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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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2014-04-23T19:15:00.000+01:00

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Mix and mingle with the Blue Angels, other top aerial performers at the Vero Beach Air Show - http://veroairshow.com/WPTV | Have you ever wanted to see the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels in action? Now you can, and you'll even get to meet the pilots with this exclusive prize package.  The Vero Beach Air Show brings some of the world's top aerial performers to the Vero Beach Municipal Airport in May. One grand prize winner will receive two tickets to the Sponsor/Performer Party on Friday May 9...

Watch: What it looks like when weightlessness kicks in during Blue Angels flight demonstration - Canada.com | The US Navy Flight Demonstration Team, better known as the Blue Angels, travels with a C-130T Hercules nicknamed FAT ALBERT. Known throughout the world for their amazing flying feats, here is a look inside the aircraft during the team’s air show demonstration...

Video: Local Fliers in the Air Show - KTBS | BOSSIER CITY, La -If you are heading out to the Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air Show you will be sure to catch a few local fliers in action. We met with two local aerobatic performers with very different styles. One is taking to the skies in a plane from 1972 and is doing a retro style air show. The other is in a new plane that can do some of the most jaw dropping stunts...

Trojan Phlyers to Fly at Air Power Expo – NAS Fort Worth JRB April 26/27th · Warbirds News | Based south of Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas, the Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team is gearing up for their exciting performance in the first air show NAS JRB Fort Worth has had in several years. The Trojan Phlyers are always a huge hit with the crowd at the air shows they perform in, and look forwards to flying at the Joint Reserve Base on April 26th and 27th....

Air Show Helps Bethpage Brand Soar - Credit Union Times | Since 2003, Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s sponsorship of the Bethpage Air Show has gone far in spreading the cooperative’s brand throughout the Long Island community. The $5.4 billion Bethpage FCU in Bethpage, N.Y., and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, recently announced the lineup for the show, which will take place at Jones Beach May 24-25...

AirFest to Feature New Veterans Program - WIFR | ROCKFORD (WIFR) – With the return of AirFest this year, a program paying tribute to veterans is also taking off. The Honoring Heroes program will recognize those who exclusively served in the Vietnam War. It’s now taking nominations for who in the Stateline are will be dedicated at this year’s event. Families will also get free tickets, a shuttle to the heroes chalet, and a meet and greet with the performers... Selected nominees will be recognized during AirFest on June 7 and 8 at RFD.

US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier to be featured at OC Air Show - The Star Democrat | OCEAN CITY — The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded one of only six coveted AV-8B Harrier Demonstrations in 2014 to the Ocean City Air Show... The seventh annual edition of the event, held June 14 and 15, will be the only air show of the year in the mid-Atlantic region to feature a Harrier Demo. The U.S. Marine Corps is the third branch of the U.S. military to announce support for the OC Air Show. The U.S. Army Silver Wings Parachute Team also will perform and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the event...

Blue Angels Returning To Chicago Air Show - CBS Local | CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights are returning to the annual Chicago Air and Water Show... Chicago officials said Tuesday the Air and Water Show, which will take place August 16 and 17...

United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team, Melissa Pemberton to perform at the Reno Air Races

Airshow Pilot Bails Out After Catastrophic Aircraft Failure * Aero-News Network | Planning Ahead And Staying Safe Saves A Professional Airshow Pilot | Dan Marcotte describes himself on his website as being determined and driven with a sense of vision. His adventures have included racing cars and racing airplanes, and he now owns and operates Dan Marcotte Airshows. His schedule through August includes professional aerobatic performances at 7 airshows, or at least it did until he had to “hit the silk” last week...

The Hadfield Summit * Vintage Wings of Canada | On Monday June 30, 2014, Vintage Wings of http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/465/language/en-US/The-Hadfield-Summit.aspxCanada will host Commander Chris Hadfield, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the RCAF's 90th Anniversary CF-18 Demonstration Hornet fighter jet. This once in a lifetime event is a coming together of some of Canada's most accomplished and inspirational aerospace leaders to celebrate not just this great country, but the men and women who make it that way...

Clacton: Red Arrows set to return to Clacton Air Show - East Anglian Daily Times | The world’s premier aerobatic display team are in high demand this year as it is their 50th anniversary. Mark Platt, Tendring district councillor for tourism and events, said “In their distinctive Hawk jets they perform dynamic displays around the world and it is a great honour to host them in Clacton....

Biggin Hill Airport's Festival of Flight organisers call for vintage car owners to take part at event * This is Local London | Biggin Hill Airport’s Festival of Flight organisers are hoping to see classic cars feature alongside flagship attendees The Red Arrows....

