Aviation Articles for 2 September, 2011

by on September 2, 2011

Here are some flying stories you may have missed this week:

Commemorative Air Force B-24 Liberator

100 years ago in Green Bay, WI
This is from the Green Bay Press Gazette. Green Bay celebrated 100 years of aviation this week. Back in 1911 local businesses put up $2000 to have an aviator demonstrate his flying machine at the Brown County Fair. All did not go as planned…

Jerrie Mock – an aviation pioneer
This one is from the Newark, OH Advocate. Some residents in Newark are trying to erect a statue in commemoration of the accomplishments of Jerrie Mock, a Newark native.

Navy Top Gun to seaplane charter pilot in just a few easy steps
This is from the Miami Herald. It seems that this particular Top Gun pilot had always dreamed of plodding along at wave height and getting paid to do it. It took a while, but he has now started a Florida based charter service.

A great place to go this weekend
This is from Herald.net in Everett, WA. This weekend is Vintage Aircraft Weekend at the Historic Flight Foundation’s restoration center on Paine Field near Seattle. The Boeing Model 40C mentioned above will be attending and Bill Boeing Jr. will talk about the airplane’s history in the development of the Boeing Aircraft Company. Sounds like great list of other aircraft will be attending, too. The article includes a link to the event website.

WWII veteran relives some memories
This is from chron.com. Bill Pappas, now 90 years old, flew 52 missions in WWII as a B-24 pilot. Thanks to the Collings Foundation he is getting to relive some of those flying memories.

A non-flyer’s perspective on flying formation
This articles is from the Mukilteo Beacon in Washington. This reporter had never been in a small airplane and yet was assigned to write an article about a group of pilots practicing for a Parade of Planes to be conducted in Sept 10th. She did a surprisingly good job relating her perspective on formation flying.

Any chance you’ll be in Galesburg, IL next week?
This is from Galesburg.com. The 40th Annual National Stearman fly-in will be held in Galesburg from September 5th through the 10th. The Stearman has quite a following, probably because it has been used in so many different ways in aviation for so many years. Old beat up crop dusters are showing up as better-than-new. Should be a fun time.

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