Flight Journal http://www.flightjournal.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:41:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/15/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-277/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/15/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-277/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:35:55 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213048

1896 – Birth of Gerhard Fieseler, German World War I flying ace, aerobatics champion, aircraft designer and manufacturer. 1941 – Two hundred bombers of the Luftwaffe attack the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland; about 900 people die and 1,500 are injured. In terms of property damage, half of the houses in Belfast are damaged or [...]

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1896 – Birth of Gerhard Fieseler, German World War I flying ace, aerobatics champion, aircraft designer and manufacturer.

1941 – Two hundred bombers of the Luftwaffe attack the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland; about 900 people die and 1,500 are injured. In terms of property damage, half of the houses in Belfast are damaged or destroyed.

1946 – Death of Charles William Anderson Scott (shown), British aviator, Royal Air Force pilot and winner of the MacRobertson Air Race in 1934.

1948 – Pan Am Flight 1-10, a Lockheed Super Constellation, crashes short of the runway on its second approach at Shannon, Ireland, killing 30 of its 31 passengers and crew.

1988 – First flight of the Tupolev Tu-155, a modified Tu-154 three-engine Soviet airliner, that becomes the first experimental aircraft in the world operating on liquid hydrogen.

2010 – Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe.

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‘Aluminum Overcast,’ Vets Take Special Flight http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/15/aluminum-overcast-takes-vets-on-special-flight/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/15/aluminum-overcast-takes-vets-on-special-flight/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:59:39 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213042

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Boeing B-17G “Aluminum Overcast” has made many memorable flights throughout the country, but one would be hard-pressed to come up with one more special than what occurred yesterday in Oshkosh, Wis. Ten World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veterans – representing all 10 Flying Fortress crew positions from pilot to tailgunner [...]

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The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Boeing B-17G “Aluminum Overcast” has made many memorable flights throughout the country, but one would be hard-pressed to come up with one more special than what occurred yesterday in Oshkosh, Wis. Ten World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veterans – representing all 10 Flying Fortress crew positions from pilot to tailgunner – were brought here to be reunited with the aircraft in which they helped to preserve liberty and freedom. All from Wisconsin, they ranged from age 90 to 94, and brought family members with them.

The special event was the brainchild of Chris Henry, who works in the EAA membership services department focusing mainly on EAA’s annual B-17 tour. He called it a once in a lifetime occurrence. “A plane that was built for war has brought these veterans and families together for such a special occasion,” he said. “It’s very gratifying to be able to help make this happen.”

The veterans and their family members arrived Monday morning at the EAA AirVenture Museum lobby on a day that at first appeared unfit for flight following an overnight spring snowstorm. They were given a police escort to EAA’s Weeks Hangar located on Wittman Regional Airport. Several vintage army vehicles from the Military Veterans Museum and Education Center in Oshkosh also helped pave the way.

For the complete story by the EAA, click here.

Photo by Jason Toney via EAA

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Six ‘Red Tails’ Reuniting in N.Y. http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/15/six-red-tails-reuniting-in-n-y/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/15/six-red-tails-reuniting-in-n-y/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:35:39 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213037

Elmira, N.Y.-area residents next month will have a rare chance to meet a group of World War II heroes whose exploits were out of the public view for more than a generation. Six of the original Tuskegee Airmen are confirmed as guests at a reunion May 24 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Big Flats. The Tuskegee Airmen [...]

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Elmira, N.Y.-area residents next month will have a rare chance to meet a group of World War II heroes whose exploits were out of the public view for more than a generation.

Six of the original Tuskegee Airmen are confirmed as guests at a reunion May 24 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Big Flats. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of young black men who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and had to fight racial prejudice at home while battling the enemy overseas.

The event, called “Return of the Red Tails,” will feature multiple festivities throughout the day, topped by a grand evening gala at the museum.

For the complete story by Jeff Murray of the (Elmira) Star-Gazette, click here.

Photo via Star-Gazette

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Fast Facts: C-130J Super Hercules http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/15/fast-facts-c-130j-super-hercules/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/15/fast-facts-c-130j-super-hercules/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:18:52 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213033

Perhaps one of the most familiar series’ of airplanes in aviation history, the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and her predecessors have played diverse roles in the success of military, humanitarian, and special operations. Additionally, the versatile aircraft has seen service in firefighting efforts as well as search and rescue missions, and the flexible craft [...]