From Mojave Fly-in:  Zach talks about the 5000km closed course flight

Last flying B-29 coming to Paine Field * Herald Net | Fifi is coming home. But just for a visit. The last flying B-29 Superfortress, Fifi, is stopping by the Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field this summer. The bomber was built in 1945 in Boeing's Renton plant...

DDay Weekend * RAF Museum London Events | 6th - 8th June 2014 | A fly-past of an Avro Lancaster is scheduled for Sunday 8th June. Timings are yet to be announced and the fly-past is subject to weather conditions....

The Miraculous Torpedo Squadron * Vintage Wings of Canada | Mori Juzo was a torpedo bomber pilot of the Imperial Japanese Navy and one of the aviators who participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1973, Juzo wrote his autobiography, entitled Kiseki no Raigekitai (The Miraculous Torpedo Squadron). This book has, until now, never been translated into English. But one of Vintage Wings readers, Nicholas (Nick) Voge, an American pilot with Oahu's Makani Kai Air, is also a long time translator and has been working on an English translation of Mori's work...

Fleet Air Museum in Yeovil to host historic meeting of servicemens' ancestors - Western Gazette | The descendants of three British First World War bombing pilots will meet for the first time at the Fleet Air Museum in Yeovil on Monday. On November 21, 1914 Sydney Sippe, John Babington and Edward Briggs flew from Belfort in France on the first ever long-distance bombing raid using planes they had assembled themselves. Their target was the zeppelin factory at Friedrichshafen in Germany...

Air museum receives $2550 grant - Rantoul Press | RANTOUL — Community Foundation of East Central Illinois has awarded a $2,550 grant to Chanute Air Museum to develop educational programs utilizing flight simulation. The grant has allowed the museum to purchase a computer, monitor, flight control yoke and rudder pedals to facilitate aviation education through flight simulation. A series of lesson plans using the new technology and geared toward elementary-age children was developed as a result of consultation with outside museum educators and pilot instructors...

Blackbird Mach 3 Duet - M-21 “Blackbird” + D-12B Tagboard rare pair, 2 of 2 by travelforaircraft | The D-21 was a high performance vehicle, built to live but once at Mach 3 while at extremely high altitude. It's mission solely to...

Danish F-16 jets filmed on the firing range hit their own camera · David Cenciotti | This is not covered by warranty. Royal Danish Air Force personnel love to film their F-16s using air-to-air and air-to-surface armament. A GoPro screenshot of a RDAF pilot firing an AIM-9 Sidewinder produced one of the coolest selfie ever taken from a fighter jet...

Sunseeker Duo Makes Test Flights from December 17 to Earth Day * CAFE Foundation Blog | Eric Raymond announced today that his Sunseeker Duo, the world’s first solar-powered two-seat aircraft, has been making test flights since last December 17, the 111th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight. The Duo was built by Eric and his wife Irena, and is Eric’s third solar-powered airplane....

RC Airplane Flight Across the USA – sUAS News | RC Airplane Flight Across the USA - MyGeekShow | sUAS News has backed Trent so should you! A young man that has shown hard work pays off. His posts on DIY Drones have...

Mentors Needed: Women Soar 2014! * WAI Connect Blog | EAA's Women Soar You Soar is the ideal place for high school girls to find out more about the opportunities available to them in the aviation industry. The unique program introduces 100 girls to 35 women (mentors)—from engineers to fighter pilots—working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields. It's an event filled with career exploration, discovery, inspiration, and fun...
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Video: Watch as the US Navy’s Blue Angels fly unbelievably close to each other | ...The following video comes from D. Hartney, a Blue Angels Maintenance Officer, and it features four Blue Angels flying just inches away from each other...

Trojan Phylers at Air Power Expo · General Aviation News | Based south of Fort Worth, Texas, the Trojan Phlyers Demonstration Team is gearing up for its performance in the first airshow NAS JRB Ft Worth has had in several years. The Trojan Phlyers will perform at the joint reserve base April 26-27....

PDK plans air show for May 17 * reporternewspapers.net | DeKalb-Peachtree Airport has scheduled its annual public open house and display of aerobatic flying for May 17. PDK, in 2014, marks 55 years as a general aviation airport. The former Naval Air Station was turned over to DeKalb County in 1959....

Mojave Experimental Fly-in: Bob MorMore

Fan of the The Canadian Forces Snowbirds?

Coming from America: F-35s to visit UK * The DEW Line | So, it’s official: the F-35 will be making http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2014/04/coming-america-f-35s-visit-uk/its debut international show appearances in the UK this summer. We had been hearing rumours about this for quite a while from industry, but I wasn’t sure that it would actually happen, due to the tough schedule with getting the short take-off and vertical landing “B” up and ready to achieve initial operating capability with the US Marine Corps during 2015....

