Sunday, May 31, 2009

Gwlad flying high at 103!

Well known Bundaberg centenarian Gwladys Thompson firmly believes the secret to living is just that, living. She lives life to the full and last Friday took a joy flight in a Cessna 310 piloted by Richard King-Siem where she took the controls over the Burnet Heads coastline.
Born at a time before even our famous Bert Hinkler flew, 103 year old Gwladys Thompson must be one of Australia’s oldest flying enthusiasts. Back then, in Old South Wales, she remembers even just the sight of an aircraft flying would cause much excitement, sensation and neck craning.
Gwladys, a Welsh spelling, came to visit Bundaberg Airport to witness the excitement mounting as the staff and many volunteers make the final arrangements for the largest airshow of its kind in Australia. The Wide Bay Australia International Airshow flies off on 3 July and lands again on the 5 July. Between those dates you can witness some great aeronautical spectacles that will leave you breathless.
Aviation nuts and nerds of all ages will be beating a flightpath to Bundaberg from Australia and overseas to replenish their enthusiasm for everything connected with the aviation industry. It is important to remember that this is one of the largest growth industries in the world as new boundaries are crossed daily by new forms of flight. A very interesting display at the Wide Bay Australia International Airshow will be the Unmanned aerial drones that will patrol the skies with cameras recording information for authorities - this information can be useful for tracking illegal land clearing, unapproved building structures and drug farms etc. This is beside the huge increase in passenger and cargo aircraft production.
The Wide Bay Australia International Airshow brings you the cream of aviation professionals to show off their wares to all, from the aviation professional and addict to the keen amateur then those of us who just love watching the magic of flight.
Plus those centenarians who just keep on keeping on! 
Good on you Gwladys!
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Or call the Airshow Hotline on 61 74155 0044 to find out more.

Indy Transponder 31-MAY-09 1130z

AirFEST Helps Make Dreams Of Flight Reality - WISC, WI
Drew is a graduate of the Wisconsin Aviation Academy, a program that allows high school students to earn a pilot's license. The Aviation Academy is largely funded by the proceeds brought in at AirFEST. Before discovering the Air Academy, ...

Local pilot makes "big" stop at home before turning in Blue Angel ... - WREX-TV, IL
From high speed maneuvers to graceful gliding, for the past three years, Major Drew Hess has been the "flying" force behind the US Navy's demonstration squad, better known as the Blue Angels. But soon this Rockford native's journey will come to an end. ...

Thunder's roar 'awesome,' 'sweet' - Rapid City Journal, SD
Nearby, his 7-year-old brother gave a shy glance his direction and continued playing with a toy plane as they eagerly waited for the performance of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team. The Thomas family drove six hours ...

Hemet-Ryan Air Show takes off after two-year break - Press-Enterprise
By DIANE A. RHODES As clouds burned off over Hemet Saturday morning, they were replaced with white vapor trails coming from some of the aerobatic planes performing at the Hemet-Ryan Air Show. Gates opened at 8 am and, within a couple of hours, ...

Don't miss Air Fair -, NC
Vintage airplanes and antique cars will take center stage Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, at Hendersonville's 20th annual Air Fair, sponsored by the recently enlarged Western North Carolina Air Museum. Festivities are 10 am-5 pm both days. ...

"Thunder on the Rio Grande" air show soars with stunts, speed - Silver City Sun News, nm
For more photos from the Thunder on the Rio Grande air show, visit our online photo gallery. LAS CRUCES - Thousands on the ground got a taste of sky and speed at the first "Thunder on the Rio Grande" air show this weekend at the Las Cruces ...

Partie de tête en l'air pour les amoureux des avions - LaDépê, France
Démonstration en vol de l'A380 qui fait toujours la fierté des Toulousains, voltige aérienne avec les intrépides patrouilleurs de Piper Cub, ou encore la très attendue et prestigieuse Patrouille de France, ont rythmé une journée de haut vol. ...

Texoma 100 air race - KXII-TV, TX
... and first timers at the race, and while there are prizes for the winners of each class, mainly it is just a lot of fun for the pilots. Most of them will be back at the north Texas regional airport for the grace flight air race on October third.

Classes in air aerobatics draw fans - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MO
He teaches a weight turbulence survival training course and how to perform aerobatics. "I get at least one new phone call a day from somebody, somewhere," he said. That's a major reason why Mike Barron, manager of Hannibal Regional Airport, ...

