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2014-04-18T13:59:00.000+01:00

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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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This weekend - Thank you Fenccheck
» Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 2014
» Plane Crazy Sat / Mojave Fly-in 2014
» Wings Wheels and Rotors 2014

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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US approves F-35 flights to UK for two air shows in July: officials - KFGO | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2014/apr/16/us-approves-f-35-flights-to-uk-for-two-air-shows-in-july-sources/Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, senior defense officials said Wednesday. The new warplane will make its international debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo, or RIAT, an annual military air show help outside London in July, followed by appearances at the Farborough air show, held every other year, according to the officials, who were not authorized to speak publicly....

Video: Amazing aerobatics at Red Bull Air Race * ArabianBusiness.com | Austrian pilot Hannes Arch has claimed his first win of the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship as he flew to victory in Rovinj, Croatia. The Rovinj race was the second of the season, following the opener in Abu Dhabi. Arch currently leads the...

Shallow Water Evacuation Training (SWET) * Michael Goulian | Being part of the Red Bull Air Race (RBAR) is special in many ways. One of the things I enjoy is their professional approach to everything they do. Last week in Croatia all of the pilots endured a day of Shallow Water Evacuation Training (SWET). This training was...

PJs rapidly respond during Open House * Air Combat Command - Top ACC Stories | 4/15/2014 - DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Six pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron were first responders at a scene during D-M's Thunder and Lightning over Arizona event on April 12. During the event, an individual suddenly had a heart attack and fell over. The episode happened directly in front of the 48th RQS display, which expedited life saving procedures...

'Wings, Wheels and Wines' returns to the Mudgee sky - Mudgeee Guardian | The Mudgee Aero Club have lined up an amazing array of pilots, aircraft and aerial acrobats for the bi-annual event that gets higher, faster, louder and tastier each year...

Warbirds set for takeoff - The Southland Times |  The gas tanks are being filled, the tarmac checked and the pilot uniforms ironed for the show of the year. The sounds of jets can already be heard in the sky above Wanaka as the final preparations come together for the 14th biennial Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow...

Wings of Freedom Tour to Stop at Ramona Airport * Ramona Journal | The B-17, B-24, B-25 and P-51 flying in formation. Photo Courtesy of The Collings Foundation. Ramona Journal. •. Aviation enthusiasts and war history buffs will enjoy an exciting display at Ramona Airport when the Wings of Freedom Tour flies into town,...

Big birds flock to Alvin fly-in - Chron.com | After attracting 35 pilots and more than 100 spectators to its Big Bird Fly In last year, the Alvin Radio Control Model Airplane Association is hoping to soar to even greater heights for 2014...

Balloons to fly in Maiden Voyage Launch - KRQE | The first Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum Foundation’s Maiden Voyage Launch takes place Wednesday. The museum’s hot air balloon will launch right after an 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. This is all part of...

TR Update / Beyond Powder / Giveway – Episode 537 * Warbird Radio LIVE! | Tune in for a full update on the B-17 Texas Raiders.  Find out how there 1/2 month tour to Sun-N-Fun and more went!  We’ll also speak with a WWII Blimp crewmember who flew along the east coast on coastal patrols.  This particular veteran went on to serve on Privateers and said “today” is the day he flies on a B-17...

Historic Flight Foundation commemorates Doolittle Raid * General Aviation News | The Historic Flight Foundation is hosting a commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Doolittle Raid April 19. Surviving Doolittle Raider Lt. Col. Edward J. Saylor and Jimmy Doolittle’s granddaughter, Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, will be present for the day’s events at Paine Field (PAE) in Washington state...

WWII B-17 crew member returns to crash site - DVIDS | SILLY, Belgium - “You’re not getting any flak; you’re not getting any fighters. You’re just hurrying back home, that’s all it amounts too,” Troy Hollar said while at Chièvres Air Base, the very base whose flak batteries brought down his B-17 on April 13, 1944...

The Heart Of The North – Flying an F-105 Into North Vietnam * The Lexicans

Meet the pilots behind the sun-powered plane that can 'fly forever' - CNN | Their CVs combined look like the envy of all bona fide air adventurers. Pioneering ultralight aircraft? Been there. Setting world http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/15/tech/a-plane-that-flies-forever-solar-impulse/records by circling the globe nonstop in a balloon? Done that. Commanding the first ever 24-hour flight on a plane powered just by the sun? Yep, you've guessed it. And now, following 12 years of complex designs and intense training, aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are set to conquer new heights, taking up the challenge of the first solar flight around the globe....

