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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…

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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