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The Indy Transponder is a collection of headlines, links, and articles related to Aviation Edutainment which include air shows and air racing. Additionally we highlight aviation heritage, developing youth’s aero interest, and other articles of interest. Continue to visit and you will find guest articles from various participants and key people engaged in our industry.
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2014-09-17T02:48:00.002+01:00

Indy Transponder 17-SEP-2014 0145z

Reno Air Races 2014: Voodoo Gets the Win * FlyingMag | The 2014 edition of the National Championship Air Races at the Reno-Stead Airport west of Reno, Nevada, concluded this weekend. While many of the usual suspects, such as Strega, Voodoo, Precious Metal and Czech Mate, http://www.facebook.com/tvrphotography/posts/10152685483811043competed in the Unlimited Class, which features the fastest airplanes in the competition, this year's race provided a lot of extra excitement....

Thank you, Tiger for an amazing race! Enjoy Retirement! * TVR Photography [Nice work Tyson!]

Live from the Reno Air Races: Talking to Nigel Lamb, Red Bull Air Race Pilot and Breitling Ambassador, about the fascination of flying | Nigel Lamb just found some time to sit down with me. Nigel and I talked about the fascination of flying and how he got into it. I invite you to listen to this fascinating conversation...

National Aviation Heritage Invitational Announces 2014 Awards · Dave Budd, Photorecon.net | ... http://photorecon.net/national-aviation-heritage-invitational-announces-2014-awards/The National Aviation Heritage Invitational encourages preservation of aviation history through the restoration of aircraft to original flying condition. The Invitational was founded in 1998. A five-member panel, including representatives of the National Air and Space Museum, judges each aircraft on its technical merit and how well it represents the aircraft early in its career. Authenticity to the original manufacturer’s condition is the “gold standard” for each plane...

Pilots land in Denison for National Aerobatic Championships * KTEN | DENISON -- Some of the most skilled pilots on the planet are arriving in Texoma this week. They're here for the National Aerobatic Championships which has been held in Denison for decades...

F-16 Thunderbirds will return to Mountain Home Air Force Base * KIVI | Mountain Home Air Force Base will be holding an F-16 demo day and On Your Side’s own Lauren Johnson will be along for the ride. The Thunderbirds did not perform last year because of the sequestration, but as the new commander of the base explained, it’s a big deal that the F-16 Thunderbirds are back....

Tulsa Regional Fly-In holding last annual event on Saturday * Tulsa World | BARTLESVILLE — An event featuring historic aircraft is soon to be history itself. Tulsa Regional Fly-In, one of the longest-running sport aviation events in America, is hosting its last show in Oklahoma on Saturday...

Airport ready for annual fly-in on Sept. 20 * Mike O'Neal | The air above the Barwick-LaFayette Airport will be abuzz with small aircraft during the fly-in scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. This annual event affords the public opportunities to get an up close view of flying machines — including a LifeForce helicopter — talk to pilots and visit the new terminal....

PDK to host Atlanta Warbird Weekend, WWII veteran tribute * Neighborhood Newspapers | DeKalb-Peachtree Airport will be transformed into a World War II airfield Sept. 27 and 28 when a squadron of vintage military aircraft from across the U.S. descend on the former Navy training base to celebrate the inaugural Atlanta Warbird Weekend....

P-51D “Swamp Fox” To Attend The Atlanta Warbird Weekend * Warbirds News | The Atlanta Warbird Weekend has announced a new airplane to its already impressive line up of warbirds.The P-51D “Swamp Fox” will be on static display both Saturday and Sunday and will participate in the “Warbirds In Review” program. The Atlanta Warbird Weekend is designed to be an annual event dedicated to the remembrance and celebration of the men, women and machines of The Greatest Generation. In metro Atlanta...

Leap Frogs Demonstration On 9/11 Anniversary Abruptly Cancelled * Aero-News.net | Were Scheduled To Jump Into M&T Bank Stadium In Baltimore | The U.S. Navy elite parachute team The Leap Frogs had been scheduled to skydive over M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Thursday ... the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States ... landing in the stadium prior to the Ravens/Steelers game...

