While preparing stories for the upcoming SUN ‘n FUN Today — the daily newspaper of the fly-in put together by General Aviation News — we reached out to several airshow performers, including Art Nalls, who will fly his Harrier during the airshow. He sent me a link to this video put together by AARP which is absolutely riveting. Check it out below: [Read more…]
Penny Hamilton sent in these photos, with a quick story: “Charlie McConathy of Granby, Colorado, visited Granby/Grand County Airport-Emily Warner Field (GNB) in the fall of 2015 as part of its annual pre-school community aviation education event called ‘Touch An Airplane and Meet A Pilot.’ This event is also supported by members of the EAA Chapter 1267.
As a follow-up to the visit, the children created a thank you note for the Grand County Historical Association Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum volunteers, who organized and hosted the free event. [Read more…]
No, he’s not going to fly into the hangar… you hope, but Greg Koontz’s airshow act keeps you wondering.
Probably you’ve seen an act like this before. A crazy-acting farmer or a supposed drunk hops into a Piper Cub or similar aircraft after the regular pilot leaves it unattended for a few minutes. The crazy guy has no flying experience but somehow proceeds to start up the airplane and to take off in the most out-of-control manner imaginable.
As he erratically careens around the sky, handling the aircraft wickedly out of control, he nearly hits the ground over and over. The entire act takes place within a couple hundred feet of a hard-as-concrete surface. To top it off? He lands on a pickup truck.
Even though it’s only an act and even if the pilot is actually a gifted aviator, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and fear that nutjob is going to whack the airplane into the ground right in front of the airshow crowd watching in fascination. [Read more…]
“Captain Hal” sent in these photos captured at the Smoky Mountain Air Show in Knoxville, Tenn., April 16-17. The first airshow in 11 years, it was “amazing to watch,” he reports.
“The pictures don’t do the show justice at all,” he continued. “The sounds, feelings, and smells just don’t come across in the pictures. The weather was perfect and the skies impossibly blue. I hope you enjoy these pictures.” [Read more…]
The National Warplane Museum’s 36th annual airshow, “The Greatest Show on Turf,” will be held July 8-10 at the museum in Geneseo, N.Y. [Read more…]
Ever wonder what your car does while you’re at an air show… [Read more…]
Richard Rain sent in these photos, explaining: “Had a great time at SUN ‘n FUN, we were all the way at the end of aircraft camping. We went as a flight of three from Maryland — a Husky, Super decathlon and a Cherokee 140. As you can see, these pictures were taken after the overnight rain and it was messy getting around. [Read more…]