Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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The U.S. Air Force F-16 Thunderbirds will Conduct a Pre-parade Practice Flight Over Colorado Blvd. on December 31st - Pasadena Now | On December 31st at 8:00 a.m., the U.S. Air Force F-16 Thunderbirds will conduct a pre-parade practice flight over Colorado Blvd. The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will fly six aircrafts west to east from Colorado Blvd. and Orange Grove Blvd. This same flying unit will perform on January 1, 2014 for the Rose Parade, and as always, the flyer-over promises to a be a spectacular event....

Friends celebrate life of stunt pilot Alex “Jimmy” Rae - The Press, York | THE widow of a North Yorkshire pilot who died in a biplane crash in Australia has spoken for the first time following a celebration of his life. Alex “Jimmy” Rae, 26, from Easingwold was piloting the vintage Tiger Moth biplane in an aerobatic flight at about 3,000 feet over the coast of Brisbane, when it crashed into the sea. Mr Rae and his passenger, 21-year-old Taissia Umenc, were both killed...

Air Race Attracts International Competitors as Entry Date Approaches - PR Web | The 38th Air Race Classic will begin accepting entries for the annual transcontinental air race. | The annual Air Race Classic entry opens on January 2, 2014 at noon (EST). Over one hundred female pilots compete each year. The Air Race Classic, Inc. (ARC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating current and future women pilots while increasing public awareness of general aviation...

Reno Air Race Shakeup: Houghton Departs As President and CEO - Aero News Network | "...To Further Reduce Expenditures And Streamline Our Efforts..." | One of the toughest jobs in aviation, that of running the embattled and historic Reno Air Races, is now vacant. Few details are available http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=58a44072-801d-473d-a69b-5b376e1e8a4bright now, the announcement being just minutes old, but a statement from the Reno Air Racing Association states that, "In its ongoing effort to revise and evolve its organizational structure and business model to ensure long-term sustainability, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced today the departure of its president & CEO Mike Houghton. The recently restructured board of directors cited recent changes in the governance of the organization and input from key stakeholders that emphasized a need to restructure the day-to-day operations in light of the financial challenges facing RARA as reasons behind the departure."...

Mike Houghton talks about his departure as Reno air race CEO - Reno Gazette-Journal | The Reno National Championship Air Races on Monday announced it has eliminated the position of longtime president and CEO Mike Houghton amid what it called an ongoing effort to reduce overhead in putting on the 51-year-old event at Reno Stead Airfield...

WWII B-17 pilot from St. Augustine signs historic wing Thursday - St. Augustine Record | Lt. Walter Harvey walked into a bootmaker’s shop to see what kind of a deposit must be made on a new pair. It http://staugustine.com/news/2013-12-26/wwii-b-17-pilot-st-augustine-signs-historic-wing-thursday#.UsK5i7T4tbcwas London in 1943 and the bootmaker replied deposits were unacceptable — he must be paid in full — and told a skeptical Harvey to come with him...

During World War II, Sam Robertson was a gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress, flying in the belly of the beast - Fayetteville Observer | Sam Robertson hasn't worn a seat belt in decades. It's not that he doesn't care for his own safety. It's just that Robertson, 96, doesn't like to be strapped in. He hasn't, he said, since World War II. For more than 20 missions, Robertson folded his body into the cramped ball turret on the underside of a B-17 Flying Fortress...

Gone West: Nadezhda Popova - Aero-News Network | One of Russia's woman pilots who flew ag planes converted into bombers during WWII has passed away at the age of 91.  The "Night Witches" were crediting with dropping 23,000 tons of bombs on German troops invading Russia in some 30,000 missions, according to a report in the New York Times. The women were all volunteers who became legends in their time, but are now largely forgotten. They flew only at night with no parachutes, guns, radios, or radar, navigating with only maps and a compass. A hit from...

The Legacy Of Walker Air Force Base · Warbirds News | In March 1963, the Base was ordered shut down and operations ceased August 1, 1963. Little remains today to remind visitors of the history enjoyed by this former military base. From 1941 to 1942, it was known as Roswell Army Flying School. From 1942 to 1947, it was known as Roswell Army Air- field. From 1947 to 1948, it was known as Roswell Air Force Base. From 1948 until closure in 1963, it was known as Walker Air Force Base. The last name of the facility was in honor of General Newton Walker, a native of Los Cerrillos, New Mexico, who was killed during a bombing mission over Rabaul, New Britain, Papua, New Guinea on January 5, 1943. After his group...

Long-stored Pitts Special nearly ready to fly again - Carolinacoastonline | BEAUFORT — Vintage cars and classic motorcycles increase in value and desirability usually based on their rarity and performance capabilities and, for aviation enthusiasts and collectors, the same holds true for aircraft. Kevin Snyder, owner of Tailwind Aviation in Hangar 84 at Michael J. Smith Field, has for years dreamed of owning and flying a hot rod airplane. That dream is now coming true – thanks to a little detective work, groundwork laid by a former airplane owner, some good luck, hours of effort and help from student volunteers....

