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Alaska Air Show to Feature Warbirds, Pilgrim

Jul 26, 2013 No Comments

Planes mostly seen only in the pages of history books these days will soar over the Valley Saturday as part of the Centennial Celebration of Aviation from 1 to 3 p.m. at Wasilla Airport in Alaska. Jane Dale, with the Alaska Air Show Association, said the air show was rescheduled after weather kept the pilots [...]

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B-29 ‘FIFI’ Entertains Wisconsin WWII Vets

Jul 26, 2013 1 Comment

It took a few minutes for Staff Sgt. Oliver Hantak, 92, and First Lt. Jack Jerred, 90, to climb into the world’s only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic “Fifi,” on Thursday afternoon at Wisconsin Aviation in Madison, Wis. It had been 67 years since either of the World War II veterans and [...]

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USMC Deactivating Air Units

Jul 26, 2013 No Comments

As the drumbeat of force restructuring beats on in the U.S. Marine Corps, more units are folding up their colors. Back in 2011, the Marine Corps laid out a plan for deactivating and realigning units to bring the Corps down from 202,000 to a “middleweight” force of 182,000, and much of that restructuring is going on [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 25, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Gabriel Fernand Charles Guérin, French World War I fighter ace. 1915 – Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross when he defeats three German two-seat observation aircraft in one day over the Western Front during World War I. 1939 – A Deutsche Lufthansa Focke-Wulf Fw [...]

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EAA AirVenture 2013 Begins Next Week

Jul 25, 2013 No Comments

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2013 will take off on Monday and continues through Sunday, Aug. 4, at Wittman Regional Airport, 525 W. 20th Ave., in Oshkosh, Wis. Fly-ins are expected to begin on Sunday and the event will feature programs and activities designed for all ages. Highlights include a Salute to Veterans Day on Friday, [...]

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New York Park’s F-86L at Crossroads

Jul 25, 2013 4 Comments

It is hard to believe that the North American F-86L Sabre that stands in Ford R. Dally Airplane Park in Monroe, N.Y., is 50 years old this year. Although some people may consider it nothing more than an old airplane, it is far more then that — it is a monument to the men who [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 24, 2013 No Comments

1837 – Charles Green takes off in the “Great Nassau” balloon with Robert Cocking in England. At a height of 5,000 feet Cocking jumps from the balloon in a parachute of his own construction into a field at Burnt Ash Farm near Lee. Cocking dies on reaching the ground, making him the first parachute fatality in history. [...]

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Southern California Air Show Canceled

Jul 24, 2013 No Comments

The 2013 Thunder Over the Valley air show in Santa Maria, Calif., has been canceled, a victim of federal budget cuts and, to an extent, its own success, its organizer said Monday. Mike Geddry Sr., chief executive officer for the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, said he was “devastated” by the decision but that not [...]

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