Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Aviators Releases TV Series Preview


TV Series UPDATES November 1, 2009
The Aviators Series Preview IS HERE!

The producers of The Aviators, the new television series that has been creating a buzz in North American aviation, have officially released the first preview of the show on their website at www.TheAviators.TV.

The preview features footage obtained at EAA's AirVenture including the A380 as well as a segment on Icon Aircraft's A5.

"We get emails every single day from members of the aviation community thanking us for putting The Aviators together," said the show's Executive Producer Anthony Nalli, "and that doesn't count the flood of emails and calls we've received from people interested in telling their story or showcasing their products, services, or destinations."

Additional previews for The Aviators will be posted on www.TheAviators.TV every month or so leading up to the premiere. List subscribers will be alerted to new releases.

When will YOUR PBS Station Run The Aviators?

The production team has accelerated their schedule and the show will now make its U.S.premiere 3 months sooner than expected. It will be distributed by Albuquerque's KNME Westlink to all 320 PBS stations in June of 2010 and will air in Canada and internationally shortly thereafter.

To make sure YOUR station runs The Aviators when it becomes available, use the PBS Station Finder and tell your local PBS station YOU WANT THE AVIATORS!

Spread the Word

"The demand and anticipation for the show has been growing at such and incredible pace that we decided to really roll up our sleeves and work to get the show out sooner than the original September date," said John Lovelace, long time aviation television producer and creator of The Aviators.

Tell your friends, share the videos, post notes at your club, airport, or office (you can download a booklet or poster FREE here).
The Aviators Links
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FourPoints Television Productions
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Brampton, ON, Canada, L6W4S6


Indy Transponder 31-OCT-09 1215z

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DAV brings message to the Randolph AFB Air Show-Forging the Future on the Wings of a B-25

Randolph AFB, Texas– The Disabled American Veterans will once again take to the skies to advance its message of service to disabled veterans. Now, in its seventh season, the DAV Airshow Outreach Program featuring the B-25 Mitchell Bomber of World War II notoriety appears nationwide at over 25 airshows and reaches over 2.7 million airshow spectators annually in an effort to promote the DAV’s mission of building better lives for America’s disabled veterans. The DAV is proud to announce The DAV Flight Team will be making an appearance at the upcoming Randolph AFB Air Show – Forging the Future on November 7-8, 2009.

The DAV Airshow Outreach Program was developed to increase public awareness of disabled veterans and to serve veterans in communities across the nation. Using B-25 medium bombers, the program reminds the public of the sacrifices veterans have made and continue to make to keep our nation free.

The B-25 Bomber enjoys the reputation of achieving the impossible during one of America’s darkest hours in World War II. The medium size bomber was made famous by the daring Doolittle Raid on Tokyo which helped rally America after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The B-25 went on to become the most versatile bomber of World War II, seeing combat in every theater of operation.

“When people both young and old, see the B-25, they are just in awe. While the plane is on display, they get to see the extreme conditions and how tight the quarters were for these boys who flew these into combat and became men. When they see it side by side with other aircraft, they are amazed that just 67 years ago, this was the pinnacle of aviation technology,” said DAV National Commander, Roberto Barrera.

Plan now to attend the Randolph AFB Air Show – Forging the Future on November 7-8, 2009 to see the B-25 and the accompanying interactive display geared at providing airshow spectators an attractive, efficient experience where they can learn about the volunteer opportunities available.

For more information on the Disabled American Veterans, visit the DAV website at Lynn May 585-309-9100

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Air Force Museum - News and Notes: November 2009



News & Notes

November 2009


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Connect through social media 

Find museum on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr

Connect Through Social MediaConnect with the museum via social media. Become a fan of the museum on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or post photos from your visit on Flickr. You may also customize your own museum tour by exploring the Museum Tour Podcast or receive the latest news by subscribing to an RSS feed.



