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Aviation Articles for August 5, 2011

Here are some flying articles that you may have missed this week.

tail view of the restoration project at Reno-Stead.

The way to live on an airpark
This article is from the Denver Post. I guess all it takes is being a successful orthopedic surgeon to be able to live your aviation dream.

The Rutan Boomerang
This article is from Wired.com. If you missed going to AirVenture this year then you missed seeing Burt Rutan’s Boomerang on display. It’s such an unusual airplane that I thought I’d include it in the line-up this week. It was as much a hit this year as when he first brought it to Oshkosh in 1996.

Aviation history in St Louis
This article is from St. Louis today. Back in the days when aviation record-setting was in it’s infancy a couple of pilots spent some time looking down on St. Louis from a Curtiss-Robin.

A 70th Anniversary Celebration
This article is from the NPR website. The Tuskegee Airmen are celebrating their 70th anniversary. They met in Washington recently and had a chance to see one of their old trainers again. I mentioned this restored plane purchased on eBay in a previous post when the Smithsonian announced it would be displayed in the Air & Space Museum.

Did we forget a celebration?
This article is from the Yuma Sun. Harriett Quimby received her pilot’s license on July 31st in 1911, the first woman to do so. Her legacy lives on with this young pilot.

The key is to stay busy.
This article is from the Green Valley (AZ) News. C.W. and Rod are both retired from successful careers and they both share a common desire – to build and fly their own airplane. Sounds like they’ll succeed again.

For those of you who have made it this far in the article – here’s a challenge. A new aircraft restoration project at Reno-Stead. As I was driving along the ramp yesterday I happened to see the hulk shown here and in the photo above sitting there with a few people crawling around it. It turns out that the local FBO has a new restoration project and it had just been delivered. Can you identify what it is? Yes, I know the answer – and I’ll post an article in a couple of days with an explanation and more photos.

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2 Comments

  1. Jim

    Wow…this is harder than I thought without the wings and tail! I thought this would be a piece of cake. My initial thought was a variant of the BAE Hawk / T-45 but I can’t find any pictures on the web to substantiate that.

    I still think it’s a trainer…but none of the usual suspects match. Maybe something from Eastern Europe?

    Any clues?

  2. Jim,

    Well, this one does have two seats, so it probably was used for training. But Vanna would only turn over one ‘T’ and it wouldn’t be before a dash and a number.

    tr

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