An Inspirational P-51 Mustang * WCYB | "This airplane is a tool that we use to tell a story and we tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen to inspire young people to rise above the adversity in their lives," Doug Rozendal with the Commemorative Air Force who brought story to Wise said. A film...

Advanced Y-20 air freighter, fighter jets to debut at Airshow China * ECNS | More advanced aircraft and weaponry will be exhibited this November at the 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China, including the long-awaited debut of the Y-20 heavy air freighter. "There will be more than 120 aircraft from 39 countries and regions at this year's Airshow, including the popular Airbus A380 and [China's] J-10 fighter," He Ningka, mayor of Zhuhai, in Guangdong Province, host city of the Airshow, told reporters at a Tuesday press conference...

Air show will showcase female fighter pilots * Shanghai Daily | BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- China's first group of female fighter jet pilots will debut at a coming air show where they will perform aerobatics, said a spokesman for the Chinese air force. The female pilots will fly J-10 fighter jets, one of the country's most advanced military aircraft...

Video:  Air Malta plane in formation flight with the Red Arrows * Times of Malta | An Air Malta Airbus will fly in formation with the Red Arrows aerobatics team during the AirX Malta International Airshow on Sunday week.  The airshow will be held on Saturday and Sunday September 27 and 28, and, for the first time, will feature four aerobatic display teams....

A Hero’s SALUTE! · Betsy Murphy, Photorecon.net | Some exciting news from the hills of West http://photorecon.net/a-heros-salute/Virginia…a WWII themed aviation event is coming to Charleston, West Virginia October 25, 2014. West Virginia has not been home to such an event in its’ 151 years as a state. Leading the country in the number of veterans, per capita, West Virginia’s son and daughters have demonstrated a pride and dedication to our state, and to our country. Now we will honor these brave men and women in this first annual West Virginia Veterans’ Fundraising Aviation Event appropriately entitled, A Hero’s Salute!. An impressive line-up of warbirds will be on display and take to the sky in the afternoon to mesmerize the crowd. Many that will be attending this event have never been to an aviation event before....

Palm Springs Air Museum docent honored in Holland * KESQ | PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A former radio operator on a C-47 during WWII and throughout the Normandy invasion is visiting Holland for ten days to take part in the 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Allied Air Force liberation of the Arnhem and Eindhorn areas....

B-29 “Doc” Update, Flaps Installation · WarbirdsNews | Volunteers with Doc’s Friends have now installed the flaps on the B-29. The flaps were the last major structural items left to go on the Superfortress, and over thirty people helped with the process. “It has been incredible to witness the dedication of all the volunteers supporting Doc’s Friends throughout this journey. Taking the time out of their own week to work on this aircraft just shows the unified passion we all share to get this warbird back in the air,” said TJ Norman, Doc’s Friends operations manager. Duplicating the...

Commemorative Air Force to Host Education Day for Local Students * Aviation Pros | DALLAS - Sept. 16, 2014 - The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will host a free Education Day for students across North Texas on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Dallas Executive Airport as part of the CAF WWII Air Expo. The CAF WWII Air Expo’s Education Day will offer a...

Young Eagles program at Morris Airport program children a chance to soar through the skies * Morris Daily Herald | MORRIS – The day started out chilly and overcast, but by fly time, the gray skies had been replaced with sunshine and white fluffy clouds, little wind and perfect conditions for flying in airplanes...

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Indy Transponder 16-SEP-2014 2230z

Hinton scores sixth Gold victory * Daily Sparks Tribune | "Yesterday's race was probably the most exciting in the history of air racing." Even on Sunday people were still buzzing over Saturday's Gold heat race that sets the pole position. Earning the prize spot puts a rear closest to the pace jet that leads...