Bangin’ nighttime KC-135 cockpit shot! * You like airplanes, too?

Battle of Britain at Duxford * Apron 6

Learn about Reconnaissance Satellite at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force * National Museum of the USAF Top Stories | Visitors can learn about spy satellites during the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Wings & Things Guest Lecture Series with a special presentation focusing on orbital reconnaissance, and in particular, the development and design of the Hexagon KH-9 satellite for the CIA....

Day at the Museum - Strathroy Age Dispatch | 1st Strathroy Cubs, Scouts, and leaders, along with 1st http://www.strathroyagedispatch.com/2014/04/15/day-at-the-museumMt. Brydges Cubs, filled a Langs bus on March 29 and travelled to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, located next to Hamilton Airport. They participated in a “Night Ops” program, conducted by current and retired RCAF members and volunteer supporters of the museum...

2014 EAA Young Eagles Mustang Raffle Opens from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh | April 15, 2014 - Help support EAA's Young Eagles program and other youth aviation education initiatives by entering the annual EAA Young Eagles Raffle for a grand prize 2014 Ford Mustang GT convertible! Tickets are now available for purchase at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Only a maximum of 1,500 tickets will be sold for $100 each, and tickets must be purchased in person at the museum or during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, July 28-August 3...

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Rovinj Red Bull Air Race Attracts 80,000 * Croatia Week | ...“This event is of exceptional importance not only for Istria but also for the whole of Croatia. This is one of the best examples how to create motives for attracting tourists to come in Croatia before and after the peak season,” said Lorencin, adding that more premium international events to be hosted in Croatia would be announced soon. Austrian pilot Hannes Arch was the winner of the event which ended on Sunday, and he is not the only pilot hoping that the event organisers return to Croatia again....

Pilot aims to reach for the sky at Sunderland Airshow - The Northern Echo |  AEROBATIC flyer http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11150180.Pilot_aims_to_reach_for_the_sky_at_Sunderland_Airshow/Gerald Cooper is looking forward to entertaining crowds at this summers’s Sunderland International Airshow. The leading pilot is returning to the popular free seafront on the weekend of July 25. ...

Wing walkers and aerobatic pilots added to Sunderland Airshow programme - Sunderland Echo | WORLD-CLASS aerobatic pilots have been added to the list of stars taking to the skies at this year’s Sunderland International Airshow. The event now includes two days of flying displays featuring Gerald Cooper – Extreme Air, The Blades, The Breitling Team of Wingwalkers and the Twister Duo...

Up in the Air: Air show tests limits of what can be done with a plane - TriValley Central | Attendees of the April fly-in at the Coolidge Municipal Airport were treated to a special show near the end, with two professional aerobatics pilots taking their planes into the air to perform almost an hour of gravity-defying tricks. One plane, which features a jet engine on the front, is being tested before going on tour at aerobatics shows across the country...

Serial Entrepreneur and Aviator Mike Patey Seeks to Break Three World Speed Records at The Mojave Experimental Fly-In - PR Web | Spanish Fork, UT - Mike Patey, an award-winning aviator and Utah entrepreneur, will fly an experimental aircraft at the Mojave Airport in Southern California to attempt three new world speed records in two days. The competition takes place April 18-19, 2014...

World's Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Headed Northwest This Summer - PR Web | Addison, Texas (PRWEB) -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...

Red Arrows in rare flight above 'Mach Loop' in Wales - WalesOnline | Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows are world famous for their breathtaking displays. So when Powys photographer Dave Savage got a rare chance to capture the elite pilots in flight above Mid Wales, he jumped at the chance...

Check out what the CAF did with FIFI * ICAS | We asked you to share your pics of FIFI, and...

TICO 2014 with Tony McFarr * Photorecon.net | ...His name is Tony McFarr, he’s a retired USAF NCO who served as a PJ in Vietnam.  For those not familiar with his profession, when you eject from your airplane and need rescued, the man who comes down the hoist from the helicopter is a PJ.   The pararescue man is a jack of all trades and master of them all.  He can swim like a Navy Seal, he can administer first aid like an emergency room technician, he can cut you out of the airplane, and he can fight like Rambo.  Needless to say once he’s on the ground, you are pretty well rescued...

