Contact!

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In the old days, the word “Contact!” was central to the process of getting things going. The pilot yelled  “Contact!” The mechanic then responded in kind while laying hands on the prop. Seconds later, after a grunt, a flip of the prop, and a puff of smoke, an airplane would leap to life.

Technology has changed that process a bit. But the need to make contact is as important as ever, in whatever form it takes.

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‘Backstage look at Blue Angels’

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Museum of Flight‘s Need for Speed Festival, “gives our visitors the opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at some amazingly fast aircraft, cars and even a hydroplane,” said Doug King, Museum of Flight president and CEO. “We are excited to partner more closely with Seafair this year to offer a unique, backstage look at the Blue Angels air show, while giving our guests and members a weekend packed full of family-friendly activities for everyone.”

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A ‘very solid’ AirVenture

OSHKOSH — On closing day of the big show, EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower reported a “very solid” AirVenture that established a new standard for the Experimental Aircraft Association, according to a report at EAA.org. The report notes that more than 2,500 showplanes registeredm including nearly 1,000 homebuilts and close to 1,000 antiques, Hightower said, adding, “Including 200 Piper J-3 Cubs to celebrate the 75th anniversary. Thank you Piper Cub owners for making AirVenture special. Expect bigger and better things for 2013 – certainly continuous improvements in what we call the visitor experience. We will continue to invest in making the experience better year after year.”

 

 

Honoring the WASP

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Michael Porter’s restored Stearman helps tell the women’s story

“Is that what I think it is?”

There’s something special about seeing a military aviator reunited with an airplane that he or, in this case, she flew during the war. It can be an emotional moment, like watching the reunion of long-lost family members.

During this year’s SUN ’n FUN, a handful of members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were reunited with a 1942 Stearman that had been based at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, during World War II and used in primary training. The reactions of the women ranged from smiles and eyes growing misty as the memories came flooding back, to girlish giggles and the sharing of war stories.

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