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of being a Horsemen is getting the chance to take people for rides in the P-51 Mustang. At the Luke AFB Air Show, Dan Friedkin and Ed Shipley gave a fighter pilot and his father the ultimate flight.
NEW VIDEO: Riding a Dream Full Circle

US, wreck hunters race to find WWII planes - San Francisco Chronicle, USA
Driven largely by wealthy American collectors, interest in such "warbirds" has grown into a multimillion-dollar frenzy that rivals the most feverish art trend or real estate boom, according to interviews with dozens of collectors, aircraft restorers, ...

Wild blue yonder - Rutland Herald, VT
It was determined that the war bonds purchased by the employees would equal what it costs for a B-25 bomber, so Hurd was ordered to fly a B-25 with the company's name on it over the dedication ceremony. Hurd, chuckling at the memory, said it was great ...

National Museum of the US Air Force among free attractions close ... - The Plain Dealer -
Here are three of our favorite close-to-home freebies: The National Museum of the US Air Force, on the grounds of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, is an aviation enthusiast's dream. The collection of more than 400 vehicles covers more than ...

EAA pilots take Quad City children on Young Eagles flights - WQAD, IL
It was part of the EAA's Young Eagles program , which gives kids between 8-17 years old a chance to fly in a general aviation airplane. Many of the pilots say the looks on a child's face makes the day worth while. "We really enjoy it with the kids, ...

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Greetings from Wisconsin from Patty Wagstaff
Greetings from the Southwest Wisconsin Airfest where we are sitting in the FBO, and I'm about to pay bills online and take care of e-mails before I get on my monkey suit and get ready to fly. We are on the fourth of five shows in a row (it was to be six, but the Front Range, Denver, airshow cancelled). Last night we flew a really well attended and fun twighlight show while the sun was setting. Today it's cool with a high overcast (a balmy day in Wisconsin:) and perfect airshow weather. The crowds are great and streaming in the gate. In dairy farming country, the shuttle busses are tractors and look really cute shuttling people across the pastures into the airshow. ...

Air Boss David Schultz applauds an act during Air Show rehearsals at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport on Friday. JANESVILLE — Standing on his air-traffic control tower in aviator shades, David Schultz looks like the man as he directs aircraft at ...

More than 20000 attendees are expected over the weekend to see acts including Melissa Andrzejewski, the youngest woman to ever be a member of the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team; Ruidoso native Kyle Franklin, the world's youngest wing walker; ...

BIG FLATS -- At times, 8-year-old Zack Spicer took his mother by the hand and pointed to an airplane that captured his interest during the Aviation Open House held today at Wings of Eagles Discovery Center. "This is his first time seeing the planes," ...

Fresno, CA (KFSN) -- Fighter jets are taking to the skies over the north valley this weekend for the "Legends over Madera" air show. The event opened to the public Friday at the Madera Municipal Airport, where spectators had a chance to watch some of ...

Golden Knights Kick Off Air Show - Rochester R News, NY
After the Golden Knights circled for their first jump, the air show contained four and half hours of action on land, on the ground, and in the water. So, why are they doing the show at Ontario Beach this year? "It was something to celebrate the 175th ...

HEMET - Some 30000 people are expected to attend the Hemet-Ryan Air Show today, which will feature a parachute team and aerobatics.

  From the heavens above…the Red Arrows swoop from the sky over Galway Bay during the airshow today ( bigger version here - gallery here ). Another scorching hot day in Galway…if we get another one tomorrow, we'll start taking them for granted. This morning, thousands of people lined the Prom in glorious sunshine to watch the Red Arrows display followed by racing by the Volvo Ocean Race ships. The racing took place quite a distance out - Silver Strand, Gentian Hill or Barna would pr

And every aerobatic move is preceded by a dive to gain enough airspeed to finish the maneuver without serious loss of altitude. With all that wing above and below, the airplane glides extremely well and comes down hill like a feather. ...

HEMET - Some 30000 people are expected to attend the Hemet-Ryan Air Show today, which will feature a parachute team and aerobatics. In addition to flights such as "Dr. D's Old-Time Aerobatics'' and a biplane performance, there will be displays of ...