Pilot Spotlight: Doug Rozendaal, CAF Red Tail Squadron Coordinator * CAF Red Tail Squadron | Some future pilots are inspired by a parent’s love of aviation. Some may visit an airshow and discover their passion by the sights and sounds of aircraft in action. Others simply look up. And so it was for a young Doug Rozendaal, now the CAF Red Tail Squadron coordinator and P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen pilot...

Area 51 revealed in April 26 lectures at Museum of Flight · General Aviation News | SEATTLE — The realities of the Area 51 secret Air Force flight facility at Groom Lake, Nev., will be discussed during a day of lectures and book signings at the Museum of Flight April 26. Presenters include Area 51 authors Peter Merlin and T.D. Barnes...

World War One Film Series Curated by Sir Peter Jackson * RAF Museum London Events | In anticipation of the museums new exhibition ‘The First World War in the Air’ which opens later this year, we will be putting on a short season of First World War films which have been specially selected for the event by Sir Peter Jackson. This one off event will be...

The Fighter Collection’s Fiat CR.42 Falco – Restoration Update · Warbirds News | The Fiat CR42 Falco was one of the most charismatic and capable biplane fighters at the start of World War Two. At a time when most aircraft designers were creating sleek, monoplane fighters, Celestino Rosatelli – who was behind some of Italy’s successful Schneider Trophy racers – was still convinced that the bi-plane fighter could be a champion given the right engine and aerodynamics. Rosatelli’s vision...

Mystery of the underwater time capsule is solved: Perfectly preserved Nazi plane is identified as http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2609365/Perfectly-preserved-Nazi-plane-crashed-way-hell-Eastern-Front-bottom-sea.htmltroop carrier on its way to hell of the Eastern Front * Daily Mail | ...The Luftwaffe plane was found at the bottom of the Black Sea by a team of divers nearly 70 years after it vanished mid-flight. The fate of the aircraft and its nine crew members had remained a mystery since it was reported missing in 1942....

Former Ed Russell Hawker Hurricane Mk XII Arrives in Australia · Warbirds News | Australia has a flyable Hawker Hurricane on its shores for probably the first time since the 1940s. The aircraft, a Canadian-built Hurricane XII, recently arrived in Scone, New South Wales after making the journey from Canada by sea....

The crazy story of the Nigerian Air Force C-130H Hercules’s flight to Cambridge in 2011 * The Aviationist | On Apr. 16, Nigerian Air Force C-130H-30, registration NAF918, conducted a test flight from Cambridge airport. The air test came slightly less than three years after the aircraft had arrived on Aug. 28, 2011, from Lagos, Nigeria, where it had been dumped, out of use, for a period of 7-10 years...

An Enduring Relationship A History of Friendship between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman * RAF Museum London Events | 16th July 2014 - 14th July 2015 | Great Britain and Oman have enjoyed an enduring relationship for over 200 years that stretches back to a Treaty of Friendship in 1798. This broader relationship has been replicated in the close professional co-operation that has developed between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force of Oman. It is a relationship that continues to develop into the 21st Century with the Royal Air Force of Oman’s purchase of the Eurofighter Typhoon from BAE Systems...

Airport open house, Young Eagles day is Saturday * Richmond Register | In addition to an airplane display and barbeque lunch served from noon to 2 p.m., young people between from age 8 to 17 will have the opportunity to view the county from above thanks to the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program.
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2014-04-21T23:04:00.000+01:00

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Jets the showstoppers at Warbirds - Otago Daily Times | The Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow has signalled it is moving firmly into the jet age. While much of the pulling power of past airshows has been their displays of piston-engined veteran aircraft from World War 2, the highlights of Saturday's show at Wanaka Airport revolved around jet engines....

Video: Tanner Yaberg's Record Flight, 4-17-14 * Mojave Experimental Fly-in

Jim Axl Siler's Photo's * Mojave Experimental Fly-in

Air show coming to Kalispell - KPAX-TV | ...Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Vice President Chris Parson says this event will be one of a kind for residents. "It's an airshow where we bring in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds - which is their jet performance team - along with that other professional performers that will do some nice stuff for us."...

Marrakech Air Show To Take Place on April 23-26 - Morocco World News | “The fourth Marrakech Airshow will be hosting once more, African and Mediterranean civil and military delegations as well as senior corporate executives in order to confederate Marrakech Airshow’s exchange platform and consolidate the position of Morocco within the development of the African aerospace industry,” according to the Marrakech AirShow website. ...

