Marco De Luigi submitted the following photo and note: “Piper 28 Warrior II I-BJOE is taxiing at Torino Aeritalia (LIMA), in the northwest of Italy. The mountains of Valle di Susa, white after the heavy snows of the day before, create an amazing background and a nice contrast with the green grass of the airfield.”[Read more…]
From a distance, it looks like a new airplane. Closer, it wears a mantle of age gracefully. It is the Douglas C-47 called “That’s All, Brother,” and it is testament that everything old is new again.
Any C-47 flying today deserves the respect reserved for such a long-lived classic. “That’s All, Brother” rises far above that level with a story of heroism that turned the course of history.
This C-47 — yes, this very aircraft, not just one like it — led a stream of 800 C-47s on the initial airdrop missions opening the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944. That’s the day the Allies had waited years to see. The western European continent was being reclaimed and liberated from German occupation from that date on.[Read more…]
What do you do after SUN ‘n FUN? For the YouTubers behind Aviation101 and AngleOfAttack, they flew in formation to Miami and the Key West.
“Seriously, one of the best days of flying I’ve had to date,” one pilot said.[Read more…]
YAKIMA, Washington – The FAA’s National Kit Evaluation Team has approved the CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub EX-3 amateur-built aircraft kit.
This means the Carbon Cub EX-3 has been added to the list of Amateur-Built Aircraft Kits that satisfy the majority build requirement (commonly referred to as the 51% rule), CubCrafters officials explain.[Read more…]
Applications are now being taken for the Massachusetts Airport Management Association’s 2019 Crocker Snow Scholarship.
MAMA will be awarding two $2,000 scholarships in 2019. Deadline for applying is June 31, 2019.[Read more…]
The pilot reported that, while participating in a slow flight competition in Talkeetna, Alaska, he was over the target area for the radar speed check about 30′ above the ground, at 17 mph ground speed, when the left wing stalled.
He did not have sufficient altitude to recover, so the Backcountry Super Cub hit the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. [Read more…]
Weston Brown submitted the following photo and note: “Thunderstorms at Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ) in Mesa, Arizona, are beautiful miracles.”
A century ago in May 1919, three huge seaplanes set out to be the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic, albeit with stops en route in Canada and the Azores. One of the three, designated NC-4, completed the journey, reaching the final destination of Plymouth, England, on May 31.
The aircraft that proved capable of crossing the Atlantic in 1919 was born in desperate times during World War I. The German navy had perfected its U-boats in that war, and Allied shipping paid a terrible price. The U.S. Navy sought a far-ranging flying boat to combat the enemy submarines at sea.
Designed by Glenn Curtiss in collaboration with Navy engineers and pilots in the fall of 1917, the resulting seaplane was too late for wartime service. But its great range made this aircraft a natural for long overwater flights.[Read more…]
A video posted in March 2019 on YouTube takes us to the Short take off and landing (STOL) competition in Valdez, Alaska. It first focuses on the 2017 competition, in which Frank Napp set a new world record, for both takeoff and landing, in a highly modified 1939 Little Piper Cub. In 2018, Dan Reynolds set a new world record landing in 9′ 5″, a whole foot shorter than Frank Napp.
Just three minutes long, the video also delves into the mechanics behind the competition.[Read more…]