Seething Airfield Charity Air Day 2009

August 6, 2009 by  
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Taking place on Saturday 5 September 2009, this popular event is as much about families having fun, as it is about the aircraft on display. The Seething Airfield Tower Museum has played a major role in organizing the event and the old Control Tower at the airfield will be the focal point of the many events and static displays.

Included in the events for the day will be WW2 re-enactments featuring classic military vehicles and aircraft. Charitable organisations, societies and clubs will be exhibiting, and visitors will have plenty to see and do, as well as a choice of tasty treats at food vending stalls. This is an event with something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Date: 5 September 2009
Venue: Seething Airfield
City: Seething, Norfolk
Country: United Kingdom

Museum to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

July 15, 2009 by  
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During a time when the world was at war, a small group of young men changed history by stepping into the cockpit and defending their fellow countrymen from the air. The Tuskegee Airmen were a unit of black airplane pilots who flew for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and it seems their story is finally being told.

The California African American Museum has recently opened an exciting new exhibit dedicated to the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Running from June 21 until November 1, the exhibit takes visitors on a journey through time where they can learn about the unlikely beginnings of this hearty team of men. For some, such as Jerry Hodges who spent his younger days chopping cotton and plowing fields, the dream of taking to the air was one that no doubt seemed far out of reach for a black teenager in the 1930s. Yet Hodges later became a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, earning his U.S. Army Air Corps‘ wings in 1944. The now 83-year-old gray-haired Hodges was present at the museum on Sunday for the opening of the new exhibit, “Tuskegee: The Journey to Flight”.

According to museum curator Tiffini Bowers, getting the artifacts together for the display was a challenge. The crew was formed at a time when people did not see a need to save remnants from their past. Some of the efforts made by this unit were not appreciated and so very little was set aside for posterity. Some of the items visitors will see include uniforms, squadron badge replicas, pilot logs, a flight simulation plane, model airplanes, photographs and letters of correspondence between Eleanor Roosevelt and pilot Cecil Peterson showing her support of the program. The exhibit also includes a paper airplane workshop, a theatrical performance, a series of screened documentaries and a number of question-and-answer sessions with surviving Tuskegee Airmen.

Those who are interested in the exhibit still have plenty of time to get to the California African American Museum. However the chance to catch a glimpse into this small slice of groundbreaking history should not be missed.

The Central Texas Airshow 2009 – A Weekend of Fun and Excitement

March 27, 2009 by  
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The Central Texas Airshow is set to take place 2-3 May 2009 in Temple, Texas, and everyone is invited. This popular airshow has been running for 22 years under the management of the Georgetown Pilot’s Association and, as with previous events, much of the proceeds will be donated to charity. The 2009 recipients will be the Children’s Miracle Network, an organization raising funds for children’s hospitals.

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National Naval Aviation Museum

February 9, 2009 by  
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The National Museum of Naval Aviation hosts nearly a million visitors annually and is the second largest aviation museum in the United States. Within the museum are more than 140 aircraft, archival materials, aviation exhibits, and even a life-sized replica of part of the USS Cabot light carrier from World War II. Walk beside several aircraft preparing for takeoff from the flight deck. Suspended in the museum are several more planes, like the Wildcat and Kingfisher.

In the Hangar Bay, imagine being part of the crew when a boatswain’s pipe announces mail call. Visit the sick bay, ship’s store, living areas, or the ready room. Then, protect the ship by manning the anti-aircraft gun battery.

The Blue Angels are honored with a seven-story glass and steel atrium that’s now home to four of the aerobatic team’s retired A-4 Skyhawks. See the Blue Angels in their trademark diamond four formation as they appear to dive toward the deck. The National Museum of Naval Aviation has its own IMAX film screen and watching the program The Magic of Flight will have you believe you’re riding in the cockpit with one of the Blue Angels.

Contained within the Museum are aircraft and aviation memorabilia from the Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and the Navy. Aircraft are on display throughout the Museum’s massive building and on the surrounding 37-acres of land. A free bus tour will take you on a 20-minute ride to see nearly 40 more aircraft displayed behind the Restoration hangar. Interior exhibits include personal items such as aviator flight logs, clothing, equipment, and photographs of individual pilots.

Exciting for all ages is the cockpit trainers in which visitors can sit and experience the thrill of being at the controls of a Corsair, Harrier jet, F-8 Crusader, F11F Tiger, or even an AH-1 Sea Cobra helicopter.

Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission is currently free. The National Museum of Naval Aviation is located at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. For detailed directions, visit their Web site at http://naval.aviation.museum/home.html, and let them know you heard about the museum from airplanes.com.