Warbirds Over the Beach – May 16th-18th, 2014 * Warbirds News | It’s that time of the year again, http://www.militaryaviationmuseum.org/ww2-airshow.htmland we are just under a month away from one of the great air shows of the season. Warbirds Over the Beach, the Military Aviation Museum‘s annual aerial extravaganza in Pungo, Virginia will take place over the weekend of 16th-18th of May. Jerry Yagen’s museum has regained its momentum, and is moving forwards very positively. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster B.X FM213 is expected to take part again this year, and...

Buzz Aldrin at Sun N Fun 2014 * Photorecon.net | ...So I start looking, there is a gray haired man in a red flight suit, being interviewed on TV, as I circle around I identify him instantly….. as the one and only  BUZZ ALDRIN....

Fighter pilot Brian Shul to speak at 2014 Aviation Summit in Palm Springs · General Aviation News | Former United States Air Force fighter pilot Major Brian Shul will be one of the keynote speakers for this year’s 2014 Aviation Summit, set for Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Palm Springs. Recently inducted into the Air Force’s Legends Hall of Fame, Shul flew more than 200 missions in the Vietnam War. Suffering a near fatal crash, he was able to miraculously resume his flying career. He flew the A-7D, the A-10 and went on to fly the most heralded spy plane, the infamous SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest plane ever built....

deHavilland Mosquito Restoration – Engine Runs in Canada * Warbirds News | Bob Jens’ deHavilland Mosquito B.35 VR796, under long-term rebuild at Victoria Air Maintenance, Ltd. in British Columbia, Canada edged a step closer to flight today. Maintenance staff fueled her tanks for the first time on April 10th in preparation for engine runs, which are set to happen next week. As is common with all airworthy restorations, it usually takes a fair bit of time from first engine runs to first flights, but it...

Five Iconic Mustangs To Celebrate the Life of Ed Bowlin · Warbirds News | Today five P-51 Mustangs will be arriving at Falcon Field in Peachtree City, GA to participate in a missing man to honor the life of Ed Bowlin, who passed away on March 7, 2014.  Yesterday two Mustangs arrived and were hosted by the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing: “Old Crow.” “Gentleman Jim”,  “Ain’t Misbehaving”, “Petie II” and “Swamp Fox”  are due to arrive today.Tomorrow, Saturday between 5-6 p.m., all the Mustangs will be departing Falcon Field to fly to Peach State Airport for the missing man flight....

Happy Birthday To The Grumman A-6 Intruder · WarbirdsNews | By Aviation Enthusiasts LLC | The Grumman A-6 Intruder flew for the first time fifty-four years ago today.  The A-6 was the result of a 1957 Navy request for proposal for an all-weather attack jet to replace the AD Skyraider.  Initially known as the A2F-1, the Intruder was re-designated as the A-6A when the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force aircraft designation systems merged in 1962.  The A-6 was...

Air Museum has Nieuport 11 airplane on display - Sioux City Journal | SIOUX CITY | The Mid http://siouxcityjournal.com/entertainment/briefs/air-museum-has-nieuport-airplane-on-display/article_2dfd245f-8935-5005-9bf8-d78c9e799721.htmlAmerica Museum of Aviation and Transportation is now displaying a replica of a French airplane flown by American volunteers in World War I. The scaled down version of the original French Nieuport 11 was constructed by Bob Heath, of Sioux City, from plans drafted by Graham Lee of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The original prototype received the “Best New Light Aircraft” award at the annual EAA Fly In....

Burt Rutan's Favorite Ride * Air & Space Magazine | When I first saw the Boomerang, Burt Rutan’s twin-engine, asymmetric, five-place, long-range oddity, my reaction, like that of a number of Rutan fans who witnessed the airplane’s debut at the 1996 Oshkosh, Wisconsin AirVenture, was Why? Why is there a small boom to the left of the fuselage? Why is the second engine, in the nose of the boom, five feet behind the engine on the fuselage nose? Why is the right wing almost five feet shorter than the left? Why are the wings swept forward? Why does the horizontal stabilizer, which joins the fins on the twin tails, extend past the right fin, but not past the left?...

Finalists for Name The Blimp contest revealed · General Aviation News | AKRON, Ohio — After receiving nearly 15,000 submissions for its national “Name the Blimp” contest, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has selected 10 finalist names for its newest blimp. The new blimp, which took its first test flight one month ago, is an all-new, state-of-the-art version of the tire company’s world-famous icon. The new airship is larger, faster, and more maneuverable and builds on the company’s legacy as the world’s leading builder and operator of airships, according to Goodyear officials...
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Dan Marcotte Bails Out by Rob Reider | Shortly after noon today, Friday, April 18, Dan Marcotte bailed out of his Ultimate Biplane while practicing an aerobatic routine, television stations WCAX & WPTZ reported....