Merrill’s Marauders — the book correcting the record of their history making mission by travelforaircraft | Gavin Mortimer thankfully goes well beyond the usual factoids regarding Merrill's Marauders and their historic special forces mission into the jungles and mountains of Burma (known today as Myanmar). This story will make the reader proud of the soldiers of Unit Galahad as well as angry at high level command staff. Mortimer corrects the record and shows the reader how incredible their success was, as well as how important completion of the mission was to the war effort. He places the overriding reasons for their achievement where they belong — and they are not with Stilwell or Merrill as is usually related. This book truly is the untold story of Unit Galahad and not the public relations version...

Inverted over the enemy: Mirage 2000 intercepts F-16 upside down By David Cenciotti | The photo was taken by a pilot of a French Air Force Mirage 2000-5F pilot during a training intercept on a Belgian Air Force F-16AM. Most probably, the Belgian “Viper” did not react at all to the simulated attack by the French fighter jet belonging to the Groupe de Chasse 1/2 Cigognes (that posted the image on their Facebook page): every now and then, NATO and allied air forces take the opportunity to practice interception on military traffic transiting through their airspace of responsibility that agrees to be intercepted for training purposes....

There’s a few soar points when it comes model planes - The Boarder Mail | ANYONE can buy a model plane but not too many can make it soar into the sky. The chances are it will crash within 10 seconds, according to Albury’s Twin Cities Model Aero Club president David Balfour. There is also the issue of the law when it comes to the planes with Mr Balfour saying most people were unaware of their obligations once they had a remote-control plane — often given to them as a Christmas or birthday present...

Wings of Dreams: January Fly-In Breakfast


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Fly-In/Cruise-In Breakfast
  
Saturday, January 4, 2014
8:00 am - 10:00 am
  
Keystone Heights Airport, Florida (42J)
Former Keystone Army Airfield - WWII Air Base



THE GIFT OF HISTORY


"History is the account of things said and done in the past. In this sense, each of us has a history - an account of where we come from and how we got to be who we are. Communities, likewise, each have a history. So do nations, families, and human groups of every sort.

History serves us in many ways. It can inspire us with stories of exemplary lives or caution us with tales of human folly and wickedness. History can inform and educate us by providing the context and perspective that allow us to make thoughtful decisions about the future.

And history has the power to delight and enrich us, enlarging and intensifying the experience of being alive."


American Association for State
and Local History
  

PARTNERS IN PRESERVING AND DEPICTING HISTORY


Over the years donations of artifacts, memorabilia, models, photographs, prints, books and other keepsakes have helped Wings of Dreams begin creating inspiring and meaningful educational displays.


On this day, we will display a sampling of unique collectibles for viewing. We want to pay tribute to these donors who play an important role in the museum building process, helping us preserve and depict history.


 -  Tours of museum and historic space
     artifacts after fly-in breakfast

-   Classic cars on display


Upcoming Fly-In Breakfasts

February 1
Iwo Jima Commemoration
Presentation by WWII veteran and Iwo Jima survivor Bob Gasche

March 1
"The Earhart Enigma - Retracing Amelia's Last Flight" by Dave Horner - Presentation and book signing

April 5
Doolittle Raid Commemoration
Flying the B-25 Mitchell

May 3
Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
Presentation by WASP Barry Smith, 44-6
WASP exhibit open

June 7
D-Day/Normandy Campaign Commemoration


  Star Party - February - Date TBA



January Fly-In
Sponsored by:
  
CB Isaac Realty
- Ronald Blake, Broker
-  Sue Plaster, Realtor
-  Judie Palmer,Realtor
  
Johnny's Bar-B-Q & Catering
  
Express Air Flight School
  
Photos by Trace Choulat
  
Website Support by Unicorn Web Development
  
We thank Becky Carter for helping make this Fly-In possible.
  
 
BREAKFAST BUFFET
  

Menu
Eggs, grits, bacon, sausage, biscuits, fruit, juice, coffee

$7 per person
$4 per child (9 & under)

Free breakfast for WWII and Korean War veterans

First come, first served
.
All proceeds to benefit Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum

FOR MORE INFORMATION

flyin@wingsofdreams.org

www.wingsofdreams.org

Call:   352-256-8037

Download Fly-In Flyer
    
Download Wings of Dreams Overview  
PILOT INFORMATION
   
Elevation: 196 ft.
Pattern Altitude 1196

Frequencies:
CTAF/UNICOM - 122.7

WX AWOS-3 - 124.275

JAX APPROACH - 121.3

Airport Office:  352-473-0031

  
Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum | 7100 Airport Road | Starke | FL | 32091

Monday, December 30, 2013

Indy Transponder 30-DEC-2013 1930z

President and CEO departs RARA - MyNews4 | ...“Collectively, we would like to express our gratitude to Mike for his leadership and professionalism over the last 15 years,” said Major. “Mike has helped to guide this organization through some very significant challenges and some great successes. This is an extremely difficult decision but, in light of current circumstances and financial restraints, we felt that it was in the best interest of the Air Races.”...

