Friday, October 31, 2008

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Blue Angels remove 2 from duty, only 5 jets to fly - The Associated Press
(AP) — A spokesman for the US Navy Blue Angels says the stunt-flying team will be down one jet the rest of its season after removing two members from duty ...

(Navy Times) Two members of the Blue Angels, the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, have been “removed” from the team due to an alleged inappropriate relationship, a Navy official said Thursday.
One Aviator Removed With Three Shows Remaining

Riding With a Fighter Pilot - WGMB FOX 44, LA
Major John Klatt is the pilot. He's flown all over the world with the Air National Guard. Videographer Brandon Shackelford documented the flight from ...

AirFest celebrates military - San Antonio Express, TX
“Tora! Tora! Tora!,"a reenactment of the attack on Pearl Habor, is one scheduled attraction at AirFest 2008 at Lackland AFB. Where: Kelly Field Annex flight line at ...

SERTOMA CAJUN AIR FESTIVAL: Thunderbirds roar in for air show; see ... - The Daily Advertiser, LA
Maj. Chris Austin has been in the Air Force for 13 1/2 years. Major Samantha Weeks is an 11 1/2-year USAF veteran. Both are in their second year flying for ...

Red Bull Air Race prepares for takeoff this weekend -
By Glen Foreman A GROUND-based feud is heating up the Red Bull Air Race in the wake of Hannes Arch being an almost certainty to win the championship this weekend.

Red Bull fly-bys distract Perth workers - The Age, Australia
Pilots in the Red Bull air race have started their practice runs and fly-bys, distracting city workers from their office windows overlooking the Swan River. ...

ARCH HAS PYLON PROBLEM IN TRAINING - After suffering two nerve-racking pylon hits in each of his first two training sessions in Perth, Hannes Arch finally settled down in the third and final timed session on Friday before the weekend’s Red Bull Air Race to record the second fastest result of the day behind rival Paul Bonhomme. The Brit, the only pilot who still has a shot of snatching the World Championship away from Arch, applied pressure on the second-year sensation from Austria with a superb time...



(The West Australian) Hannes Arch has stamped his authority on this weekend’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Perth by posting a time more than four seconds clear of his nearest rival in training.
How The Race Is Shaping Up

Hello Plane Folks, This week I bring you a report of the Wing Nuts Flying Circus, the
biggest little air show in America. Enjoy!, Max

Britain clocks up 100 years of aviation from Aeroplane Monthly News - Celebrations Farnborough mark the 100th anniversary of the first powered aeroplane flight in the UK.

FAYETTEVILLE : Air museum will get apparitions check-up - Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR
For the second consecutive year the 106-aircraft Mid-America Air Museum in Liberal, Kan., opened its hangar doors last week to a team of paranormal ...

A Smithsonian Air Museum With Room to Spare - New York Times
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., may not receive as many visitors as its National Mall companion, the Air and Space Museum. But with more than twice the exhibition space and more than 150 aircrafts on display, the Virginia museum has
... the first pressurized passenger liner, its gleaming aluminum fuselage attached to wings and a tail section adapted from the B-17

Fossett Remains 'Most Likely' Found from AVwebFlash Current Issue
One part of the complex mystery of Steve Fossett's disappearance 14 months ago may have been solved with the discovery of bones, a pair of shoes and his driver's license. "We talked to the family and advised them that we possibly, most likely, found the remains of J. Stephen Fossett," Madera County Sheriff John Anderson told a news conference Thursday.

Fossett ordeal may be over for family from AOPA News
Newly discovered bone fragments found at the crash site of adventurer Steve Fossett on Oct. 29 are believed to be human, according to California's Madera County Sheriff John P. Anderson. The fragments will now be tested for DNA that could link them to Fossett. Testing had been inconclusive, or negative, on fragments found earlier in October.

Man builds seaplane, donates to aviation museum -, KY
So, on Thursday, he donated his little wood, metal and fabric plane to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, which plans to put it on immediate display at its ...

A New (Fighter) Jet for Google’s Founders? from Military Photos - General Discussion by Xav
A company controlled by Google’s top executives, including its billionaire founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, appears to have added a new plane to its well-equipped fleet: a fighter jet, or more precisely a Dornier Alpha Jet. According to Wikipedia, the Alpha Jet is a a light attack jet and advanced trainer aircraft manufactured by Dornier of Germany and Dassault-Breguet of France.

XP-38K: P-38 with Merlins? from Indy Transponder

NAS Jacksonville Airshow from Fence Check - Couple more.

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XP-38K: P-38 with Merlins?

(Photo credit: Warren Bodie)

From Dave - Warbird Beer Show: We got some requests to see the XP-38K. Here is a grainy black and white photo. Looks like a P-38 to me. I bet those twin Rolls Royce Merlins sounded awesome!
(Photo credit: Warren Bodie)

The guys at The Warbird Beer Show on Flight Line Radio were talking about the plane above the other day on their show. Dave, at Warbird Beer, was nice enough to post the picture on his website so we could see what he was talking about.

Thanks Dave!

Update: 11/5 - Some discussion about this post took place here.