As a former SR-71 pilot... · SIERRA HOTEL AERONAUTICS | As a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker, the question I'm most often asked is "How fast would that SR-71 fly?" I can be assured of hearing that question several times at any event I attend. It's an interesting question, given the aircraft's proclivity for speed, but there really isn't one number to give, as the jet would always give you a little more speed if you wanted it to...

Vulcan bomber crew to give fundraising talk to keep jet flying - Bournemouth Echo | TWO former crew members of a Bournemouth Air Festival favourite are heading to the town for a fundraising talk...

WW II Bomber honored the First City - SitNews | Ketchikan, Alaska - Nearly seventy years ago, the City of Ketchikan was taking the war to the Japanese in the Pacific. It wasn’t the city itself that was fighting, it was a a B-29 bomber named the City of Ketchikan. The bomber was named after the First City because of a connection its commander, Richard “Dick” Brinck, had with the first city...

The Caproni CA.3 Has Flown * Warbirds News | The Caproni Ca.3R has FLOWN! Although http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/caproni-ca-3-flown.htmltechnically speaking, it just made a short hop to test the response of the flight controls and engine behavior, this is a major milestone on the road to the real flight tests, which will surely take place soon....

Lockheed Super Constellation walkaround — elegance in red stripes (Part II) by travelforaircraft | The previous post, on Monday, introduced this beautiful Trans-Canadian Air Lines Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation at the Museum of Flight — and Friday's post will have several more images. Please, enjoy :)

Restoration update: Work progresses on Stearman PT-13D Kaydet * National Museum of the USAF Top Stories | The Restoration Division at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is currently restoring a Stearman PT-13D Kaydet aircraft, a standard primary trainer flown by the U.S. and several Allied nations during the late 1930s and Second World War. Plans call for this PT-13D to be part of an expanded Tuskegee Airman exhibit in the World War II Gallery to represent flight training during the war...

Yankee Air Museum Welcomes Spirit of '45 Express - WEMU | With less than a month to go in its fundraising effort to buy part of the former Willow Run bomber plant, the Yankee Air Museum today welcomes the Spirit of '45 Express to Hangar 1 at Willow Run airport...

Wright factory fundraising study launches  * General Aviation News | DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) has launched a feasibility study for a capital fundraising campaign for the Wright brothers’ factory site. NAHA’s board of trustees voted to hire Pruehs & Associates of Chicago to conduct the study, which represents NAHA’s first step in the campaign. The study is expected to take approximately three months...

I Was There: When the DC-8 Went Supersonic * Air & Space Magazine | On August 21, 1961, pilot William Magruder, copilot Paul Patten, flight engineer Joseph Tomich, and flight test engineer Richard H. Edwards took Douglas DC-8-43 no. N9604Z for a test flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The aircraft exceeded Mach 1—the only intentional supersonic flight by an airliner other than the Concorde and the Tu-144. Bill Wasserzieher interviewed Richard Edwards in May 2007...

Rally held to save home of aviator Gustave Whitehead on Alvin Street - News 12 Connecticut | FAIRFIELD - Supporters rallied in Fairfield today to save aviator Gustave Whitehead’s home from being torn down. A house on Alvin Street was once the home of Whitehead, recognized by one of the most influential aviation publications as the first to make a man-powered flight, two years before the Wright Brothers...

Able Flight Awards Nine New Scholarships* Aero-News Network | Six Award Recipients To Begin Flight Training At Purdue University On May 20th | It's a record setting year for Able Flight with nine new scholarships awarded to date. Six of the recipients will soon begin their training at Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology, one has completed a career training course, and two others are upgrading their pilot certificates...

Dream Chaser Spacecraft May Land At Houston Space Port * Aero-News Network | In a joint news conference at the Rice University Space Institute, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and the Houston Airport System (HAS) announced plans to explore potential applications and multiple economic development opportunities presented by the combination of a Houston-based space port and SNC's Dream Chaser spacecraft...
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News Briefs: Blue Angels return to Spirit of St. Louis Airport May 3-4 * Newsmagazine Network | ...This year, the air show will see the wheels of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornets touching down once more onto Spirit’s tarmac. Additionally, the Sky Soldiers – the show’s only helicopters – and pilots Skip Stewart and Patty Wagstaff  will take to the skies during the event, alongside other flight demonstrations....