Reno Crowd Agrees: “Best Race I Ever Saw!” * Air & Space Magazine | The Kid won it, but it was
http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/reno-crowd-agrees-best-race-i-ever-saw-180952709/?no-istthe Old Man of Air Racing who gave the fans a finish they'll never forget. By Linda Shiner. airspacemag.com 2 minutes ago. At the end of the closest race in the 51-year history of the National Championship Air Races, seven...

An onslaught of Hot Section air racing * Armidale Express | But Mr Onslow is part of a small group of Australians making names for themselves in the world's premiere air racing event. Mr Onslow, who owns Fleet Helicopters and Onslaught Air Racing, came in second place in the silver race with a time of seven...

F-22 Raptor arrives for weekend's Oregon International Air Show - The Oregonian - OregonLive.com  | Captain John Cummings and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor arrived at the Oregon Air National Guard Base. The F-22 Demo Team is here in advance of their first-ever Oregon flight demonstrations at the Oregon International Air Show Sept. 20-21 at Hillsboro Airport....

'Let Freedom Ring' flies high in Wise: Classic aircraft makes history come alive at Lonesome Pine Airport - Kingsport Times News | WISE -- Lonesome Pine Airport's 'Let Freedom Ring' salute to veterans and inspirational shout out to area youth has literally landed and will be available to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Saturday. Freedom isn't free, but the airport's 'Let Freedom Ring' event certainly is. There is no admission charge, it's all free, so pack up the kids and grandmas and grandpaws and let 'em loose on the Lonesome Pine tarmac...

Jason Bradbury and Brian Cox join Red Arrows to inspire young engineers - The Lincolnite | The RAF aerobatic team The Red Arrows joined forces with Formula One firms and world-famous science ambassadors in order to inspire the next generation of young engineers. Attending the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) day at RAF Scampton on September 16 was physicist Brian Cox, Gadget Show host Jason Bradbury and Wing Commander Andy Green, who is the holder of the world land speed record...

Red Arrow + Vulcan + Lancaster + others Pilot Interview — Bill Ramsey by travelforaircraft | Editor's note: this is the second of four posts this week concerning the Avro Vulcan. The Vulcan is not well known on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean but is more than famous on the east side of the Atlantic as the Royal Air Force's primary nuclear strike strategic bomber during most of the Cold War. As with its NATO cousin, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, it too originally flew missions high and fast until increasingly capable fighter and missile threats demanded a change in tactics. Like the B-52, the Vulcan's airframe was then reinforced for low penetration flying—also changing the livery from anti-flash white to earthtone camouflage coloring...

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Saluting the Tuskegee Airmen Support Personnel * Red Tail Squadron | ...When we speak of the Tuskegee Airmen we often are amazed and inspired by their ability to triumph over adversity. But this tenacity and strength of spirit applies far beyond the pilots who were once deemed unfit to fly simply because of the color of their skin. Dedicated service members like....

8th Anniversary Gala to Feature Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger At Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2SHBKQ1elF3UzJ0WEZTN3N6UWl6cDBNWTk4VmlpekF4cGNF/edit?usp=sharingHarbor’s Fundraiser | At Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s Fundraiser Honolulu, HI – “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, who piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s Hudson River, will be this year’s guest speaker at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 8th Gala on Saturday, December 6, 6:00 to 10.00 p.m..... More Here

Community Day at Carolinas Aviation Museum | On Saturday August 23rd, the museum opened its doors for free to the general public for Community Day. Why did we do this? Often we hear from people who live in this area that they didn't know that Charlotte had an aviation museum. We even won the Best of the Best Award last year for being the best kept secret in Charlotte!   It's great to win an award, but that is not quite the honor you want bestowed upon you. Obviously there are still lots of folks that don't know that this museum exists and that it's an educational resource for them. So...

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2014-09-16T00:49:00.000+01:00

Indy Transponder 15-SEP-2014 2330z

Oceana Air Show bigger and better than ever * WVEC.com | If you're planning to go, be aware that London Bridge Road will be closed between Central Drive and International Parkway for the NAS Oceana Air Show from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm on Thursday, September 18, 2014, and 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm daily on Friday,...