Indy Transponder 31-October 0001z

Navy News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports ... -, VA
Two members of the Blue Angels, the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, have been “removed” from the team due to an alleged inappropriate relationship, ...

Bard, previously a CP-140 Aurora pilot with 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron, 19 Wing Comox, BC takes command of the Snowbirds as of October 17th, 2008. ...

The "First Ladies of Flight" land in Denver -, CO
Wagstaff is qualified to fly several types of aircraft, from WWII warbirds to jets. She works in television and film as a stunt pilot and was given the ...

Lackland Air Force Base - Air Show - john plantada from FriendFeed
Lackland AirFest 2008 is preparing a wonderful lineup of events to wow those visiting Lackland Air Force Base for the two-day event. We'll have spectacular aerial performers, ground displays and more to show support of our armed forces. - The event is open to the public. - Free parking and free admission. - No tickets required. Make plans to attend AirFest 2008 on Nov. 1 and 2!

Arch four seconds clear in training
The West Australian, Australia
Hannes Arch has stamped his authority on this weekend’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Perth by posting a time more than four seconds clear of his ...

from Red Bull Air Race News
Britain’s Nigel Lamb led his Red Bull Air Race rivals Kirby Chambliss (United States) and Steve Jones (Britain) out of Perth and over the nearby Indian Ocean to the picturesque Rottnest Island for the traditional formation flight on Thursday ahead of the weekend’s racing, the grand finale of 2008 that will decide the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

from Red Bull Air Race Photos [and other photos - gallery]

PILOT QUOTES from Red Bull Air Race News
Arch was in high spirits after a strong showing in the first timed training session (1:18.09), where he has often struggled before rallying on race weekends. The Austrian, who needs just a 9th place to clinch the 2008 World Championship, put on a show of force on the turn-filled track. Despite hitting a pylon on one run, Arch said he felt in top form physically and mentally.

Shopping for Warbirds and listening to Flight Line Radio TM ... via Google
... Regulars as well as new guests to will hear Flight Line internet Radio TM as soon as they log on to the site. The visitors will hear all of the programming including the Warbird Beer Show, updates from the Indy Transponder, as well as contributions from General Aviation News, JetWhine and others. ...

Co-chair of diabetes event is walking his talk - San Antonio Express, TX
This year's Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes is Saturday, Nov.1, at Port San Antonio at 8 am An air show featuring the Blue Angels will follow. ...

Road closures planned during airshow in Thermal - The Desert Sun, CA
The closure will be in effect from noon to 5 pm on Friday and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, during certain aerobatic performances. ...

Pilot takes the helm of a B-24 one more time - News & Observer, NC
The craft, known as the Liberator, was all but forgotten by Hollywood, which featured WWII being fought by the smaller, sleeker B-17 Flying Fortress, ...

Times Not So Divine For Historic B-25 from Aero-News Network
'Heavenly Body' To Be Left Out In The Cold A struggle by California warbird enthusiasts is demonstrating a sad truth -- the costs of storing and maintaining vintage World War II aircraft bombers is becoming too expensive for the little guy.

WAI Honors Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees for 2009 from Alabama Aviator
Women in Aviation, International will welcome five new inductees into its Pioneer Hall of Fame during the closing banquet at the twentieth annual Women in Aviation, International Conference in Atlanta. The Conference will be held from February 26-28, 2009, at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency.
"Inducting these women into our Pioneer Hall of Fame ensures that their accomplishments will never be forgotten, and their lives and work will continue to serve as an inspiration to many," said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "These women are real-life heroes to our members." The Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees for 2009 are: ...

The Two Memphis Belles from Air & Space Magazine

Flying Tigercats: And Then There Were Five from Air & Space Magazine
...That plane, the F7F Tigercat, was anything but dowdy in its day. Sleek and slender, with two brawny radial engines churning out 2,100 horsepower each, the Tigercat was Grumman’s cheetah, outrunning the company’s other portly felines: the Wildcat, Bearcat, and Hellcat. Of the 364 Tigercats built over three years starting in 1943, only three were flying by the summer of 2008 (look for a photo in the “Sightings” department of our December 2008/January 2009 issue). But two more have just joined their ranks. ...

Area Museum Affected By Budget Constraints - WIMA, OH
By Doug Jenkins The Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum is one of 14 Ohio historical sites that will close for a week next spring to help avoid revenue ...

Planes Of Fame Air Museum - Chino Hills, CA
The event will begin at 10 am with a Seminar describing the exploits of Russian fighter pilots from the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, World War II, ...

Aerobatics by the RSAF Black Knights from Google
Aerobatics performed by the Black Knights on 9 August 2008. Complete series at

WI opens doors to all for Red Arrows visit - Horncastle Today, UK
1pm, Thursday - FLT Lt Keith Andrews of the Red Arrows is to give a presentation at the next meeting of East Barkwith WI. The event will be open to all ...

On this day in 1909: John Moore-Brabazon flies first UK circular mile
from Flight Image of the Day by Stuart
On October 30th, 1909, J.T.C Moore- Brabazon won £1,000 from the Daily Mail newspaper by flying a Short Brothers aircraft for a circular mile.