Round Engines, Big Formations from AVwebFlash Current Issue
The wake-up call of choice for those attending the annual Red Star Pilots Association fly-in at Gaston's White River Resort in northern Arkansas is the sound of round engines turning for a flight in the dead-still 6 a.m. air. About 20 Nan Changs and Yaks converged on the picturesque resort where the patrons are usually sinking lures for Rainbow Trout instead of boring holes in the sky. The Herpa DC-3 is a major player in the flying, leading a 13-ship formation through the Ozark foothills that demands plenty of the pilots. There were lots of low passes on the 3,200-foot grass strip and the hundreds of residents of neighboring towns who turned out to see the spectactle were thrilled with the GA spectacle

The CareAffaire involves a pancake breakfast, a small air show with a WW II B-25 bomber, P-51 Mustang, Corsair, T-6s, a T-34 formation team and other war birds that the public will be able to see. Rides will be available on most of these planes as well ...

Visit to Lakeland Florida Air Museum May 2009 Blog/report. from Gary Watson's Posts - Stick and Rudder by Gary Watson
A visit resulted in us being in the area at the time to the Florida air museum at Lakeland. First time for us, so here is how it went. Went west on Interstate 4 and coming off at Jnc 27 be prepared to have 25c ready as you will go through a toll-booth. After leaving the toll-booth, the road will go right and join a road which will take you to a set of traffic lights. At this point turn right and about 400 yards down the road you should see the entrance to the Lakeland regional airport.  ...
8th Air Force Museum, Savannah,. Visit Blog/report.  
Fantasy of Flight, Polk City May 14th May 2009.

Video from the First Acro Session in the Super Decathlon from Airspeed by Stephen Force (Steve Tupper)
By this time (April 16, 2009), I had received word that my T-6A Texan II ride had been approved and I knew that is was going to be sometime in May. So I got out to the airport and flew acro aggressively to condition myself for the Texan ride. I wanted to be able to fully experience that ride and motion sickness can be such a buzzkill, in addition to making the coverage for you guys pretty lame. ...

By Susan King More than seven decades after she disappeared in the South Pacific on her flight around the world, Earhart remains the most famous female aviator in history, a timeless heroine and inspiration to generations of women, filmmakers and ...

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

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Air show kicks off in Janesville -, WI
JANESVILLE (WKOW) - Friday night the skies in Janesville were filled with planes for quite an air show. ABC Supply Southern Wisconsin AirFest is going on all weekend at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, and includes the Blue Angels and much more ...

Blue Angels enlist the help of Rock County law enforcement - Janesville Gazette, WI
By TED SULLIVAN ( Contact ) Friday, May 29, 2009 One of the blue angels landing on Thursday for the Southern WIsconsin AIrFEST at the Southern WIsconsin Regional Airport. One of the blue angels parking in front of the terminal after it had landed on ...

Air show to soar again Saturday - The Valley Chronicle, CA
By CHARLES HAND/The Valley Chronicle Hemet native Keith Yoakum will be honored in the opening ceremony of the 2009 Hemet-Ryan Air Show on May 30 — the first show in two years. The popular show was put on hold for two years because of a confrontation ...

Legends over Madera Air Show 2009 -, CA
VMAX Marketing, Inc. will bring a 3 day air show event to Madera, California at the Madera Airport May 29-31, 2009, Legends Over Madera Air Show 2009. This air show will thrill spectators of all ages with many aerobatic performers, rare WWII bombers ...

Best Air Show Yet - Cheaper Tickets, RTS Shuttles - 13WHAM-TV
(Charlotte, NY, Ontario Beach Park) - Several roads in the show area at the beach will be closed during the air show--but organizers say they have it all worked out. Here's the good news: parking is free this weekend -- at the old Kodak Park lots on ...

Airfest crowd to cheer on Rockford native Drew Hess - WREX-TV, IL
By Marissa Alter JANESVILLE (WREX) - A big crowd at this weekend's Southern Wisconsin Airfest in Janesville will likely cheer on a Rockford native: Major Drew Hess. He's in his third and final year with the Blue Angels. Major Hess doesn't fly one of ...

TC grad on Blue Angels team - Shelbyville News, IN
When the vaunted Blue Angels flight squadron make their appearance at the annual Indianapolis Air Show at Mount Comfort Airport next weekend, the first crewman to pop out of a plane and step to the ground will be familiar to Fairland-area residents. ...

"The Aviators" from News
The Aviators is a fresh new multimedia concept for all things relating to the world of aviation. The television series is produced and developed by FourPoints Productions in Toronto, Ontario.

Aviators to reenact Lindbergh flight - Boston Globe, United States
(Hugh E. O'Donnell/Globe Staff/File) By Stewart Bishop Eighty-two years after Charles Lindbergh took off from Long Island, NY, and flew into history, a group of aviators will reenact his flight over the Bay State on his way to Paris. ...

