“From the CAF’s Tora! Tora! Tora! cast to a Zero, plus the world’s only flying PB4Y-2 Privateer and B-29 Superfortress, Saturday’s warbird air show rocked the field.” [Read more…]
Story and Photos By FREDERICK A. JOHNSEN
Attendees of this year’s Warbird Roundup in Nampa, Idaho, held June 27-28, benefited from the combination of craftsmanship, technology, and deep pockets that has breathed life into warbirds once thought impossible to see flying. Two classic and scarce razorback P-51 Mustangs went aloft at the same time, a feat unimaginable just a generation ago. [Read more…]
Cdr. Leroy Robinson, a World War II naval aviator, flew in the Pacific Theatre and is a confirmed “Ace.” He also flew in the Korean Conflict and had a 32-year career at Delta Air Lines. In failing health now, most of his time is spent in his Civil War-era Tignall, Georgia, farmhouse.
By DAVID RAUZI
GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – All it took was 30 minutes to turn a sleepy rural airstrip into roaring runway of Warbirds.
Scrambled together within a few months and hurriedly promoted, the Idaho County Airport’s first Warbird Weekend event held July 14 last year exceeded all expectations: [Read more…]
During the last airshow flight of the season, the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, experienced an engine problem. The crew returned the airplane safely to the ground, but it was soon determined that FIFI’s number two engine would need major repairs. In response, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has launched a major fund raising campaign to raise money for one of the world’s most famous World War II bombers.
At nearly $10,000 and 100 volunteer hours per hour of flight, keeping FIFI in the air is no easy task, according to CAF officials, who estimate the cost for repairs to the number two engine and the purchase of a spare will top $250,000. The Keep FIFI Flying campaign’s goal is to raise those funds, ensuring continuous future operation and flight. [Read more…]
The Colorado Aviation Business Association (CABA) has released the schedule for “Colorado Aviation Week,” with several events slated June 7-10 in the Denver area to celebrate the state’s General Aviation Appreciation Month.
The Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 bomber FIFI – the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world – will return to Oshkosh this year to participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012.
An unusual AC-47D gunship of the Vietnam era, known as “Spooky,” will be part of the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight this coming weekend, April 28-29.
How do you manage a 4.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale? “You take lots of Advanced Placement and Honors classes,” said Joshua Gutierrez, a 17-year-old honor student at Central Florida Aviation Academy, which is on the SUN ’n FUN campus.
Gutierrez has the highest GPA in his school and as a reward he earned a ride in the back seat of a T-6 Monday morning.