The End Finally Comes For Berlin Tempelhof
from Towers and Tarmacs by Benet Wilson
It's the end the of an era in Berlin. The iconic - and controversial - Berlin Tempelhof Airport will finally shut down today after years of legal fighting.

SLIDESHOW: Leeds air show organiser wins award - Yorkshire Evening Post, UK
By Suzanne McTaggart An air show organiser from Leeds will receive an award for his dedication – six years after he was supposed to retire. ...

Gunman fires shots at air museum - BBC News, UK
An investigation has been launched into fears that a gunman has been wandering around Montrose after shots were fired at a museum. ...

IAF'S Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team to perform at Zhuhai Airshow ... -
domain-B, India
The Indian Air Force's Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) has landed in China where it will perform at the seventh edition of the biennial Zhuhai Air Show ...

Comment on 1970: Blue Angels F4 landing hard by zachary siefer
i was there as well. when he came down he hit the belly hard i was in the crowd and i had some great pics but i have lost them since...

Podcast: Airshows above the surface of the water
from David Cenciotti's weblog - the most visited Italian Aviation Blog by David Cenciotti
[note: David can be heard on Flight Line Radio also! - Mike]

Orientation flights introduce W.Va. cadets to aviation
from CAP News Online by Dan Bailey
9 cadets from Beckley, Clarksburg, Webster Co. units given rides...

NAS Jacksonville Airshow from Fence Check
Waddington Role Demo Practice 30Oct08 from PPRuNe Forums by sunshine band
Reno Air Race Pics. - YotaTech Forums via Google by ChickenLover

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Indy Transponder 30-October 1000z

Aerial Stage to Roar at Second Annual Space & Air Show at Kennedy ... - Hospitality 1st (press release), FL
With the backdrop of America’s launch facilities, the air show continues to expand, complementing the always spectacular Blue Angels Navy Flight ...

Blue Angels Ready for Lackland AirFest 2008 - WOAI, TX
Military City, USA, get ready for the deafening roar of some of the biggest and most effective military recruiting teams. Our Randy Beamer got an up-close ...

Aviation museum clears hurdle - The Salinas Californian
By DAWN WITHERS • The Salinas Californian • October 29, 2008 Even though the Yanks Air Museum was approved in 1997, years remain before the developer can break ground on the ambitious project.

ARCH PUTS PRESSURE ON RIVALS - Austria’s Hannes Arch piled the pressure on rival Paul Bonhomme in the first training session of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Perth on Thursday, posting the fastest time of the day and finishing more than 4 seconds ahead of the Brit. Bonhomme was uncharacteristically far down the time sheets in 6th place.

Nuclear Powered Planes Will Not Assure the Destruction of Humankind from Gizmodo by Elaine Chow
Aviation experts in the U.K. are arguing that the industry should push to convert their planes from using fossil fuel to using nuclear energy, an idea that's sure to illicit a visceral “holy crap, god no!” reaction from the get go. But while it's hard to separate the idea from the mental image of flying hydrogen bombs, there ARE actually a lot of good reasons to go nuclear in the sky

Michael Robert 'Bob' Baas: Longtime American pilot enamored with ... - Dallas Morning News
For nearly 60 years of his life, he seemed to be flying a plane or studying aviation history. He hunted submarines from the sky for the Navy, before beginning a 35-year career with American Airlines, retiring as a Lockheed L-1011 captain.

Event to benefit group that gives troops a ride - The Desert Sun, CA
The Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 N. Gene Autry Trail. SOS is a nonprofit group of volunteers who provide transportation to military members and their ...

Top NASA Photos of All Time from Air & Space Magazine

Hawker Sea Fury from Fence Check - Argonaut after the sun has set in Reno-2008

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USAF Thunderbirds to arrive in Lafayette Thursday - The Daily Advertiser, LA
The Thunderbirds that are performing in this weekend's Sertoma Cajun Air Festival will arrive in Lafayette at 2 pm Thursday. They will overfly the area for ...

Air show sponsors take to sky - Jax Air News, FL
By George Atchley , Special Contributor From the moment air show performers Harold "Andy" Anderson and a stern guy named "Ivan" strolled into the NAS Jax ...

Wings Over Houston - Thunderbirds by Jeff Lynch
Here are another two images I took last Saturday at the Wings Over Houston air show. The first was inspired by an image I saw on Moose Peterson's Reno Air Races Begin post. The second image shows just how precise these pilots are during ...

The Air Show: Featuring the Blue Angels from Technorati
Omar and I went to the Navy Airshow this past weekend. It was a free event and it was really neat at what a huge event it was. There were tons of booths, activities, planes, and information about the Marines, and Navy. We had awesome are the videos that Omar took...he was so excited about it. Each video does not last very long...some are only like 5 seconds...

Historic Tuskegee Airmen address Air Force captains from Air Force Link Top Stories
Riding the crest of the historic opening of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Oct. 10, four of the original Airmen spoke to hundreds of Air Force officers at Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base recently.

Greenfield air museum stays alive - Monterey County Herald
Greenfield hopes to attract vintage planes to a planned air museum. It may still be years before vintage planes are flying over Greenfield, but the proposed Yanks Air Museum got a big lift from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Aviation museum clears hurdle - The Salinas Californian, CA
The complex also is expected to create hundreds of jobs and provide educational classes and tours, job training and aviation history lessons. ...