Thunder over Louisville: The Blue Angels Soar Over Louisville Waterfront * The Aero Experience | The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight demonstration Squadron continued to roar through the spring schedule with a performance last weekend at Thunder Over Louisville.  The airshow box over the Ohio River is unique in that it crosses the river at an angle, not just Contained parallel to the river banks.  This unique  arrangement allows for...

Scorpion Eyed For RIAT, Farnborough Debut - Aviation Week | Textron is hoping to send its http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_04_14_2014_p0-678674.xmlScorpion prototype light attack, reconnaissance aircraft to an international coming-out at the U.K.’s Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough Air Show in July. RIAT is set for July 11-13. Farnborough is the following week....

GALLERY: Sabre fighter set to soar By BREE FULLER | ...Media were treated to a chest-rumbling fly-by on Tuesday as the Vietnam War-era fighter jet arrived at the Illawarra Regional Airport ahead of the event. ‘‘It’s beautiful to fly, you just sit there and you hardly touch it, it’s very effortless,’’ explained Mr Trappett, a former RAAF and Qantas international pilot....

For first time, Lake Guntersville's antique boat show will feature seaplane fly-in - The Huntsville Times - al.com | GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – The Antique and Classic Boat Show and Seaplane Fly-In will be Saturday, May 17 at Lake Guntersville. The free boat show, hosted by the Yacht Club and Dixieland Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to seeing restored antique boats in the water, attendees can see unique air and sea craft up close, said Tommy Gray, past commodore of the Yacht Club....

Happy Birthday To The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress * Warbirds News | ...Sixty-two years ago today, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress took flight for the first time.  The B-52 began life as a proposed replacement for Strategic Air Command’s B-36s and B-50s.  Originally designed to be powered by turboprops, Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet engines were selected as the powerplant of choice.  At the roll-out ceremony, Air Force Chief of Staff General Nathan Twining said: “The long rifle was...

Video: WWII B-17 veterans take special flight in Oshkosh - Fox11online.com | OSHKOSH – For http://fox11online.com/2014/04/14/wwii-b-17-veterans-take-special-flight-in-oshkosh/some area World War II veterans, Monday meant a flight back in time. It was a journey they had made before, but this journey above Oshkosh was different. Just like he did as a pilot some 70 years ago, Robert Abresch climbed up the ladder of a B-17 bomber....

The raid that stopped Japan: Doolittle’s Co-Pilot’s Experience of the Doolittle Raid - DVIDS | FORT HOOD, Texas – ‘Battle stations’, ‘battle stations’, reverberated off the bulkheads and through portholes of the ship. A young 2nd lieutenant jumped out of his bunk and ran down a corridor toward the upper deck alongside other aviators, bombardiers and navigators. They all believed this was another drill. Then, as they reached the upper deck they heard the concussion of a destroyer’s 5-inch guns as it fired into the distance....

$54,000 helps ensure liftoff of 9th Honor Flight; Korean War vets will go next - Billings Gazette | With donations totaling more than $54,000, the ninth and final tour of Big Sky Honor Flight will take off in May, bound for the nation’s capital. The infusion of cash Monday put Big Sky Honor Flight over the $155,000 it needs to send the last group of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., at no cost to them, to see the National World War II Memorial....

Photos: Volunteers honored for service at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force * National Museum of the USAF Top Stories | The National Museum of the United States Air Force Volunteer Program celebrated its 32nd anniversary by honoring more than 500 volunteers during a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on April 11. The event is held during Volunteer Appreciation Week...

Fleet Air Museum to host aircraft piloting seminar at Society of Friends evening - Western Gazette | An aircraft pilot will be giving a talk on pilot training at the Fleet Arm Air Museum at Yeovilton this month. Captain Phil Nelson will make his presentation as part of the Society of Friends’ monthly talks series in the museum’s AgustaWestland Conference room on Thursday, April 24....

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B-25 Sandbar Mitchell – April Restoration Update · Warbirds News | The Sandbar Mitchell project made major progress in March.  They have completely stripped down the center section left side to just its front and rear spars. They have de-rivetted the webbing from the rear spar and cleaned the spar caps. They then clecoed the inboard webbing  back into place, but need to replace the outboard webbing due to corrosion issues....