Remembering Lindbergh with a roar of engines - Boston Globe, United States
From there, the planes will fly in formation over Middleborough, Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson, Pembroke, Duxbury and finally to the George Harlow Airport in Marshfield where Lindbergh's plane left US shores to go “feet wet,” an old aviation term ...

Hudson River hero pilot to give talk in Ohio - Port Clinton News Herald, OH
... his US Airways plane to a splashdown in the Hudson on Jan. 15 after it was struck by geese and lost power after taking off. All 155 people on board survived. The aerospace expo runs July 14-17, right before this year's annual Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Take flight this summer at the National Naval Aviation Museum - Splash, FL
The National Naval Aviation Museum is one of the top 10 Florida attractions and is the largest Naval Aviation museum in the world! School's out for the summer, but who says the learning stops there? Families are encouraged to bring their children out ...

Take to the sky on a restored B–17 bomber -, NC
Members of the Yankee Air Museum hope the visit will provide some insight into the past. “The idea of flying is to show people what our fathers and grandfathers went through,” said Dave Wright, who has been flying B-17 bombers with the Yankee Air ...

Space Camp to Take Flight - Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers, OK
The camps each center around a key topic; this year, camps focus on Rocketry, Robotics, Space Exploration, Aviation and Science Discovery. The camp will be held from June 1 to August 14. The cost is $198 per week for non-members and $175 per week for ...

USAF Capt. Jason McCree Thunderbird #12 Interview @ Jones Beach from Live Media Now by Live Media Now

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Friday, May 29, 2009

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Saturday - Sunday, May 30-31, 2009 - The ABC Supply Southern Wisconsin AirFEST, Janesville, WI from Aviation Events
The ABC Supply Southern Wisconsin AirFEST will host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Army Golden Knights May 30th and 31st, 2009. The Blue Angels were last at SW AirFEST in 2005. The Golden Knights are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Southern Wisconsin AirFEST began in 2002 and has grown to be one of the area's most anticipated air shows.

Blue Angels highlight high-flying weekend in Janesville - WREX-TV, IL
Expert pilots Greg Poe, Patty Wagstaff, Susan Dacy and Mike Wiskus will all perform their routines. Other main acts include the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the Navy Leap Frog Parachute Team, P-51D Mustang Demo, C-47D Skytrain Flybys, ...

'Honor and privilege' - Beloit Daily News, WI
Straight from Pensacola, Fla., the US Navy's flight demonstration squadron is in town for the Southern Wisconsin AirFEST, which runs through Sunday. For Rockford native Maj. Drew Hess, a pilot for the Angels, performing in Rock County is particularly ...

Blue Angels Cut Practice Schedule - Aero-News Network, FL
The Navy tells ANN that the elite "Blue Angels" demonstration team will cut its Tuesday practice in an effort to save money. The 6 F/A-18 Hornets will continue their Wednesday-Sunday flight schedule, and none of the teams' remaining performances for ...

Legends Over Madera - Air Show 2009 - Madera, CA - Fresno, California Airshows Legend from
VMAX Marketing, Inc. proudly brings Legends Over Madera - Air Show 2009 to Madera, California and the Central Valley. The air show will be held at the Madera, CA Airport which is easily accessible from Fresno, Stockton, Merced, Modesto, Turlock, Visalia, Tulare and many other California cities and towns in the Central Valley! With awe-inspiring performances in the air and numerous fun filled activities on the ground, you'll want to come each day of the event…one day just won't be enough!
Featuring the thrilling Patriots Jet Team!

Thunder on the Rio Grande flies in for the weekend - Las Cruces Bulletin, NM
The show will kick off with entertainment from Melissa Andrzejewski of Melissa Aerobatics, who, at 24, is the youngest female ever to be a member of the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team. She was introduced to aviation and aerobatics by her flying ...

Air Show Promises Thrills - and Traffic - Rochester R News, NY
Ten to 20000 people are expected to pack Ontario Beach park this weekend to see the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Army Golden Knights Parachute Team in action. Having that many people in one place could cause some traffic problems, if people aren't ...

Rochester International - ESL - Air Show - 2009 - Home from
Watch as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team fly their formations over Lake Ontario - May 30 & 31, 2009! Come celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the City of Rochester AND the Centennial of Flight in Canada with us!