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure Launches World War II Adventure - MarketWatch
During this "Full Throttle Living" event, the guest will relive a day in the life of a WW II aviator on a B-17 Flying Fortress over occupied Europe. ...

WWII B-25 out in cold after being kicked out of hangar - Los Angeles Daily News, CA
But on Oct. 4, what may be the world's best surviving B-25 was forced out on the tarmac to make way for a new commercial jet hangar. ...

P-38 Newsletter - P-38 Assn
I just got my monthly P-38 newsletter. I haven't read it yet. If you don't get it every month, subscribe. It is a great read every month. You might get to read it before I do this month! Mike

Texas Startup Takes NASA Prize from Google
The company, founded by John Carmack (creator of video game Doom among others), is joining with the Rocket Racing League and the government of New Mexico to offer rides into space for $100000. That's half the fare Virgin is charging for ...

'Feast of festivals' to replace Southend Airshow - Essex Echo, UK
By Geoff Percival » SOUTHEND Airshow is tired and needs a major rethink, local businesses have told Southend Council. A report to senior councillors by ...

World champion Sergie Boriak convinced of Dallmeier's Picodome® camera, UK
Besides other commitments he was a member of the "National Aerobatic Team of Venezuela". These days, the experienced pilot and member of the International ...

TOUCH DOWN IN PERTH from Red Bull Air Race News
Red Bull Air Race World Championship leader Hannes Arch got the honour of being the first pilot to land on the runway at Perth's Langley Park on Wednesday in front of the chasing pack of his 11 rival pilots on the banks of Swan River for an opening ceremony ahead of the weekend's season finale.

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS from Red Bull Air Race News
Swimming with the sharks and the Red Bull Air Race have a lot in common, according to outgoing champion Mike Mangold – lurking dangers like pylons, predators to watch out for like his rivals, and the overall adrenalin kick are some of the similarities that come to mind.

Pilots land in Perth ahead of Air Race - ABC Online
Red Bull Air Race pilots landed at Langley Park today ahead of the final round of the World Championships in Perth. Twelve race pilots landed at the Langley Park runway today, ahead of training runs tomorrow, qualifying on Saturday and finals on Sunday ...

Red Bull Air Race eyes Coast skies - Gold Coast News, Australia
MORE than 400000 spectators could soon be lining the Broadwater to catch a glimpse of the thrill-seeking Red Bull Air Race. The globe-trotting air race has ...

China to hold biggest exhibition in airshow´s history - CCTV, China
Preparations are underway in Zhuhai, located in Guangdong Province for the biggest exhibition in the airshow's history. part in the airshow for the first ...

IAF'S Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) to perform in China - Press Information Bureau (press release), India
The Indian Air Force's Surya Kiran aerobatic team has reached China today, to perform at Zhuhai Air Show. An Air Show is held at Zhuhai (on the eastern ...

In a first, IAF's aerobatic team to perform in China -, Thailand
New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) Providing impetus to the growing India-China defence ties, the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) that has ...

J-10 fighter jets to debut at China International Aviation and ... - People's Daily Online, China
The two widely-popular J-10 fighter jets have arrived at the exhibition, and will not only be on display, but will also perform in an aerobatic show. ...

New "Allegator" helicopter demonstrated at Arseniev Air Show - ITAR-TASS
The guests, attending the ceremony, were able to admire the new helicopter's performance on Wednesday: one of the first choppers, assembled at the plant, took part on Wednesday in the Arseniev Air Show. Constructor-General of the "Kamov" Design Bureau ...

San Francisco is bringing the Zeppelin back - DVICE
Airship Ventures plans to buy two more Zeppelins, basing the next one on the East Coast and a third on the airshow circuit. And please note: this is not a ...

All smiles aboard the Zeppelin from Things with Wings by Michael Mecham
Despite that, the Navy wasn't done with airships. They played such a big role in World War II coastal patrols that Moffett became home to 42 of them and was expanded by two more hangars.
So it is especially fitting that Airship Ventures has selected Moffett Field as home for the country's first commercial air ship, a 246-foot long Zeppelin.When an Aviation Expert is Needed,

Mr. Know-It-All Responds from Jetwhine by Robert Mark

Afterburners! from Fence Check
Today's Pics! Tuesday, October 29th, 2008 from Military Photos by lightfire
Fire Fighting Helicopters from Fence Check
Israeli Air Force from Fence Check
Military Low Level from Fence Check

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Indy Transponder 29-October 1000z

LiveAirShowTV to launch in 2009 from Indy Transponder
PFLUGERVILLE, TX -- October 28, 2008 – As the world goes digital in 2009, air shows across the country will join in. LiveAirShowTV is being launched to enhance the air show fans’ experience both on the ramp, and around the world. Jeff Lee, founder and director of LiveAirShowTV says, “We combined all of the pieces at Nellis Air Force Base in November of 2007. We had live production that fed two large LED screens on the ramp, and we fed the live broadcast to the world, via the Internet. With viewers from 28 different countries, we proved this concept works.”