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Perhaps one of the most familiar series’ of airplanes in aviation history, the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules and her predecessors have played diverse roles in the success of military, humanitarian, and special operations. Additionally, the versatile aircraft has seen service in firefighting efforts as well as search and rescue missions, and the flexible craft also serves as an air refueling station for other aircraft in flight.

The C-130 family of aircraft continues to evolve, responding to the shifting needs of today’s military. The perennial workhorse is regularly used to drop personnel and supplies from the air, and the latest model can operate from relatively short airstrips, making it ideal for wide-ranging applications.

The C-130J, the newest member of the legendary line of airlifters, incorporates design and performance enhancements that push the capabilities of the model beyond those of its predecessor, the C-130E. The newest version climbs higher and faster than previous models, and can make longer trips at cruising speed. In addition to state of the art navigation and defensive capabilities, the recently revised aircraft also utilizes an enhanced cargo system.

For the complete story by MilitarySpot.com, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/14/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-276/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/14/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-276/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:47:09 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213028

1914 – Birth of Hans “Assi” Hahn, German World War II flying ace. 1927 – George Raymond Henderson establishes a world altitude record of 22,178 feet for Class C-2 seaplanes with a useful load. 1962 – First flight of the Bristol 188 (shown), a British supersonic research aircraft nicknamed “The Flying Pencil.” 1994 – U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles [...]

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1914 – Birth of Hans “Assi” Hahn, German World War II flying ace.

1927 – George Raymond Henderson establishes a world altitude record of 22,178 feet for Class C-2 seaplanes with a useful load.

1962 – First flight of the Bristol 188 (shown), a British supersonic research aircraft nicknamed “The Flying Pencil.”

1994 – U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles shoot down two U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawks over Iraq, misidentifying them as Iraqi Mil Mi-25s.

2001 – Death of František Hanovec, Slovak World War II flying ace who served on the Eastern Front with the Axis forces.

2004 – Rico Linhas Aéreas Flight 4815, an Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, crashes on approach to Manaus, Brazil, killing all 33.

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No Agreement Reached for Pearson Museum http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/14/no-agreement-reached-for-pearson-air-museum/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/14/no-agreement-reached-for-pearson-air-museum/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:31:25 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213022

After 14 months of negotiations, talks have broken down between two Vancouver, Wash., history organizations, leaving Pearson Air Museum and the Pearson Field Education Center separate but still open for business. The National Park Service operates the Vancouver National Historic Reservewhere Pearson, one of the nation’s oldest operating airfields, is situated. The Fort Vancouver National Trust, which ran the air museum [...]

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After 14 months of negotiations, talks have broken down between two Vancouver, Wash., history organizations, leaving Pearson Air Museum and the Pearson Field Education Center separate but still open for business.

The National Park Service operates the Vancouver National Historic Reservewhere Pearson, one of the nation’s oldest operating airfields, is situated. The Fort Vancouver National Trust, which ran the air museum until park officials took over managing it, created the education center as a breakaway project in a nearby hangar.

“We are profoundly disappointed that we have failed to reach agreement with the National Park Service,” said Steve Horenstein, chairman of the trust, in a news release. The park service will continue to operate the free museum, while the trust will operate the nearby education center, the organizations said in separate news releases Friday.

For the complete story by Dean Baker of The Oregonian, click here.

Photo by Pearson Air Museum

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Army May Operate Apaches on Navy Ships http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/14/army-may-operate-apaches-on-navy-ships/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/14/army-may-operate-apaches-on-navy-ships/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:06:44 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213016

The U.S. Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle. Operating from ships at sea “seems to be a growth capability, and we do sense [...]

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The U.S. Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle.

Operating from ships at sea “seems to be a growth capability, and we do sense that there is increasing demand out there” in South Korea and U.S. Central Command, said the Army’s director of aviation, Col. John Lindsay, at an April 8 event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.

The service has been running drills on landing Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters on Navy ships in recent months, but “we’ve gotta make sure that we have the appropriate demand signal coming in from the combatant commanders,” Lindsay said, to determine “how much maritime capability does the Army need to invest in.”

