These aircraft were not assigned to our airbase, for none of our aircraft was trimmed with red tails....

Aerial pioneer: Latest movie on Tuskegee Airmen real life for friends and family of aviator - The Dispatch | ...He never spoke much about his life as an airman, not to her anyway. She knew of the famous squadron's aviation prowess and its role in helping break the barriers of racial discrimination within the U.S. military. But for the most part, Temple kept his accomplishments -- and his travails -- to himself....

Tuskeegee Airmen Exhibit at NC Aviation Museum - WFMY News | Coinciding with the release of the movie "Red Tails" about the Tuskegee Airmen, there is an exhibit of memorabilia from the Tuskegee Airmen on display at the North Carolina Aviation Museum in Asheboro. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black pilots to fly for the US Army, while it was still segregated....

Our Legacy: The Freeman Field mutiny - The Captial | It was April 5, 1945 when the 477th Medium Bombardment Group arrived at Freeman Air Force Base, Seymour, Ind. At Freeman the final phase of training would ensue before the 477th would join their comrades in either the European or Pacific theaters during World War II. The 477th Medium Bombardment Group was the third phase of development of the Tuskegee Airmen....

SV-4 - Apron 6 | Some more oldies. This time SV-4′s...

Some great aviation footage from Bayou Renaissance Man | This video clip, taken from the cockpit, shows Airbus airliners landing and taking off at various South American airports. It's a fascinatingly different look at the process, particularly the vista of the towns and cities spreading out as the aircraft nears the airfields, and the way the pilots use the side-mounted control sticks of the Airbus to maneuver the plane. You can see clearly how...

USAF loses 6 fighter squadrons, 27 C-5As, and 65 C-130s in latest round of budget cuts - Aero Pacific | The US Air Force will eliminate six fighter squadrons, divest the L-3 Communications C-27J and retire 27 Lockheed Martin C-5As and 65 ageing C-130s under a new round of sweeping budget cuts announced on 26 January. The Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk procurement will also be truncated, while the Block 40 variant of the high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle will be increased....

BAT - The Unwanted Blog | A publicity photo of the BAT (Bell Advanced Tiltrotor), a circa 1984 concept for a one-man attack tiltrotor to complete in the Army scout helicopter program (LHX – Light Helicopter Experimental) that led to the...

An Infrequent Flyer goes to Europe - Podcasts - Plane Crazy Down Under | There’s been a few delays in getting our first episode for 2012 out but what can you expect with the Summer heat to enjoy and games...

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Aerobatic pilot Michael Goulian to perform at air show - Rome News Tribune | Wings Over North Georgia Air Show officials announced Friday that world-class civilian aerobatic performer Michael Goulian has been confirmed to perform Sept. 28-30 at the 2012 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome.... [Mike Goulian's Official website]

Airshow: Explosive first day action - Sun Live [Video]| It was a day of spins, dive bombs and thunderous sounds in the skies above Tauranga as more than 60 military aircraft took to the sky to perform at the Tauranga City Airshow.  With perfectly blue skies and just enough breeze to keep people cool, the biannual airshow proved its worth as one of New Zealand’s biggest airshows....

Air show attracts area law enforcement agencies - WINK News | Every day Steve Winters goes to work prepared to transport life-threatening medical cases at a moments notice.  "There's a perception that a medical helicopter is an ambulance with a rotor and it's so much more than that," he said.  Lee County EMS and nearly 20 other publicly funded agencies landed a spot at the air show to show off their choppers....

President of Amigo Airsho board of directors named - El Paso Times | Scott Butler has been elected president of the 2012 Amigo Airsho board of directors.  "I am extremely excited about the caliber of the board as well as the development of a fantastic 2012 performer lineup," said Butler, who has volunteered for the Amigo Airsho for seven years....

Artist Tim Ward to create memorial to Red Arrow Jon Egging - Bournemouth Echo | THE family of Red Arrow pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging, who was tragically killed during last year’s Bournemouth Air Festival, have chosen an artist to create a memorial in his name.  Artist and designer Tim Ward was selected from a shortlist of three and will produce a memorial for...

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New Aviation Museum Open At Kluk - airliners.net | Charlie Pyles and his group Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Society have opened a museum inside Lunken Airport Terminal at Cincinnati KLUK. Lunken was at one time, one of the busiest municipal airports in the USA and was home to Embry Riddle Airlines and it may be said that American Airlines also started there....

