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Aviation Stories for April 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th to you all.  Be sure to feed your black cat well today… which brings up the question: Why Friday the 13th rather than any other day?  Here’s Wikipedia’s effort to explain why today is supposed to be so much more unlucky than, say April 17th – the day your income taxes are due.

No flying again this week. I guess I jinxed the Spring thing with my comment last week…it’s snowing as I am writing this. The nice pink blossoms on the nectarine tree in our back yard do not look happy at all.  Reno-Stead (KRTS)  is currently VFR  with 10kts of wind and a temp of 37 deg. The commercial airport (KRNO) has a 5500′ ceiling and just over Donner Pass toward Sacramento, Blue Canyon (KBLU) is 1/4 mi vis in snow and freezing fog, as is Lake Tahoe Airport (KTVL) on the south end of the lake.

I think I’ll play inside today…

Here are some articles that you may have missed this week:



From hatching chickens to flying a B-24

This is from Greencastle, PA. When Pearl Harbor was attacked John Kinney was two years out of Penn State and working in a chicken hatchery. He enlisted in the military to do his part – and having taken part in the infantry ROTC program in college, he knew he wanted to go into aviation.  Soon he found himself starting aviation training in the Stearman biplane. He remembers some of his first lessons: “He took me out to the airplane and said, ‘you get in on the right side and you puke out the left side,'” Kinney said. “‘And you clean it up,’ is what he told me.”

Another Chapter from Richard Taylor’s memoirs

This is from the AvWeb site. I have had links to Richard Taylor articles in the past. They are always a good read for aviation buffs. This chapter includes C-119 and HU-16 flying. enjoy

Remembering the Doolittle Raiders

This is a link to a video hosted by EAA. April 18th will be the 70th anniversary of Doolittle’s B-25 raid on Tokyo during WWII. The video, a little over 5 minutes long, is a re-broadcast of the newsreel footage reporting the event.  EAA will have activities commemorating the event this year at AirVenture. Additionally, the annual, Doolittle Raiders reunion will be on April 18 and 19 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The schedule of events is reported here on the museum’s website.

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.

Aviation Stories for March 18, 2011

I’m publishing a little late today – just got home from an 8-hour maintenance seminar. I like to attend the IA renewal seminars to hear what is going on even though I don’t hold an Inspection Authorization. Call it continuing education.

Here are some stories you may have missed this week:Northrop T-38 Talon

Another look at airline fees.
This article is from an Australian site. It lists some of the more obnoxious airline fees being charged now. The article is directed at Australian airlines, but relates them to other carriers too. I hope it doesn’t give the other airlines more ideas…

Experiences of one of the remaining WASPS.
This article is from a Salt Lake City paper. It relates some of the experiences of Nell Bright, now 89, who trained in Sweetwater,TX and flew B-25s during WWII.

A WASP almost turns Astronaut
This article is from Cleveland.com. It is a very short paragraph that describes just some of the life of Jean Hixon, first a WASP in WWI and then later selected as one of a handful of women to go through the Mercury Astronaut training program. Interesting comments to the article, too.

Northrop T-38 celebrates 50 years of service
This is from the official USAF website. I can still remember my first ride in the T-38. It sounded like I was sitting in front of a freight train. I was still trying to find the instruments that indicated whether or not the exhaust nozzles had opened when afterburner was selected and the instructor was raising the gear as we climbed out after takeoff. It was definitely a fun plane to fly.

A bit of the history of the Redding, CA airport.
This is an article from Redding.com that gives a short history of what is now the Redding, CA Municipal airport. I have flown into the airport and had no idea about it’s origins.

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