Mike Houghton out as Air Races CEO from RGJ.com | The Reno National Championship Air Races on Monday announced the departure of longtime president and CEO Mike Houghton.

11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation - PR.com | Tucson, AZ, December 30, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Internationally renowned artists Michelle Rouch and Mimi Stuart, both members of the American Society of Aviation Artists have been invited to attend the 11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Award Ceremony, referred to as the Academy Awards of Aviation. Rouch honors Col. Paul H. Poberezny, founder of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) with her artwork titled “Icon of Aviation.” Stuart, know n for her signature style EOS – Energy of Subject style Kinetic Expressionism, focuses her artwork on Harrison Ford, titled “Rugged Spirit” and on Amelia Earhart, titled “Atlantic Blue.”...

Pa. Man Lands 'Corrected' 1918 Stamps -  ABC News | A collector credits a hunch with helping him land one of just 100 sheets of stamps recently issued by the United States Postal Service featuring a

Photo from USPS
corrected version of its rare and famous error, the 1918 "inverted Jenny." Art Van Riper bought the stamps in Waverly, N.Y., after reading that the Postal Service had printed a new batch of inverted Jenny stamps celebrating the 95-year-old edition that, by mistake, featured an upside-down biplane...

WWII P-51 Veteran to Address NWOC - Warbirds News | Enlisting in the Army Air Corps on his 18th birthday, NWOC’s Saturday guest speaker went on to a distinguished flying career during WWII.Jery Yellin served in the Pacific Theater with the 78th Fighter Squadron, participated in first land based fighter mission over Japan, and the last mission of the war. Later, Jerry was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with an Oak Leaf cluster and the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters.Jerry is currently serving as spokesman for the Spirit of 45 organization to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.  There will be numerous flying activities on the weekend of August 15-16, 2015 to mark this special anniversary...

Impressive: F/A-18 Hornet jets recovering on aircraft carrier in bad weather · David Cenciotti | This video was recorded on USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sept. 14, 2003. The flattop found itself in a extremely bad weather and heavy rainfall in the middle of a recovery: sevaral planes had to land but visibility was extremely poor and there were also problems with the Automatic Carrier Landing System (ACLS)...

Video: Slick And The Venerable Little Piper Clipper! - AirPigz | As 2013 near its end, this fresh video from 'Slick' perfectly captures the true essence of what AirPigz is all about... a classic and genuine love for the beauty of flying. And something as simple as a vintage 1949 Piper PA-16 Clipper will serve the purpose...

Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft - WTHR | LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites, the agency said...

Europeans Plan 2014 Space Actvities - Spaceports | 2014 has all the elements to become an interesting year for Europe in space...

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Pilots Confirmed For Jet Racing Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow · Warbirds News | PRESS RELEASE- A NASA astronaut who has completed six space shuttle flights has been confirmed as one of the pilots taking part in high-speed jet racing at the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow next Easter.Colonel Curtis Brown of the United States was flight commander on two of his six space missions and is also a five times Reno Jet Air Race Champion.Alongside Curtis in the “Reno” team contesting the #GigatownWanaka Jet races will be three times Red Bull World Air Race champion, Mike Mangold.

Happy Birthday To The Consolidated B-24 Liberator · Warbirds News By Aviation Enthusiasts LLC | Seventy-four years ago today, the Consolidated B-24 Liberator took flight for the first time.  Newer, more efficient and more versatile than the B-17 Flying Fortress, more Liberators were built than any other military aircraft in American history.  In addition to being used as a heavy bomber, the B-24 also served as a long-range maritime patrol and transport aircraft...

Remembering another war hero - Bayou Renaissance Man | Those who inspired the World War II http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2013/12/remembering-another-war-hero.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BayouRenaissanceMan+%28Bayou+Renaissance+Man%29generation are leaving us faster and faster now, as they get on in years.  A few weeks ago we lost Wing Commander James 'Jimmy' Flint of the Royal Air Force, at the age of 100...

Remembering aviator Alex – Spitfire-testing extraordinaire - East Lindsey Target | It was following the Kings Cup Air Race of 1933 that people began to take notice when he won the Siddely Trophy flying a Comper Swift. The Comper Aircraft Company, while based at Hooton Park Aerodrome near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, has an...

Rare Rutan aircraft donated to the Institute for Aerospace Education · General Aviation News Staff By SaVannah Rash | Spirits were high at the Mayer household in Nelson County on Saturday, Nov. 2. Students from all across Kentucky were scrambling in frenzied excitement over the generous donation made by John Mayer to the Institute for Aerospace Education, a rare Rutan Defiant...

Exploring the Wright Stuff in Ohio - Philly.com | Start out in the West Side neighborhood at the Aviation Trail Visitor Center, a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. It's located across a brick plaza from the ... With a little exploration, the stone foundations of the ...