Red Bull Air Race pilot Kirby Chambliss had a close encounter of another kind in Perth – flying next to an Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet in the skies over nearby Freemantle ahead of the weekend’s World Championship final. Chambliss said he was delighted to take his Edge 540 – the plane with the most powerful engine in the field – up against the fastest and most versatile jet the Australian Air Force has to offer.

Sometimes Alternates Fly by Stephen Force from The PlaneMadness Podcast by (Capt'n Chris)
After listening to Stephen Force’s
“Sometimes Alternates Fly - My Ride with the USAF Thunderbirds” I’m convinced I have just finished listening to the single greatest effort and result in aviation podcasting, ever. Steve probably spent the better part of an extreme amount of time (fill in your guess as to how much, once you’ve finished listening _____ ) producing this episode. I highly recommend you listen to it. Set aside some time, turn off your phone, perhaps go for a walk and lose yourself from whatever’s currently on your plate. It’s worth it. Hat’s off to Stephen Force… Capt’n Chris

Rhode Island International Leapfest published - And now, for something completely different... Dave O'Brien hops aboard a chopper to cover the
Rhode Island International Leapfest.

EAA AIRVENTURE 2009 IS JULY 27-AUG. 2, 2009 from Indy Transponder
THE WORLD OF FLIGHT RETURNS TO OSHKOSH! EAA AIRVENTURE 2009 IS JULY 27-AUG. 2, 2009 - WhiteKnightTwo, Concorde reunion, Jeff Dunham concert among scheduled highlights

Greg Koontz Fly-In and Airshow - Community from
Greg Koontz, one of the airshow circuits most sought after acts hosted a fly-in and airshow at his private strip in Ashville, AL today Saturday 10/25. The weather was gorgeous and so were the planes. One of the pilots flying in his T-6 was John Bostick. Bostick flew with the USAF Thunderbirds in their first two years in the F-16A. He flew opposing solo in 1983 and lead solo in 1984. I have posted a shot of John departing to perform his airshow act. He got up close and personal on his departure and gave us a good "dusting". What an awesome experience. Thank you John.

Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion - Just tap it on the runway from - Just tap it on the runway - I understand that Steve had a bad indicator light for a gear lock so to be sure.

Missions accomplished: Wings of Freedom tour brings back memories - Burlington Times News, NC
For Dale, this was the first time he stood at arms-length from a B-17, B-24 or P-51 Mustang. Seeing the latter in all its splendor, "brought back memories," ...

Pearl Harbor Flyover from DailyAviator by Dennis Collins
Yeah, this is an airplane blog. So on the flimsy excuse of a flyover of helicopters from HSL 37, I’m posting this cool picture of the Battleship Missouri. There’s just something about the lines of the Missouri class battlewagons that is seriously big and nasty, and yet beautiful at the same time

P-38 Lightning Flown By Jeff Harris / Wings Over Wine Country Airshow 2008 from Keith Breazeal Video Productions - by keith
Jeff Harris making a beautiful photo pass in the P-38 Lightning. Seeing a P-38 flying at an airshow is always a great treat. The P-38 and numerous other warbirds were in the air at the same time at the Pacific Coast Air Museum's "Wings Over Wine Country" Airshow 2008.
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TrueZer0 wrap-up from RLV and Space Transport News
TrueZer0 gives a summary of their experiences at the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. Includes some close-up pictures and video of the flight of Ignignokt.

Zeppelin Starts Passenger Flights Over Bay Area from AVwebFlash Current Issue
Airship Ventures is now up and running with its German-built Zeppelin, offering sightseeing flights to the general public in an airship, the first time such flights have been available in the U.S. in about seven decades. The company started media flights this week from Moffett Field, just south of San Francisco, and will start passenger operations on Friday. The ship will also fly from Oakland International Airport and from Charles Schultz Airport in the Napa Valley. The Zeppelin is almost 250 feet long. Large windows offer a 360-degree view, and the cabin seats up to 12 passengers, who are free to move around during the flight. The airship flies low and slow, topping out at about 1,200 feet AGL and 35 to 40 mph. Hour-long tours run about $500 per seat. The ship can also be chartered by the hour.

NAS Jax 2008 airshow from Technorati Search for: Airshow
Afterburners! from Fence Check
Afterburners! from Fence Check
Cheil Ha'avir (Israel Defence Force / Air Force) from Fence Check

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LiveAirShowTV to launch in 2009

PFLUGERVILLE, TX -- October 28, 2008 – As the world goes digital in 2009, air shows across the country will join in. LiveAirShowTV is being launched to enhance the air show fans’ experience both on the ramp, and around the world. Jeff Lee, founder and director of LiveAirShowTV says, “We combined all of the pieces at Nellis Air Force Base in November of 2007. We had live production that fed two large LED screens on the ramp, and we fed the live broadcast to the world, via the Internet. With viewers from 28 different countries, we proved this concept works.”

LiveAirShowTV will work in conjunction with the local air shows to provide more exposure not only for their show, but also for their sponsors and partners. National sponsors will help to offset the large cost of this operation at each show. We will leverage new digital media technology to create win-wins with our sponsors. Ken Perich has partnered with Jeff Lee to develop the corporate partnerships and marketing strategies to bring these shows to the viewers around the world. “I see this as the future of air shows, as well as digital interactive entertainment. We are thrilled to be able to bring the exciting world of aviation and air shows to the public in this way”, says Perich.

