Lisa F. Bentson, who often travels with our resident air racer William E. Dubois, capturing many of the photos that accompany his stories, sent along these snapped at AirVenture 2016. Enjoy! [Read more…]
Dispatch from KMHE, Mitchell, South Dakota: An airplane. High above me and slightly to the left. I nudge my 14-year-old son, Rio, with my elbow and point up through the canopy. His dark brown eyes, hawk-like when he’s flying, narrow as he studies the silhouette. “It’s white,” his voice crackles through my headset. “It’s not him.”
Rio, the ink on his student pilot ticket barely dry, is in command. He has us dead on course, and climbing slowly, which is the plan. We know there are good tailwinds aloft, starting at either 6,000 feet or 7,000 feet, depending on which forecast you believe, so the only question is: What’s the best way to get up there?
There are two choices: Climb sharply to get up there as quickly as possible, which sacrifices speed over the course; or climb more slowly and keep up a faster ground speed on our way to altitude.
As it’s a long race — the 400-mile AirVenture Cup Race — and as our climb performance ain’t so great, we decide the slow and steady climb is the bet most likely to pay off for us.
At the start of the race 15 minutes ago, Rio and I were the first to lift off. As soon as we heard our time “hack” on the radio, I banked sharply onto course, keeping low and building speed. I glanced over my shoulder out the large back windows of Race 53 and saw the second plane take off. My competitor, standing on his tail, climbing so steeply I wondered if he’d stall. Clearly, he’d chosen the other option.
Which one of us made the right call? [Read more…]
While at AirVenture 2016, ace photographer Bert Reiheld captured these images from the Experimental Aircraft Association’s museum on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH):
GlobalParts.aero and Interceptor Aviation have created the Meyers 200 Air Racing Team.
Officials are encouraging existing Meyers 200 owners to participate in the upcoming events in this summer’s Sport Air Racing League (SARL) slate to “get the most out of the performance of the Meyers 200 and enjoy the airplane’s design,” [Read more…]
Although you’d expect the Beechcraft Heritage Museum to be in Wichita, Kansas, the “Air Capital of the World” and home of the Beech factory since 1932, it’s located 825 statute miles to the southeast in the small town of Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Founded in 1973 by a group of Beechcraft Staggerwing enthusiasts, the privately funded facility has developed into a world-class museum dedicated to preserving the history of the iconic Beech Aircraft brand, long known for quality and performance. [Read more…]
By Tim Gaffney
OSHKOSH, Wis.— For one week in late July every year, flight enthusiasts from around the world gather for what’s billed as the world’s greatest aviation celebration — the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture convention and fly-in.
More than 500,000 visitors, including more than 2,000 from 80 foreign countries, flock to EAA’s headquarters at Wittman Regional Airport, many in their own planes. The field is covered by more more than 10,000 aircraft, ranging from garage-built sport planes to the mighty Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport jet.
Amidst the sprawl of aircraft, vendors’ booths and sponsors’ pavilions, a National Park Service exhibit reminds visitors that this vast and varied collection of flying machines has common roots in Dayton, Ohio. [Read more…]