America’s first airplane factory reappears · General Aviation News Staff | After nearly a century in obscurity, America’s first airplane factory began to reappear in 2013 as demolition crews peeled away surrounding buildings in Dayton, Ohio. The original Wright Company factory began to emerge on the 54-acre, former Delphi Home Avenue plant in west Dayton as demolition crews razed other buildings to prepare the site for redevelopment. The Wright Company factory was the first in the United States built for the purpose of producing airplanes...

Spitfire Mk FR.XVIIIe SM845 (G-BUOS) Made Its First Flight · Warbirds News | As reported on Global Aviation Resource Spitfire Mk FR.XVIIIe SM845 (G-BUOS) made its first flight from IWM Duxford . On Tuesday, 17 December 2013, Richard Lake’s Spitfire Mk FR.XVIIIe SM845 took to the skies for the first time since summer 2010, following its rebuild to flying condition by Historic Flying Limited (HFL) at IWM Duxford in conjunction with Airframe Assemblies Ltd on the Isle of Wight.  Both have been responsible for several high-profile Spitfire restorations in recent years, with their projects now flying in the UK, Europe and USA...

Antique Airfield:

DISCOVERY CHANNEL SERIES by: Donna Flynn - December 28th, 2013  | Unveiled at the International Council of Air Shows, new documentary series produced by Great Pacific Television will be airing on Discovery Channel and it will be starring Showline Airshow Services, Super Dave Airshows and others!!!  The show will be premiering in March 2014!!! Check back for more information.

FlightTime Radio Show 310 | Milford and Charlie were in the Renegade Light Sport Studio for their 310th FlightTime Radio Show!! Spent a lot of time talking about all the different places we have broadcast from and the exciting people we have talked to! We talked a bit about the companies that stand behind us, propping … no pun intended… us up through the years. We are excited about some great news for FlightTime Radio coming up soon!... Stay tuned!!! We’ll be right back to start our 7th year on the air!!

"Bowing Boeing" UCAP #342 - Uncontrolled Airspace: General Aviation Podcast | A Triple-Seven makes a successful go-around… Shell has an idea… and transitioning to ultralights. All this and more on the Uncontrolled Airspace General Aviation Podcast. Recorded December 8, 2013. Alt titles: "Hit the TOGA button", "other-illities", "drag monsters"

The Curse of the Cargomaster - Air & Space Magazine | They’d fly it again, if they had the chance. Among the group gathered at Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base, there’s a man for every crew station at the ready. They flew, maintained, navigated, and sometimes cursed one of the least understood aircraft in the history of the U.S. Air Force, the Douglas C-133 Cargomaster. In a conference room at Dover’s Air Mobility Command Museum, papers are shuffled—Where was that article from the base news? Smudgy documents, their margins trailing off the page from copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy Xeroxing, are offered. A small stack of VHS tapes forms a centerpiece. The men, some slowed by age and ailment, chatter and argue. A clamor of “There I was” stories fills the room, accompanied by hand flying. Then, with quiet authority, Hank Baker, a retired C-133 flight engineer, holds his hand up, as if to take an oath...

The Bomber on the Golf Course - Air & Space Magazine | On the night of may 31, 1944, my brother and I were awakened by engine noise—overhead. We were up and outside in an instant. I was nine, http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/232391391.html?imw=Yand in my mind, nothing ever happened in Enterprise, a small town in northeastern Oregon. Hearing what sounded like a big multi-engine airplane circling Enterprise in the middle of the night was thrilling. The few airplanes we had seen were small, single-engine varieties. Our father ran to the car and drove off...

Fighting Hitler’s Jets by travelforaircraft | ...This is not a book which discusses in-depth the grand strategy the Allies developed to defeat  the Luftwaffe's jet powered aircraft in the latter part of World War II in Europe. Fighting Hitler's Jet's is a text rich with historical insight, experiences of American as well as German pilots, and knowledge of aircraft and their designers not commonly found in other books...

The usefulness of IRST - Bayou Renaissance Man | A reader asked me whether the IRST (infra-red search and track) sensors mounted on many modern fighter aircraft (such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Russian Sukhoi Su-27 family, the Swedish Saab Gripen and the US F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-35 Lightning II) was of any real utility compared to radar and other sensors.  Here's a picture of the IRST sensor (circled in red) on a Eurofighter Typhoon...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Back in the air: Thunderbirds plan 66 shows in 2014 - AirForceTimes.com | The Thunderbirds, grounded last spring by sequester-driven budget cuts, will be back in the air in 2014. The http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20131227/NEWS/312270006/Back-air-Thunderbirds-plan-66-shows-2014Thunderbirds schedule will begin New Year?s Day with a flyover at the Rose Bowl Parade in Los Angeles, followed by a year of airshows and flyovers across the country. In December, the team announced a schedule of 66 demonstrations at 34 locations this year, its 61st season...