Support for Captain Greg McWherter * Rob Reider | A couple of days ago Captain Greg McWherter was relieved of his command for allegations against him when he was Boss of the Blue Angels. While I don't know the specifics, the Navy Times article stated: "...a March 24 complaint alleging misconduct and an inappropriate command climate while he led the Blues from November 2008 to November 2010 and again from May 2011 to November 2012."...

Downscale air show set for next weekend at Lonesome Pine Airport - Kingsport Times News | WISE — The rockets red glare will include other colors of the spectrum come the weekend of April 26-27 at Lonesome Pine Airport as locals stage the facility's first Aerospace Days extravaganza featuring diminutive — and some not so diminutive — rockets and remote-controlled aircraft...

Inaugural #GigatownWanaka Jet racing at the Warbirds - Scoop.co.nz | Wanaka: The success of the inaugural #GigatownWanaka Jet racing at the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow will likely see the event return to the next airshow in March 2016, organisers have said. The high-speed racing thrilled crowds of around 50,000 people on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as an invitational US team http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/9961748/Storms-fail-to-dampen-excitement-for-airshow-crowdschallenged three Kiwi pilots around a course marked by giant inflatable pylons...

Video: Storms fail to dampen excitement for airshow crowds * Southland Times | Team Reno consisted of Kiwi expat Jono Kokshoorn and "legends" of the Reno Air Racing Championships Lee Behel and Rick Vandam. New Zealand motorsport legend Greg Murphy was also able to make it a double-win for New Zealand after beating...

CAF Houston Wing Annual Open House and Fly In – Air Show Report · Warbirds News | The Houston Wing of the Commemorative Air Force held their annual Open House and Fly In over the weekend of April 12th/13th, with more than  twenty warbirds and vintage aircraft in attendance....

Thunder Over Louisville: John Klatt MXS * The Aero Experience | Thunder Over Louisville featured world-class aerobatic performers, including John Klatt in his first show of the season in the MXS sponsored by the Air National Guard.  Klatt, a Lt. Colonel in the Minnesota Air National Guard, actively promotes the benefits of military service at events around the country.  He has...

Thunder Over Louisville: Billy Werth from Grayout Aerosports | The Aero Experience coverage of Thunder Over Louisville continues with the Friday practice performance of Billy Werth from Grayout Aerosports in his Eagle 540.  Werth is an accomplished aerobatic performer and regional jet pilot from the Danville, Indiana area, and has performed in Fair St. Louis airshows previously in his Aviat Pitts S-2C with Dan McClung of the Red Eagles Team.  Grayout Aerosports also ...

Iran stages “massive” aerial parade with F-14, F-4, Mig-29 and several other warplanes · David Cenciotti | On Apr. 18 Iran celebrated the National Army Day with a traditional and interesting flypast of most of its active warplanes. Eight formations for an overall 27 aircraft took part in the aerial parade: not really “massive” as some Iranian media wrote, still an interesting opportunity to see the majority of the IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) fighters and bombers in the air...

Last flyable B-29 'superfort' to visit Seattle * KOMO | SEATTLE - Seattle is the birthplace to many historic aircraft, and Boeing has pioneered a number of iconic military planes. The B-29 was Boeing's answer to replacing its ubiquitous workhorse - the B-17 flying fortress...

Video: Flying over Long Beach in a B-17 bomber * Long Beach Press-Telegram | A B-17 lands at Long Beach Airport on Friday afternoon. The Wings of Freedom Tour is back in Long Beach, thanks to The Collings Foundation, a nonprofit that supports "living history" events. This tour showcases two fully restored bomber aircraft: a B ...

Effort to Save Willow Run Bomber Plant Faces May 1 Deadline * WAI Connect Blog | A fundraising effort is underway to save a portion of the Willow Run bomber plant near Yipsilanti, Michigan. The Michigan Aerospace Foundation says they have until May 1, 2014, to raise the necessary funds to purchase a portion of the property and save a section of the historic plant to house the Yankee Air Museum....

Sgt. Jack Freeman remembers Tet Offensive at Bien Hoa Air Force Base in 1969 * War Tales | ...The 19-year-old sergeant would arm anything that flew in and out of Bien Hoa Air Force Base, about 20 miles north of Saigon. He served in the 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron that provided air support to the ground troops...

Yankee air museum to honor Vietnam veterans - Eastern Echo | ...The Yankee Air Museum at 47884 D Street in Belleville Mich., intends to honor America’s fallen service members with a tribute and ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Vietnam War exhibit. This event will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 at 9 a.m...