Annual air show takes to Sonoma County skies * Santa Rosa Press Democrat | It takes off vertically like a helicopter, then tilts its rotor blades to fly like a plane. Pilots do get equal billing ... Aaron is the only civilian-licensed pilot to fly an aerobatic routine in a helicopter, including back flips and 360-degree...

Oregon International Air Show 2014: Canadian Forces Snowbirds to perform for ... * The Oregonian - OregonLive.com | And for the first time since 1993, they'll perform at the Oregon International Air Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Hillsboro Airport. The performance will be one of only five in the U.S. this year, as most of the Snowbirds' 30-plus shows a year are...

World War II training aircraft scheduled to be on display for fly-in * Terrell Tribune | It was March 10, 2013, when No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum Board President Don Thurman announced the museum would be getting an AT-6 Texan — albeit in pieces. Eighteen months later, the museum's AT-6 is nearing completion. It may not...

Fly-in touches down at local airport * Maryville Daily Forum | Aircraft enthusiasts from across the region winged their way to the Northwest Missouri Regional Airport west of Maryville Sunday for the second annual fly-in hosted by the Hawk Road Fliers, a local aviation club. While most of planes cruising out of...

The Patrouille de France attracts the crowd at the rally Somme 14-18 * Translated | Yes, Saturday, Sept. 13, peak caps, the ring road, adjacent to highways, to Amiens station, was the result of the delivery of the Patrouille de France to 16 hours. The PAF is not Sunday, September 14 but the meeting will certainly air with pilots who pamper their horses for hours to a few minutes of acrobatics....

“Best Little Air Show in the World” Returns in October * MyArkLaMiss | This year's Air Show will benefit the Warrior Bonfire Project, which was founded in 2013 by Daniel K. Fordice III. The Warrior Bonfire Project “provides opportunities that improve the lives of combat wounded veterans on their lifelong journey of...

Golden Age Air Museum hosts Barnstormers Day and open house * Boyertown Berk Montgomery Newspapers | Not only were the attendees treated to presentations, fly-bys, aerial competitions, World War II aircraft flight, radio controlled aircrafts, antique autos, live music, comedy and action, but also the chance to go up into the sky in Golden Age Air...

Report: Wing parts fell before Reno Air Race crash * MyNews4 | ...Preliminary findings released by the National Transportation Safety Board say portions of the right wing separated from the Backovich GP-5 before it crashed in a more than half-mile long debris path in a remote part of the Stead Airport race course....

Jumping into Football Games at Belle Vernon High School and the University of Pennsylvania · U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights" | Gold Team spent the weekend in the great state of Pennsylvania where they were able to perform for Bell Vernon High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The team worked with local recruiters, as well as the schools academic professionals, to carry out two great shows. Before the game began on Friday, a few members of the Gold Demonstration Team linked up with the....

You can fly on a combat-scarred Vietnam icon * CNN International | The flight crew on this March Saturday are from the nonprofit Army Aviation Heritage Foundation in Hampton, Georgia. They volunteer countless hours to restore and maintain Army helicopters from the Vietnam era and then take them to air shows across the...

How an Israeli F-15 Eagle managed to land with one wing · The Aviationist | The legendary Eagle is also a very robust aircraft, that can survive some serious damages. As shown by a very well-known incident which occurred in 1983, in the skies over Nahal Tzin in the Negev desert, in Israel, during a mock aerial combat between two Israeli Air Force F-15Ds and four A-4Ns, when one of the Eagles, the F-15D #957 nicknamed ‘Markia Shchakim’, 5 killmarks, used for conversion of a new pilot named Zivi Nedivi, collided mid-air with one of the Skyhawks. As explained in No Wing F-15, an interesting piece written by...

Coast Guard Announces WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck crash Site Located After 70 years · Warbirds News | The Defense Department’s Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command recently announced that they have determined the location, beyond reasonable doubt, for one of their missing aircraft from WWII. The US Coast Guard Grumman J2F-4 Duck disappeared with its three man crew over Greenland on November 9th, 1942. The exhaustive search by an expedition team of...

