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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.

Aviation Articles for October 14, 2011

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

Fairchild C-123

A TBM returns to Missoula
This is from the Missoulian in Missoula, MT. The Museum of Mountain Flying in Missoula had recently acquired a Grumman TBM Avenger that was being used as a ‘slurry bomber’ fighting fires in Canada.

What to do with your homebuilt airplane
This is from Yuma, AZ. A couple there decided it was time to take a little cross-country flight in their amateur-built airplane – 12,000 miles later and they were back home in Yuma. Mission accomplished.

47 Years in Aviation
This is a series of articles – chapters of a book – published on the AvWeb site. Richard Taylor has been in aviation for over 47 years. He has written 20 books and is the founder of The Pilot’s Audio Update. This link is to the introduction to his memoirs. So far about 6 chapters have been put online. To access chapter one (link at the bottom of the Introduction) you will have to have an account with AvWeb – the registration is free. The Chapters are well written and illustrated. A good story – put a note on your calendar to read a chapter a week.

Something to do in Hagerstown this weekend
This is from the Herald-Mail. This weekend there will be a Wings and Wheels Expo at the Hagerstown Airport on Showalter Rd. Sounds like it will be a pretty big event. The local EAA Chapter is hosting a Young Eagles event as part of the weekend. Fairchild Aircraft Company made Hagerstown it’s home and several examples of their aircraft will be on display, including the C-123, C-119 and C-82.

Barnstorming isn’t dead yet
This is from the Bradenton (FL) Times. Barnstorming will be part of the Hundsader farms Pumpkin Festival again this year. If you want to get a chance at a flight in a New Standard D-25 biplane, check out the event in Bradenton, Florida any of the last three weekends in October.

Never let go of your dream
This is from yesterday’s issue of the AOPA’ ePilot newsletter – just in case you don’t receive it. Twenty-two years ago Tim Garrett was diagnosed with MS and lost his private pilot’s license. He fought the disease into submission and proved to the FAA that he could be a safe pilot – and received a Special Issuance medical. Then he built his own plane. Now he talks to aviation groups and MS patients about how he did it.

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