Greg Marlow’s dream machine: A go-places plane

There are many reasons people chose to build an airplane. Sometimes, it’s the challenge of the project, or an attempt to reduce the cost of flying. Other times it’s to build a dream machine to handle what would otherwise be a less-than-enjoyable commute. Greg Marlow from Kingsport, Tenn., falls into the last category. He is the proud builder/pilot/owner of an RV-9A.

According to Marlow, the decision to build the RV came out of the need for a plane he could use to commute to his Air Force Reserve unit in Charleston, S.C., where he flies the C-17.

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Reno Air Races make emotional return this week

Beginning this week, the Reno Air Races — now dubbed the TravelNevada.com Reno National Championship Air Races — will return to northern Nevada for the 49th annual event. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12, planes will once again return to the Sierra skies in a world-class, week-long event featuring six classes of aircraft in a head-to-head competition culminating in a race for the Breitling Unlimited Championship trophy. The event will feature one of the world’s most advanced military aircraft — the F-22 Raptor — as well as emotional tribute ceremonies to remember and celebrate the lives of those lost as well as those impacted by the tragedy of last September.

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Triple Tree and the Sport Aviation Association

September 5-9 marks the dates for this year’s Triple Tree Aerodrome Fly-In near Woodruff, S.C., your blogger’s favorite sport aviation event of the year.  Compared by many old-timers to the famed Rockford EAA conventions from years past, Triple Tree has all the ingredients needed for success: [Read more...]

Jus’ Buzzng Round

Spotted while walking through the vintage aircraft area at this summer’s Oshkosh was a 1947 Navion sporting military colors. Why wasn’t it parked in the Warbird area? Because owner Robert Gaines of Nashville wanted to park close to his friends.

During a quick chat at the show, he noted that the Navion’s previous owner get the credit for not only the yellow invasion striping, but also the “Jus Buzzng Round” logo on the nose.

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Images from Wings Over Camarillo

Lilian Darling Holt, a member of the San Fernando Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, attended the August 18-19 Wings Over Camarillo (California) Airshow, and took several images (see below) of some of the aircraft seen in the skies over Camarillo that weekend. Thank you Lilian for sharing your pictures. [Read more...]

Cleveland museum to host pre-airshow party

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) is hosting its seventh annual Corks in the Concourse pre-airshow party on Friday, Aug. 31, the day before the Cleveland National Air Show kicks off.

This wine-tasting event is held among the museum’s exhibits honoring women in aviation and space history. All proceeds from Corks in the Concourse will go directly to support the museum, officials noted.

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Family weekend of fun at DPA

WEST CHICAGO — Living history graced the skies above the DuPage Airport during Community Days weekend, as “FIFI,” the only airworthy Boeing B-29 Superfortress soared overhead.

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Rocket launch highlight of Rocky Mountain Airshow

As part of the festivities at the Rocky Mountain Airshow, scheduled for Aug. 24-26 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colo., the 17-foot Stars and Stripes Rocket will launch at the show, courtesy of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Intern Rocket Program.

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NORAD pilots go on GA charm offensive

Three pilots from North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the U.S. and Canadian military organization charged with intercepting aircraft that violate TFRs, attended this year’s AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh to talk face-to-face with general aviation pilots on how to avoid TFRs and what to do if they’re intercepted. According to a report at AirTrafficManagement.net, general aviation aircraft make up the majority of more than 1,500 intercepts NORAD has made since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the command is attempting to cut down that number through outreach and education programs.

Biggest Little Airshow draws 11,000+

More than 11,000 visitors attended — for free — the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th “Biggest Little Airshow” on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19. [Read more...]