In a story by Tom Snow on the largest-ever gathering of Spartan Model 7W Executives at AirVenture 2016 to celebrate the type’s 80th anniversary, Spartan Executives shine at Oshkosh, there was a photo of a 1940s re-enactor exiting one of the airplanes.
What we just found out from Jim Savage, who coordinated the gathering, is that he persuaded the young woman to pose for that picture after showing her a photo of Betty Grable from 1941 in the same pose on the wing of that same Spartan.
Thanks for letting us know the rest of the story Jim! [Read more…]
As I was preparing my motorhome for the trip to AirVenture 2016, it dawned on me that I haven’t written anything for the GA Fuels blog in quite sometime. Perhaps that’s because not much is happening in the aviation fuel arena despite the nagging problems of TEL contamination and the perceptible decline in general aviation overall. The decline shows up in piston aircraft sales and the steady decline in avgas production.
Here is a short review of what has happened since AirVenture 2015: [Read more…]
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will fly its P-51 Mustang, “Red Nose,” and SB2C-5 Helldiver, “The Beast,” to Fond du Lac airport (KFLD) as part of the 2016 Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wis., from Monday July, 25 until Sunday July, 31.
Rides will be available on both of these historic aircraft. The CAF Dixie Wing will have a rides desk at the CAF Headquarters tent in Boeing Plaza at EAA AirVenture. The CAF SB2C Helldiver Sponsor Group will partner for the week with the Dixie Wing, which will provide ground support to the pilots of the old Navy bomber. Rides can be purchased here. [Read more…]