Time-Lapse Video Of The Seat and Canopy Refitting On Vulcan XH558 · Warbirds News | The recent newsletter we received from the Vulcan XH558 organization pointed out that the team is ahead in the schedule as they strive to complete the winter service in good time to allow the wing modification work to begin in earnest from the middle of January. Last week both ejection seats and the canopy were delivered enabling the aircraft to be put up on jacks a good two working weeks ahead of plan. The time saved will...

Handley Page Victor | The Handley Page Victor was a British jet bomber aircraft produced by the Handley Page Aircraft Company. It was the third and final of the "V bombers" which...

Airliners In Slow Motion... Artsy Video From Simon Lowe (Must See) - AirPigz | It's another great airliner video from Simon Lowe's youtube channel and it's got just the right amount of art, music, and airplanes. This is definitely a good one for 1080p HD and full screen...

Air Force warns: We could start running out of pilots - News Tribune |  The Air Force is flying into gale force winds as commercial airlines start a hiring spree while military aviators struggle with low morale due to cutbacks and idle jets. And the Air Force may see a shortage as pilots vote with their feet. Over the next year, the commercial airline industry is going to begin hiring tens of thousands of new pilots as aging flyers retire and the industry regains its economic footing. That could put...

'NORAD Tracks Santa' Program Says 2013 Was A Record-Breaker - Aero-News Network | Over 117,000 Calls From Kids Along with Nearly 10,000 Emails | The North American Aerospace Defense Command's NORAD Tracks Santa Program exceeded its own records in the number of calls, emails and social media followers this year...

Space shuttle Discovery ready for voyage to museum - Beatrice Daily Sun | CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery has one last mission to complete. At daybreak Tuesday, the oldest of NASA's retired shuttle fleet left its home at Kennedy Space Center for the final time, riding on top a modified jumbo jet. Its destination: the Smithsonian Institution's hangar outside Washington, D.C...

NASA Employees Receive Presidential Early Career Awards - Aero-News Network | President Obama named five NASA researchers Monday as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). These recipients, and 97 other federal researchers, will receive their awards in a ceremony early next year in Washington. The PECASE awards represent the...

Friday, December 27, 2013

LiveAirShowTV Rides Along In Shockwave

http://liveairshowtv.com/video.php?vid=163
PFLUGERVILLE, TX – December 27, 2013 -- LiveAirShowTV wraps up 2013 at nearly 350mph! Except for the Reno Unlimited racers, that’s fast in almost anyone’s book. When you put that speed on the ground in a jet truck, words simply cannot describe it. That’s exactly what happened at the 2013 Wings Over Houston Airshow with LiveAirShowTV’s president Jeff Lee. He rode along on the last run during the Friday practice day, and it was all captured on video (of course).

“You have no idea what 300mph is like. There’s just nothing to compare it to”, said Lee. “We’ve worked with Neal Darnell for many years and he wanted airshow fans to have a better understanding of what it’s like INSIDE the Shockwave Jet Truck.”

Check out the story at: http://liveairshowtv.com/video.php?vid=163

It has been an amazing year for LiveAirShowTV with three live events, many more reports from http://liveairshowtv.com/video.php?vid=163 airshows, the launch of Careers In Aviation, and performer profiles. We will kick off 2014 with a new series “Inside Airshows” with an in depth look at Team Goulian as they wrapped up the 2013 season in Houston as well. Many more shows are planned for 2014, and announcements on each will happen as soon as they are confirmed.

Until then, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates from the world of aviation and airshows. Happy New Year from the entire LiveAirShowTV Team!

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'Rock Star' Air Show Performer Sean Tucker Energizes Endeavor Awards - PR Web |  The 1st Annual Endeavor Awards welcomes popular air show performer Sean Tucker to the Host Committee of the http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11444875.htmgala event. Tucker joins another legendary aviator Clay Lacy; Endeavour Astronaut Scott Parazynski and his fellow astronauts; and, Hollywood luminaries, Robert Zemeckis and Ed Asner as they honor the true heroes of flying, the individuals and organizations who have demonstrated their commitment to Public Benefit Aviation....

Airshow Highlights 2013 - TakeOffTube.com | Many thanks to all pilots, friends, spotters and towercrew for a lovely aviation year 2013! Whish you all a brilliant and healthy 2014!...

Benoist XVII replica ready to leave the hangar and fly by travelforaircraft | Flight 2014 of the Florida Aviation Historical Society — the flying re-enactment of the World's first airline flight on a regular schedule — is slated for January 1st on the centennial of that progressive flight by pilot Tony Jannus in his Benoist XIV Air Boat. The flying replica was...

Team Hopes To Fly Benoist Seaplane Reproduction January 1- Aero-News Network | It is said that the modern airline was born in Florida on January 1, 1914, when a company called the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line flying a Benoist XIV seaplane flew one passenger at a time between the two cities for five dollars each way. It was the first scheduled passenger service. On January 1st 2014, a team from the central Florida aviation attraction Fantasy of Flight hopes to recreate those flights on the first flight's 100th anniversary...

