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Aviation Articles for December 16, 2011

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

I’m not sure they all agree
This is from the Fresno Bee. The author interviewed a few flight attendants and found that they feel that they had glamorous jobs. Hmm. Probably depends on the day…

It always feels good to restore your ride
This is from Fox 8 in Cleveland. Nate Shaffer was a door gunner on a helicopter in Vietnam. In 1994 he started looking for some of his fellow crewmembers – and for the helicopter that they flew. He was more successful than he expected

Learn to Fly and Build a Plane programs meet in cyberspace.
This is from General Aviation News. The Learn to Fly and Build a Plane programs have joined forces in cyberspace.

Burt just can’t stay retired.
This is from the Seattle Times. Just in case you haven’t seen all the press this venture has received the past few days…

Another successful mission.
This is from the Frederick News Post. The Pilots-n-Paws program enlists the aid of pilots and their aircraft to transport animals around the country.

World War II airplanes still in the air.
This is from Chron.com. The article relates the efforts put forth by the West Houston squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).

Ever heard of the Battle of Britain?
This is from the Harborough Mail in the UK. Squadron Leader Tony Pickering visited his old school recently and recounted some of his tales from Hurricane flying during the Battle of Britain.

Aviation Articles for December 9, 2011

I’m a little late with my link post this week. The weather has been beautiful – clear, dry and calm, but a bit chilly.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go out flying yesterday.  Good times.

Here are some flying stories you may have missed this week.

Cucumbers to Clecos
This one is from the Pryor Daily News in Oklahoma. Tom Egbert had always wanted to build an airplane, but his job as manager of a local grocery store took up his time and energy. He’s retired now and finally scratched that itch he had.

An Uncommon Zero
This one is from the Venture County Star. The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force at Camarillo Airport in Southern California held an airshow and museum open house to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Where did airmail start in Colorado?
This one is from the Greeley, CO tribune. A traveling exhibit from the Colorado Aerospace History Project in Denver will take up residence in Greely this weekend. It will feature not just Colorado aviation history but will also feature displays specific to local Greeley history. Sounds like it’s worth a stop if you’re in the area.

One of the Rarest of Restorations
This is from the USAF Air Combat Command. Tom Reilly and his crew a The B-25 Group of Douglas, GA is known for their ability to bring WWII aircraft back to life. They are now working on one of the rarest of restorations – the prototype XP-82 Twin Mustang.

Who was Webley Edwards?
This is from the National Review Online. The article was published on Wednesday – take a look at that date and you can figure out the subject.

Aviation record-holder inspires science and technology students
This one is from the Tulsa World. A two-time aviation record-holder at the age of 23 – meet Barrington Irving.

Aviation Articles for July 8, 2011

This week was another of those weeks relatively lacking in the type of articles I pass along.  Some weeks I have too many to choose from, other  weeks I don’t run into anything until Friday morning. I guess on those really article-packed weeks I need to set aside the extra articles for a ‘rainy week.’

Some of you may have tried to access the site earlier in the week and received an error page for a while. Sorry about that. I upgraded to the newest version of WordPress and made the mistake of not checking my hosting account first. I found out quickly that my website host doesn’t automatically upgrade the versions of the PHP and MySQL programming languages associated with my account. It took a little while and a call to tech support, but I cleared up the glitch and got everything back operating normally about 45 minutes. Live and learn.

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

Toy Airplane. photo credit Flickr, CC:http://www.flickr.com/photos/elsie/2138838645/

Another way to introduce aviation to young people
This article is from a suburb of Detroit. Signal Seekers is a model airplane club with a really nice facility in Livonia, MI, near the Ford Motor Company plant. If you’re in the area, check them out.

Another way to pass on an interest in aviation.
This article is from OA Online. The headquarters of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is in Midland, TX. For ten years they have been running a summer program for kids to teach them a little more about our aviation heritage as it relates to WWII. Their Junior Aviation Academy is running from July 25-29 this year for kids ages 12-18. It sounds like they get a lot of hands-on experience.

A University student renews his passion for aviation.
This article is from the Chicago area. A Lewis University student was unsure of his choice of majors until he switched to aviation, then found a passion for flying that had been with him since he was a little kid.

Alabama teens get up close with the CAP
This article is from Huntsville, AL. Seven teens from the Huntsville area received hands-on flight experience as part of a local Civil Air Patrol program. It sounds like this was a Young Eagles-type program for older kids.

Flying with the Blue Angels in a different way
This article is from Battle Creek, MI. An airshow pilot, John Klatt, got a chance to fly with the Blue Angels recently. But he wasn’t in an airplane with them – he was flying his own plane, an Extra 300L, in formation with two of the Blue Angels in their F/A-18s. And the author of the article was in the plane with Klatt for a media flight. Some people have all the luck…

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