Hemmet-Ryan Air Show 2013

October 13, 2013 by  
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Taking place on November 2, the Hemmet-Ryan Air Show 2013 features Melissa Aerobatics; A-10 West Demonstration Team; Golden Stars Skydiving Team; Heritage Flight; C-17 Demo Team; Bill Cornick; Rob Harrison and more. There will me food and craft vendors and activities for kids. For more information visit www.hemet-ryanairshow.org.

Date: November 2, 2013
Venue: Ryan Field
City: Hemet
State: Californis
Country: United States

Milwaukee Air & Water Show 2013

July 22, 2013 by  
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The program for this exciting two-day events includes a NAVY A-4 Skyhawk Tactical Jet Demo by the Warbird Heritage Foundation; All Veteran’s Parachute Team consisting of former Golden Knights; AV-8B Sea Harrier; Aerostars Aerobatic Team; Geico Sky-Typers Team; The 4CE; T-28 Trojan 4-Ship Demo; John Klatt Airshows; US Coast Guard; Absolute Aquasports Flyboard Demo and Sky Kite Demo. For more information visit www.milwaukeeairshow.com

Dates: 3-4 August 2013
Venue: Bradfort Beach
City: Milwaukee
State: Wisconsin
Country: United States

Pearson Air Museum

September 25, 2012 by  
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As one of the oldest continually operating airfields in the United States, Pearson Field is the perfect venue for a museum dedicated to the history and development of aviation. The Pearson Air Museum pays tribute to the milestones in aviation history that took place at Pearson Field and provides interesting information on aviation in the Pacific Northwest, along with displays of vintage aircraft, including the world’s first bomber, an interactive science center, aviation movies and a flight simulator lab.

The museum offers visitors a glimpse into the early years of aviation, when pioneering pilots in their open-cockpit aircraft were the dare-devil heroes to pave the way for future developments. Exhibits include a 1913 Viosin III (one of only three worldwide); a 1941 DeHavilland Tiger Moth; a 1932 Fleet II; a 1941 Ryan Recruit; a 1941 Boeing Stearman; a 1942 Myers OTW; a 1943 AT-6D/SNJ-5 Texan; a 1979 Baby Great Lakes; a Formula One Air Racer; Piper L-4 Grasshopper; a reproduction of a Fokker DR-1; and a 1953 Cessna 170 which flew around the world in 1956-1957.

Visitors can view the world’s first bomber and the 1918 wooden hanger which is the second oldest of its kind in the United States. The reproduction World-War I-era Fokker DR-1 Tri-plane is the same type of aircraft flown by the infamous Red Baron. Exhibits include a variety of aviation paraphernalia including priceless Russian Transpolar Flight memorabilia. Aircraft in the hangar are all in working condition, with many having served as World War II trainers for beginner and advanced pilots.

With the theme of “Learn from the past. Prepare for the future.” the museum encourages class field trips and an educational coordinator is on hand to discuss program options and reserve a date so that both teachers and students gain as much out of the experience as possible. The optimum size for a group of students is less than 20 students, but up to 40 can be accommodated.

The Pearson Air Museum is operated by the nonprofit organization, Fort Vancouver National Trust. Site hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Helpful and informative volunteer museum guides are on hand to answer questions and offer additional information on the exhibits and the fascinating world of aviation.

Fly Iowa 2012

August 27, 2012 by  
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Scheduled for September 15, Fly Iowa 2012 will take place at Atlantic Municipal Airport with the theme of “Heritage and Homecoming”. The event will highlight the rich historical heritage of the Atlantic Municipal Airport with activities including a fly-in, static displays, a FAAST pilot seminar and an airshow with the star being the magnificent P-51 Mustang aircraft. For more information visit www.flyiowa.org.

Date: 15 September 2012
Venue: Atlantic Municipal Airport
State: Iowa
Country: United States

Arlington Fly-In 2012

June 26, 2012 by  
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Features of the Arlington Fly-In includes flights and tours on the historic B-17, fly-bys, car show, heritage collection, military vehicles and weapons display, hot air balloons, Vietnam river patrol boats, bi-plane rides and loads more. Visit the Arlington Fly-In Website for more information.