LiveAirShowTV has alliances with Impact Video for the production and mobile LED Screens. On-Board Images will provide the LIVE in-cockpit video from many different aircraft during the shows. Trelios Digital Media Group will provide the streaming, interactive player, and Video-On-Demand features for each show. Bruce May, founder of Trelios says, “Not only will you be able to watch the show live, but you can enter into a live chat about the show, as well as submit questions to be answered by the air show announcer. LiveAirShowTV will be one of the first broadband television networks delivering content to a niche market.”

LiveAirShowTV will not only feature live air shows, the network will also offer aviation events during the year that may be broadcast live over the Internet. Viewers will also be able to look into the history of aviation and learn about the people who are keeping these vintage planes flying. The National Aviation Heritage Invitational is the prime resource for these restorations, and many of their stories will be available for viewing. The future is also important, and alliances will be developed with groups like the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Discovery of Flight Foundation to offer curriculum and lesson enhancements to schools around the world.

Live event broadcasting through our new Internet Broadcast Network is only the tip of the iceberg. LiveAirShowTV will kick off programming with our live air show coverage, and we will be bringing much more content, including other live events and on-demand programming. Watch for the list of events to be posted as they become official. LiveAirShowTV will become the aviation fan’s #1 stop for aviation events on the Internet.




WhiteKnightTwo, Concorde reunion, Jeff Dunham concert among scheduled highlights

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (Oct. 28, 2008) - Each year, the spirit, enthusiasm and innovation within aviation come together in one place, known simply as "Oshkosh." Preparations for the 57th annual edition of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration - are already underway, getting ready for the event at Wittman Regional Airport on July 27-August 2, 2009.

Each year, more than 10,000 airplanes migrate to the Oshkosh area to participate in the event. Whether these aviation enthusiasts fly their own airplanes and camp along the flight line, or pitch a tent in the adjacent Camp Scholler, or find their own accommodations in area hotels, dormitories or private housing, they come to AirVenture to share the joy and excitement of flight.

"At EAA AirVenture, we often see and hear about the big events, such as the one-of-a-kind aircraft or the new innovations in flying," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "But more important, in one week this is where the whole, true spirit of aviation comes together to celebrate the world of flight. That means the heritage, the pride and the vision of aviation. Each person who attends has an individual flying story. Oshkosh is the one place where all those stories come together to create a celebration that is unmatched anywhere around the world."

Among some of the scheduled highlights already announced for EAA AirVenture 2009 are an expected visit from WhiteKnightTwo, the carrier ship for the new SpaceShipTwo space tourism vehicle; a reunion of participants from the five visits of British Airways' Concorde to Oshkosh in the 1980s and 1990s; and special recognition of aviation's humanitarian role around the world. Special programs saluting international aviation anniversaries and homebuilt aircraft are also being developed.

In addition, comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham - one of the nation's hottest comedy concert draws, who is also an experienced helicopter builder and pilot - will be returning to EAA AirVenture for a concert appearance on Saturday, August 1, presented once again by RotorWay International. Dunham's appearance at Oshkosh in 2008 drew an estimated 10,000 people.

In 2008, EAA AirVenture included more than 2,500 showplanes, 800 exhibitors, and nearly 1,000 forums and seminars. It also featured the introduction of dozens of new aviation products, including several new aircraft. Oshkosh is also a one-of-a-kind locale for government aviation officials to meet and hear their constituents, whose input at Oshkosh helps shape national aviation policy.

Over the next nine months, look for added features to the already extensive video and audio presentations and interactive sections at the website. The website also includes everything you need to plan and get the most out of a visit to AirVenture 2009, That features essential updates on admission rates, housing, forum presenters, special attractions, and more.

"EAA AirVenture is one of aviation's most important events for business, government and education," Poberezny said. "What makes this event unique, however, is the fact that it is also aviation's annual family reunion. If you're asked to explain what EAA AirVenture is, there's only one good answer - 'You've gotta be there!'"

The schedule of events and confirmed lineup of aircraft will be announced as those items are finalized. EAA members enjoy the lowest AirVenture admission rates for themselves, their families and their guests, as well as access to camping in aircraft areas and in Camp Scholler adjacent to the flight line. Advance ticket sales are expected to begin on November 1, 2008.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly convention that embodies the membership's spirit of aviation. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at

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The Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will close the 2008 season at their annual Homecoming Air Show aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola ...Extra 300L, Frank Ryder piloting his Oreck Cyclone and Julie Clark will be pushing her Beechcraft T-34 to its limits. Otto the helicopter will amaze the ...

What you need to know for the VNA Air Show in Stuart - TCPalm, FL
Here's all you need to know about the Visiting Nurse Association Air Show in Stuart. Find out about parking, admission, what's there, things to keep in mind ...

Mike Mangold, who won his second championship in three years in Perth a year ago with a scintillating performance under pressure, saw his faint hopes to defend his title disappear after falling 11 points behind Austria's Hannes Arch in Porto. But the always-competitive American, who leads the career all-time wins table with 8 victories, would like nothing more than to finish the season on a high note with a 9th race triumph.