For the complete story by Marcus Weisgerber and Paul McLeary of DefenseNews.com, click here.

Photo by U.S. Navy

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Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/11/sun-n-fun-international-fly-in-expo/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/11/sun-n-fun-international-fly-in-expo/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:57:07 +0000 Kate Pierpont http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=212979

After a few years of weather challenging even the most ardent pilots, the volunteers and attendees for this year’s Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Florida were treated to perfectly sunny skies and reasonable temps. By mid-week it was clear that attendee and airplane numbers were up significantly, and a weekend appearance by [...]

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After a few years of weather challenging even the most ardent pilots, the volunteers and attendees for this year’s Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Florida were treated to perfectly sunny skies and reasonable temps. By mid-week it was clear that attendee and airplane numbers were up significantly, and a weekend appearance by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels would add to that trend. Here are a few of the aircraft flown to the Lakeland, Fla., area for this year’s event.

Beech T-34

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The Beech T-34 is proving to still be a popular warbird. The last plane Walter Beech had a hand in designing, this 1953 example, owned and flown by John Rippinger, is one of the famous Lima-Lima Formation team aircraft.

Story and photos by H.G. Frautschy/VintagePilot Media

While the totals are not finalized, Sun ‘n Fun president John Leenhouts commented that this year’s event was up over 20% compared to the average of the past 12 years, good news for an event that had been struggling to continue to grow as the lingering effects of a flat economy seemed to be affecting fly-in attendance throughout the country. It’s always good to see an upward trend!

H.G. Frautschy served as editor of the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association’s flagship magazine, Vintage Airplane, for 22 years, and he authored a series of feature and technical articles for EAA publications during his time at EAA Headquarters in Oshkosh, WI. An avid pilot since he was 18, and an A&P since 1977, he continues to write about and photograph the aircraft of yesteryear, while enjoying the friendships of the many great people who are a part of the vintage aircraft community.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/11/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-275/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/11/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-275/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:31:50 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=212975

1911 – The U.S. Army sets up its 1st permanent flying school at College Park, Md.. 1921 – First flight of the Short Cromarty flying boat, a British biplane prototype patrol craft. 1941 – Birth of Frederick Hamilton “Rick” Hauck, former U.S. Navy aviator and test pilot as well as a NASA astronaut. 1955 – North American Aviation is issued a [...]

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1911 – The U.S. Army sets up its 1st permanent flying school at College Park, Md..

1921 – First flight of the Short Cromarty flying boat, a British biplane prototype patrol craft.

1941 – Birth of Frederick Hamilton “Rick” Hauck, former U.S. Navy aviator and test pilot as well as a NASA astronaut.

1955 – North American Aviation is issued a preliminary contract to build prototypes of the XF-108 long-range interceptor aircraft for the U.S. Air Force; only a mockup (shown) is later built.

1974 – Death of Georgiy Nikanorovich Zhidov, Soviet World War II fighter ace.

2012 – A Bell Boeing MV-22B of the U.S. Marine Corps from USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) crashes near Agadir, Morocco, during a joint training exercise; two Marines are killed, two others are seriously injured, and the aircraft is lost.

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A-10 Retirement Effort Catching Flak http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/11/a-10-retirement-effort-catching-flak/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/04/11/a-10-retirement-effort-catching-flak/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:21:15 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=212969

It’s often called the military’s ugliest aircraft, a snub-nosed tank of a plane that’s nicknamed “Warthog” for its appearance and ferocity. The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II has been the Air Force’s equivalent of an in-the-trenches grunt for almost 40 years: heavily armed and armored, designed to fly low and take out the enemy at [...]

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It’s often called the military’s ugliest aircraft, a snub-nosed tank of a plane that’s nicknamed “Warthog” for its appearance and ferocity.

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II has been the Air Force’s equivalent of an in-the-trenches grunt for almost 40 years: heavily armed and armored, designed to fly low and take out the enemy at close range.

But now, after the plane’s career has spanned from the Cold War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has proposed retiring the fleet as part of across-the-board cuts in defense spending. Getting rid of the remaining 283 planes would save $3.7 billion over five years, Defense Department officials say, and allow the Air Force to bring in more sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35 Lightning II, to provide what is called close air support.

For the complete story by Christian Davenport of The Washington Post, click here.

Photo by The Washington Post

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