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Aviation Articles for 2 September, 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.

Aviation Articles for August 19, 2011

Yes, I know it’s been a while since my last article. I found my self sitting in front of the computer for way too many hours in a day and forced myself to take a break. I turned off the computer for a week and then joined some friends at the West Coast National Hot Rod Show for a few days.

It has taken three days to wade through the list of emails I found when I got back online – I can’t even think about my RSS feeds yet – over 1000. I may just save a lot of time and mark all as read and start over.

Here are some flying stories you may have missed a couple of weeks ago:

Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider

Classic aircraft and cars
This one is from Collingwood, Ontario Canada. It covers an antique aircraft and car show that they have each year. Sounds like it’s a big event and getting bigger.

Aviation Summer Camp
This article is from CNN. It covers an aviation summer camp for teens that is being held in Florida. Destination Aviation is a camp that has been operating for four years at the Florida Air Museum at Sun-n-Fun. Sounds like a really fun learning experience for the kids.

A WWII Veteran and his Airplane
This is from the Naples, FL News. Sixty years after he last saw it, a WWII veteran gets to sit in the cockpit of a Skyraider that he flew in combat. Memories.

Aviation history in Yuma, AZ
This one, obviously, is from Yuma, AZ. the title of the article makes it sound like the event happened recently. The article actually recounts an event that happened in 1911 – the first airplane landing in the state of Arizona.

This couple really supports the Young Eagles Program
This one is from AOPA Online. Phillips Aviation supports the EAA Young Eagles Program in several ways and each year they award Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award during the annual Young Eagles banquet at AirVenture. The winner this year has introduced more than 1000 youngsters to the wonder of flight. This article describes their efforts. As an aside, EAA has announced that they will expand the Young Eagles Program to include adults in 2012.

The 2011 EAA Grand Champion Homebuilt Award Winner.
This is from Clark County Indiana. The EAA Grand Champion Homebuilt Award given out this year at AirVenture went to an RV-8 owned by David Buntin. This article is a short history of his project.

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