Weekend traffic advisories, ESL AIR and Water Show and Soap Box Derby - News 10NBC
Both east and west Charlotte piers will be closed for pedestrian safety during the Air Show hours. * There is no on-site parking for the Air Show. All spectators must park and use the shuttle from Lake Avenue and Ridge Road.

Video: Horsemen aerobatic team will showcase at Flying Legends in ... - Royston Crow, UK
Jim is also a civilian pilot for the USAF Heritage Flight programme. Dan is passionate about preserving aviation history and delights in showcasing the iconic P-51 Mustang. He also flies the T-6 Texan, Spitfire, Wildcat and various helicopters. ...

Hoteliers fly in to collect cash from public for seafront airshow - Bexhill Observer, UK
Spectators at this year's airshow on the seafront will be asked to put cash in tins being held by local volunteers after last year's Airbourne made a £380000 loss. Tourism bosses decided to introduce a £5 entry fee for people wanting to watch the show ...

Cosford Airshow 2009 from Technorati
If you would like to book tickets for the Cosford Airshow 2009 on line, you will need to go to then enter cosford in the search box. You might expect to make it a bit more obvious how to get tickets. There you have it. By the way, the Red Arrows will be there.

News in Northeastern Wisconsin - Green Bay Press Gazette, WI
The Warbirds will host a fly-in on Saturday at the Oconto Airport. Kobussen Trailways will donate a shuttle bus for parking on the grounds and possibly a shuttle bus for a historic tour of the area. Admission is free. The Oconto Chamber of Commerce is ...

US Army parachute team makes historic jump - United States Army (press release)
By Cheryle Rivas Two members of the Golden Knights, the US Army's official parachute demonstration team, float through the air as part of a historical jump onto the grounds of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. The jump is part of the celebration ...

Windsor 2009 Race Guide - (press release), Canada
By Train: VIA Rail Train Station is located just 3 km from the Red Bull Air Race venue at 298 Walker Road.Taxis, public transportation or a nice walk along the riverfront will bring you into the Downtown core. Both Bus-Greyhound and public ...

Air-Expo: ouverture de la saison des meetings -, France
On aura aussi la Patrouille de France et diverses autres patrouilles. De plus, certains "warbirds" seront présent, comme un Mustang et un Avenger. Enfin, un Hawk britannique viendra effectuer sa démonstration en vol au-dessus du public toulousain. ...

translated: AERONAUTICS: 1 JUNE Frecce Tricolori fly over MONUMENTS OF ROME
AP, Italy
(ASCA) - Roma, 29 May - Monday '1 June, the National Patrol Acrobatica HAS' a test flight over the city 'of Rome, which will advance' the institutional framework for the Republic Day at the military parade of 2 June. .. .

The Frecce Tricolori greet the event with a ride on the apron on which Rome lighting overlooking the famous tricolor wake. Expected famous people, institutions, the world of culture, art and sport of the world ...

Wings of Storm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia from
Wings of Storm (Croatian: Krila oluje) is the aerobatic display team of the Croatian Air Force. The group was officially formed in the spring of 2005, but the group first performed on June 23, 2004 during the European sailing championship hosted that year in Zadar.
Their first official performance was on August 5, 2005 over the city of Knin during the Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day celebrations, as well as the 10th anniversary of Operation Storm. The performance was a huge success. At the time, the group flew four planes, Pilatus PC-9M, but grew to current five by autumn of the same year. The current flying program lasts for about seventeen minutes.
All pilots are flying instructors in Croatian Air Force, and the team is based at Zemunik airbase. The base is also used in training of future pilots. The team often trains over Zadar, the city where they first performed in 2004.
The team were expected to perform at the Malta International Airshow both in 2006 and 2007, but cancelled on both occasions.

Friday's Fix of PIX!! May 29th,2009 from Military Photos
Aircraft from the Croatian Air Force aerobatic team, Wings of Storm, perform during a parade marking Croatian army day in Karlovac, central Croatia, on May 28, 2009. Croatia joined NATO in March this year, but its troops have been serving in UN and NATO-led missions for several years.

June 5: Historic Doolittle Raiders Drop in on Reading, Pa., in ... - Eworldwire (press release), NJ
Richard Cole and Doolittle Raider Tom Griffin arrive at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM) ( in Reading, Pa., for the 19th annual three-day WWII Weekend event which begins Friday, June 5. The three-day WWII tribute attracts ...

