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Flying Stories for October 12, 2012

Either I’m getting pickier, or the number of good aviation articles has really fried up. There are still plenty of writers for the general and ‘breaking’ news, but I haven’t been running across many in the human interest category lately.

BAE-146 Fire Bomber

BAE-146 Fire Bomber (click for larger)

No flying this week, but I did manage to pass my third class medical, though. So I’m good for another two years. Next month I have two other projects to complete – a Flight Review and an annual inspection on the Swift. Guess I ought to go out to the airport and get something done…

The Stead Fire Base has closed down now, but last month there was a bit of activity at the base. A new fire bomber showed up for a few day that I had not seen before –  a BAE 146 configured to fight fires.

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

Legends in Alaska Aviation: John Hajdukovich
Here is another one from the Alaska Aviation Legends series.

Veteran pilot receives Wright Brothers award from Federal Aviation Administration
This is from the Reading Eagle. Carl is from Maxatawny Township, near Reading, PA. Back when he was 17 years old (in 1947) he invited his girlfriend for an airplane ride. He paid a pilot to take the two of them up for their first rides. He was hooked on the first loop and has been flying ever since…

Aviation Articles for July 15, 2011

The week started out with some nice prospects for this post but yesterday something I was working on locked up my computer almost to a standstill. I thought I had managed to close down all the programs correctly, but when my browser started up again after the reboot the open tabs were wiped clean.

During the week when I run across and interesting article I usually leave the article open in a tab to refer back to when I sit down to write this post. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to find a safer way to go about this.

Here are a few that I have found since my ‘wardrobe malfunction’…General Patton.

A definite oops – guess they won’t take that route again…
This article is from The Province, one of the major newspapers in Vancouver, B.C. It seems that a DC-10 flying hospital had some time on the ground at the Vancouver airport. When it came time to depart, the ground crew at the facility they were using began tugging it to another location – until they found a ‘soft’ spot in the pavement.

Ever heard of NAPP?
This article is from Mason City, IA. I have to admit that I had never heard of the National Association of Priest Pilots (NAPP). Here’s an article about their national conventions and one of their members who was just recognized for his 50-year career as a pilot and flight instructor.

A WASP returns to flying
This article is from the Tucson, AZ area. Silvia Clayton is now 91 years old, but after waiting 60 years she decided it was time to get back into flying. A great WASP story.

It’s unfortunate that this is funny…
This article is from AOPA Online. The Mooney Ambassadors did a man-on-the-street survey of the type you see on a late night show once in a while. Their survey asked the simple question ‘What is general aviation?’ If you are reading this column you are ‘into’ aviation, but we all know that the average individual on the street has no real concept of what aviation is, how it works or what contribution it makes to our daily lives. I really wonder if that will ever change…

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