Tuskegee Airman enjoys belated acclaim - The News Messenger | CATAWBA ISLAND -- For George Lucas, the release of "Red Tails," a big-budget action movie about the Tuskegee Airmen, was the culmination of 23 years' work to see a pet project come to the big screen.  Harold Brown -- who was part of the all-black squadron of fighter pilots that escorted bombers on raids over Europe in World War II -- it's the latest in a goodwill tour he and other airmen have taken....

Tuskegee Airman Remembers Service - KMJ Now | Higginbotham trained many of those pilots at Tuskegee, and he eventually became a B-25 bomber pilot. One incident the film didn't have time to examine is the "Freeman Field Mutiny," when Higginbotham and 103 others refused to sign orders barring blacks ...

B-17 Shot Down By Northrop F-89 Scorpion (1956) - Airboyd.tv | Film of rocket testing in Florida.

Families of missing service members gather in Tampa - TBO.com | ...Lindauer, 86, is hoping the moment of discomfort might end a lifetime of mystery.  On May 3, 1944, his uncle Joe Lindauer's B-17 Flying Fortress disappeared after a bombing raid on Hamburg, Germany. No one saw the bomber go down and for more than six decades, Lindauer, a St. Petersburg resident, has wondered and worried about the fate of his uncle and crewmates....

FlightTime Radio Show 211 from The FlightTime Radio Show | Charlie made it to the Key Auto Studio in Jacksonville, Milford was out of town again this week too! He was at the Kay Larkin Airport in Palatka, Florida for the Kay Larkin Fly-In. It was an incredibly beautiful day and there was a huge turnout for the Fly-In. Milford had Gene, Pilot of one of the Aero Shell Aerobatic Team as guest to talk about how the team was formed and flying in the T-6 Texan formation during the airshow.

T-38 Flyover for Day of Remembrance - YouTube | NASA pilots perform the "Missing Man" formation during a T-38 flyover at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Jan. 26 to commemorate the men and women lost in the agency's space exploration program.

Teens Put Lego Man in 'Space' (Actually Stratosphere) - Space.com | That's one giant leap for Lego. Two Canadian highschoolers have wowed the Web with their video of a Lego toy taking a balloon ride to near-space.  The video, made by Toronto 17-year-olds Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, shows a tiny Lego man holding a Canadian flag with...

Saturday, January 28, 2012

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American Heroes Air Show returns to Lee County - News-Press | Helicopters from all facets of law enforcement and public safety will roar into Lee County.  The American Heroes Air Show, the nation's premier helicopter-only air show, makes a return visit to the Lee County Sports Complex from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The Lee County Sheriff's Office is assisting in the set up and coordination of the event....

The EXTRA 330SC Gets a Fresh Look for 2012 - Mike Goulian Airshows | Taken at Oxford Aviation.  The EXTRA 330SC will have a brand new look for 2012. The experts at Oxford Aviation will apply a stunning new finish to our airplane.

Forced landing takes Red Checkers out of show - Bay of Plenty Times | One of the leading aerial displays scheduled for the Tauranga City Air Show this weekend will not go ahead after a Defence Force aerobatics plane made a forced landing yesterday afternoon.  A Royal New Zealand Air Force CT-4E Air Trainer, part of the Red Checkers aerobatic display, was en route to Tauranga when it...

Heli-Expo Preview: Helicopter Industry To Gather in Dallas in February - AINonline | A cornucopia of copters and rotorcraft-related gizmos, conference sessions and conversations awaits attendees at the Helicopter Association International’s annual Heli-Expo, to be held in Dallas February 11 to 14. This year, HAI is expecting more than 18,000 visitors, 65 helicopters and 600 exhibitors at the Dallas Convention Center.  The location has the unique feature of being the...

Air show to highlight this weekend’s veterans tribute - Cape Coral Daily Breeze | The Cost of Freedom Tribute and American Heroes Air Show continues today and Sunday at the Lee County Sports Complex.  The Traveling Vietnam Wall and other memorial war displays will be on view all day today while the all-helicopters air show is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A group Naturalization Ceremony is set for 11 a.m....
 
Photos: Airshow: Lethbridge - CRUFC

Meet Harriet Quimby, the Groundbreaking Aviatrix Who Was Completely Overshadowed by the Titanic Sinking - The Mary Sue | In the chilly April of 1912, a major story was spread across the world’s newspapers concerning a groundbreaking vessel of transportation. We know exactly what story you’re thinking about: aviator Harriet Quimby, becoming the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel! That happened on April 16, 1912. Then there was that other thing that...

Tuskegee Airmen Movie -Red Tails Day- Alabama Success from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News | ...Alabama National Guard Squadron Commander, 187th Fighter Wing. (Governor's Office, Jamie Martin) On opening day of the movie, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley held a signing ceremony honoring the Tuskegee Airmen with Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. Herbert Carter and Oscar Gadson proclaiming January 20, 2012, as The Tuskegee Airmen “Red Tails” D...