Remembering Lindbergh with a roar of engines - Boston Globe, United States
Dinneen said the occasion is bittersweet: George Harlow, the Marshfield airport's namesake and an avid aviator, died Tuesday. "We're going to celebrate Lindbergh's flight and George Harlow's life," Dinneen said. After the planes land, the public is ...

Like his father before him, Mike McGinn is a retired Marine aviator. He flew F/A-18 Hornets from 1988 to 2004, including combat tours over Bosnia and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He writes, "Each Memorial Day, we go to visit Dad and pay our respects ...

Commemorative Air Force to mark WWII anniversaries with open house - The DeLand-Deltona Beacon, FL
Ready to raise some funds — The Florida Wing of the Commemorative Air Force plans a big fundraising celebration and recruiting drive for the first weekend of June. The wing has its own hangar and offices on the Deland Municipal Airport. ...

B-17 'Sally B' back in the air from Aeroplane Monthly News
Boeing B-17G 'Sally B' returned to display flying at Duxford's Spring Air Show on May 17.

Merlin-engined P-40F flies at Tyabb from Aeroplane Monthly News
The first Merlin-powered Curtiss P-40 to be seen airborne in more than 60 years made its maiden post-restoration flight at Tyabb airfield in Victoria, Australia, on April 22.

Spitfire returns to Manston -, UK
The Manston Spitfire fly-by, which included a visit by the top RAF display team The Red Arrows as well as ground-based displays, commemorated the brave servicemen and women who fought for freedom during the Second World War.

Engine Check In Kansas City from AVwebFlash Current IssueAfter putting about 20 hours on the Herpa DC-3 on the Fiddling Around America Tour it was time to make sure everything was in order (it was) with the big Pratt & Whitney R1830 engines as the crew stopped at the Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Mo. It's the last stop before the tour heads to Gaston's White River Resort in northern Arkansas for a weekend of flying with the Red Star Pilots Association. About 20 Nan Chang and Yak trainers will be at the resort for what's looking like a sunny weekend. Anyone's welcome to fly in for the weekend.

16-year-old Sets World Record from Aviation Today
In order to prove that being a kid doesn't mean you can't fly solo, Errick Smith of Mississippi, soloed an R22, a Schweizer and a Cessna 172...

"The Aviators": Will you watch? from AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points by Jill Tallman
A Toronto production company is bringing a new television series, The Aviators, to the United States in 2010. The producers have struck a deal with PBS to bring the series to 330 markets.
Billed as showing "the people…the places…the planes…of North American aviation," the show promises to bring "a fast-paced, weekly TV series hosted and written by pilots" that will cover topics ranging from aircraft design and the latest GPS technology to accident and safety awareness, airline profiles, and remote fly-in getaways from Canada to the Bahamas. They'll also show episodes on the Web site and publish stories and features from the series in a print format. You can view a promo here.

Aaron Tippin: Country music star at home with Air Force - Edwards Air Force Base, CA
by Kathleen AK Lopez 5/29/2009 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A friendship that's been in the making for nearly 20 years will continue on June 26 when country music superstar Aaron Tippin and his band, the Stemwinders, play an hour-long ...

New Online Magazine Tells GA's Story - Jetwhine: Aviation Buzz and Bold Opinion from
At Kent State University in Ohio, students hoping for a career in two failing industries–aviation and publishing–have joined forces to improve the future of both by starting an online aviation magazine. Its tag line, "Grass Roots. Blue Sky," summarizes the content of Stories That Fly. Produced by the School of Journalism & Mass Communication and the College of Technology's aeronautics program, the website went live May 2.

On this day - May 29th, 1910 from PPRuNe Forums by Rolling-Thunderbird
Next year, we hope to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this flight by flying a replica of this 1910 Curtiss pusher called the Hudson Flier down the Hudson River from Albany Int'l Airport to Governors Island.

American Aero 22-5-09 Blog/report from Gary Watson's Posts - Stick and Rudder
... Three Mustangs were in the shop of which one was a A-36 which BobL has got down has belonging to the Collings Foundation. Also an TBM Avenger and outside was B-25 Mitchell, C-47 and a Rolls-Royce Dart powered Grumman HU-5 of which the owner had since passed away. No sign of the B-24 or B-17 which shows up on 'Earth Google' sat/shot. ...

