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Aviation Articles for January 13, 2012

And a happy Friday the 13th to all of you. I hope you all made it through the day with a minimum of scars.

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


P-47 Thunderbolt

It flies like a Cub, but different.
This is from the online edition of General Aviation News. David Nixon recently purchased a 1941 Piper J-5A Cub Coupe. This is the story of getting his ‘new’ plane back to his home field in Hubbard, OR. Fine folks and fun flying.

This guy has some stories to tell.
This is from The Daily Record in Wooster, OH. Bob McCarter is one of our ‘Greatest Generation” survivors at age 88. He was taught to fly by Roscoe Turner and had his pilot’s license at age 14 (1937). He went on to be an enlisted Naval Aviator. The article relates several of his experiences and also includes about a 12-minute video interview. Well worth your time.

Another chapter from Richard Taylor
This is another of AVweb’s  Skywritings articles, just in case you missed it. Avweb has been publishing Richard Taylor’s memoirs for some time now. This one is dated back in the first part of December and covers Taylor’s 1956 ‘visit’ to Randolph AFB in San Antonio, TX for advanced flight training. The article has some nice archive photos of the B-29. .

A ‘Jug’ pilot reminisces
This is from the Muncie, IN Star Press. Bud Robertson enlisted in the Army Air Force Reserve when he was 21 years old. Before long he found himself flying P-47s in France. He talks with the author about some of his experiences. It looks like the Star Press is going to make this a weekly column, named Freedom’s Faces, to honor our rapidly dwindling WWII veterans. A nice effort.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all flew from airports like this?
This is from Sonoma, CA, just north of the San Francisco Bay area. I have several friends at this airport, one who is mentioned in the article. This is a true general aviation airport.

Aviation Articles for October 14, 2011

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

Fairchild C-123

A TBM returns to Missoula
This is from the Missoulian in Missoula, MT. The Museum of Mountain Flying in Missoula had recently acquired a Grumman TBM Avenger that was being used as a ‘slurry bomber’ fighting fires in Canada.

What to do with your homebuilt airplane
This is from Yuma, AZ. A couple there decided it was time to take a little cross-country flight in their amateur-built airplane – 12,000 miles later and they were back home in Yuma. Mission accomplished.

47 Years in Aviation
This is a series of articles – chapters of a book – published on the AvWeb site. Richard Taylor has been in aviation for over 47 years. He has written 20 books and is the founder of The Pilot’s Audio Update. This link is to the introduction to his memoirs. So far about 6 chapters have been put online. To access chapter one (link at the bottom of the Introduction) you will have to have an account with AvWeb – the registration is free. The Chapters are well written and illustrated. A good story – put a note on your calendar to read a chapter a week.

Something to do in Hagerstown this weekend
This is from the Herald-Mail. This weekend there will be a Wings and Wheels Expo at the Hagerstown Airport on Showalter Rd. Sounds like it will be a pretty big event. The local EAA Chapter is hosting a Young Eagles event as part of the weekend. Fairchild Aircraft Company made Hagerstown it’s home and several examples of their aircraft will be on display, including the C-123, C-119 and C-82.

Barnstorming isn’t dead yet
This is from the Bradenton (FL) Times. Barnstorming will be part of the Hundsader farms Pumpkin Festival again this year. If you want to get a chance at a flight in a New Standard D-25 biplane, check out the event in Bradenton, Florida any of the last three weekends in October.

Never let go of your dream
This is from yesterday’s issue of the AOPA’ ePilot newsletter – just in case you don’t receive it. Twenty-two years ago Tim Garrett was diagnosed with MS and lost his private pilot’s license. He fought the disease into submission and proved to the FAA that he could be a safe pilot – and received a Special Issuance medical. Then he built his own plane. Now he talks to aviation groups and MS patients about how he did it.

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