CoolPix: Memphis Belle Restoration Progress At The Air Force Museum - AirPigz | The 2nd annual AirPigz Air Force Museum MeetUp is underway right now from Friday thru the weekend (January 27-29, 2012) - and today was the behind-the-scenes tour at the restoration shop. These special tours run only on Fridays and advance reservations are required - get more info here. Last year, when we saw the...

Aviation first introduced in Cleveland in 1911 - Cleveland Daily Banner | Although Cleveland’s Hardwick Field was constructed in the late 1940s and used as a training site through the early 1950s, aviation was first introduced to the community more than 30 years earlier.  A Curtiss biplane, a Wright Brothers-like aircraft, was the...

Greatest fighter pilot of WW2 - Indian Defense | Erich Alfred Hartmann (19 April 1922 – 20 September 1993), nicknamed "Bubi" (the hypocoristic form of "young boy") by his comrades and "The Black Devil" by his Soviet enemies, was a German World War II fighter pilot and is the highest-scoring fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. He claimed 352 aerial victories (of which 345 were won against the Soviet Air Force, and 260 of which were fighters) in 1,404 combat missions. He engaged in aerial combat 825 times while serving with the Luftwaffe. During the course of his career,...

Marine MV-22B Osprey Stops for Fuel and Food at St. Louis Downtown Airport  - The Aero Experience | A Marine MV-22B Osprey stopped in at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, IL today for a brief fuel stop on a delivery flight from the Bell Helicopter plant in Amarillo, Texas.  The inter-service crew parked in front of the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum in Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 and received fuel from neighboring Ideal Aviation.  After getting...

Lockheed Vega to Fly Again - Antique Airfield | Many will remember the Lockheed Vega owned for years by AAA Founder and President, Robert Taylor....

Florida Cub Flyers January 2012 Newsletter - Antique Airfield

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Named ‘Aircraft of Legend’ - By Rob Vogelaar | The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been honored with the “Aircraft of Legend” Award presented by the Living Legends of Aviation organization.  Mike Sinnett, vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 program, accepted...

Already legendary - Randy's Journal | I’ve used many adjectives over the years to describe the 787. Now there’s a new one to add to the list - legendary. During a ceremony in Beverly Hills, the Living Legends of Aviation presented the 787 Dream Team with a special award— the very first Aircraft of Legend award. While the group has...

January 28 – Aviation History - CRUFC

Podcast: Young Eagles for Grown-Ups - AVweb | Jeff Skiles, known as the first officer for the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight, served as co-chair of EAA s Young Eagles program for a...

‘Barefoot Bandit’ sentenced to 6 1/2 years - Pilot News Magazine | A federal judge on Friday sentenced “Barefoot Bandit” Colton Harris-Moore to 6 1/2 years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins, and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010.  Harris-Moore hopscotched his way across the United States...

Iranian F-14 Fighter Jet Crashes Near Persian Gulf, Killing Both Crewmen - NYC Aviation | Two people were killed early Thursday morning when a fighter jet crashed in the southern region of Iran, state-run media reported on Friday. There were no survivors....

The race to send civilians to space - 17KGET | Ground has already been broken at the Mojave Spaceport on a huge hanger, funded by Paul Allen of Microsoft and X-Prize fame.  Congressman Kevin McCarthy toured the site Friday, right next...

Friday, January 27, 2012

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National Aviation Hall of Fame Adds Aerospace Pioneers to Board - ASB | The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) today announced the addition of two outstanding aviation professionals to their Board of Trustees, Jack Pelton and George Saling. Jack is the retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cessna Aircraft Company. A native of California, Jack has over three decades of aviation experience. He joined Cessna in 2000 as Vice President of Product Engineering. He was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2003 and Chairman in 2005. Prior to joining Cessna he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Dornier Aircraft. He started his career at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, California....

Air show set to return to Boundary Bay this July - Delta Optimist | The air show will return to Boundary Bay Airport this summer after a oneyear hiatus.  Delta council approved a request earlier this month from Alpha Aviation, the company that has the longterm lease to operate the municipally-owned airport, to once again host an air show. The event is to...

RAF Tucano and Hawk Displays 2012 on the web - Flightline UK | The 2012 RAF Display Team are starting to appear on the internet.  The RAF Tucano Display will be flown by by Flt Lt Jon Bond and the aircraft is currently recieving some ‘Diamond Jubilee’ markings. You can...

