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Flying Stories for August 17, 2012

Another week without flying. If the thunderstorms weren’t building the smoke was thick in the valley – sometimes both were present. We have been in a cycle of storm days this week. They usually start to our south and move through the area.  Not something I mess with in the mountains.  I have a friend who lives in the town to the NW of here where I like to fly for breakfast. There is a huge fire in the mountains near there and he says the visibility has been less than 1/2 mi in smoke. If you take a look at ForeFlight or some other means of checking a graphical representation of TFRs you can see them all over northern NV. They are established for firefighting operations. The weather is supposed to stabilize by mid-week with temperatures closer to our norm for this time of year – around 90 for a high.

Sunderland Flying Boat

Sunderland Flying Boat – photo from Archives New Zealand. Flickr|CC

Here are some articles you may have missed this week:

The Days of Flying Boats
A link from Seattle PI brought me to this blog. There is a very good piece about the ‘Romantic Days of Flying Boats’ as well as lots of other historical aviation information. You’ll be able to spend a considerable amount of time on this link.

Musings of an Island Bush Pilot
This is from Maine’s The Working Waterfront. The article is a look into a day in the life of a Maine bush pilot by the name of Ted Westlake. An interesting read.

Recollections from a lifelong love of aviation
This is from the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, CA. Mary Magalee is now 93 years old and living in a retirement village in Southern California. One day when she was 3 years old and living in Baldwin City, KS her grandmother called her outside to see a biplane that was flying by. “I saw a little speck in the sky,” Magalee recalled. “It was bright red. I thought I would like to be up there.” And that’s how it started…

Curtiss Model E to fly again
This is from the Leader.com in Corning, NY. Some of the volunteers working at the Glenn H Curtiss Museum have been busy this summer restoring the museum’s replica Model E flying boat. They plan to fly it from Keuka Lake on September 15th, the centennial anniversary of it’s first flight.

Aviation Articles for March 23, 2012

No flying this week. I missed the short window of opportunity that opened Wednesday morning. By 10 am the wind was gusting to 25 knots and it hasn’t let up much since.  The commercial airport (KRNO) a few miles north of me has winds out of the south gusting to 36 knots right now.  That’s not fun flying in the flatlands and definitely to be avoided up here in the mountains. The forecast last night had it blowing through Monday. It must be Spring…

I hope you have good weather where you are – be careful if you’re headed to Sun-n-Fun.

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

Krieder-Riesner KR-34 (Fairchild)
He has almost seen it all

This is from the New York Times. Ron Akana was 21 years old when he applied to be a United Airlines Flight Steward. That was 63 years ago and he is still flying. He is not the oldest working Flight Attendant, that distinction belongs to Bob Reardon at Delta, but Akana is reportedly the longest working flight attendant. It has been quite a ride for him…

Aviation has a tendency to link unlikely personalities and events.
This is from Fredericksburg, Virginia. On this particular day a couple of aviation legends stood in front of a legendary aircraft and began to reminisce. The result was a story linking a grape drink to a Kreider-Reisner KR-34 hanging in the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Annex…

New Try to Solve Old Mystery
This is from the Wall Street Journal online edition. This week a group announced at a State Department event that they were mounting a new expedition to search for the remains of Amelia Earhart. The privately-funded search is being spearheaded by TIGHAR and is supported by Robert Ballard, the undersea explorer who found the Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck and Kennedy’s PT-109 patrol boat.

Pima Air Museum launches 800-pound paper airplane.
This  one is from Mobile Magazine. The Pima Air Museum in Arizona, inspired by 12-year-old Arturo Valdenegro, launched an 800-pound paper airplane this week. The article includes a short YouTube video of the flight

Female aviation pioneer shares her love of flight with some college students

This last one is from The Missourian. This is a very good article about Wally Funk, one of the Mercury 13 – the thirteen women who went through exactly the same Astronaut training as the original Mercury 7 men, but who were not permitted to fly. She has quite a history…

Overnight in China

The Flight

The past couple of days have been taken up by a flight from Japan to Shanghai, China, a short overnight stay at the airport hotel and then a return flight to Japan. The weather in Japan has been really nice lately, partly cloudy and in the 70s (F). China has not been doing so well. Shanghai had for both the arrival and departure 90m (~300 ft.) broken to overcast clouds with 3000m (~2 mi.) visibility and light rain, mist and/or fog. The arrival in Shanghai wasn’t as bad as trying to get through customs, though.

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