Kissimmee Warbirds. 13-5-09 visit Blog/report from Gary Watson's Posts - Stick and Rudder

In the Museum: Hot Commodity from
The Apollo 11 command module Columbia is clearly one of the National Air and Space Museum's crown jewels. Displayed in the Milestones of Flight gallery, Columbia is surrounded by Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1, and the North American Aviation X-15. While these aircraft hang high out of reach, Columbia is at ground level, and you can inspect every detail on the heat shield from just a nose away.

Flight to launch dedicated IFE&C channel on 1 June!!! from Runway Girl by Mary Kirby
This Monday, 1 June, Flight Global will formally recognize the massive impact that in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) is having on the aviation industry when it launches a dedicated IFE&C channel on its web site.
The channel will showcase all the latest news about the IFE&C community - and if you've been following this blog you know there is a ton of news to report.

T-6 Texan Formation / Watsonville Fly-In and Airshow 2009 / Photo Gallery - by keith
The formation of four T-6 Texans started the Warbird portion of the airshow.
The 45th Annual Watsonville Antique Fly-In and Airshow is one of my favorite small shows in California. The Memorial Day event brings out die-hard vintage aircraft enthusiasts that will savor each beautifully restored antique aircraft. This year, the major attraction was the Boeing 40C- Boeing's first passenger plane. ...

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Town Seeks To Outlaw Flight Training from
Municipal governments keep coming up with new ways to try and impede activity at their local airports and the burghers of Grant-Valkaria in Brevard County, Fla. have come up with a novel approach to pressuring a local privately operated field. The town council will consider a resolution on Monday that would outlaw flight training, including recurrent training, at Valkaria Airport (X59). The ban comes in the form of a zoning amendment that's bound to catch the attention of the FAA, since the airport has received federal funding and the agency frowns on limiting aeronautical activity at such facilities.

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Blue Angels Fuel Anticipation For Air Show In Janesville - WISC, WI
Organizers said they expect this weekend's air show to bring in its biggest crowd ever. "I would think record attendance, 50000 to 60000 people," Morgan said. The Blue Angels are making their first appearance in Janesville since 2005...

Navy jets arrive for AirFEST - WCLO, WI
by STEVE BENTON The Navy Blue Angels are getting ready for their high power show at Southern Wisconsin AirFEST. Six special Navy F-18's arrived at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport late Thursday morning, ...

Blue Angels To Perform At Southern Wisconsin AirFEST - WIFR, IL
They will be flying the stateline skies this weekend at the Southern Wisconsin AirFEST. It's their first trip to the area since Rockford AirFEST 2005. However, it's not just the Blue Angel Jets that thrill the crowds there's also the Fat Albert C-130...

Sneak peak from the sky of upcoming air show - Winnipeg Free Press
The free military event and air show replaced the Manitoba Air Show last summer after that long-running event couldn't find enough funding.

Thunder on the Rio Grande AIRSHOW from
For the first time in nine years an Air Show will grace the skies of Las Cruces. From the zany antics of the Indy Boys School Time Jet-Powered School Bus through the aerial artistry of Air Combat Command’s “Viper West “ F-16 aerial demonstration team and the classical precision of the Air Force Heritage Fleet, the Thunder on the Rio Grande Air Show promises to entertain and thrill airshow fans of all ages…

Win tickets to the Kemble Air Show -
This year will see the United States Air Force taking part for the first time, adding an international dimension to this popular event.

Donate Blood, Get Free Indianapolis Air Show Tickets from Indy Air Show - Media/Press
Visit Indiana Blood Center May 29, 30 OR June 1, Get Free Ticket to Blood-Pumping Excitement During Next Month’s Indianapolis Air Show.U.S. Navy Blue Angels headlining this year’s charity event, June 5, 6, and 7. (Indianapolis, Ind.) – If you visit any of the six Indianapolis-area Indiana Blood Center locations on Friday, May 29, Saturday, May 30, or Monday, June 1, you’ll walk away not just with the great feeling that you’ve helped someone, but also a free ticket to this year’s Indianapolis Air Show…

Air show attracted a record crowd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL
CHARLOTTE COUNTY - A record crowd provided the Florida International Air Show with the most profitable weekend in the 29-year history of the event. Air show proceeds are distributed to area charities. This year, 41 charities will receive contributions ...

Canada's Centennial of Flight to be Celebrated at EAA AirVenture from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News
From throughout the provinces, Canadian aircraft will be flying south this summer to join a unique commemoration of that nation's 100 years of flight during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The collection of aircraft and activities from "north of the border" will add a unique perspective to the 57th annual edition of the EAA fly-in convention, scheduled July 27-August 2. Canada's aviation heritage will be celebrated throughout the grounds all week…

Air Racing Reno Air Races Unlimited Air Racing - Welcome to the home of the Rare Bear from
2009 A New Look For The Rare Bear!