Pioneering aviator Harriet Quimby centenary approaches - Flightglobal | A centenary is soon upon us but this event had been overshadowed by a tragedy which shares the same anniversary month.  Harriet Quimby was the first female aviator to fly an aeroplane solo across the English Channel from an airfield at Whitfield to land near Boulogne Sur Mer on the 16th April 1912.  But this pioneering and inspirational achievement by a female aviator was...

WWII hero Kuroki enters Neb. Aviation Hall of Fame - Kearney Hub | ...Kuroki, 94, was born in Cozad and grew up in Hershey. After the Pearl Harbor attack that pulled the U.S. into WWII, Kuroki tried to join the military but encountered strong resistance in a time when Japanese Americans were being moved to internment camps.  Kuroki persisted and became a gunner on B-29 and B-24 bombers. After his 25th mission, that usually earned airmen a trip back home, Kuroki volunteered to keep flying....

Pearl Harbor aviation museum to screen documentary on Flying Tigers pilot shot down in China - The Republic | The Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor will host an event celebrating the legacy of the Flying Tigers, the famed volunteer force of U.S. pilots who fought in China at the start of World War II.  Li Xiaolin is the president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and will present her documentary, Touching the Tigers, at the museum Monday....

Monrovia's Own Tuskegee Airman - Patch | The Monrovia Historical Museum's exhibit on a Tuskegee Airman from Monrovia is on display at the Krikorian Theater in conjunction with the release of a movie about the famous African-American WWII pilots....

"Was The Movie Accurate?"  - CAF Red Tail Squadron's Blog | Today’s blog was going to be about history and landing gear, but a great opportunity for our readers “landed” here instead!  It was announced just two days ago that the CAF Red Tail Squadron will host two FREE webinars (think seminar on a website) on February 1 and 4 - that’s next Wednesday and a week from tomorrow.  The webinars will be in the same format and with the same guests; we’re just running it live twice so that people have a choice as to when they want to participate....

Red Tails Disappoints - Airspeed | ...I just got home from seeing Red Tails. I had heard that the film had received less than stellar reviews, but I made it a point to avoid others’ opinions and go see the film for myself....

Two killed in Tiger Moth plane crash at Maryborough - The Courier | TWO men, including the pilot, are dead after the Tiger Moth plane they were flying in, hit trees at Maryborough yesterday. The pilot was the owner of the plane. Police said witnesses reported seeing the vintage Tiger Moth crash shortly after take-off about 5pm. The Tiger Moth burst into flames in trees at the northern end of the bitumen runway....

Mosquito TT.35, TA719, ‘AirSpace’, IWM Duxford – the film star that inspired a movement! from Shortfinals's Blog |  This is the middle of the TV/film awards season; the ‘Golden Globes’ have gone, soon it will be time for the ‘Oscars’. As the film stars move down the red carpet to a volley of camera flashes, you can hear the speculation, ‘Wow! What a colourful outfit! ‘Has she had any work done, do you think?’ Well, here is one film star who is decked out to dazzle, AND she’s had LOTS of work done under that skin! The story of TA719, a Mosquito TT.35, is fascinating...

My E-Book Library - tdbarnes - Roadrunners Internationale | Thornton D. "TD" Barnes and Colonel Sam Pizzo have uploaded Kindle e-books Velma and the Desert Fox and A Man of Many Hats for download and review....

January 27 – Aviation History - CRUFC

Norah O'Neill | Friday's Fabulous Flyer - Flight to Success | ...This is how Norah’s aviation adventure began.  23-years-old, and no home to return to, she’d made her decision to learn to fly. She found a nighttime job in Kodiak Alaska’s most prominent bar, frequented by prostitutes. She worked all night, slept for a few hours in the morning, and took flying lessons in the afternoon before she went back to the bar to work. Living in a furnace room of an old house, she exchanged housework for rent, so every penny could go to the airport. She learned to fly, became an instructor, then became a charter pilot....

Thirsty work for Italian Eurofighters - Flightglobal's Image of the Day | This striking image of a formation of four Italian air force Eurofighters being supported by a Lockheed Martin KC-130J tanker during a...

Drone will use energy from the sun and wind - NEWS ABOUT AVIATION AVIATION NEWS | The student Wesam Al Sabban, University of Queensland, Australia, accepted a challenge that few post-docs would face.  He is building an unmanned plane that uses the wind and the sun to stay long periods in air....

Barge Carrying Atlas Rocket Crashes Into Bridge from SPACE.com | The two launch vehicles are apparently undamaged.

Slingshot around the moon for US$150m - CNET Australia | According to the Smithsonian magazine Air & Space, anyone with a spare US$150 million laying around may have the opportunity to hop aboard a future lunar flight. One person has already bought the first ticket, Air & Space reports....

