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Aviation Articles for December 30, 2011


And here we are at the last post of the year. I have more personal posts in the works, but I am also in the process of moving this site to a new hosting account and updating the look.  There is never a lack of things to do around here.

I hope all of you have a safe and sane New Year’s celebration – remember, no drinking and driving. There are always several options for getting home that don’t include putting yourself or others at risk.

Here are some aviation stories that you may have missed this week:

Navy Blimp

Recollections of a Navy Blimp crewman.
This is from the Asbury Park Press. Bob Stefanski was a crewman on a Navy blimp in the 1950s – tracking Soviet submarines off the east coast of the United States. He recalls some of his experiences in this 4-page article.

Better than playing cards at the senior center.
This is from the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Dick Schweitzer is 70 years old and he didn’t want to just sit around. “Everyone knows the clock of life is only wound once,” he said. “Some choose to watch the clock run down. There is really no purpose in that.”

You find the best things when you aren’t looking for them.
This is from the Palm Beach Post. Florida scuba divers have found the remains of a rare Curtiss SB2C Helldiver off the coast of Florida. Randy Jordon was just following the fish as he swam along in 200 feet of water when he spotted the aircraft lying upside down on the sandy bottom.