World War II history: B-17 Memphis Belle visiting NC * Durham Herald Sun | Oscar Smith, 95, of Burlington tours The Movie "Memphis Belle, " a B-17 bomber, at the Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County on Monday, September 15, 2014 in Sanford. The restored WWII B-17 "flying fortress" bomber was used in the 1990 film,...

Yankee Air Museum to host Behind the Scenes tour Sept. 27 * Heritage Newspapers | Before the tour concludes, guests will have the option to see flyable aircraft including the B-17 Yankee Lady and the B-25 Yankee Warrior. The B--17, a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft, secured itself as an effective weapons system by dropping more...

B-17 takes flight in Tri-Cities * WCYB | That's why the Commemorative Air Force has brought the old bird to our region. "The theme of the Commemorative Air Force is "keep them flying." In other words keep the heritage, keep the history going and show people what these airplanes did during...

Yankee Air Museum to host Behind the Scenes tour Sept. 27 * Heritage Newspapers | Yankee Air Museum to host Behind the Scenes tour Sept. 27. Published: Monday, September 15, 2014. The Yankee Air Museum is hosting a Behind The Scenes day Sept. 27. The free event will give 120 people the chance to tour the museum, workshops and...

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Indy Transponder 15-SEP-2014 1130z

Hinton captures Reno Air Races gold * Reno Gazette Journal | If Steven Hinton Jr., hasn't already made the transition from air racing ... Hinton won his first four championships in Strega before moving to...

National Aviation Heritage Invitational Announces 2014 Awards to Restored Aircraft | News release facebook.com/pages/National-Aviation-Heritage-Invitational/139529076480announcing the winners. Visit the NAHI FB page if you'd like to see some photos of the beautifully restored aircraft.

Fallon pilot wins T-6 Gold at Reno Air Races * KTVN | Fallon's Dennis Buehn started with the lead and never relinquished it in winning his second consecutive T-6 Class championship at the Reno National Championship Air Races on Sunday. It was Buehn's second consecutive T-6 title and his fifth overall...

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Sport plane catches fire at Reno Air Races * RGJ.com | A plane began smoking as it raced through the air at the Reno-Stead Airport during the Reno Air Races on Sunday afternoon....

PHOTOS: Blue Angels fly over Baltimore, crowds pack the Inner Harbor for Star-Spangled http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/slideshow/2014/09/14/photos-blue-angels-fly-over-baltimore-crowds-pack.htmlSpectacular * Baltimore Business Journal  | The Blue Angels perform over a sea of boats at Fort McHenry on Sunday as part of the Star-Spangled Spectacular celebration.

'Home Town Hero' takes flight with Thunderbirds - Altus Times | While everyone from the ground watches the US Air Force Thunderbird Team perform dangerous maneuvers this weekend at the Altus AFB Open House, Altus Police Officer, Sergeant Brad Edmonds, got to cruise the Oklahoma sky aboard an F-16 Fighting Falcon on Friday, Sept. 12, as the Altus “Hometown Hero.”...

Ocean City's airshow big treat for beachgoers - Press of Atlantic City | OCEAN CITY — On a spectacular Sunday afternoon for an airplane ride — although most of those rides were upside down at one point — eight high-flying acts took to the cloud-dotted blue sky above the Atlantic Ocean to entertain the thousands of spectators who lined the Boardwalk railing for the city’s fifth annual Aerobatic Airshow.

Video: Watch as plane crashes into Pacific Ocean during air show * JOE | The incident occurred yesterday during an air show near Puerto San Jose, Guatemala, and it shows a Stearman Model-75 biplane crashing into the water in front of hundreds of spectators. According to initial reports, the pilot in question managed to survive the incident and only sustained some minor scratches and bruising....

Air Force museum in Ohio hosting WWI air show - WFMJ | DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Snoopy would probably love this. Others who also imagine what it was like to be a World War I flying ace can get a glimpse of a 100-year-old past at the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous set for Sept. 27-28 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton...