What do you Make of the “Houston, we have a problem” Film Claiming that a Secret Yugoslavian Space Program was the Source of American Success in the Space Race? - The National Air and Space Museum | They have got to be kidding! At least that’s what I thought, but apparently not. I received a call from Richard Solash, a reporter with Radio Free Europe about ten days ago to discuss a film being made by Slovene director Ziga Virc and writer Bostjan Virc that alleges that Tito’s Yugoslavia had a secret space program and secretly sold space knowledge to NASA, in the process making Tito rich and making if possible for the U.S. to achieve its Apollo program. Here is...

Apollo 1 - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | January 27, 1967 Tragedy struck on the launch pad during a preflight test for Apollo 204, scheduled to be the first Apollo manned mission. It would have been launched on February 21, 1967, but Astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee lost their lives when a fire swept through the Command Module (CM).  The astronauts entered the...

Astronaut Jerry Ross, First Seven-Time Space Flier, Retires - PRNewswire | Jerry Ross, the first person to launch into space seven times, has retired from NASA. In a career that spanned more than three decades, Ross spent almost 1,400 hours in space and conducted nine spacewalks to rank third on the list of most extravehicular activity time in space....

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Red Checkers grounded after forced landing - TVNZ | The Air Force Red Checkers have been grounded after one of the aerobatics planes made a forced landing in the central North Island.  The lead Airtrainer, Red Checkers 1, was flying from Ohakea Air Base in the Manawatu to...

Air show set to attract thousands - Bay of Plenty Times | Experienced flight instructor Phil Hooker will be flying high at the bigger-than-ever air show in Tauranga over the weekend.  Mr Hooker is flying six different aircraft in 10 displays over the two days of the Classics of the Sky Tauranga City Airshow at the airport....

Clay Lacy To Get Howard Hughes Award - AINonline | Clay Lacy will be honored by the Aero Club of Southern California with its Howard Hughes Memorial Award on February 8. Famed test and aerobatic pilot Bob Hoover will present the award in recognition of Lacy’s achievements spanning some six decades. An airline captain, experimental test pilot, air race champion, aviation record-setter, aerial cinematographer and entrepreneur,...

Air Force Week in Photos - af.mil | This week's photos feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.  View the slideshow.

The Horsemen Cometh: The World's Only P-51 Mustang Formation Aerobatic Team - ASB | There is only one "Cadillac of the Sky," the iconic fighter of WWII, the legendary P-51 Mustang. Since that time no one has attempted to harness the grace and power of these wild stallions and ride them locked in step as a formation aerobatic team... until now. For the past 2 years, the world's most respected aviation storytellers, AirShowBuzz.com, has followed the journey of three renowned air show pilots as they attempt to tame the mighty "Stang" and showcase its historic heritage at air shows around the world.Now, this 1-hour Public TV special,...

Havelock, Cherry Point should celebrate - Havelock News | The city of Havelock is Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point’s copilot. Through its close association with the sprawling Marine Corps airfield and the economic and social impact the air station has had on the city — as well as the surrounding region — it is inextricably linked to Marine Corps aviation....

Cost of Freedom Tribute and American Heroes Air Show continues - Cape Coral Daily Breeze | The community will continue to pay its respect to America's veterans today through Sunday as The Cost of Freedom Tribute and American Heroes Air Show continues at the Lee County Sports Complex.  The Traveling Vietnam Wall will be on display all day Friday and Saturday with a variety of events in between....

Homebuilt airshow underway - Sun Live | About 80 homebuilt aircraft are expected to arrive in Tauranga today for the Sport Aircraft Association of New Zealand annual general meeting.  The SportAvex event acts as a double with the Tauranga City Airshow ‘Classics of the Sky’ event on this weekend....

Podcast: Bomber Gas – The Warbird Rescue Hour! | ...the Warbird Recue guys talk with Jason Scott from The Bomber Restaurant.  Jason will be announcing some big plans for the B-17G ”Lacy Lady” that has been a...

Tuskegee vets honored in Reno - Nevada Appeal | Under Friday's gray winter skies, Nevada's Air National Guard Community Outreach Program sponsored a “meet and greet” in Reno with three members of the Tuskegee Airmen, a storied group of black aviators whose World War II exploits are the subject of a newly released George Lucas film....

Helicopter pilot shuttled governors - South County Independent | For 10 years, Narragansett resident and Major Army Aviator Thomas P. Shortall shuttled governors, dignitaries and top-level state employees around Rhode Island.  But he wasn’t a chauffer.  He was a helicopter pilot....

