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Flying Stories for August 10, 2012

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

A great way to get some common ground with your teenager.

Sorry Folks. It was pointed out that this article link was not working.  The DeKalb Chronicle is operated by Shaw Newspaper Media. Shaw doesn’t appear to want anybody out of their area visiting their site, so  once an article has been available for a few days they move it to their Archives located behind a firewall. Heaven forbid that someone should bring them traffic by linking to one of their articles.

Travel-Air 4D

Bruce McElhoe and his 1929 travel Air 4D, one of the participants in the 2012 American Barnstormers Tour

This is from the DeKalb, IL Daily Chronicle. Morgan is David’s teenage daughter. Thanks to a nice offer at a local Corn Fest last year they now have a common ground to discuss over dinner. Not a typical situation with a teenager…

Richard Taylor’s Memoirs: Chapter 16
This is from AvWeb. Chapter 16 in Richard Taylor’s memoirs. A good read, as usual.

The Spirit of St Louis
This is from the Golden Gazette News – Golden Age of Fiction News from Yesterday and Today. From their FAQ page: The Golden Gazette News features stories, articles and interesting facts from the pulp fiction of the 1930s and 1940s written by New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard. Looks like there are several interesting articles on the site.

2012 American Barnstormers Tour
This is from the Brainerd (MN) Dispatch. The 2012 American Barnstormers Tour kicked off last weekend and will run through the remainder of the summer. This article talks a little about the pilots and their airplanes. The tour’s website is AmericanBarnstormersTour.com where you can find their planned stops and the dates – it’s well worth the time to pay them a visit if you are near one of the stops.


No flying for me this week, but I did spend a little time at a couple of the venues for Reno’s Hot August Nights event.  Here are some photos I took – in no particular order. Not the all-chrome super-customized hot rods, but some nice restorations of older cars and some that you probably don’t see every day.


Flying Stories for July 20, 2012

Yes, I’m still here and keeping track of some interesting stories for you. I have been doing a bit more flying lately and, coupled with an influx of clients for my website design business, have been a bit busy lately.

I made it to a fun Swift gathering in Oregon a couple of weeks ago and this past weekend made a nice fly-in in Northern California. I’ll get articles out about both of them as soon as I can.

Enjoy – and fly safe.  Remember, it’s an election year. Check those NOTAMS for pop-up TFRs as the candidates move about the country trying to convince you to vote for them.

Thomas-Morse Scout

Thomas-Morse Scout at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

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

Forty-Seven Years In Aviation: A Memoir; Chapter 15: A Year In Korea, Then Back To OSU
From AvWeb again. This is Chapter 15 of Richard Taylor’s memoirs.

American Airlines mechanic celebrates completing 70 years on the job.
This is from the NY Times. Al Blackman, now 86 years old, has worked as a mechanic for American Airlines for 70 years.  He was recently treated to a celebratory airplane ride – but not in any old airplane over a nondescript landscape…

Michael Porter’s restored Stearman helps tell the women’s story
This is from General Aviation News. Michael Porter restored a 1942 Stearman biplane and in doing so found that it had been one of the training aircraft at Sweetwater, TX Avenger Field – the training base of the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). He took it to the Sun ‘n Fun gathering this year and reunited it with some of the WASP pilots.

Flying Magazine’s Top 100 Airplanes
This, obviously is from Flying magazine. I include it just in case you have been in a cave and haven’t seen it yet. A notable list of Flying’s authors and editors got together and came up with their list of the top 100 airplanes of all time. It’s an interesting list and each aircraft on the list has a short paragraph by one of the panelists about why the plane was included.

Last A-4 restored for Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
This is from DVIDS (by going to the link you can find out what that means). Bob Butcher flew the A-4D Skyhawk as a young lieutenant. Nothing brings to light how much time has passed than to watch one of the planes you flew be inducted into an aviation museum…

Ithaca, NY Aviation History
This is from the Ithaca [NY] Journal. There is a long history of aviation in Ithaca, though people rarely think about it. The Thomas brothers were from Ithaca – builders of the Thomas-Morse Scout, a single-seat biplane used as an advanced trainer in WWI…

A little history about the Airship USS Shenandoah
This is from the Charlottesville, VA Daily Progress. This article is an account of the USS Shenandoah flying over Charlottesville in 1924 followed by a little history of the airship and its eventual demise over Ohio the following year.

A first-hand account of the Hindenburg disaster
This is another from The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, VA. Frank Ward was a teenager in 1936 and had skipped track practice to help his father as a member of the ground crew at Lakehurst Naval Air Station…
As an aside. My late uncle, fluent in Spanish, for several years worked for La Prensa, a Spanish newspaper. He had been assigned to cover the Hindenburg arrival and he, too, was there to see the event unfold. He was also at Le Bourget Field in Paris for Lindberg’s landing.

Aviation Articles for June 15, 2012

Reno Home Pylon

The Home Pylon is up!

Still no Swift flying this week. By the time I felt well enough to get back into the air the 2012 Pylon Racing School had started.

Stead Airport tenants can go flying during the week of PRS, but the process is not an easy one. To start, my hangar is in the area of the airport that must comply with the ‘no prop’ line. In order for me to depart (or return) between 7 am and 5 pm I would have to tow the plane out to the edge of the ramp before starting the engine. Departing before 7 am or returning (well) after 5 pm may alleviate that requirement, but I have not seen anyone pressing the issue.

While the race course is active you must contact race control to move on the airport. There are 4 or 5 15-minute periods built into the race schedule for tenant arrivals and departures. However, these periods are described as not ‘hard times,’ meaning that if the training is behind schedule a particular period may be deleted. You would only find this out when you called in to race control for taxi or landing instructions.

PRS Parking

PRS participant aircraft.

For my ‘fun flying’ it just isn’t worth jumping through all the hoops. Today (Saturday) is the final day of training, so airport operations will be back to normal tomorrow – except for all the race plane departures.

It appears that the turn onto the home pylon and the turn after the home pylon may have been softened a bit. I just looked at a local newspaper article and it said:


Pylons four, five, six, seven and eight will be moved 150 feet north, away from grandstands for every race class except Formula One and biplanes

PRS Ramp

2012 PRS Ramp

So that appears to be what I was seeing. One notable item for this year’s PRS is that there were no unlimited aircraft entered. Dreadnought was here and ran the new course a couple of times as a test, but did not fly otherwise.

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


A look at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

This is from Herald Net. The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, OR has a little bit for everybody, but especially for aviation buffs. It is the home of the Howard Hughes ‘Spruce Goose’, has a 3-D movie theater and includes a water park that has water slides coming out of the aft emergency doors of a Bowing 747 that is perched on top of the museum. Check out the photos included in the article.

Richard Taylor’s memoirs.

this is found on the AvWeb site. I have included links to Richard Taylor’s memoirs several times in the past. This is a link to chapter 14, describing his time at Ohio State University and his introduction to single-engine jet flying. as usual, worth the read.

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