Thursday, September 6, 2012

An American Air Racing Tradition: Minnesota Team Prepares For Reno

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BLAINE, Minn. (WCCO) — In a large airplane hangar at the Anoka County Airport a team is putting final touches on a high speed competitor. The 1949 Hawker Sea Fury will once again compete in the unlimited class of aircraft at the 2012 Reno air races, Sept. 12 through Sept. 16.

“We just flew it yesterday and the day before, it’s flying good and it’s ready to go,” said the airplane’s owner, Robin Crandall.

With excited anticipation, Crandall and his Sawbones team have the plane polished and prepped. Their bags are packed for another try at Reno — an American air racing tradition.

“Hopefully, this year everyone is going to be safe and it will be a good race,” said Crandall. “We plan to be in the gold top level race. The plane’s been running good.”

The 2011 races came to a horrific and sudden stop when a competing P-51 Mustang airplane crashed into the crowd. The veteran pilot was killed as were 10 spectators seated in the VIP section. Another 60 spectators were injured. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation recently blamed modifications made to the plane, in an attempt to make it fly faster, eventually led to the crash.

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Now it's Putin the bird man: Latest animal stunt sees Russian president take to skies in micro glider as 'chief crane'


No mission is too much for former KGB spy turned strongman leader Vladimir Putin as he sets off on his latest bid to put right the wrongs of nature by teaching birds to fly.

Hang-gliding over Arctic Siberia this week, the all-Russian action man guided white cranes which seem to have lost the instinct to migrate south to a warmer climate for the winter.

The aim was to set the endangered birds on course for Asia and  as with his previous action-man ventures - which included sedating a tiger, tagging a white whale, and offering tender loving care and a tracking collar to a polar bear - the Kremlin announced total success.

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Teaching children how to fly

“I love flying,” said Mike Young, Gateway Eagles of Missouri Master Pilot volunteer. “I love talking about it, taking people flying and teaching them how to fly.”

Young was one of several volunteer pilots who taught children how to fly a Cessna 172 using Microsoft Flight Simulators on August 25 at the St. Louis Science Center. With Downtown St. Louis as a backdrop, children were asked to fly their planes through the Arch without crashing during 10 to 15 minute flying sessions.

Gateway Eagles of Missouri (GEM) volunteers meet on the fourth Saturday of every month in the Mission Control facility at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. GEM is a predominately black aviation organization established in 1993. Its goal is to foster interest in aviation and space exploration among black youth.

The Cessna 172 is a small, single-engine aircraft that seats four people and travels at approximately 125 knots.

“You always fly a Cessna like someone you love is sitting next to you,” said Young, who has 19 years of flight experience.

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Iconic Vulcan Bomber set for return to Southport Air Show

VISITORS to the Southport Air Show this weekend will experience one of the most powerful and dramatic sights in British aviation when the world’s last flying Vulcan Bomber takes off.

This iconic aircraft is making a much-awaited return to the show on Sunday (September 9) and it’s a great opportunity for people to give it a very special welcome.

The aircraft is expected to attract huge crowds and steal the show with the famous howl of its four Olympus jet engines, startling manoeuvrability and the sight of its magnificent delta wings climbing almost vertically into the sky.

Dr Robert Pleming, chief executive of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST), said: “This is a great opportunity to say a big thank-you to all of our loyal supporters who have stayed with us through thick and thin. We are incredibly grateful for the Vulcan to be appearing once again in the beautiful resort of Southport giving people, particularly those who may not have seen her before, the chance to see this iconic aircraft in such a special year for us all.”

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Air National Guard aerobatic team puts on a show

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 6, 2012) - Only a handful of people can do what Lt. Colonel John Klatt of the Air National Guard Aerobatic team does; strap themselves into a high-performance aerobatic aircraft weighing less than a Toyota Priu and spend the next 15 minutes defying gravity.

LTC Klatt is one of the top aerobatic pilots in the world, a veteran of  three combat deployments flying F-16's in Iraq and he will be bringing his nationwide tour to Little Rock to perform at the Thunder Over the Rock Air Show this weekend at Little Rock AFB.

THV's Ashley Blackstone will sit down with Klatt on 'THV This Morning' at 6:54 a.m. to get a preview of what spectators can expect to see when the aerobatic team takes to the sky.

The Air Show will take place Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. with free admission and parking.

(Source: Air National Guard)

'Superb' Portrush Airshow set for take off

The skies above Portrush will be filled with color this weekend as the Northern Ireland International Airshow takes off.

The 30 air displays planned for the event will include the Red Arrows.

About 100,000 people are expected to visit the town over the two days.

At its launch on Thursday, Coleraine Borough Council's airshow organizer, Jeff Brownhut, said it will be one of the biggest shows to date with something for all ages.

"Even the stuff we have at the City of Derry Airport for the launch - a preview of what is to come - is superb."

"We have a lovely little red aircraft here, a BD-5, from the James Bond film Octopussy."

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