Dates: 11-15 July 2012
Venue: Arlington Municipal Airport
City: Arlington
State: Washington
Country: United States

Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum

June 5, 2012 by  
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Operating as a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving aviation history, the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum (DVHAA) is located in Horsham, PA. Volunteers work all year round to support aircraft restoration, run the museum, gift shop and library, and plan events and fund-raising projects, as well as to keep membership services and administration up-to-date.

In 1946, shortly after the end of World War II, a group of naval officers, prompted by Lieutenant Commander David Ascher, retrieved some axis and allied aircraft from a scrap yard and went to work on reassembling and restoring these abandoned war-birds. The display of restored aircraft, alongside US Route 611 in Horsham, Pennsylvania, was referred to as the Ascher Collection and was the beginning of what is now the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum, maintained by the Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association (DVHAA).

The DVHAA restoration team restores and performs maintenance on the organization’s historic aircraft, as well as those on loan from the US Air Force and US Navy. The most recent restorations by the team were to a Sikorsky UH-34D Seabat and Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever, with current restoration projects including a Republic F-84F Thunderjet and Chance Vought F8U-1 Crusader. As one of only five remaining aircraft of its kind in the world, the Chance-Bought F7U Cutlass is one of the DVHAA restoration team’s future projects.

Exhibits at the Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum include fourteen aircraft and almost forty display cases, categorized as: World War One; the Pitcairn Era; World War II; the Tuskegee Airmen; the Cold War; Southeast Asia; Korea; Women in Aviation; Contemporary Aviation and Space Exploration. Visitors to the museum can view more than two hundred hand-crafted scale models, along with an increasing collection of memorabilia related to aviation. Some of the highlights of the museum are a large collection of aviation patches, videos and photographs; full-sized mannequin dressed in vintage aviation flight-gear; flight simulators; F-8 Crusader instrument panel; Aim 4 Falcon air to air missile; Aim 9 Sidewinder air to air missile; air to ground rocket and shells; and a J:65 Jet Engine.

Entrance to the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum is free, with donations gladly accepted. Hours are Wednesday to Friday 10h30-15h00, and Saturday and Sunday 10h00-16h00. School and group tours should be arranged in advance. Through the efforts of dedicated aviation enthusiasts, the Wings of Freedom Museum provides visitors with a fascinating look at aviation history.

VNA Air Show 2009

October 23, 2009 by  
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The VNA Air Show, or Visiting Nurse Association Air Show, will take place on the 14th and 15th of November 2009. Witham Field will be the host of the event and is gearing up to be an air show to remember with talented showmen and woman already confirming their participation, such as the John Klatt, U.S. Army Special Ops Black Daggers, USAF Heritage Flight, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Rob Holland and many more. There will also be a Friday Night Party, Kids Zone and Static Displays.

For more information in regard to the show and ticket prices, visit the official show website at www.vnaairshow.com.

Date: 14 – 15 November 2009
Venue: Witham Field
City: Stuart, Florida
Country: United States of America

Scott AFB Air Show 2009

August 20, 2009 by  
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Advertised as “Airpower Over the Midwest”, the Scott Air Force Base Air Show promises a program loaded with fun and excitement, with something for each member of the family. Aerobatic and fly-by events include breathtaking displays of skill by the Canadian Snowbirds and the Golden Knights, as well as demonstrations by an F-16, F-15, F/A-18, C-17 and an F-4 Phantom II Heritage Flight. Static displays include a variety of military and civilian aircraft, with Warbird aircraft on display including the B-25J Mitchell, TBM Avenger and C-141C Starlifter. Make a note on your calendar to attend this fun-filled family event.

Date: 19-20 September 2009
Venue: Scott AFB
City: Shiloh, Illinois
Country: United States


February 9, 2009 by  
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Man has always been interested in the concept of flying, with many an adventurer attempting to become airborne. Around the year 400 BC, the Chinese discovered the kite, a object that could fly in the air, and they built many colorful kites for recreation, fun and decoration. More refined kites were built to test weather conditions. Kites have been a very important factor in the invention of flight, as they were the forerunners of hot air balloons and gliders.

For many centuries after the discovery of flying kites, humans have tried to fly just like birds. They built wings made out of feathers and light weight wood and attached them to their arms, but the results were disastrous. The muscles of the human arm is not like a birds and can not move with such strength.