National airplane race stopping in Racine - Journal Times, WI
By Journal Times staff Thirty-three planes will be flying to Racine as one of their stops in the Air Race Classic, a national airplane race from Denver to Atlantic, Iowa. The all-female pilots flying two per plane are scheduled to land at Batten ...

Hot Air Balloon Event in Tuscaloosa This Weekend from Alabama Aviator - Aviation News
TUSCALOOSA, AL- About 30 hot air balloons will fly over Tuscaloosa and Northport this weekend to raise money for people with disabilities. For the past 25 years, the annual Sunrise Community Hot Air Balloon Race was held at the Tamiami airport, but because of south Florida's urban sprawl, the event's planners decided to move it this year to Tuscaloosa. The hot air balloon race will be Saturday and Sunday, and is free to the public. About 30 corporate and privately owned hot air balloons have signed up for the event, from across the Southeast. The world's largest hot air balloon, a 116-foot-tall pink Energizer bunny, will also participate in the race…

World War II veterans gather for group photo at Yankee Air Museum -
by Dave Gershman The Ann Arbor News Alan Warren The Ann Arbor NewsWorld War II veterans pose for a group photo for "Detroit: Our Greatest Generation," at the Yankee Air Museum on Thursday. Jim Forshee carried a photograph of himself as a young man ...

WWII veterans star in documentary - The Detroit News, MI
Kristy swapped stories with fellow World War II veterans Thursday when more than 500 Michigan military men and women assembled at the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport for a historic group picture in front of a B-17 bomber. ...

B-17 bomber set for fly-in to Asheville - Asheville Citizen-Times, NC
FLETCHER — Yankee Lady, a restored B-17 bomber, will make a stop at Asheville Regional Airport beginning today. The public will have the opportunity to tour and fly in the aircraft, one of about a dozen B-17s still flying. The plane will be stationed ...

B-17 Bomber Undergoes Restoration at Mighty Eighth Museum - WSAV-TV, GA
A critical weapon in World War Two the B-17 bomber, otherwise known as a Flying Fortress is considered a national treasure. As New Three's Alice Massimi found out…lucky for you there is now one right in our backyard. A key weapon in World War Two this ...

EAA Young Eagles Taking Advantage of Sporty's Free Flight Training from EAA - The Experimental Aircraft Association
The partnership between the EAA Young Eagles Program and Sporty's Pilot Shop announced in late April is already reaping fruit. More than 100 young people participating in the EAA Young Eagles Program, which provides educational and inspirational aircraft rides to roughly 80,000 youths each year, have enrolled in the free Sporty's Online Complete Pilot Training Course.

Baikonur Cosmodrome photos from Military Photos by JohnnyWalker
Baikonur Cosmodrome is the largest operation Space Launch Faucility. I have pictures that I download from the mule a couple months ago, thought I would share them…

C-17 Maximum Rotation Takeoff / Watsonville Fly-In and Airshow 2009 / Photo Gallery from Keith Breazeal Video Productions - by keith
The C-17 Globemaster III starts the demo with a maximum rotation and leaps skyward.The 45th Annual Watsonville Antique Fly-In and Airshow is one of my favorite small shows in California. The Memorial Day event brings out die-hard vintage aircraft enthusiasts that will savor each beautifully restored antique aircraft. This year, the major attraction was the Boeing 40C- Boeing's first passenger plane.

Tim Decker / Pitts Aerobatics / Watsonville Fly-In and Airshow 2009 / Photo Gallery from Keith Breazeal Video Productions - by keith
Tim Decker in knife edge. Even with the low ceiling, Tim put the Pitts through some great high energy aerobatics.

Eddie Andeini / 450hp Super Stearman / Watsonville Fly-In and Airshow 2009 / Photo Gallery from Keith Breazeal Video Productions - by keith
Having just completed his inverted ribbon cut, Eddie Andreini roars past the crowd in the 450 horsepower Super Stearman.

Old aviation photos. - Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion from

Air National Guard (United States Air Force) from FenceCheck Forums - Taken just before sunset.

Collings Foundation from FenceCheck Forums - Two more, one with the Livermore wine vines and another in the last bit of light remaining for the day.

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