Happy Birthday To The North American Aviation FJ-2 Fury · Warbirds News By Aviation Enthusiasts LLC | The North American Aviation FJ-2 Fury flew for the first time sixty-two years ago today.  The FJ-2 and FJ-3 Fury aircraft were navalized versions of the F-86 Sabre with the primary differences between the FJ-2 and the -3 being the powerplants.  A single-seat carrier-based fighter, the swept-wing Fury became one of the Navy’s first fighters to carry missiles and served widely in the 1950s.  All 200 FJ-2s were delivered to Marine Corps fighter units from January 1954, with the FJ-3 going to the Navy beginning in 1955...

C-17 Globemaster III - CNET | After two decades, the US Air Force has reached the saturation point http://news.cnet.com/2300-11386_3-10018319.html?ftag=ACQa48f0c5with its big C-17 Globemaster aircraft. C-17 builder Boeing earlier this month delivered its 223rd and final Globemaster to the Air Force...

Rest assured, Mackay’s Tiger Moths are safe and sound - The Morning Bulletin | THE Mackay community can rest assured the region's two Tiger Moths are in tip-top condition, despite a fatal crash in the south...

Herven Exum, Tuskegee Airman - Washington Post | ..A Tuskegee airman, Exum was among a now-dwindling generation of African American men who made history with their prowess in flight. Almost 1,000 black men trained to be pilots through the Tuskegee program during World War II. Exum, who died Aug. 18 at age 91 at the Washington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was one of the last living. According to estimates from Tuskegee veterans groups, fewer than 100 remain...

Wings of Rescue airlifts 500 dogs - General Aviation News | More than 500 shelter dogs enjoyed a true Christmas Miracle at the Third Annual Wings of Rescue Holiday Airlift as they were whisked away to 11 cities in the Pacific Northwest aboard 14 flights leaving Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California...

This Flying Ambulance May Save Wounded Soldiers From Certain Death - Gizmodo | The AirMule, as its called by its creator, Dr. Rafi Yoeli, CEO of Urban Aeronautics, is a VTOL UAV measuring 20 http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/12/this-flying-ambulance-may-save-wounded-soldiers-from-certain-death/feet long, over 6 feet wide, and weighing one ton. It rides atop a pair of ducted fans powered by a Turbomeca Ariel jet engine — similar to Germany’s “flying Jeep” concept from the 1950's. The AirMule is directed and controlled via via a series of 200 directional air flaps and can fly both remotely or autonomously while carrying up to 880 pounds of cargo...

Spacewalkers Complete Installation Of Ammonia Pump Module - Aero-News Network | Spacewalkers Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins completed a second spacewalk to install a spare ammonia pump module on Christmas Eve. The U.S. Quest airlock began repressurization at 1423 EDT Tuesday signaling the official end of their spacewalk...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

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Local Hero: Excitement soars as Flathead graduate visits air-show organizers - Daily Inter Lake | Excitement about next summer’s Mountain Madness 2014 Airshow began to soar Monday as Capt. Jason Curtis stopped in to visit with show organizers. Curtis, a Flathead High School graduate and member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, is home for a couple of days over the Christmas holiday before heading out for a Thunderbirds flyover during the Rose Bowl parade on New Year’s Day. “Man, we are excited as anything to be coming back to the valley,” Curtis said. “This is a special treat for the entire Thunderbirds team.”...

Aviation buffs of Condor Squadron keep vintage WWII aircraft flying - Los Angeles Times | On the west side of Van Nuys Airport it's like World War II never ended. Vintage propeller planes once flown by U.S. Navy, Army Air Forces and Royal Air Force pilots are parked wingtip to wingtip along the taxiway. Nearby buildings are painted in camouflage. The sound of swing music sometimes drifts across the tarmac, and olive drab flight jackets are de rigueur...

Navy aviator surprises family Christmas morning - abc13.com | HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Navy aviator is back home with his wife and three children just in time for Christmas. They were not expecting him home. But he arranged it so it would be a surprise. And our cameras were rolling to see it all unfold...

Living History Day slated at Pacific Aviation Museum · General Aviation News Staff | HONOLULU — History comes alive at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, when http://generalaviationnews.com/2013/12/25/living-history-day-slated-at-pacific-aviation-museum/visitors can experience the people, the aircraft, and the stories of Pacific aviation “stars”— from the early years of flight to today’s space age. The event is free to museum members and free with museum admission. For those who become a museum member that day, the event is also free...

Museum slates Open Cockpit Day · General Aviation News Staff | WINDSOR LOCKS, CONN. – The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn. will hold its next Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, Jan. 19. On that day, visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 12 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. Aircraft include the P-47 Thunderbolt, the North American F-100 Super Sabre, a DC-3 airliner, several helicopters and more...