In the 1480s Leonardo da Vinci made the first real studies of flight. He designed the Ornithopter and had over 100 drawings illustrating his theories of flight. The Ornithopter was never built in his lifetime, but it played an important role in today’s modern helicopter.

When man realized that hot air goes up and cold air comes down, new hope was born. Two brothers, Joseph Michel and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier invented the first hot air balloon. They used the smoke from a fire to blow hot air into a silk bag. The silk bag was attached to a basket and the hot air then rose and allowed the balloon to be lighter than air. The first passengers to try out the balloon were a sheep, a duck and a rooster. The balloon ascended to a height of approximately 6,000 feet and travel about a mile. The first human passengers to test this new invention were Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent.

Around the 1800s George Cayley worked very hard studying ways that man could fly. He then designed many different versions of gliders that used the movements of the body to control. He improved his design over a period of about 50 years, changing the wings so that the air would flow over it correctly and designing a tail to help with stability. He then recognized that a fixed wing aircraft with a power system for propulsion and a tail for stability and control of the airplane would be the best way to allow man to fly.

Otto Lilienthal, a German engineer that studied aerodynamics, was the first person to design a glider that could allow a person to fly over significant distances. He wrote a book on aerodynamics, based on his studies and on the way that birds fly. The Wright Brothers used his text as a basis for their designs.

Samuel Langley, an astronomer, built a model of a plane that included a steam-powered engine, which he called an aerodrome. His model flew three-quarters of a mile before running out of fuel. He received $50,000 grant to build a full sized aerodrome, but unfortunately it was too big and crashed.

Wilbur and Orville Wright studied all the books that had been published on the subject and began to test all the early theories of flight. Eventually they built an airplane “The Flyer” with a 12 horsepower engine which lifted the aircraft from level ground, going on to invent the first successful airplane that travelled one hundred and twenty feet in twelve seconds. Future developments of aircraft were all based in some manner on the two Wright Brother’s first flight at Kitty Hawk.

In 1947 Chuck Yeager became the very first pilot to exceed the speed of sound. In 1976 the Concorde Airplane took to the airways and crossed the Atlantic in three hours.

Heritage Aviators

February 9, 2009 by  
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Heros of Aviation

From the Wright Brothers to Amelia Earhart, aviation history is rich with hundreds of famous individuals. Each have either contributed to the world of aviation in a significant way or have been the first to achieve a new landmark of some sort. Some are noted for their outstanding bravery and determination. This page of Airplanes.com is dedicated to these individuals. However, as there are such a large number of famous people who have made their mark on aviation history, not all of them will appear here immediately. You can be confident that we will endeavor to discuss as many famous people as possible in due time, so if you have a particular favorite, watch this space for their name or email us and suggest someone, detailing what contribution they made to the wonderful world of flight. We will be happy to take your suggestion into consideration.

Wilfred “Wop” May : Famous Bush Pilot

Wilfred “Wop” May began his career with the British Royal Flying Corps during World War I. He escaped death by the Red Baron when another pilot shot down the infamous German ace. May returned home to Canada after the war and joined his brother at May Airplanes Ltd., performing air stunts and delivering freight.

On January 1, 1929, diphtheria erupted in a northern Canadian village. They needed serum to prevent an epidemic. May and his mechanic, Vic Horner, loaded the precious medicine into their two-seater Avro Avian, an open cockpit biplane. After flying for two days at 500′ in blizzard conditions at -60° F, they delivered the serum, saving the lives of hundreds of villagers.

May pioneered the delivery of mail throughout the Far North, and later played a role in the pursuit of the Mad Trapper of Rat River in 1932 in the Northwest Territories. The first use of a plane for law enforcement purposes occurred when May piloted his Bellanca Pacemaker on skis to transport the officers and provide aerial reconnaissance. May saved the life of an officer shot by Johnson, when he flew the man through blizzard conditions to a northern hospital.

Throughout the 1930s, May led the famous Canadian Airways, which flew passengers and freight throughout the remote regions of Canada and North America. After World War II, during which May trained pilots, Canadian Pacific Airways hired him to establish international flight service. Wilfred “Wop” May survived the Red Baron to help develop commercial aviation as we know it today.

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