Collings Foundation TF-51D Mustang – Restoration Status · Warbirds News | The Collings Foundation has a formidable collection of airworthy warbirds, almost all of which actively participate at air shows, or tour the length and breadth of the country. They also have several rare birds currently under restoration, including a Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat, FM-2 Wildcat and Focke-Wulf Fw-190F-8. However, lost amongst the more exotic types under the knife, is a North American P-51D Mustang....

Connecticut house built by aviator Gustave Whitehead could be demolished - New Haven Register | FAIRFIELD, Conn. >> A Connecticut house built by an aviator credited by the legislature for being the first to fly could fall under the wrecking ball. Tom Conley, Fairfield’s chief building official, told Hearst Connecticut Media that a Stratford developer was issued a demolition permit for the bungalow-style house built by Gustave Whitehead...

Blackbird * Apron 6 | One of my all time favourite planes...

Review: 'Air & Space Trivia' book asks whether you know the right stuff about aviation * Star Tribune | ...Only those with out-of-this-world interests could possibly score well in answering the questions posed in "The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia." And such buffs would probably chafe at the suggestion that this informative little book, edited by Amy Pastan, is filled with unimportant details....

Missouri governor declares April General Aviation Appreciation Month * General Aviation News | Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon has declared April “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Missouri, general aviation accounts for $857 million in annual economic activity, and supports more than 7,000 jobs statewide...

Hemlock, Saginaw students to see Tuskegee Airmen traveling exhibit - The Ann Arbor News | SAGINAW COUNTY, MI — Students in Hemlock and Saginaw will learn about the determination of World War II pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen thanks to a traveling exhibit. The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron is visiting students of Hemlock Public Schools and Saginaw School District in late April and early May...

Russians Look To Colonize The Moon * Aero-News Network | Says It Will Have A Permanent Base 'Up And Running' By 2040 | As Russia was celebrating the anniversary of the first spaceflight of Yuri Gagarin on Saturday, Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin made a bold statement: "We are coming to the moon forever."...
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Arch wins Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj by 0.08s - Red Bull (International) | Awesome video highlights and our top-five closest-ever finishes to mark Hannes Arch’s Croatia win. Hannes Arch really turned the tables on Paul Bonhomme at the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia, at the weekend. Having edged Arch by a then-closest margin of 0.337s at Abu Dhabi Corniche in round one of this year's championship just over a month ago, the Englishman had to settle for second in round two in Croatia as his Austrian rival shattered the record again on Sunday to...

It all started at an air show. Great story! * International Council of Air Shows | On January 29, 2013 while keeping any eye on his two little kids ... Thunderbird 6 (2012), Capt. Blaine Jones tells his unique story about when and why he...

Thunder Over Louisville crowd falls short of record, but officials pleased - Louisville Business First | Thunder Over Louisville officials said attendance Saturday was around 650,000 to 700,000. With a stellar weather forecast, Thunder Over Louisville’s 25th anniversary show was expected to be a big draw. It was, though a hoped-for record crowd did not materialize....

Photos: Thunder Over Louisville: Fat Albert Makes Waves over the Riverfront *The Aero Experience | Thunder Over Louisville featured the sixth appearance of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron of 2014.  Following an absence of military participation in airshows for much of 2013, airshow fans got a full dose of naval airpower in Louisville last weekend.  A popular part of the Blue Angels performance is the appearance of the U.S. Marine Corps C-130T Hercules support aircraft, known as "Fat Albert."...

Escapes: Car show by the bay * Sacramento Bee | ... Highlights include one-of-a-kind vintage police cars, antique wooden boats and historic military aircraft, such as the P-38 Lightning, B-25 Bomber and F-4 Corsair. There will also be activities for the kids: a zip line, bungee jumping, mechanical bull ride, climbing wall and face painting are among them. Plus, live music all day, food and a special, one-time microbrew, Motorhead Ale, from Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. The show takes place April 27 from...

National Aviation Heritage Invitational celebrates Sweet 16 * General Aviation News | RENO, Nevada — The 16th annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational kicked off today with a call for applications for vintage aircraft to compete for the acclaimed National Aviation Heritage trophy. The http://www.heritagetrophy.org/sp_photo_gallery.phpevent is held in conjunction with the Reno National Championship Air Races. Sept 10-14. Those interested can submit applications to HeritageTrophy.org Since 1999 a panel of judges reviews participating aircraft against...