One more payment will settle Spruce Goose title - McMinnville News-Register | Evergreen Aviation Museum of McMinnville and the Aero Club of Southern California agree that one more payment is required before the Aero Club will relinquish legal ownership of Howard Hughes' famous wooden airplane, the Spruce Goose...

Italian Reggiane RE.2000 Update · Warbirds News | Few weeks ago we reported the successful rescue of an Italian Re.2000 which  had sunk in the waters of Portovenere (La Spezia) in 1943 . The operation was carried out for free by the company Micoperi (the same company which  has completed he straightening of the cruise ship Costa Concordia).The Falco, originally discovered  in April 2012, was about twenty feet deep and it crashed off the Liguria coast during a training mission...

Too Hot to Handle: McDonnell XP-67 Moonbat - Air & Space Magazine | Damn Continental http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/106620343.html?imw=Yengines. No matter how advanced an airframe is, and the McDonnell XP-67 was plenty advanced, you can’t fly a fighter fast and hard if its engines are the product of one of the biggest weapons-procurement boondoggles of World War II...

Winter Arrives for Old and Cold Warriors at St. Louis Museum of Transportation By Fred Harl, The Aero Experience | Winter in the Midwest is difficult to predict, and a distance of just a few miles can make the difference between a foot or an inch of snow.  On a recent foray north following a significant snowfall, it was a little easier to catch the aircraft outside of the St. Louis Museum of Transportation with just a few inches of snow for this photo shoot.  Although mostly a haven for historic trains, the museum also features two aircraft...

New details about the epic B-52 mission to rescue a Cessna in Alaska - The Aviationist | As we reported few weeks ago, on Nov. 10, two B-52s, launched from Minot and Barksdale AFB for a training mission, flew hundreds of miles off course to give assistance to a Cessna plane that had lost radio contact with Anchorage Air Traffic Control Center in bad weather, over Alaska. While all the details about the successful rescue mission were released by the U.S. Air Force and can be found here, little was known about the mission the two Buffs were flying when they received the distress call...

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Too Ugly to Print in a Magazine - Air & Space Magazine | Four aircraft so ugly they could only be published on the web...

Book Review: Unknown Rider by Major Scott D. Anderson, USAF By Carmelo Turdo, The Aero Experience | ...Unknown Rider is the fictional manifestation of Major Scott D. Anderson's experience of achieving the title, "Fighter Pilot."  Anderson sums up his writing process in the Acknowledgements page: "When I was training to fly the F-16 at Kingsley Field in Oregon, each evening, after a day of flying fighters, I sat down and typed a little bit of this book...All I had to do was invent a few characters, put them in an airplane, and make them the...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Indy Transponder 24-DEC-2013 1900z

 
 We, the staff of the Indy Transponder, 
would like to wish all of our readers a 
Merry Christmas!
Thank you for being loyal readers,
May the joy of this season stay with you
throughout 2014!

NORAD to track Santa's global journey - ACC | 12/23/2013 - WASHINGTON -- On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of children around the globe will gather around their family telephones and computers to track the path of Santa Claus as he makes his rounds delivering gifts on his sleigh led by tiny reindeer...

Tusker Air Show Dazzles Nairobi - AllAfrica.com | The Wilson Airport in Nairobi, which is more famous as an airport for smaller aeroplanes, hosted the Tusker Air Show this past weekend. The event, which had been postponed because of bad weather, returned as the skies turned blue skies with some of the most exciting actions in the air that Kenyans have seen...

Sywell Airshow to get WWI theme in 2014 - Minuteman Press | As next year marks the centenary of the First World War, it was recently announced that an airshow near Print company in Northampton printing services Northampton will be delivered with a distinctive Great War theme. The 2014 Sywell Airshow – which is held every two years – will feature a unique line-up of biplanes that soared over the battlefields of one of the most significant conflicts of the 20th century...

Women pilots of WWII will get grand recognition in Rose Parade - LA Times | After waiting decades http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-wasp-float-20131223,0,1569145.story#ixzz2oQJO9y39for military status and honors, several WASPs, all around 90, will ride atop their own float in the Rose Parade.

Red Tail Pilot Monument Dedication | The first monument in the nation to specifically honor the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen was dedicated on November 11, 2013, at the Orlando Science...

Join The AirPigz 'Naval Aviation Museum' MeetUp (Pensacola January 24-26, 2014) - AirPigz | This is your official invitation to make a trip to sunny Pensacola Florida for the AirPigz Naval Aviation Museum MeetUp on January 24-26, 2014...

Navy pilot who performed heroic blind landing during Korean War dies - Stars & Stripes | The stunned Navy pilot was gripped in pain, blood was pouring down his face and a good part of his warplane was destroyed. But worst of all, Ensign Kenneth Schechter couldn't see. An enemy shell had smashed into his Skyraider and fragments pierced his eyes. Hurtling over the Korean coast at 200 mph, Schechter was suddenly enveloped in blackness...