Last Stearman NOT Last Stearman * NORDO News | A while back I wrote about the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson and their restoration of the last PT Stearman built.  The word on the street was that they were rapidly restoring it and removing some important history that came about due to it being the last one off the assembly line.  More important was the fact that the word on the street actually came from a USAF press release that said just that....

Blackbird Mach 3 Duet - M-21 “Blackbird” + D-12B Tagboard rare pair, 1 of 2 by travelforaircraft | The Museum of Flight has a beautiful pairing of Mach 3+ aircraft created for high value Cold War reconnaissance missions, the Lockheed M-21 as well as D-21 drone — the M-21 (known by Lockheed as "Archangel" and by the USAF as  "Oxcart", now known most often as "Blackbird") was the mothership to the drone which has the codename Tagboard.  The M-21 design is modified from the A-12 (the direct ancestor to the SR-71 ) externally differentiated by a second cockpit, the Launch System Operator's position — making it difficult indeed to determine if one is looking at an M-21 or an SR-71 unless the D-21 is mounted atop the fuselage. The D-21 Tagboard shares in the Blackbird lineage with...

Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16 demo team’s inverted selfie · David Cenciotti | The latest example http://theaviationist.com/2014/04/19/dutch-demo-inverted-selfie/of self-portrait photo most probably taken with a GoPro camera from the cockpit of an F-16 comes from the Royal Netherlands Air Force: a cool series of “selfies” was posted by the Dutch Demo team on their Facebook page...

'Hidden Warbirds' takes readers on hunt for aircraft around Alaska and the world - Alaska Dispatch | Over the years aircraft hunters and museums have come through Alaska in search of pieces and parts to fill holes in aviation collections Outside. Most frequently, they are in search of military aircraft generally lost during the World War II era, when battles raged in the Aleutians and bases across the territory were also used to transfer aircraft to Russia...

Florida governor proclaims April General Aviation Appreciation Month · General Aviation News | Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared April “Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Florida, general aviation supports 54,000 jobs and $6 billion in annual economic activity...

Patty Wagstaff to appear at Build A Plane’s Teachers’ Day · General Aviation News | Three-time national aerobatic champion and International Aerospace Hall of Famer Patty Wagstaff will speak at Build A Plane’s 2014 Teachers’ Day on Tuesday, July 29, at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. The annual event brings teachers together from across the nation to examine ways to use aviation to motivate kids to learn science, math, engineering and technology...

Astronaut Michael Foale to visit region for Durham University talk * ChronicleLive | He left NASA in 2013 after 26 years to work on developing an electric aircraft. Apart from the public lecture, Michael Foale will also being visiting NETPark, the science park at Sedgefield, and talking to schools. To book a place to hear Michael Foale ...

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Video: Record-Breaking Flights Precede Experimental Fly-In - Flying Magazine | Renowned Reno air racer Lee Behel attempted three record-breaking flights in the past week in Mojave, California, flying his sexy single-place GP-5 race airplane. While the results have not yet been officially confirmed, the initial numbers are impressive...

Hangar 24 Announces Lineup for Airfest - Brewbound.com | Redlands, CA – Hangar 24 Charities will bring multi-platinum rock group Everclear to the Redlands Airport to headline their two-day Airfest & 6th Anniversary Celebration. The event is held in celebration of Hangar 24 Craft Brewery’s 6th anniversary, with all proceeds benefiting Hangar 24 Charities.  The two-day festival will be held May 16th and 17th...

The Huntsville Heli Flyers will hold their annual helicopter fun fly next weekend, April 25-27

Great War Flying Museum to Bring Four Replica WWI Planes to Oshkosh from EAA AirVenture http://www.airventure.org/news/2014/140417_great-war-flying-museum.htmlOshkosh | April 17, 2014 - Four outstanding replica aircraft from the Great War Flying Museum, of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, will participate in EAA's World War I aviation centennial activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. The aircraft include the museum's Sopwith 1-1/2 Strutter, Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a, Nieuport 28, and Fokker Dr.I...

Council okays two fly- overs by world famous Snowbirds - Courier Islander | Campbell River residents were to get a treat yesterday when the Snowbirds were to fly at low altitude over the city. North Island MP John Duncan helped facilitate the fly over and city council sent a letter of support to the Snowbirds. A date has not been set for a second fly over, but the Snowbirds are in training in Comox from April 17 to May 8...

Thunder Over Louisville: T-33 Ace Maker * The Aero Experience | Thunder Over Louisville featured several other jet aircraft performers following the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron.  One of those, the Ace Maker T-33 flown by Gregory Colyer, flew graceful barrel rolls and smoke-on approaches that provided a dramatic presentation of the post-war era jet trainer....

