I recently had the good fortune to sit around a rather large table with a group of aviation believers. These are people who know aviation, have faith in it, and understand its importance to the economy of our nation and the world. They are also aware of the tremendous educational benefits aviation provides to its participants. Whether you’re young, middle-aged, or silver-haired, aviation has something to share that can enrich your life.
Conversations drifted to tragedy in Connecticut, but the holiday season’s 25th annual Toy Parade went on as scheduled at the Spruce Creek Fly-In community in Florida. The parade boasted an ingeniously decorated Cub, Cherokee and Waco, the latter owned by 2012 Grand Marshalls Pat and Lenny Ohlsson, long-time real estate gurus (pictured below)
SUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, Fla. – The United States Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds military jet team will headline next year’s SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo.
During its annual convention in Las Vegas last week, the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) recognized several individuals and organizations for their achievements and contributions during the 2012 airshow season. Air boss Wayne Boggs, airshow performer Rob Holland, former U.S. Navy Blue Angels team lead Captain Greg McWherter, and the Airpower Arkansas at Little Rock Air Force Base were all singled out for special recognition.
Where2 Interactive has launched SocialFlight 2.0, a newly enhanced version of the free mobile app that provides pilots with an interactive map of thousands of aviation events and the ability to share those events with friends. This new release also coincides with membership surpassing 10,000 users and the database reaching over 3,000 aviation events in 2012, company officials note.
The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour will stop at the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, this January.
Expected to attend the show, known by most as the Sebring LSA Expo, is the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” and P-51 Mustang (pictured). All are slated to fly into Sebring Regional Airport at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18.
STORY AND PHOTOS By HAYMAN TAM
Over 1 million spectators flocked to San Francisco in October to enjoy the Fleet Week festivities and watch the airshow that is the highlight of the event (although the America’s Cup attendees may have a different opinion).
Anyone along San Francisco’s waterfront had a ringside seat for two jet teams and the many other performers flying over show center, marked by ships and buoys in the bay. Some folks chose to watch the show from Alcatraz Island, site of the infamous prison. The weather was wonderfully cooperative with clear blue skies and comfortable temperatures.
Stripes and spiders — not a combination most people would think of when designing a paint scheme for a vintage airplane, but that’s exactly what Merrill and MaDonna McMahan of Wausau, Wis., decided to do when they painted their 1941 Stearman.
The red, white and blue airplane sports small black spiders and the name “Miss Muffet” emblazoned on the side.
“Miss Muffet was what Dad called me when I was a little kid and I was in trouble,” MaDonna said. [Read more…]
Airshow performers Team RV is changing its name to Team AeroDynamix with the onset of the 2013 airshow season. Team RV Founder and Flight Lead Mike Stewart said the new name better communicates the high entertainment nature of the team’s precision formation aerobatic performance.