Thursday, May 30, 2013

Canadian Forces ‘Snowbirds’ perform over Niagara Falls, New York

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - All eyes were on the skies over the Mighty Niagara on Wednesday. The Snowbirds from the Canadian Air Force put on an awesome, breath-taking air show. 

 There was definitely more than mist flying in the air over Niagara Falls.

Spectator Donna Scaduto said, "I thought they did a tremendous job. It was kind of scary; they get kind of close and you think they're going to touch and they're such professionals. It's unbelievable how skilled they are."

This precision flying squadron has been performing air shows for 42 years. It's the Canadian version of the Blue Angels and the crowd was delighted.

In some of their maneuvers, the Snowbirds, in perfect formation, fly over a hundred miles an hour with their wing tips just four feet apart.

Spectator Frank Mannarino said, "Wonderful, under this setting, coming down the gorge, it's really is something, especially the formations they fly, four- to five-feet apart. I wouldn't try it."

The Snowbirds perform in more than 50 air shows each year.

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Horizon Airships Docking at Woodbine Municipal Airport (KOBI), New Jersey

WOODBINE - Mayor William Pikolycky is pleased to announce the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) Blimp will be visiting the Woodbine Municipal Airport.

It will dock here on June 1 and June 2, and again from June 22 through June 30.

Their Snoopy blimp will also dock here from June 7 though June 12.

The airship invites onlookers to visit the airport when it is in dock.

“Once again we are glad to host the Blimp at our airport And welcome its counterpart Snoopy, and encourage everyone to come out and see them while they are in dock and as they transit along the coast during the day,” added Mayor Pikolycky.


2nd Annual Helicopter Day at the Aviation Wing: Marietta Museum of History, Georgia

This annual event will showcase helicopters used by law enforcement, emergency medical services and our military in the metro Atlanta area.

The 2nd annual “Helicopter Day at the Aviation Wing” will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Aviation Wing of the Marietta Museum of History, which is located at the corner of Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive.

This annual event will showcase helicopters used by law enforcement, emergency medical services and our military in the metro Atlanta area.

Aircraft will be on display for the public to view.

Pilots and crew members will be on hand to talk about the specific vehicles, how they are used and the types of missions they fly. The Fox 5 Storm Chaser SUV is scheduled to be on display.

Blue Ridge Helicopters will be on site selling helicopter rides to Kennesaw Mountain for $40 per person (cash only, please).

Admission to the event is free, but there is a parking fee of $5 per vehicle.

The Aviation Wing of the Marietta Museum of History is a growing collection of aircrafts displayed on a 15 acre campus, conveniently located 4.5 miles west of I-75. This museum’s mission is to highlight the impact the aviation industry has had on local culture.


Wings and Wheels set for June 2: Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Connecticut

When Nels Nelson launched his rickety flying machine into the air, little did he visualize how aviation would develop.

Nels was one of the first to fly in Connecticut and the very first to fly in Plainville from a farmer’s field off Unionville Avenue.

Stan Robertson was the next pioneer to believe in the vast possibilities of aviation in Plainville. He developed and opened the field for public use after returning from war in Burma, where he flew rescue missions.

The airfield now boasts a newly resurfaced 3,600 foot runway and will be the site of the second Wings and Wheels event on June 2.

All proceeds from the show go to benefit the Petit Family Foundation and the Plainville Community Food Pantry.

Show cars, antique cars, planes and helicopters of many kinds will be on display—some of which are available for rides for a fee.

Special events, including carnival rides, are planned for the children.

Robertson Airport, the oldest in Connecticut (circa 1911) will be alive with rides, displays, food, and fun.

Adults are admitted for $5. Children 5 to 11 years old are admitted for $2. Children under 5 are admitted free.

For more information, call chairman Scott Saunders at (860) 747-8837 or Mike Turcott at (860) 614-2140.