By Frederick A. Johnsen
When a World War II Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter made a dramatic flyover during the first Ridgevue High School football home game last month, it was far more than a passing symbol. It marked the beginning of a way of life — a patriotic and respectful ethos nurtured by the new school in Nampa, Idaho.
As if on cue from an invisible orchestra conductor, everyone stands. Thousands of men, women, and children. As one, they turn their heads to the southeast, faces to the sky.
No, it isn’t for the national anthem. It’s for the start of the Unlimited Gold Race at the National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada.
A scratchy radio transmission is patched through the public address system: “Gentlemen, you have a race.” [Read more…]
Aviation International News is reporting that the FAA has subpoenaed the city of Santa Monica and issued a notice of investigation into the city’s efforts to evict the two main fuel providers at Santa Monica Airport.
“These actions may be causing, and appear intended to cause, impairment of the airport, including but not limited to, a de facto closure of the airport in violation of applicable law,” the agency told the city in a Sept. 26 notice of investigation (NOI), according to the report. Read the full report here.