72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo - Cumberland Times-News | Friday, April 18, has another special meaning for me besides Good Friday. April 18, 1942, proved to be a pivotal day for American morale, following the deadly air attack and destruction conceived and executed by Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto. Last month, my wife, Carol, and I were on our way to see a most exciting air show, the Tampa Bay AirFest, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at MacDill Air Force Base with 120,000 others seeking the same thrill. On our way to the runways to observe the AeroShell acrobatic team perform in antique military trainers, we encountered the B-25 Panchito traveling trailer display and a crowd around an American hero. As I drew closer, I discovered it was retired Col. Richard E. Cole, who was co-pilot Crew 1 for then Col. James Doolittle in the lead B-25 launched off the carrier USS Hornet in the infamous and daring first carrier launch of bomber planes...

CAF Museum to Receive Funds From Midland College * NewsWest 9 | MIDLAND - Even though the Commemorative Air Force headquarters are moving, Midland College is continuing to give funds to the museum. At Tuesday’s meeting, Midland College Trustees voted to give the museum a little more than $355,000 in state funds...

CAF fight continues - Odessa American | Two days after Midland College trustees voted to distribute funds to the Commemorative Air Force, State Rep. Tom Craddick wrote to the state comptroller to halt funding for next fiscal year. According to the letter, Craddick said the college’s board disbursed $335,325 to the CAF for the 2014 fiscal year, which he said in the letter is wrong and poses legal problems...

English Electric Canberra – Restoration Progress Report · Warbirds News | Geoff Jones reports: Work on Classic Aviation Projects Ltd’s English Electric Canberra B.2 restoration at Air Base, Coventry is proceeding well. The Avro Woodford-built Canberra, RAF serial WK163, has been at Air Atlantique’s base in Coventry since March 23rd, 2000, having previously operated for air show work from Bruntingthorpe, Duxford and RAF Wyton...

Lockheed Super Constellation walkaround — elegance in red stripes (Part III) by travelforaircraft

B-2 Spirit or new Mysterious Stealth Plane? New image of triangular shaped plane emerges * The Aviationist | A new image taken in February seems to show the same mysterious plane photographed over Texas last month. | On Mar. 10, 2014 Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett took the famous photographs of three mysterious planes flying at very high altitude over Amarillo, Texas. The images they took showed what looked like an almost boomerang shaped plane, equipped with two engines (or at least two exhaust nozzles)...

Webinar- Aerobatics - Getting Started · eaavideo.org | Three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff discusses a wide variety of topics including: finding an instructor, aerobatic capable airplanes, various disciplines within aerobatics, challenges, and a variety of aerobatic maneuvers.

Dream Catchers * Flight To Success | Friday's Fabulous Flyers: ARC Team 33 | Michelle Bassanesi is flying her second Air Race Classic! She is both an EASA and FAA (and current) instrument rated commercial pilot with single- and multi- engine, instrument flight instructor, advanced ground instructor. She is also an undergraduate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University two-thirds of the way towards her BS in Aeronautics with minors in Aviation Safety and Management: Expected graduation 2016!..

Air Racers 3D Hits Select IMAX Theatres * EAA News | A new theatrical release of Air Racers 3D from 3D Entertainment Distribution is now showing at select IMAX theaters.

Trailer for new Disney Planes movie premieres · General Aviation News | The new “Thunder” trailer for Disney’s PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE is now available on Disney.com. Check it out here. The movie opens in theaters July 18...

Enrollment in Sporty's Course Surpasses 25,000 Young Eagles * EAA News | This week EAA and Sporty's announced that the more than 25,000 EAA Young Eagles have now enrolled in the online Sporty's Learn to Fly course, which is provided free to Young Eagles to help them pursue aviation interests beyond their first flight.

Monster Machines: NASA's Vomit Comet Trains Astronauts In The Ways Of Weightlessness - Gizmodo Australia | With limited lab space aboard the ISS and skyrocketing launch costs, only the very best extraterrestrial experiments make it into orbit. To put prospective experiments and astronauts alike through their weightless paces over the last six decades, NASA has relied on a gracefully arching series of cargo planes called The Vomit Comet...

Astronauts to make appearances during Space Fest at museum *  National Museum of the USAF Top Stories | Astronauts Gregory Johnson and Douglas Wheelock will speak about their experiences in space during this year's Space Fest at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 16-17....

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Thousands to flock to see Wanaka warbirds * Newstalk ZB | Tens of thousands of people are set to flock to Wanaka this weekend to watch the biennial Warbirds Over Wanaka. 50,000 people are expected to attend the aviation extravaganza over Easter. This will be the 14th running of the show, which begun in 1988...