War Strategies

February 9, 2009 by  
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Skip Bombing

Skip bombing was used in World War II by Allied bombers against Japanese ships in the southwest Pacific. Before that, in the summer of 1942, only the B-17F bombers of Maj. Gen. George C. Kenney’s Fifth Air Force could reach targets located near Rabaul, New Britain from New Guinea, a distance of up to 700 miles. Their success rate with conventional high-altitude bombing was only one percent. The Japanese forces were winning the war, and something had to be done. General Kenney authorized his pilots to try low-altitude bombing, a technique that was subsequently perfected by 2nd Lt. James T. Murphy and Capt. Kenneth McCullar. These two pilots transformed skip bombing from a working theory to a successful strategy.

Skip bombing worked best at 200′ of altitude, with flying speeds of 200 to 230 mph. The B-17s released their bombs about 300 yards from the target. This caused the bombs to skip across the water’s surface and slam into the side of the target ship. Using this method, the bombers success rate increased from one to 72 percent. As a defensive measure, skip bombing was executed under cover of darkness, and by moonlight or flares. This was necessary because the B-17s made easy targets for the Japanese anti-aircraft guns on Rabaul and on enemy ships. The bombers simply did not have enough forward guns to suppress the anti-aircraft fire. Despite its disadvantages, skip bombing is credited with contributing to the end of Japanese dominance in the southwest Pacific.

It has long been accepted that the better the strategy is, the more your chances of success are. This is especially true of warfare – whether fought on the ground, in the air or on the sea. A good war strategy may result in victory even if numbers are far smaller than that found in enemy armies. While this section of Airplanes.com does not cover any current war strategies, it will attempt to detail and discuss several popular or successful war strategies of the past. If you notice that a particular strategy has not been included on this page, please feel free to email us and let us know about it. We welcome any suggestions and appreciate feedback which will result in better service and a more useful website.

Military Aircraft

February 9, 2009 by  
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Since the earliest days of airplane development, military divisions from all over the world have recognized the advantage of air superiority. Even before fixed wing aircraft were used for defensive and offensive missions, hot air balloons were employed for reconnaissance work. As late as World War II, balloons were used in the skies of Great Britain as a defensive measure against German aircraft.

Many modern armies use military airplanes not only for destroying enemy targets, but also for peace-keeping missions, search and rescue missions, enemy surveillance, weather surveillance, forward air control, training, and much more. Even after an aircraft is retired from active military service, it may be used as part of a reserve force. Afterwards, the aircraft may be adapted for civilian use as a passenger plane, cargo plane, or even for firefighting. Depending on the aircraft and its intended civilian purpose, little or no modification may be necessary to convert the plane from its original military configuration.

The world of aviation is exciting, and that’s largely due to its continual development. In fact, the history of military airplanes is long and fascinating. From the bi-planes and tri-planes of World War I to today’s modern jets and the spacecraft vehicles of tomorrow, there is much to learn and appreciate.

Because military forces generally have more money to invest in aircraft development as compared to civilian companies, the fastest and most well equipped aircraft are military airplanes. However, none of the advancements made would have been possible without the sacrifices of those who dreamed and built such aircraft, and by those who tested and flew them in service. Many pilots have paid the ultimate price so that the rest of us could reap the benefits of such magnificent aircraft.

As aviation technology continues its march toward the future, one can only wonder what types of military aircraft will fill the skies and the space between planets. What will they look like, and how fast will they fly? And what capability will they have that we can’t yet even imagine?

If you are a current or former military pilot and would like to submit an article about your experience or a story about any military or any other aircraft (whether military or civilian) featured in this or other section of airplanes.com, then contact us so we can help you share your stories and knowledge with other veterans, military pilots and aircraft enthusiasts.

2009 Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow

December 31, 2008 by  
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Looking for a great place to take the whole family early next year? Then look no further than the 2009 Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow. This great event will combine the thrills and spills of classic aerial combat with cars, ground theatre, good food and more. Certainly the whole family will no doubt find something worthwhile at this great event.

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Aerial Fun at Camarillo Air Expo

August 13, 2008 by  
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Every year thousands of people gather to enjoy the excitement and entertainment provided by the Camarillo Air Expo. The event takes place at the Camarillo Airport and will showcase a wide variety of aircraft. It has a little something for every aviation enthusiast and will no doubt appeal to a lot of newcomers too.

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Wings of Victory Provides Rare Opportunity

August 6, 2008 by  
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If you love antique aircraft, then you simply have to make sure that you’re at this year’s Wings of Victory Air Show. Set to take place on August 16 and 17, this fantastic collection of antique aircraft will not only showcase some incredibly rare aircraft, but also provide visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with a number of vintage airplanes.

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Pay a Visit to Virginia Aviation Museum

July 25, 2008 by  
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If you love airplanes you simply have to make sure that you visit the Virginia Aviation Museum at least once in your life. This great museum is dedicated to the history of flight and features not only modern aircraft but reproductions of a number of famous early fliers.

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