Civilian

Presidential VC-9C Makes Last Flight

Oct 16, 2013 No Comments

A significant piece of presidential history is flying into Castle today. A McDonnell Douglas VC-9C that once flew former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and former first ladies from Rosalynn Carter to Laura Bush and all vice presidents from Walter Mondale to Dick Cheney is due at 1 p.m. at the Castle Airport – [...]

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Team Believes It Set Formation Record

Oct 16, 2013 No Comments

Unofficially, the KC Flight Formation Team believes it has set a Guinness Book of World Records mark for the largest civilian aircraft formation. Officially, what is known is that the 49 pilots that flew over Arrowhead Stadium prior to the Kansas City Chiefs’ Oct. 13 contest against the Oakland Raiders and raised $30,000 for the [...]

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Indiana Man to Celebrate Historic Flight

Oct 16, 2013 No Comments

A Miami County, Ind., U.S. Air Force pilot became an overnight celebrity 50 years ago today after he flew a supersonic bomber jet on a record-shattering flight from Tokyo to London that captured the attention of the world. Sidney J. Kubesch, a Texas native who ended up moving to Miami County after marrying a Peru [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of James Joseph Wellwood, Australian World War I flying ace. 1933 – First run of the Rolls-Royce Merlin, a British V-12 piston engine; initially known as the PV-12, the 1,650-cu. in. liquid-cooled powerplant became known as the Merlin when the company began naming its piston aero engines after birds of prey. 1946 – Death [...]

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Florida Air Show Promises Variety

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

Attack helicopter flights? Balloon rides? General admission to the formerly “invite only” Friday night air show? A 5K run? The 24th Annual Stuart Air Show, set for Nov. 1-2 at Witham Field in Stuart, Fla., promises several new and exciting attractions. Fly a warbird, balloon or chopper. See a balloon glow. See aerial stunts from [...]

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Shutdown Postpones Georgia Air Show

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

The 21st Annual Boshears SkyFest scheduled for this weekend at Daniel Field in Augusta, Ga., has been postponed to next April due to the government shutdown, event organizers announced Monday. In order to have an airshow with aerobatic performances, such as dives, loops and barrel rolls, a waiver is required from the Federal Aviation Administration, [...]

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Aboard the World’s Longest Flight

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

It is almost that time to board a Singapore Airlines Airbus A340-500 and be a part of the world’s longest flight. Okay, well I still have a few hours left. Before then, I will be checking out of my hotel, getting a short tour of the airport, probably relax in the lounge for a minute or [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 14, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of John Arthur Macready, American test pilot and aviator; he became the only three-time recipient of the Mackay Trophy, receiving the prestigious award for  three consecutive years. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his S.E.5a, his last victories of the [...]

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