Heavy Bombers Weekend July 25-27

MADISON, Wisconsin — In a second annual rare gathering of World War II-era aircraft, the Commemorative Air Force and the Experimental Aircraft Association are joining forces for a “Heavy Bombers Weekend” in Madison the weekend before EAA AirVenture.

The three-day event starts Friday, July 25, and will feature the B-25 Mitchell “Miss Mitchell,” the B-17 “Aluminum Overcast,” (pictured) and the P-51 Mustang “Gunfighter.” Other attending aircraft include a T-6 Texan, Canadian Harvard MK IV, Vultee BT-13, Ryan PT-22, L-5 Sentinel, T-33 Shooting Star and an OV-1 Mohawk.

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Two fund-raisers prepare way for Warbird Weekend

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – Warbird Weekend is approaching — July 12-13 — and two upcoming fund-raisers are planned to help fund fuel costs that support bringing more aircraft for the two-day show at the Idaho County Airport.

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Dallas tapped for CAF National Airbase

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has chosen Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD) as the location for its CAF National Airbase and corporate headquarters.

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Lee Lauderback to be inducted into EAA Hall of Fame

EAA Warbirds of America has chosen Stallion 51′s Lee Lauderback as its 2013 inductee into the 2013 EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame.

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GA in the military

There are warbirds at every airshow. Oshkosh, of course, is a feast. But what always grabs me are the veteran GA aircraft adapted for military use. They say to me that “our airplanes” are not toys, but capable, useful flying machines. Some military pilots believed differently, but I’m sticking to my story!

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The Big Birds return to American Aero Services

By BILL WALKER

The surest sign of winter in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is the appearance of some unusually big birds migrating south. These birds, the Collings Foundation B-17G and B-24J, fly in every year for their annual maintenance appointment.

On a sunny Saturday this past November, the public got its yearly opportunity for an up-close view of the bombers and also the Collings TP-51C Mustang at American Aero Services, based at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport (EVB).

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Film depicts historic airplane up for sale at Bonhams

Auction house Bonhams is offering video footage of the 1942 Hawker Hurricane set to go under the hammer at its pre-Christmas sale at Mercedes-Benz World – the spiritual home of the Hurricane – in Weybridge, Surrey, UK, on Monday Dec. 3.

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Speak up now to protect historic flights

By HUNTER CHANEY, Collings Foundation

With the sun glinting off the polished canopy, Bud Day grasped the yellow boarding ladder of his F-100F “Hun” and proceeded to make the long climb to the cockpit. Strapping into the ejection seat, he scanned the tarmac below. He had done this countless instances before — counting down the minutes before the start of anther sortie. This time, however, he was not looking at the surroundings of Phu Cat Air Base in South Vietnam. Instead, he viewed his family and friends, all eager to see him take to the sky for one last mission. Over four decades had passed since his last combat flight in the venerable “Hun,” but as the jet engine roared to life and the aircraft taxied to the runway, “his” airplane felt like home.

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FAA to re-evaluate historical flight rules

The FAA said on Tuesday it’s ready to “reevaluate its policy” regarding the operation of historical aircraft for hire, and announced a series of public meetings on the topic. According to a report at AVweb, the meetings, which are open to the public, will be held June 26, 27, and 28 at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

 

Extreme adventure takes flight

Sky Combat Ace has launched a new business offerings thrill-seekers the chance to experience aerial joyrides high above Nevada desert.

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