Saturday, June 30, 2012

Old warbirds touch down for Canada Day

EDMONTON - A fleet of vintage aircraft touched down at Alberta’s Aviation Museum in Edmonton this weekend for Canada Day celebrations.

The F-86 Sabre, P-51 Mustang and Boeing Stearman were available for guests to admire and ride. All three planes belong to Vintage Wings, a Quebec-based non-profit organization dedicated to educating Canadians about aviation history.

“As Churchill succinctly said, ‘those that fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it,’” said Rob Fleck, president of Vintage Wings.

Each of Vintage Wings’ 18 planes tells a Canadian story.

The F-86 is dedicated to Fern Villeneuve, who was a military jet fighter pilot for 32 years and was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006.

The Stearman and the Mustang were both used in the Second World War.

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Kirtland Air Force Base honors history-making pilot

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The oldest active pilot in the history of the U.S. Air Force is stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base and was honored by his colleagues Friday night. 

Lt. Col. James Routt is credited with training every Air Force pilot currently working special operations and combat search and rescue around the world at some point in their career.

Routt, 64, was also inducted into the British Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators as a "Master Air Pilot." He is only the third U.S. citizen so honored joining astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, and Capt. Sully Sullenberger, who landed an ailing passenger jet in the Hudson River.

Routt was honored by the KAFB colleagues for all of his accomplishments as he approaches his retirement in September.

He retired once before in 1996 but volunteered to return to the Air Force after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since then he has been with the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland where he is chief pilot of the 550th Special Operations Squadron.

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Boca Raton, Florida - Man takes to the sky to help those in need

Name: Daniel Diamond 

Age: 28

Residence: Boca Raton

Family: Parents, one brother and one sister

Career: Aviation business, flight instructor and aircraft mechanic

Cause: Vital Flight, a South Florida-based nonprofit that coordinates air transportation for individuals with compassionate, humanitarian or medical needs. As part of the Air Care Alliance, pilots arrange to transport qualified patients throughout the United States at no charge. It is generally used when commercial air service is not available, is a health risk or is not affordable.

Q: Why do you volunteer?

A: Vital Flight combines my two favorite activities: flying and volunteering. The man next to me in the photo is a legally blind veteran. We flew him to Palm Beach from St. Petersburg to enter a rehabilitation hospital for the blind and learn how to function with his disability. Then we flew him home. Or it could be a child who is battling cancer who smiles at me, or helping a transplant patient with a lifesaving second chance get where they need to go. The words "Thank you so much, you've helped change my life" are powerful. There is nothing more satisfying.

Q: How did you choose this organization?

A: Two years ago, I heard of a new, local, nonprofit volunteer flight organization. I met with the people and found it to be a perfect fit.

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LIVE: RAF Waddington International Air Show in Lincolnshire - UK

 The annual RAF Waddington International Air Show is taking place this weekend in Lincolnshire.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to enjoy the spectacle of a seven-hour flying display above RAF Waddington airbase.

Around 50 aircraft will be taking part in the airborne displays, featuring the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as well as modern aircraft such as the Typhoon from the Royal Air Force display team.

The gates open at 8am and the air displays start at 10:00am and finish at 5:30pm on both days.
The Red Arrows, which are based locally at RAF Scampton, are set to be one of the highlights of the day that has more than 20 different nations taking part.

Another local favourite, the Vulcan XH558 has sadly been forced to cancel its appearance after suffering a double engine failure and although engines No.1 and No.2 of the aircraft have been replaced, it is awaiting its first test flight and will not be included this weekend.

The air show also offers a chance for members of the public to get close to some of the most impressive military and civilian aircraft such as the C130H Hercules, with an extensive ground display in two exhibition hangers.

Visitors have the opportunity to get their photo taken in the cockpit of an F4 Phantom and a Lightening with helicopter pleasure flights running throughout the event.

Gates do not close until 7:30pm, allowing time to enjoy some of the extra attractions such as a funfair and classic cars, after the flying displays have ended.

Running since 1995, the Waddington International Air Show aims to raise public understanding and awareness of the Royal Air Force and its modern role with proceeds of the show going to the RAF and local charities.

To help spectators get the most from the show, organisers are encouraging people to download the official mobile app .

You can keep up-to-date with the show via this article with hourly updates and video and picture highlights throughout both days of the event..

Wings and Wheels AirShow Set For September 8 - Barnes County Municipal Airport (KBAC), Valley City, North Dakota

The Barnes County Municipal Airport, located one mile north of Valley City, will be the site for the Wings and Wheels AirShow with gates opening at 10 a.m. Sept. 8. 

Terry Gortmaker, who runs the “show and shine” portion of the AirShow, said Thursday performers have now been lined up for the event.

Those who’ve agreed to perform are Matt Younkin, Jim “Fang” Maroney, Warren Pietsch, Rex Hammarback, Toby McPherson and the Fargo Skydivers, Gortmaker said.

