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Aviation Stories for June 24, 2011

Here are some interesting flying stories that you may have missed this week – other than the U.S. Air dress code and the SWA captain’s rant :

Concorde on takeoff.

Something to do on a weekend in Seattle
Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Museum has scheduled Fly Days when they bring out some of the immaculate restorations and put on a free show for the public. This article from the Seattle Times describes the events and provides a list of the Fly Days scheduled this summer in the lower right part of the article. Well worth seeing if you’re in the area.

And something to do if you’re in Dayton, OH on July 15th
This is directly from the National Aviation Hall of Fame(NAHF). They are hosting the 2011 NAHF President’s dinner and reception which will include the presentation of the Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight Award.” This year there are two recipients – Naval Aviation celebrating it’s Centennial and the Blue Angels, celebrating their 65th Anniversary. There is an impressive list of attendees and speakers.

One more reason to keep the WWII planes flying, not sitting in a museum.
This is from the Peninsula Daily News. A B-17 recently visited the airport in Port Angeles, WA and gave rides to some of the local residents. Once again family members were linked to the flying experiences of their family members, living and dead.

EADS shows off ZEHST at Paris
This actually caught my eye in an article on a Russian site, but I didn’t want to link to a .ru domain. I found a good composite article with video here on “Tom’s Style”. EADS is the European aircraft consortium. ZEHST is their concept of a Zero Emissions Hypersonic Transport. It looks strangely familiar in it’s shape, but differs in the planned propulsion system.

A Nice Day at the Golden West Fly-in

I actually got the Swift out of the hangar and into the air this weekend. The 2011 Golden West Fly-in was going on in Marysville, CA (KMYV). I flew ‘over the hill’ with a friend who was flying his RV-6A – well, we were going at the same time, but took slightly different routes and never saw each other until we were on the ground at the show.

Two other Swifts made it to the event added to the one based there, so considering the number made we had a good showing.

The winds started to pick up a bit as the morning progressed and my RV friend decided to head back over the hill before they exceeded is personal limits. Reno-Stead is not particularly known for it’s calm winds. I was comfortable with the crosswind component and elected to stay for the day. By the time I got home the winds at Stead were 40 degrees off the runway heading at 15G25.  Not a fun flight in the mountains – definitely whitecaps in the coffee cup.

The Golden West Fly-in is a fairly quiet event. They appeared to have a good turnout of spectators wandering around, but the aircraft participation seemed a little light. The economy is hitting everybody.

I took photos of the planes that looked interesting to me and I’ll  include them below with a little explanation of each. Enjoy.

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