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Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Arrived At New Home in Fort Worth - PR Web | The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, the only flying B-29 in the world, returned from her Florida tour on Monday to join the B-24, Diamond Lil, at their temporary new home in Fort Worth, Texas. The airplane arrived at the Vintage Flying Museum (VFM) at 7:30 p.m. accompanied by the famous C-45 Expeditor, Bucket of Bolts, also making Meacham International Airport its new home. The airplanes will remain there for at least a couple of years until the new CAF National Air Base location is determined and hangar space to accommodate the airplanes becomes available...

Meet Classic Racers 33 - The Dream Catchers | Pilot: Michelle Bassanesi is flying her second Air Race Classic! She is an instrument rated commercial pilot with single- and multi- engine, instrument flight instructor, advanced ground instructor and tail wheel credentials. She has 1360 hours in the air and is racing for the experience and the camaraderie...

Racing at 100ft to find who's the Easter egg * Taranaki Daily News | It'll be Boys' Own stuff when two New Plymouth jet pilots take on three Americans at high speeds and low altitude at War Birds over Wanaka this week....

Big, bad bomber: Memories, B-25 soar over Green Valley - Green Valley News | On April 10, 1944, Richard Bushong flew his 25th mission of World War II, bombing an airfield at Maldegem, Belgium, in a B-17. Seventy years later to the day, Bushong was on another mission, this time soaring over Green Valley in a North American B-25J "Mitchell" Bomber, looking down at the community he calls home...

Pioneering aviator was one of the firstmagnificent men in flying machines - Western Daily Press | The incredible bravery of a daredevil First World War pilot who coined the word "joystick" because of his ground-breaking aerial exploits has been revealed in his recently-discovered diaries. Major Robert Loraine was one of Britain's first celebrated air aces for notching up a string of flying firsts in the early days of aviation...

Flying Scotsman gets set to race his plane at 250mph.. 35 feet in the air - Scottish Daily Record | DAREDEVIL oil worker Des Hart is all geared up to take Formula One off the ground and into the sky as he prepares for the Air Race F1 in Spain, the first of its kind in Europe for more than 25 years. MEET the Lewis Hamilton of the skies – the oil worker about to take Formula One off the ground and into the clouds....

Target Rabaul by travelforaircraft | This is Bruce Gamble's final book in the Rabaul battle trilogy and shows well his 15 years of research as well as his deep understanding of its complex history. Without Gamble's work it is entirely possible this significant and incredibly long battle would be largely forgotten to most....

Park Service to retain control of Pearson Air Museum - The Columbian | The National Park Service will continue operating the Pearson Air Museum — as it has since terminating an operating agreement with the Fort Vancouver National Trust in February 2013 — after the trust decided it wasn’t financially viable to resume museum operations. The initial split stemmed from a difference of opinion on a number of issues, including what activities and exhibits should be allowed at the museum...

Solar Impulse 2 spreads its wings for the public - Gizmag | What has a wider wingspan than a 747, http://www.gizmag.com/solar-impulse-2-public-unveiling/31595/weighs the same as a car, and can fly almost forever without a drop of fuel? If you were in Payerne, Switzerland on Wednesday, you would have seen the answer as psychiatrist and explorer Bertrand Piccard and engineer and entrepreneur André Borschberg unveiled the Solar Impulse 2. The result of 12 years work, the ultra-light, solar-powered airplane will attempt to fly around the world next year relying exclusively on solar power to keep it aloft for days at a time...

My Time: Civil Air Patrol honors pilot's 90th birthday - CapitalGazette.com | Members of the Annapolis Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol joined Col. Mary Feik to celebrate her 90th birthday in her hometown of Annapolis. Feik, who has been deeply involved with the Civil Air Patrol for over 30 years, was joined by more than 50 of her friends in this informal gathering...

Changing perceptions, growing numbers - AOPA Pilot | More than 26,000 attended Fly It Forward events held in 96 locations—including AOPA headquarters at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md.—and pilots logged more than 1,000 hours in an ongoing effort to change perceptions that aviation is only for men. About 6 percent of all pilots are women, a number that has been stubbornly static for decades, though the efforts of Goyer and the many pilots (men and women) who fly it forward may change that...

Purdue Univ. hosts astronaut reunion * WISH TV | Purdue University held a reunion Saturday night for some astronauts who are also former Boilermakers. Seven former and current astronauts came together to talk to the public at Elliott Hall of Music. Purdue President Mitch Daniels as well as Purdue students asked the astronauts questions...
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