Air performances are scheduled to begin at 3 pm. The featured performer is Younkin, third-generation pilot and the son of Bobby Younkin, considered to be one the greatest air show performers of all time.

Younkin’s Beech 18 performance is likely one of the most unusual acts on the air show circuit today. The aircraft was never designed for aerobatic flight. The performance begins and ends to light-hearted music that capitalizes on an overly-obese airplane executing maneuvers its designers and air show audience members never conceived possible for a large transport plane. The performance will be two-fold with the last half, “Magic by Moonlight,” done after dark with the air show circuit’s largest, noisiest and smokiest airplane lit up like a Christmas tree.

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VIDEO: Blue Angels in Seacoast for Air Show - The Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show is this weekend.

 A crowd of several hundred spectactors were onhand at Portsmouth International Airport to them then demonstrate the performances they will present on Saturday and Sunday. Air Show Director Greg Osborn said Friday's turnout is nothing compared to the crowds he expects to see this weekend.

The weather will be 90 degrees and sunny Saturday and Sunday for the air show.

Osborn said his staff of 400 people and 1,500 volunteers who have worked so hard to get everything read expect as many as 60,000 people from all over New England and elsewhere will come to the air show.

Osborn said the Navy's Blue Angels are always a big draw, especially when this may be the last year in the foreseeable future they will be able to perform in Portsmouth.

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Test jump: Golden Knights get in practice before air show

PORTSMOUTH — Nine of the most experienced and precise parachute jumpers in the country leaped out of the black and yellow U.S. Army plane on Friday afternoon to practice their performance a final time before displaying the event to thousands of people this weekend during the Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show. 

The men tinkered with the vessel's body, rolled up their parachutes and slipped into their full body suits in preparation for the 6:00 p.m. take off.

As the hour approached the nine men filtered into the largely emptied plane, making final adjustments to their equipment. They sat on the gray metal seats that lined the interior of the plane, slapping each other, fist bumping and laughing as the engine started, a calm that only comes with repetition and confidence.

On the runway, clouds of exhaust blew into the two open doors, making it hard to see or breath. The hazy evening heat made the wait nearly unbearable, as the men perspired in their heavy, black body suits but looked unfazed by the conditions.

As the plane took off wind blew into the chamber, making the entire situation more comfortable.

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American Flyers Flight School to host open house and lunch July 7 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Houston, Texas

American Flyers Flight School will hold an open house and barbecue at noon on Saturday, July 7 at the David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, 20803 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring.

This free event includes a facility tour and presentation by a certificated flight instructor after lunch.

Attendees can ask questions, check out training aircraft on display and experience a flight in one of the state-of-the-art simulators.

Lunch is served promptly at noon, so guests are encouraged to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early.

American Flyers has been training pilots since 1939 and operates seven FAA-accredited schools in six states and one in Mexico City.

Plainville, Connecticut - Robertson Airport (4B8) to host Wings & Wheels event to benefit charity

PLAINVILLE — On Sunday another local event will debut, bringing cars, airplanes, food and fun to town for a good cause. 

 Plainville Wings & Wheels will be held at Robertson Airport from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Plainville Food Pantry and the Petit Family Foundation.

Scott Saunders, Town Council vice chairman, came up with the idea.

“I was talking with two friends who I go camping with,” he said. “We started talking about it and decided to put it together.”

Saunders said the Bristol Auto Club has promised that “hundreds of cars” will be on display at the event. The Plainville Stadium Racers, who keep in touch at their annual reunion in Berlin, will display some of their vintage race cars. The Plainville Historical Center will also promote their exhibit on the stadium that is on display this summer.

Interstate Aviation will stage a fly-in at 10 a.m. There will also be static airplane and helicopter displays, airplane and helicopter rides and aviation related vendors. Scheduled to appear are Life Star, an antique 1946 J3 Cub Tailwheel and a light sport seaplane.

Food will also be available throughout the event. Saunders said the Plainville Fire Co. will sell hamburgers, hot dogs and fried dough, just as they do at the Balloon Festival

Other vendors will sell barbecue ribs and corn on the cob. J. Timothy’s Taverne will sell buffalo chicken sandwiches and World’s Best Sundae’s, based in Canton, will sell ice cream.

Scheduled entertainment for the youngsters includes a free bounce house, face painting and a clown.

There will also be a silent auction of donated items, include Stanley Tools, luggage, a golf package and something special from famous recording artist Michael Bolton. Saunders would not say what it is.

“There will be something for everybody,” he added. “It should be a lot of fun.”

Robertson Airport is located at 62 Johnson Ave. in Plainville.

Admission to Plainville Wings & Wheels is $2 for children ages 5 to12 and $5 for those over 12. Children under 5 are free. There will be free parking and free shuttle busses to the site from the middle school and Toffolon Elementary School on Northwest Drive.