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Aviation Articles for July 22, 2011

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

Lockheed Vega at the Fantasy of Flight Museum

Airplane bought on eBay finds it’s way to the Smithsonian
This article is from Channel 11 in Minneapolis. Matt Quy bought a basket-case airplane on eBay. His research during the restoration process found that he had purchased a historically significant airframe – significant enough that the Smithsonian bought it from him. A modern day version of finding an airplane in a barn.

The Joy of Flying
this one is from the TimesOnline of Beaver, PA. Two 86-year-old pilots and the 1928 National Air Derby. Lots of aviation history.

An airpark resident receives an award.
This article is from the Sacramento Bee. An 84-year-old Cameron Park resident was recognized recently for receiving the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50-plus consecutive years of safe flying.

How else would a pilot celebrate his 90th birthday?
This article is from the Santa Maria Times. Dan Daniels turned 90 recently. He has been a pilot and instructor for almost 70 years. Going for a glider flight seemed to be the best way to celebrate his birthday.

Airline pilot answers
Interestingly, this one comes from the Mother Nature Network and is an article published in Women’s Day. It seems really rare that the media gets aviation information correct. This article, though not my usual type, is fairly accurate in the information that it provides. See what you think.

Airlines and Airshows
This article is from the Journal Star in Peoria, IL. Not all airshow pilots make a living going upside down. This particular lady also pilots a 747-400. The Prairie Airshow is this weekend and the article give a little insight into one of the show performers.

Aviation Articles for July 1, 2011

Is it already the July 4th weekend?

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

Grosse-Pointe Historical Society Photo of Wright brothers aircraft flight.

Something to do between graduation and full employment
This article is from the Daily Bruin. Shana had just graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics and had some time off before her employer needed her to start work…. what to do?

A Family with three generations of aviation lovers.
This article is from Sidney, Montana. It relates one family’s love of aviation, spanning 50 years.

The Girls in the Blue Beret
This is a book review from the Washington Post. The book The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Mason is a story of a retired airline pilot who, now widowed, grounded and unemployed, decides to go back to Europe and try to find the people who saved his life when his B-17 was shot down during WWII. It sounds like a really good book. I have ordered it and have placed an affiliate link in the right sidebar.

Another opinion piece concerning AF 447
This is from Aviation International News. Rob Mark, of Aviation Geeks Podcast fame(?), published an opinion piece on the Air France Flight 447 crash. The question, once again, is brought up about whether we are producing pilots or systems operators.

His family is an RV-4
This article is from OA Online. It is that tells a little about an individual flying out of Roy Schlemeyer Field in Odessa, TX. A nice story. It caught my eye because I have flown out of the airport – way back when. I’m not a glider pilot, but I have a half hour of time in one – with Roy Schlemeyer out of the airport that now bears his name. It was also the airport where I first soloed a Globe Swift – the one I owned for 36 years. Small world.

A story of successful mentoring
This one is from Fox Atlanta. It recounts the story of a young man mentored for the past 7 years by a group of individuals who instilled in him the gift of giving. Another nice story.

Aviation in Miami and Pan Am in New York
This article is from the Miami New Times blog. It is an article describing a new exhibit at History Miami that recounts the growth of aviation in Miami – once the home of Pan Am Airlines. It looks like a really nice exhibit.

Aviation comes to Grosse Pointe
This article is from the Grosse Pointe Patch. It recounts the flight of a Wright brothers aircraft in the Michigan town one hundred years ago.

A Buffalo man receives the Wright Brothers Award
This one is from the Buffalo News – and does not refer to the Colgan Air accident. Herman Goldstein got his first ride in an airplane when he was 13 years old and attending a Boy Scout camp – well before the Young Eagles program had begun. Now he is 88 years old and has been awarded the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

The last flying A-3 Skywarrior is now in a museum.
This one is from pnj.com. A contract civilian pilot delivered the last flying A-3 Skywarrior to the Pensacola Naval Air Station for display in the museum there. Why a contract pilot? Because he was the only one they could find still qualified to fly one.



One of my readers passed this one along, so I thought I’d add it here for everyone’s benefit. D-Dalus aircraft design introduced at Paris Airshow. No wings, stationary or rotating on this aircraft. Sounds interesting.

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