For the first time in more than 20 years, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has lowered Charles Lindbergh’s Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis” to the floor. The famous aircraft will remain on the floor at eye level for visitors to see for approximately five months while it undergoes preservation work before being suspended once again. [Read more…]
DAYTON, Ohio — As you take a 360° tour inside the cargo area of the C-17 on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, you’ll notice typical items you’d see in many aircraft – cargo seats, a pallet, even a bumper sticker that says “I love flying.” But look closer and you’ll see something a little more unusual on this particular aircraft.
In addition to its role as a flight test aircraft, this C-17 was also a Hollywood star. It appeared in five motion pictures – “Transformers,” “Iron Man,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” “Iron Man 2” and “Superman: Man of Steel” – as well as country superstar Toby Keith’s Emmy Award-winning production of “American Soldier.”
By TRACY THURMAN
When you fly into Minter Field (KMIT) in Shaftner, Calif., you notice a sprawling, fairly quiet airport situated in the heart of California’s central valley. It is flanked to the east by industry and Highway 99. The other three sides are surrounded by farm lands and orchards. Keep your eyes open for crop dusters who work on and around the airport.
It doesn’t look like much as you make your downwind, but under the veil of dust is a nest of eagles. There’s lots of history and some really cool aviation stuff going on here.