Learn about America's women aviators 

Listen to Maj. Nicole Malachowski on Nov. 17

Maj. Nicole MalachowskiMaj. Nicole Malachowski will present "America's Women Military Aviators: From WASP, to Thunderbirds, to the Future" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Carney Auditorium, as part of the museum's Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series. Click here to learn more about Maj. Malachowski.



Two concerts to honor veterans 

Band of Flight performs Nov. 6 and 7

USAF Band of FlightIn honor of Veterans Day, the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will present "War in Remembrance" on Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. The program will incorporate band works representing wars from Biblical times to modern day. No tickets are necessary, but seating is limited to the first 1,200 in attendance on both nights. More information is available here.



Mark your calendar for the holiday concerts 

Tickets required for this popular event

USAF Band of FlightThis year's holiday concerts will take place Dec. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Modern Flight Gallery. The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will partner with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to present joyful seasonal music. Due to the overwhelming popularity of these concerts, tickets will be required. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 17, the free tickets will issued on a first come, first served basis. Watch the museum's Web site for more detailed information.



Learn about the space station during Family Day 

Commemorate the anniversary of a great engineering feat

International Space StationCommemorate the anniversary of the greatest engineering feat in modern history, the International Space Station, during Family Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Nov. 21. Many activities will focus on space, including an opportunity to build your own space station from recycled materials. Visit the Family Day Web page for further information.



See if you can 'Race to Dayton's Amazing Aviation Places' 

Participants may receive a 'Wilbear Wright' teddy bear

Wilbear Wright Aviator Teddy BearA new program invites people traveling to Dayton, Ohio, to experience the "Birthplace of Aviation" by visiting several of the aviation sites in the area. Those interested in taking part in the program can pick up a passport brochure at participating locations, including the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, and take it to be stamped at the various aviation sites. If you visit at least six of the nine sites, you can return the brochure to Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in downtown Dayton in order to receive a free "Wilbear Wright" aviator teddy bear (while supplies last). Click here for further information.



Featured exhibit of the month

Boeing X-45A J-UCAS

X-45The Boeing X-45A served as a scaled-down, advanced technology demonstrator for a project conducted by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force. The goal was to demonstrate the technologies needed to conduct suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) missions with Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAV). The museum has one of only two X-45s on display in the Cold War Gallery. Click here to learn more.


This month in USAF history 

Nov. 8, 2000, Nov. 22, 2002 and Nov. 4, 2003

Historical X-45On Nov. 8, 2000, Boeing's first X-45A (No. 1) Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), called "Blue," arrived at Edwards AFB aboard a C-17 transport, where the Dryden Flight Research Center would test the X-45 for the SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses) mission. The X-45 was a joint Air Force/DARPA/Boeing project. On Nov. 22, 2002, the second X-45A UCAV, nicknamed "Red," successfully achieved all objectives in its first flight, a 30-minute sortie above Edwards AFB. On Nov. 4, 2003, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB began Block 2 testing on the two Boeing X-45A UCAVs. This program added communications links for flight coordination from other locations, and the ability to release inert small "smart" bombs.

(Information provided by Air Force Historical Studies Office)

In this issue

Social Media

Veterans Day Concerts

Holiday Concerts

USAF History

On the Radar

IMAX® Schedule



On the radar

Nov. 6-7 · Band of Flight Concerts

Nov. 11 · Veterans Day, MUSEUM OPEN


Nov. 11 · WWI educational program


Nov. 17 · Wings & Things Guest Lecture


Nov. 21 · Family Day


Nov. 26 · Thanksgiving, MUSEUM CLOSED

Dec. 12 · Family Day


Dec. 19 & 20 · Holiday Concerts


Dec. 25 · Christmas Day, MUSEUM CLOSED



IMAX® schedule

Space Station · 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily


Fighter Pilot · 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily


The Magic of Flight · 1 p.m. daily, 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 


10 a.m. shows can be arranged for groups of 50 or more.

For ticket prices and to confirm show times, visit








Plan Your Visit 

Museum Hours
Open daily

9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

FREE admission!