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Aviation Articles for June 3, 2011

Oops, I thought I published this last night – guess I just saved the final draft.  I trust that none of you lost sleep over my error…

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

Some weeks there just aren’t many stories out there that I want to pass along. This week was pretty sparse – most ‘big news’ stories are covered in any number of online publications that you probably read, so I don’t rehash those – like AF 447 (which I discussed in my previous post).

These were the only two I wound that are worthy of this weekend’s reading list.

Putting on an airshow is not easy work…
Photo Credit Dan Walters This article is from Sign On San Diego. Howard Merritt is the head of maintenance for the Wings Over Gillespie Airshow in El Cajon, CA each year – here is his story.


Once he flew off a carrier – now he flies a Meyers OTW
This article is from Channel 13, WREX in Rockford, IL. Captain Chuck Downey sounds like a really interesting guy. He was the youngest guy to ever get his Naval Wings, flew dive bombers in WWI and now retires to Florida in the winters. But he always heads north to fly his Meyers OTW in the summers.

Aviation Stories for May 6, 2011

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

A former pilot gets another chance to fly
this article is from the Knoxville News Sentinel online edition. An alert medical staff member, a caring residents’ service director and an organization called Second Wind Dreams teamed up to get a former pilot back into the air. Nice story.Boeing B-17

A group of WWII veterans gets to reminisce on board their old ride.
This article is from the Contra Costa Times in Northern California. The EAA B-17 made a stop during it’s 2011 tour at Buchanan Field in Concord, CA. While there the current crew of the B-17 got to take former crew members for a short flight and listened as they talked of their flying experiences.

Why yes, it’s a Huckfest!
This article is from the Rapid City Journal. When you hear the city name Sturgis, North Dakota you usually picture thousands of motorcycles and leather-clad riders. This article describes the Sturgis Huckfest being held in the Buffalo Chip Campground. You’re just going to have to read the article to figure out how aviation figures into the equation.

This company offers rides in history.
This article is from Rosemount, MN. It is pretty much a plug for a hometown boy’s business, but it’s nice to see that someone is still trying to make a living hopping rides in an old biplane.

A 90-yr old WWI veteran celebrates flight again.
This article is from the Pensacola News Journal. At the close of the celebrations commemorating the Centennial of Naval Aviation a former Marine Corsair pilot got to feel the wind in his face again.

Another installment of an interview with a Boeing Historian.
This article is from the Reuters News Service. It is the continuation of an interview with a Boeing Historian. It contains a line at the bottom of the article that should contain links to the other parts of the interview, however the text areas are not links. A bit lower it appears that there is a link to Part 3b of the interview.

An individual once afraid to fly overcomes his fears.
This article if from the Longboat Key News. It relates the story of an individual who was scared to death to fly, but overcame his fears. It can be done – the proof is in the article.

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