Pilot's father remembers - Peace Arch, Canada
Mitchell, 46, died Oct. 9 when the CT-114 Tutor he was flying as a member of the Canadian Snowbirds crashed about 2½ kilometres northwest of Moose Jaw, ...

Chevrolet Drivers Wilkerson, Coughlin Set Pace in Two-Race ... -, NE
4, Coughlin will take a ride with the USAF Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds' headquarters are ocated at Nellis Air Force Base which is directly across North ...

Air Zoo to offer free admission to veterans, families on Nov. 11 from by jmaclean
This Veteran's Day, (Tuesday, November 11) the Air Zoo will honor those who have served—and those who continue to serve—our country by offering free admission to veterans (and their immediate families*) of all branches of the armed forces.

'Fun at the Falcon' fund raiser set for this Saturday in PTC - The, GA
Area Catholic churches will host their annual "Fun at the Falcon" casino night fund raiser this Saturday at the Dixie Wing Commemorative Air Force Hangar at ...

American companies in Persian Gulf Air Show despite Iran sanctions - Payvand, Iran
According to him, the air show is providing a suitable venue for participants and visitors to meet with their counterparts to discuss their subjects of ...

Mike's Mystery Machine # 04/2008 from AeroHub by admin
The Grumman XF5F and XP-50 Skyrocket; the road to the F7F Tigercat. ...

Civic leaders from 7 states learn about ANG from National Guard - Top News
Fifty-five civic leaders from seven states climbed on aircraft, viewed C-130 simulators, fired rifles in a firearm training simulator and received briefings here Oct. 23 as part of the Air National Guard's Business and Industry Days...

Wings Over Texas Airshow from Technorati
I've never been to the Wings Over Texas Airshow. But I got to see some of it from the road as I was driving by this weekend! The show took place this past Saturday and Sunday and was full of areal tricks and feats. My friends went to see the show. They said the re-enactment of Pearl Harbor was pretty awesome! Their four year old son loved the jet truck, which could go faster than an airplane! The air show was a great family event for my friends, though they did say it was LOUD! ...

Zeppelin Makes Comeback In U.S. from Commercial Aviation Channel
Airship Ventures to start tourist flights at Moffett Field, Calif.; two similar ships are operating in Germany and Japan

El Centro photocall, Wednesday 22nd October 2008 from Fence Check

US Air Force Thunderbirds Display Team from Fence Check

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Dropping in from past - The Free Lance-Star, VA
Anyone who has seen a World War II movie would recognize the scene: A B-17 bomber lumbers to a landing with a puff of tire smoke. ...

Red Bull pilot unnerved by swim with the sharks - The West Australian, Australia
"It's the same with flying in the air race. We have an awesome force and we get to show our stuff once we get in the race track with the fantastic airplanes ...

Hotshots show off over Indy - Gold Coast News, Australia
At times the pilot flew so close to high-rise buildings you could almost see him changing his mind as the F-111 highlighted the Nikon Indy 300 Airshow. ...

£60000 sponsor quits Southend Airshow - Essex Echo, UK
He said: "The airshow will continue and form a key part of a much wider events strategy for the town. "At the moment, our priority is working with local ...

Iran Air Show 2008 opens in Persian Gulf - RIA Novosti
KISH ISLAND, October 28 (RIA Novosti) - The 4th Iran Kish Air Show-2008 opened on Tuesday in the Persian Gulf, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

Boyer receives prestigious Donald Engen Trophy from Aviation & Aerospace News
The Aero Club of Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27 presented AOPA President Phil Boyer with the 2008 Donald D. Engen Aero Club Trophy for Aviation Excellence, dubbing him a "giant"...

Drake Field sees a profit 10 years after airlines fly - Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR
Nicholson describes the new Drake Field as "a community," a mixed-use redevelopment complete with two not-forprofit museums, the Arkansas Air Museum and the ...

WWII pilot Jerome Silverman of East Meadow, 89, dies - Newsday, NY
He washed out of flight school despite trying to cover up a tendency to get airsick, but eventually qualified as a B-17 navigator. ...

Wins an honour for Queensland Air Museum - Sunshine Coast Daily
Qld Air Museum volunteer worker Don Cameron displays the recent awards from the Caloundra Business Awards on October 24, 2008.

Flying In the Concorde [Retromodo] from Gizmodo by Jesus Diaz
Yes, that's a real Concorde flying under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York City in November 2003, on route to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum—to which it just returned after its restoration. This weekend marked the fifth anniversary of the last commercial flight of this amazing supersonic jet—without a doubt the coolest passenger airliner ever created. Capable of flying at a cruise speed of Mach 2.02 thanks to its four Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 Mk 610 afterburning turbojets, the Concorde linked London to New York in just 3.5 hours. And not only the thing was fast and pretty—in that futuristic seventies aesthetic that probably can make Jon Ive to faint—but it was a complete luxury to fly in it.