High hopes for Pacific Coast Air Museum - Santa Rosa Press Democrat | Twenty-five years have soared past since a clutch of pilots and others fascinated by the contrivances of human flight created an aircraft museum at the Sonoma County Airport. Today, their baby has grown tremendously and spread its wings...

Operation Overlord Escort · Vintage Wings of Canada | ...Shortly after takeoff, Potter slides in on the starboard wing of the Dakota. The CWHM DC-3 Dakota is painted in the markings of No. 435 and 436 Squadrons of the RCAF. The two squadrons were sent to Burma during the Second World War, operating under the nickname of “Canucks Unlimited”. The Dak carries the dark blue/light blue roundels of the South East Asian Command. The official roundel of the SEAC was the elegant dark blue/light blue roundel, which was...

Avro Vulcan 1952 onwards (all marks) * Travel for Aircraft | Avro’s Vulcan strategic bomber came just over a decade after its Lancaster but is a revolutionary step forward in flight. Largely unknown on U.S. shores the Vulcan did its significant Cold War duties in the Western as well as Eastern hemispheres effectively and with elán. Although designed after World War II the Vulcan followed...
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Indy Transponder 14-SEP-2014 1700z

National Championship Air Races Coverage * LiveAirShowTV | Photo finish between Strega and Voodoo, followed by some
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drama yesterday... something about "the rules".  If you missed it yesterday, don't miss the last day of action today.  Live Coverage from our friends at LiveAirShowTV!

BREAKING NEWS... * LiveAirShowTV | After two engine runs late last night it was decided Strega will not fly in today's Breitling Unlimited Gold championship race.

Aberle going for 11th Reno Air Races gold
Reno Gazette Journal | Aberle going for 11th Reno Air Races gold. Few pilots have dominated their class at the Reno National Championship Air Races as Tom Aberle has dominated in the Biplane Class. Loading… Post to Facebook. Aberle going for 11th Reno Air Races gold Few...

Reno 2014: Saturday 9-13-14 - Precious Metal Advances To The Sunday Gold Race! * AirPigz | Saturday morning was a relatively easy day for the Precious Metal crew as the airplane was pretty well dialed in for the Silver race later in the day. However, even a dialed in airplane still gets a lot of detailed attention in preperation for a race, but at least there's wasn't a frantic push to solve large problems. The race today was just after noon and PM had no trouble winning over a collection of Sea Fury's, P-51's, a Corsair and a Tigercat. PM posted a winning speed of...

Reno Air Races Coverage * KTVN News | Video

Drone Zone, new event at Reno Air Races this year * KRNV My News 4 | Thousands of people enjoyed day three of the National Championship Air Races Friday. And this year, a new event is becoming a popular attraction. The Drone Zone is a small unmanned aerial system challenge,...

Escape from the Nazis that ended in coastal crash * EDP24 | ...The remarkable story of the Austrian http://www.edp24.co.uk/home/escape_from_the_nazis_that_ended_in_coastal_crash_1_3769549fugitive’s great ‘escape’ is grippingly retold in a compelling new book detailing some of the conflict’s more astonishing flights that ended in often ignominious and invariably unheralded enemy landings in the United Kingdom...

Airplane to be moved to park next weekend: Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport (KBWG), Kentucky · The Kathryn Report | Bowling Green and Warren County streets will become a runway of sorts Sept. 21 as a recently restored airplane is moved to Aviation Heritage Park.A restored NASA T-38 Talon will be moved from the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, where the restoration was completed and where the airplane was displayed as part of the Aviation Heritage Park annual Hangar Party fundraiser in...

Happy birthday to the Beluga * Bayou Renaissance Man  | Twenty years ago, in September 1994, the Airbus Beluga first took to the air. A highly modified version of the Airbus A300-600, it was designed to take the place of the Super Guppy transports (based on Boeing 377 Stratocruisers that first flew in 1947) initially used by Airbus to ferry aircraft components and sections between plants in Germany, France, Spain, and later England...

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