Make a Wish Participants Get Private Air Show at Davis-Monthan - Arizona Public Media | More than 150,000 people attended the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base open house over the weekend. But before the crowds gathered on Saturday and Sunday, a special group of people were on the tarmac for their own air show. Families participating in the Make a Wish Foundation, wounded warriors and World War II veterans were given a sneak peak of the show, presented by the Air Force demonstration team: the Thunderbirds...

Planes of Fame Air Show - Promotional Video | Show dates May 3 and 4

EAA AirVenture 2014 NOTAM Now Available For Download from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh | April 16, 2014 - The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the 62nd annual fly-in convention July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The NOTAM, which is in effect July 25-August 4, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports...

Bronco Demo Team set to excel at Waddington again * UK Airshow News - Flightline UK | The http://www.airshows.org.uk/news/2014/04/airshow-news-bronco-demo-team-set-to-excel-at-waddington-again/OV-10B Bronco Demo Team is a group of enthusiastic people who aim to demonstrate this unique aircraft type to the public. The North American Aviation Rockwell OV-10 Bronco is a turboprop light attack and observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s for counter insurgency (COIN) combat. One of its primary missions was as a forward air control (FAC) aircraft in the Vietnam War....

Flying with Diabetes fly-in planned · General Aviation News | A Flying With Diabetes weekend is planned for July 26-27 at Council Bluffs Airport (KCBF) in Iowa. The weekend is a fly-in for pilots with diabetes and without. Ideal as a stop-off on the way to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, inspiring talks will be given by pilots with diabetes, including a Beech Baron speed record to the North Pole, and a round-the-world flight....

Brantford earmarks $25000 for air show - Brantford Expositor | The Rotary Club Charity Air Show is getting plenty of support from the city. Councillors voted in favour of providing a hangar at the Brantford Municipal Airport for the air show dinner to be held on Aug. 26 and the air show itself, which is being held Aug. 27. As well, the city will provide event insurance, floral arrangements and the use and delivery of tables and chairs for the dinner...

CAF AirPower Tour Ready To Hit The West Coast · Warbirds News | The Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress returns to California and the Northwest U.S. this summer. It will be FIFI’s first visit in almost 20 years to many locations which include over 15 cities in Arizona, California, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. Highlighting the tour will be FIFI’s return to Boeing Field in Seattle. The B-29 is one of 1,100 produced at the Boeing Renton facility and the only B-29 in the world that still flies....

First woman to fly solo around the world celebrates 50th anniversary - Fairborn Daily Herald | COLUMBUS — Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world, will be honored as fellow aviators, historians, community leaders and friends gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her flight. On April 17, a life-size bronze statue of Mock holding a globe, created by Columbus artist Renate Burgyan Fackler, will be unveiled at Port Columbus International Airport, the departure and landing site for her extraordinary achievement...

1 of 4 remaining Doolitte Raiders to share story in Everett * heraldnet.com | Retired Lt. Col. Ed Saylor, one of only four remaining survivors of the 80 men who flew the first bombing raid on Japan following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, is scheduled to visit Paine Field on Saturday....

The Tale Of The B-17 "Blind Date" Crew - Jalopnik | On June 25th 1944, ten brave young men began http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/the-tale-of-the-b-17-blind-date-crew-1561993381/1563881866/+matthardigreetraining together at Ardmore, Oklahoma. Two months later, they picked up a Boeing B-17-G in Lincoln, Nebraska, with orders to deliver it to Burtonwood Air Depot at Cheshire, England. The pilots...

Happy Birthday To The de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide · Warbirds News |  By Aviation Enthusiasts LLC -Eighty years ago today, the de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide took flight for the first time.  The Dragon Rapide was one of the most successful light commercial transports of the 1930s.  The outbreak of World War II saw Rapide production soar to keep pace with demand for communications and navigation trainers.  After the war...

Will the old helmet work in the Mohawk? * Rob Reider | Many years ago I started a collection of flight helmets. Every once in a while...

Ely Air Lines By Mike Ely and Linda Street-Ely
Swarm Of Bees Causes Plane To Turn Around Mid-Flight - Newsy | Passengers on a plane from Las Vegas to Duluth, Minn., had to turn around mid-flight Monday for a reason you might not expect. "An Allegiant Air jet flew into a swarm of bees. It was so bad passengers say it smelled like the plane was on fire as thousands of bees flew into the engines and actually blocked the windshield."...

Come fly at the Young Eagles Rally at the Garberville airport - Redwood Times | The Garberville Pilots Association will be holding the 2014 Garberville Young Eagles Rally on Saturday, May 17 at the Garberville airport on Sprowel Creek Road. The Willits EAA Chapter 1027 along with the Garberville Pilots Association is proud to announce they will be co-sponsoring this event...
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