Flight Report: Aloft in a Zeppelin Airship from Telstar Logistics by Telstar Logistics
Ferdinand von Zeppelin was a pioneering German aeronaut who founded the Zeppelin Airship company before World War I. An engineer, entrepreneur, and innovator, Zeppelin believed that dirigibles -- gas-filled airships built around a rigid aluminum frame -- were destined to dominate the future of aviation...

Airship Ventures Zeppelin Arrives At Its New Home In CA from Aero-News Network
Long Journey Reaches Its End In SF Bay Area Passing over the Golden Gate Bridge on the last leg of the flight from Beaumont, TX to Mountain View, CA on Saturday, the Airship Ventures Zeppelin has finally arrived at its new home at Moffett Field.

Video of Armadillo/Rocket Racing/NM news conference from RLV and Space Transport News
Here's a video of the news conference held during the NG-Lunar Lander Challenge event last Friday in which Armadillo Aerospace and the Rocket Racing League announced their plans to develop vertical takeoff and landing suborbital space vehicles for operation from Spaceport America in Las Cruces, NM : Spaceport America, Armadillo Aerospace and Rocket Racing League - Spacevidcast. (Note that John Carmack and the rest of the Armadillo crew were actually out preparing for their second LLC Level 1 flight at the time of this news conference.)

Ball State students watch weather balloon take flight from - Local News
MUNCIE -- While surface weather measurements are taken at the Delaware County Airport every day, it's rare that weather balloons are released in town to measure atmospheric conditions such as high and low pressure systems or fronts.

US Air Force Strike Eagle from Fence Check
Jacksonville NAS Air Show pictures - MikeThinks (Mike James)
The Avro Vulcan in Nebraska from The Unwanted Blog by admin
F-35 weird "horn noise" from Military Photos by Xav [video]
Posting my airshow photos - by saroy (Saroy)
black knights f16 jetplanes (part 1) from Google [video]
[CNE Airshow] Down from Technorati

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Monday, October 27, 2008

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Thunderbirds Invite Coughlin To Take The Ride Of A Lifetime -
Autochannel (press release)
4, at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, the Air Force plans to return the favor by taking Coughlin for a ride with the US Thunderbirds in a $20 million ...

Kirby Chambliss got to know the sweet taste of success when he clinched the 2006 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Perth two years ago, a season he had dominated with 4 victories in 8 races. But the American, who is only genuinely happy when he is first, has been trying in vain to get back on top ever since, suffering through a winless 2007 season and falling to 4th place overall before bouncing back in style with 2 victories so far in 2008.

Spotlight on 15 Wing Moose Jaw – a tradition of excellence -, Canada
15 Wing Moose Jaw is also the proud home of the CF Snowbirds, Canada’s aerial ambassadors who inspire people around the world with their precise flying and ...

Air show announcer, journalists to speak -
Dayton Daily News, OH
Rob Reider, longtime announcer for the Vectren Dayton Air Show and other major US air shows, will moderate the panel "Wings Over Dayton" with ...

WW II Style Big Band Hangar Dance and Aircraft Display - Bixby Bulletin, OK
8, presented by the Spirit of Tulsa Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force. This event takes place at the state-of-the-art Tulsa Technology Center, ...

Vintage WWII Aircraft Tour Stops at Burlington Airport - MyFox WGHP, NC
The tour includes a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, North American B-25 Mitchell and North American P-51 Mustang. ...

Jet fighters take to Dorset’s skies - Bournemouth Daily Echo, UK
Planes like the ear-splitting Eurofighter Typhoon, last spotted locally at the Bournemouth Air Festival, will be flying at low levels. ...

Under Construction: EAA AirVenture Grounds from Jetwhine by Scott Spangler
After the last plane took off for home in August, EAA announced it was starting work on a 10-year plan to improve its AirVenture grounds on Wittman Regional Airport. The news release spoke about moving the main gate, new thoroughfares, and improved navigation. It doesn’t sound like much –until you see it first hand. ...

No Offseason for AirVenture from News from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
While EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is officially a one-week event, it’s never too early to begin planning for next year!

U-2: Familiar Sentinel & Useful, Too from Aviationweek
A Cold War veteran, the Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady continues high watch over the world's trouble spots with its electro-optical, multi-spectral camera and advanced synthetic aperture radar. [video]

Air museum hopes to land lottery windfall - The Press, York, UK
By Stephen Lewis » The Yorkshire Air Museum is bidding for Heritage Lottery cash for a £1.5 million expansion. STEPHEN LEWIS went behind the scenes at the ...

How a former Bomber Boy regained his wings -, United Kingdom
The once in a lifetime chance to fly in the Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight had been offered by Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, ...

The Flight International front cover competition returns from AirSpace by Maverick
AirSpace is offering you another fantastic opportunity to get your best image onto the front cover of Flight International magazine.
After the success of last year's competition, where Boxer 03 came out victorious (see below), this year's expectations are extremely high, with six new categories to tempt your photographic abilities...

NASA to honor Indiana at shuttle launch from - Top Stories
Next month’s launch of the space shuttle Endeavour will have Hoosier feel to it.

H-60 / S-70 (Blackhawk, Pavehawk, Seahawk, Jayhawk) from Fence Check
UFO filmed from plane from Air Cargo Blog by Cargo Blog
C-130 Hercules from Fence Check
US Air Force from Fence Check

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