Spreading the word - Women of Aviation | In Colorado, Sandy put on her Women Of Aviation Week t-shirt, added her VIP Club pins, and off she went to speak to the Telluride Rotary Club. She spoke of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week and her 2011 project to take as many young female Rotary Youth Exchange students...

CoolPix: XB-70 Valkyrie (& The AirPigz Air Force Museum MeetUp!) - AirPigz | There's really only a handful of aircraft that are so stunning to me that I can hardly speak when I'm in their presence. The XB-70 is one of them. The only remaining example (just two were built) is in the Research & Development Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force - or Air Force Museum as we used to call it. When I'm near the Valkyrie,...

Skystreak walkaround — the next to rare Douglas D-558-1 at the Carolinas Aviation Museum - Travel for Aircraft | The Skystreak performed in the shadow of the Bell X-1. The importance of the X-1 missions cannot be understated — neither should the Skystreak accomplishments be forgotten. Data gathered during the flights of Douglas’s D-558-1 not only were critical in designs of aircraft flying in the high subsonic and transonic ranges but also so with ordnance positioned under the wings. This research results were critical to the successful designs in several subsequent aircraft designs in the Century Series of fighters — North American F-100 Super Sabre, McDonnell F-101 Voodoo, Convair F-102 Delta Dagger, Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, Republic F-105 Thunder chief and Convair F-106 Delta Dart — as well as the Douglas F4D Skyray and the Vought F8U Crusader....

USAF to scrap Northrop Global Hawk drone for U-2 spy plane - Airforce-Technology | The US Air Force (USAF) has decided to scrap its plans to replace the Cold War-era U-2 spy planes with Northrop Grumman-built Block 30 high-altitude RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance planes, a government official and a defence analyst have revealed.  Virginia-based Lexington Institute CEO Loren Thompson said that details of how many Global Hawks the Air Force has decided to scrap were not clear but indicated that building on the aircraft will stop with immediate effect and that the existing planes in the inventory would be retired....

National Museum USAF displays formerly classified reconnaissance satellites - National Museum of the U.S. Air Force | Military, government and industry officials gathered Jan. 26 to officially place three formerly classified reconnaissance satellites on public display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force here....

Apollo 1 Crew Remembered on Anniversary of Tragic Fire - The Aero Experience | The crew of Apollo 1 will be remembered across America tomorrow on the 45th anniversary of the tragic fire that destroyed the spacecraft and killed 3 astronauts at Cape Kennedy Launch Complex 34.  The crew consisted of...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Two More Join AirVenture Air Show Lineup from News from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh | Two highly popular aerobatic performers have been added to the daily air show lineup at EAA AirVenture 2012, which will be held July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

French team at work. Picture by Kevin Techer - Bonjour Blue Sky  

Air show preparing for April takeoff - Macon.com | WARNER ROBINS -- The air show at Robins Air Force Base is still three months away, but organizers sought Monday to whet appetites for the event.  Lt. Col. Dwayne Gray, who is in charge of the show for the base, said many notable acts have signed on, and more are interested. With other air shows for the year being cancelled, he said he has been taking many calls from acts wanting to fly in the Robins show....

US Navy Leap Frogs Take Oath from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News | JAMUL CA- Chief Warrant Officer (SEAL) Keith Pritchett, officer-in-charge of the U.S. Navy parachute demonstration team, the Leap Frogs, administers the oath of enlistment to Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michelle Turner, the team public affairs officer, during an in-air reenlistment ceremony. Last year, the team scheduled 30 performance...

Upcoming Winter Alabama Aviation Events from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News | ...in Alabama there's still many aviation events to enjoy across the state. Hallmark Hall of Fame presents the movie, A Smile as Big as the Moon, a triumphant story about a special education teacher's dream of helping his students attend Space Camp. John Corbett, Jessy Schram, and Cynthia Watros have the staring roles. On January 27, ther...

TASM hosting an exhibit on African-American aviators - Tulsa Beacon | Through photographic and text panels and models of the aircraft that they flew, The Test reveals these men's stories of their struggle for equality in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Kim Jones, deputy director/curator of Tulsa Air and Space ...

Louisville Tuskegee Airman dies - WAVE3 | LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One of the original Tuskegee Airmen from Louisville has passed away. Julius Calloway died Monday, he was 87-years-old and played a major role in aviation history.  Nearly a thousand pilots were trained at Tuskegee between 1941 and 1945 and Julius Calloway was one of them. Over the years, he touched many lives and shared his passion for being in the sky....

