Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Vulcan campaign boosted by donation by Flightline UK
The Vulcan to the Sky trust has received an anonomous donation of £458,000 securing the short term future of the project. The donation has meant the £800,000 target of funding by the end of march has been exceeded allowing work to return XH558 back to the air for the 2010 airshow season to move forward. The trust now have to collect the thousands pledged over the last few months
This year sees XH558 celebrate it's 50th birthday. Marshalls of Cambridge will be undertaking some life extension work on the aircraft which should see it remain airworthy beyond the 2010 airshow season. ...

Thunderbirds  to headline AirFest 2010 -
Months of preparation for AirFest 2010 began last week as the Air Force Thunderbirds advance pilot visited Lackland to begin planning for the demonstration team's performances during the air show Nov. 6 - 7. Maj.

Valkaria Air Fest: Made by pilots, with pilots, for you from AOPA News
When you need to put your airport in the best light, show, don't tell. Pilots and aviation enthusiasts in and around Grant-Valkaria, Fla. did just that Feb. 21, holding the fourth annual Valkaria Air Fest.

Falls air show canceled after main act bows out - Buffalo News
TOWN OF NIAGARA — The Thunder Over Niagara air show will be canceled this year after the main aerial act dropped out of the event, organizers announced ...

A Former Blue Angel Lands at Janus -
He served as an officer, aviator, and flight instructor in the USMC. He trained at the US Navy Fighter Weapons School and was a demonstration pilot with the ...

Local Businesses Support the Launch of Tulsa Air and Space Museum's Inaugural ... - Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers
Attendees will be treated to aerobatic performances by nationally acclaimed air show acts and a thrilling look into the future of air racing by the Rocket ...

Coastal airshow to mark Battle of Britain anniversary - BBC News
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform on each day of the show
An East Sussex airshow is to mark 70 years since the Battle of Britain with a series of special displays.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features Spitfires, Hurricanes and a Lancaster, will perform on each day of the Eastbourne Airbourne.
The Red Arrows and Eurofighter Typhoon will also be featured during the four-day event in August.
Eastbourne council announced the free event lost £50,000 last year, compared to a £360,000 loss in 2008. ...

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Red Arrows join marathon effort - BECKENHAM and BIGGIN HILL
This is Local London | A PAIR of Red Arrows pilots will be swapping their flying boots for running shoes when they take part in this year's London Marathon. ...

IAF conducts dress rehearsal ahead of 'Vayu Shakti-2010' -
The other attractions will include aerobatics display by Surya Kirans and Sarang, display by the IAF skydiving team-Akash Ganga and renditions by Symphonic ...

Wednesday - Sunday, Apr 21-25, 2010 - Bensen Days 2010, Wauchula, FL from FunPlacesToFly
Gyroplane, Gyro, Giro, Gyrocopter or whatever you call it, it is a type of aircraft that pilots don't just fly but are addicted to. Yet this amazing, affordable, nimble aircraft is one of the most misunderstood machines in aviation history. Odds are that you have never piloted a gyroplane and even pretty good that you have never even seen one fly in person. Yet opinions abound. Those who fly them think that when properly maintained and piloted they are the safest type of aircraft for recreational flying. They can not stall or spin, they land with little or no ground roll, they land with full control even without power. The inherent engineering flaws which lead to problems like powered push over (PPO) and pilot induced oscillation (PIO) in the past, have been designed out of modern machines. The 37th Annual Bensen Days Gyroplane Fly In will take place at the Wauchula Municipal Airport (CHN) in Wauchula, Florida Wednesday April 21 through Sunday April 25th 2010. Hosted by Sunstate Wing and Rotor Club this event named after one of the pioneers in homebuilt flying Igor Bensen, is the largest Gryoplane Fly In, in the eastern US. Contact: Scott Lewis,

Bensen Days 2010 from Airplanes Channel
Gyroplane enthusiasts from all over the country will be attending the Bensen Days 2010 event, as it is dedicated to these fascinating aircrafts. It will be the events' 37th celebration, and will be focused on paying tribute to one of history's most celebrated gyroplane pioneers, namely Igor Bensen. Benson Days 2010 will be hosted by the ...

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders to be honored during free concert April 17 from National Museum of the USAF Top Stories
The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders will be honored in a special way during their 68th reunion with a tribute concert performed by the U.S. Air Force's "Airmen of Note" at Wright State University's Nutter Center on April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
The concert, which is free to the public, will feature patriotic and WWII era music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are necessary and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band, the "Airmen of Note" features 18 of the most talented jazz musicians in the country and is one of the last touring big bands. As a result, they have earned an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile big bands of its kind in the world. ...

Touching tour of WWII planes at New Orleans Lakefront Airport - (photo: Dylan Slagle / The Times-Picayune)
When the Wings of Freedom Tour's trio of World War II airplanes landed at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport a year ago, the small crowd of enthusiasts who had been waiting for them found a gap in the fence and ambled prematurely toward the ominous antiques.
But not 86-year-old Paul Laudumiey, who was a tail gunner on a B-24 during the war. Even when folks were officially allowed to approach the planes, Laudumiey stayed way back by the gate.
"I wouldn't care to get any closer than this," he said. "As far as going inside? No, never. When I got out the last time, I swore that would be the last time I got into it."
Laudumiey said that 60-some years ago he flew 26 or 27 missions through the Himalayan mountains to bomb Japanese-occupied islands. The low point came when a flyer who replaced him on a mission was killed.
I'm a hopeless history nerd, so reporting on the carefully preserved B-24, B-17 and P-51 planes was as fun as a day at Jazz Fest for me. For the white-haired gentlemen wandering slowly around the flying dinosaurs, the experience was something else. ...