B-25 “Sandbar Mitchell” Update · Warbirds News | Moose Peterson reports. It took flight February, 1945 and in June, 1969 it came to an end. The B-25J 44-30733 saw military life as a trainer and civilian life as a fire bomber. July of 2013, the B-25J took flight again underneath a sky crane that lifted it off the Tanana River sandbar where it has rested for the last forty-four years. Patrick Mihalek had a child age dream of working with warbirds and at age 30, now heads the Warbirds of Glory Museum that is taking the Sandbar Mitchell back to the skies...

A Very Special F-104 Starfighter-Ferrari · WarbirdsNews | The F-104 was officially retired from the Aeronautica Militare Italiana ( Italian Air Force)  service during a large ceremony at Pratica di Mare in 2004. Almost ten years later this aircraft is still the favorite of many pilots, officers and aviation enthusiast in Italy, as well as around the world. In the...

Post flight - Apron 6 | Some more shots made at the first day of the A2A Academy. Shortly after the sunset flight...

USAF planes going to boneyard cited in rubbish report - Arizona News | The Air Force’s preference to mothball a swift of mint load planes — unclosed in an I-Team review in Oct — done this year’s list of a tip 100 examples of supervision rubbish in America, published annually by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Coburn’s Wastebook 2013 notes, as a I-Team reported, that Congress destined a Air Force to continue purchasing a planes even after a Air Force Chief of Staff pronounced it didn’t need them...

Day 7 - December 21, 2013 - TeenFlight! | It is exciting to see the progress and the excitement around the TeenFlight hangar on Saturdays.  The TeenFlight 3 crew is really getting into the build.  The mentors divided the students into four teams: Purple, Red, Green, and Blue.  Each of these teams consists of three or four students.  The teams have...

Astronauts make rare Christmas Eve spacewalk from RGJ.com | CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts wrapped up urgent space station repairs during a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk Tuesday, braving a 'mini blizzard' of noxious ammonia as they popped in a new pump.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Los Angeles County Air Show Announces the Red Bull Air Force Will Rock the Antelope Valley

For Christmas procrastinators discount holiday ticket promotion launched today

LOS ANGELES (December 19, 2013) - The Los Angeles County Air Show today announced the addition of the Red Bull Air Force to its exciting performer line up along with a Christmas ticket promotion for last-minute gift-giving procrastinators. Tickets will be discounted online by 20 percent through December 25th at midnight (PDT).

The Show, scheduled for March 21-22, 2014, at William J. Fox Airport, will showcase thrill-seeking performances from the Red Bull Air Force including former two time Red Bull Air Race World Champion and five time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, Kirby Chambliss, the Red Bull Air Force wing suit flyers, and Chuck ‘Malibu’ Aaron, known as a methodical risk taker and the first civilian ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the U.S. Aaron has also been inducted into the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and is recognized officially as a Living Legend of Aviation.

As part of the Red Bull performance, Kirby Chambliss will fly one of his explosive aerobatic routines in conjunction with the wingsuit flyers creating an aviation circus-like performance in the sky by some of the world’s top extreme athletes.

“We are ecstatic to announce the addition of Red Bull to our ever growing roster of elite performers. Red Bull is synonymous with cutting edge extreme entertainment, and their air show teams have mastered the art of putting on an aggressive demonstration safely,” said Dennis Dunbar, executive director of the Los Angeles County Air Show. “The ability to combine their skills with the science required to pull off these breathtaking demonstrations are exactly what we are looking for when trying to inspire and motivate our youth towards educational based opportunities with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”

The Air Show will feature several of the top air show performers from around the country including the headlining act, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, high-energy aerobatics, barnstorming, and various warbirds. The Show will also focus on the innovative aircraft whose roots are tied to the Antelope Valley. On the ground, spectators will be able to explore static aircraft displays, interact with pilots and crewmembers, and experience interactive attractions and educational exhibits designed to promote STEM. Stay tuned as we announce additional performers and attractions in the coming weeks. 

Discount Ticket Options through December 25th

For you last minute shoppers that are scrambling to fill a stocking or buy something unique for that special someone, we’ve got you covered! Stocking stuffer General Admission tickets and the Family Fun Pack are now available online and can be easily purchased at the Air Show web site. Purchase before midnight on December 25th and receive 20 percent off tickets including the Family Fun Pack! (*discount does not apply to individual parking passes)

Sponsorship information and hi-resolution images are available online at www.lacountyairshow.com. Are you a member of the media wanting to cover the show? The online press credential application is now available at the website in the News Room. The Los Angeles County Air Show web site will be updated regularly with news, attraction information and more. Fans can follow the Airshow on Facebook and Twitter (@LACountyAirShow).

About Los Angeles County Air Show

The Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the importance of aviation for continued economic growth, inspiration and educational opportunities for our youth, and enhancing awareness for the service and sacrifice of our military men and women. The mission of the Air Show will, in part, be accomplished by giving back to the needs of the community through a regional scholarship program for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math or aerospace. For more information about the Los Angeles County Air Show, please visit www.lacountyairshow.com.