Red Tails Story Not Just About Men - Aero_News Network | Mildred Hemmons Carter Turned Down For WASP Due To Race | The opening of the movie "Red Tails" last week has brought the story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the attention of many who had never heard it before, and prompted a renewed awareness of that time in history. But as much as the valiant service of the Red Tails broke through barriers for American men of African descent, barriers to women in aviation, especially black women, would persist....

A Real "Red Tail" for The National WWII Museum | Institution Restores Famed Plane, a Type Flown by Tuskegee Airmen | By The National WWII Museum | With George Lucas' Red Tails soaring at the box office, The National WWII Museum announces its acquisition and restoration of a P-51 Mustang, the aircraft depicted in Hollywood's drama about the courageous fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen.  The Tuskegee Airmen were the...

Free hats given out at Chino air museum - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin | CHINO - It will be Pratt & Whitney Hat Day on Saturday at the Planes of Fame Air Museum.  A free Pratt & Whitney hat is available to the first 100 paid "general" admissions that day, courtesy of Sun Air Parts....

"The Boneyard Project" Lands in Tucson's Pima Air & Space Museum By Claire Lawton | If you're looking for the latest work by a few of the biggest international names in street and contemporary art, don't bother looking at the walls. Instead, look south, down Interstate 10 past Tucson. It's there, in the "boneyard" of retired aircraft, that a caravan of trucks and cranes is wheeling painted planes and parts to Pima Air & Space Museum....

“Sizzlin Liz” over the Sierra - Moose Peterson Aviation Photography | The P-51D “Sizzlin Liz” that belongs to Ted Conti (at the stick) is a gorgeous plane. This photograph...

Or Die Trying - Air & Space Smithsonian | After the Wright brothers flew, a handful of inventors were determined to join them | Earle Ovington meant well. “It is a peculiar fact, but nevertheless true that a man seems to think that he is able, or competent rather, to design an aeroplane, whether he knows anything about the principles underlying aerodynamics or not,” he wrote in the October 1912 issue of Aeronautics. His advice was simple:...

Family's search for WWII pilot finally over - Lincoln Journal Star | Stanley Dwyer's B-17 was shot down on May 10, 1944, in a forest near Vostenhof, near Neunkirchen, Austria. (Courtesy Kay Hughes) A 1916 dime occupies an honored place in the Geneva family room of Kay Hughes. When she and her father, Harold E. Dwyer of ...

Historic hangar used to build Concorde in Filton is denied listed status - Gazette | FILTON’S aviation heritage has been dealt a new blow after the hangar used to build Concorde was denied listed status.  Campaigners fighting to save Filton Airfield after owners BAE Systems announced its imminent closure applied to English Heritage to list Brabazon Hangar to protect it from being torn down....

Super Guppy visits Amarillo one last time ... from Black Horizon by Steve Douglass | If you were out by Rick Husband/Amarillo International Airport yesterdau - you may have witnessed a strange looking whale of an aircraft landing - Nasa's "Super Guppy."  The unique one...

The "Franken-Mirages" fly again! -  Bayou Renaissance Man | Readers are probably familiar with my detailed history (see Weekend Wings #39) of the Cheetah fighter aircraft of the South African Air Force (SAAF). All were retired from service by 2008, to be replaced by Saab Gripen fighter-bombers....

China’s J-18 Snowy Owl: Myth or Reality? from David Cenciotti | Over the past year or so, rumours on the Internet have persisted that China has been building a stealthy STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) aircraft in a similar vein to the F-35 Lightning II. Pictures of said aircraft are non existant but the rumour mill still persists that it’s either real or will be at some point in the future....

Done Right, the Purchase of Your Own Airplane Can be Extremely Rewarding - Airplanista | I have made the point many times that I believe AOPA Pilot Magazine is the finest aviation monthly on this planet. That's not kissing up, that's just a fact in my world. While some publications will eloquently explain the pros and cons of the latest mega-million-dollar bizjet or  discuss 101 ways to use a rivet, Pilot consistently delivers the GA content welcome to aviators like me who fly single-engine piston airplanes....

Day of Remembrance, 2012 from The Original Rocket Dungeon by Dick | Apollo One, AS-204, lost January 27, 1967...

FLY NASA- Where the Sky is Not the Limit from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News | -NASA- Want a career that'll take you full circle? Adventure. Commitment. Leadership. Achievement. These are the core values of NASA's distinguished astronaut corps. They're also the rewards of fulfilling work. The 21st century astronaut will serve on long-duration missions aboard the International Space Station - and future deep space ...