Bright future for air racer as Hall looks to V8's from
Australia's only Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall will take time out from his busy flying schedule on Friday to meet Fujitsu Racing Team star Jason Bright at the Sydney 500 V8 Supercar event at Homebush.
Hall, who finished third in his rookie Red Bull Air Race season this year, and Bright, who sits 20th in the Championship Series Driver Championship, will spend some time sharing information about their respective race day preparations, performance management and team operations.
Bright is also scheduled to take Hall on a "Hot Lap", something the former RAAF pilot is excited about. ...
Up close to the launch - Wicked Local Stow
Michael Goulian, an airshow pilot who also competes in Red Bull Air Race World Championship, watched the STS-130 space shuttle launch in ...
US pilot who said, 'Don't worry about it,' as Japanese neared Pearl Harbor ... - Los Angeles Times
Tyler famously responded, "Don't worry about it," thinking it was a flight of US B-17 bombers. Those words haunted Tyler for years, though historian Daniel ...

Women in Aviation conference kicks off from General Aviation News
The 21st Annual Women in Aviation Conference kicks off today and runs through Feb. 27 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Buena Vista, Florida. The theme of this year's conference is "Aviation: It's a Small World."
Attendees are expected from more than a dozen countries worldwide, according to organizers. Speakers include ...

International group of women pilots to share flight experiences at Seattle museum from General Aviation News
As part of WomenFly!, The Museum of Flight's annual Women's History Month event, an international panel of women pilots will share their experiences in the world of aviation March 6. This year's panel includes women pilots from almost every continent. Their experiences include flights in the Australian outback, Alaskan wilderness, Antarctic slopes, African plains and the urban landscapes of Europe, Japan, South Africa and the United States. The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater, and is free with admission to the museum. ...

Fantasy of Flight founder wins 'Freedom of Flight' award from General Aviation News
Kermit Weeks, creator and founder of Fantasy of Flight in Florida, recently received the "Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award" at the 7th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards, which is often called the  Academy Awards of Aviation....

WACO Classic: Hand-Crafted Perfection (Check Out The Virtual 360 Cockpit!) from AirPigz
Back in March of 1986 something really cool happened: the first 'brand new' WACO YMF Classic was completed as a fully certified aircraft under the original WACO type certificate.  Just like the one pictured above, the WACO Classics look exactly like the original YMF of the 1930's except that they've been modernized where it makes sense and are available with fully updated instrumentation.
 Click the panel pic above to go to an awesome 360 degree hi-res picture that puts you right in the pilot's seat so you can check out that instrumentation. (mouse around for a full 360 view)
You might not know that the YMF is one of the WACO designs from the golden age of aviation that has a front cockpit big enough for two.  That helps makes these biplanes a good choice for scenic ride takers.  It's a lot more likely you'll be profitable when you've got two paying passengers on board!  Plus, two seats up front makes the ride more fun for those a little unsure about riding in an open cockpit.  As for me, I don't think it gets any better than a round engine, an open cockpit and two wings!  That's some pure avgeek perfection : )
These gorgeous airplanes are built by the WACO Classic Aircraft Corporation in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Company president Peter Bowers says they've been able to stay busy during the tough economic times, tho the backlog isn't very deep.  The fact that they haven't had layoffs ...

Readers will have the chance to again meet our news staff: A Place in the Sun - Sun Star Courier
HISTORY LESSON — The history of the Cleveland Municipal Airport will be presented by Bill Meixner during a free program at 2 p.m. Sunday at the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library System, 35700 Bainbridge Road.
Meixner, an air racing historian, will share little-known facts about Cleveland's major airport, now known as Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, including how it was planned and opened in the 1920s and how it has changed over the years.

'Apollo' show at March air museum explores space flight - Press-Enterprise
Performance Riverside is teaming with March Field Air Museum on a multimedia show about space flight. "Apollo: To the Moon" is a solo ...
Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington to host Aircrew Association historian, Air ... - The Press, York
A JEWISH airman shot down over Nazi Germany will visit Yorkshire Air Museum to tell of his Second World War exploits. The Behind Enemy Lines event in ...

Roscosmos starts Gagarin 50th anniversary preparation from Hyperbola by Rob Coppinger
With over a year to go before the 50th anniversary of the beginning of human spaceflight on 12 April 2011 the Russian Federal Space Agency (aka Roscosmos) has already started a Yuri Gagarin 50th anniversary webpage to collect Gagarin memorabilia and then showcase it on the website. The first flight of a human being into space is celebrated every year around the world on 12 April under the banner of "Yuri's night", no doubt the celebrations will be bigger and better than ever on the 50th anniversary. The video above is in Russian and also shows Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, mastermind of the Soviet space programme ...

Strap on a pack and fly away? Martin Aircraft can make it happen - no pilot's license required - NY Daily News
Want to strap a pack onto your back and fly away - no pilot's licence required?  With the help of Martin Aircraft, you can now make your dream a reality.
Martin Aircraft Co. of New Zealand has plans to begin manufacturing personal jet packs, which will cost about $77,000 each, according to the Telegraph. The packs were first unveiled last July by inventor Glenn Martin.
With a 200 horsepower dual-propeller, the jet packs are capable of ...

Uncontrolled Airspace #173 "15 Knots of Tail"

MaxAir2Air Update - Cloud Covered
Hello Plane Folks, This week I bring you an essay on my flight up to Duluth to visit the Cirrus World Headquarters.  My intrepid flight instructor Chris Dunn and I got a tour of the factory, and a sneak peak at the new Vision SF50 jet.  Enjoy! Max

Su-33 near-miss with Kuznetsov carrier deck from The DEW Line
the Starr Bumble Bee II, circa 1988 more of the world's... from x planes


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