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100 Years of Marine Aviation - Air & Space Smithsonian | A salute to 10 aircraft that carried the few and the proud into history. When Marine Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham reported to the U.S. Naval Academy for flight training on May 22, 1912, the date celebrated as the birth of Marine aviation, he didn’t start out with the idea that airplanes could be useful to ground troops. But after flying missions with...

Fokker D-8 for air show - Otago Daily Times | An example of one of Germany's deadliest World War 1 fighters, a Fokker D-8 (or Flying Razor), will be make its first flight at this year's Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.  Vintage Aviation, a specialist restoration company based in...

American Heroes Air Show returns to Lee County - WINK | FORT MYERS, Fla.- Helicopters from all facets of law enforcement and public safety will roar into Lee County for what is sure to be a colorful and action-packed event.The American Heroes Air Show, the nation's premier helicopter-only air show, makes a return visit to the Lee County Sports Complex on Saturday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm....

Golden Knights Week One Warm UP! - US Army Golden Knights | It has been a sensational first week for the team training here at Homestead, AFB. Monday the Aviation crew and team members safely arrived to the great Sunshine State. The advance party greeted us and escorted us over to the headquarters to await the truck with all of the gear and equipment....

North Texas Aviation Pioneer to be Among First Space Travelers - KDAF | As an aviation pioneer, Funk has broken gender barriers all her life.  "Nobody has ever said I can't do it. They say, 'can you?' and I say, 'yes, and I can do it better,'" said Funk.  The one barrier she's still waiting to break is the Earth's atmosphere....

Local Pilot Races to the Front - The Llano News | Taking to the skies is part of who Alan Crawford is. He has been flying for the past 45 years, starting when he was just a ‘youngster’, he served in the Texas Air National Guard following college and spent ten years in the 181st TAW as an instructor and check pilot. Since 1981, Alan has been with Southwest Airlines, and is still a Captain there....

At the B-17 Co-op - Air & Space Smithsonian | Like bomber crews on 100-plane raids, today’s B-17 owners find strength—and survival—in numbers. | USED TO BE, THE ONLY place you saw a Boeing B-17 was at an airshow or in a museum. But in recent years, the World War II bombers have become an increasingly familiar sight in the skies over American cities. Of the 10 that still fly, about half spend the...

WWII bomber lies at bottom of Badin Lake - WRAL | A World War II B-25 bomber and the bodies of its pilot and co-pilot have rested at the bottom of Badin Lake in Stanly County for more than 70 years. The stories and...

Skagit Aero's Blog: The Moment is Finally Here - Antique Airfield | The moment that we have all been waiting for has finally come. After 80+ years and  hours of fabrication and welding the Bulldog is finally sitting on the gear....

A Warbird. Sort Of… - Leaving Terra Firma | Last week, while attempting to write, I was wasting time perusing Youtube when I came across the video above. It made me wonder, “how flexible is my definition of a warbird?”  The aircraft in question is a Titan T-51 Mustang. It is a 3/4th scale replica of a P-51. Like any kit plane, it comes to you in boxes and you put it together. The kit runs...

Aviation artist’s work on show at RAF Museum - Swindon Advertiser | HIS vivid and unique depictions of the aviation world are sought after by everyone from Arab billionaires to former Spitfire aces....

Wichita Aero Club hosting 3rd annual gala on Saturday - Wichita Business Journal | The Wichita Aero Club will host its third annual gala at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Emerald Ballroom at the Hilton Wichita Airport...

January 26 – Aviation History - CRUFC

DOD Testing Worm-Like Airship in Nevada - Daily Tech | The odd-looking airship is called the Argus One, and it was developed by World Surveillance Group | It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a...worm?  The U.S. Department of Defense is testing a worm-shaped UAV that acts as a stealthy spy in the sky. The odd-looking airship is...

Space museum dishes out chili, planes and more - Journal Star | The second annual Chili Bomb sponsored by the Strategic Air & Space Museum will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.  Museum visitors can sample chili made by competitors and also view the museum's aircraft. Kids can get their faces painted and take a turn at a rocket launch station. Regular admission will be charged....

A plane in your living room - LEMONDE | Treat yourself to an aircraft in flying condition! For its second auction devoted to the conquest of air and space, Artcurial has set the bar very high. Indeed, the hunter Fouga Magister CM 170, which should be on sale Sunday, January 29, is in flying condition,...

Barefoot Bandit compares himself to Wright brothers - General Aviation News | The Los Angeles Times is reporting that in a series of emails sent from jail, the “Barefoot Bandit,” Colton Harris-Moore, compares his flying prowess to Wilbur and Orville Wright: “The things I have done as far as flying and airplanes goes, is amazing. Nobody on this...