Yuma Airshow 2015

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Taking place on 27-28 February, the Yuma Airshow attracts participants and spectators from across the country. With breathtaking action in the air and fascinating static displays, this family-oriented event has something for everyone. Performers this year include Chuck Aaron in the Red Bull Helicopter, the Misty Blues Skydiving Team, hang glider Dan Buchanan and more. For more information on this event visit www.yumaairshow.com

Date: 27-28 February 2015
Venue: MCAS Yuma
State: Arizona
Country: United States

Visit the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona

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Located at the Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona, the Pima Air & Space Museum is home to nearly 300 aircraft, as well as the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. The museum is closely associated with the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), keeper of the largest aircraft preservation and storage facility in the world, often referred to simply as the ‘Boneyard’ as it is the final resting place for many aircraft. Visitors to the museum can enjoy a bus tour of the 2,000 acre Boneyard where they will hear interesting stories about some of the 4,000 aircraft stored there.

The term ‘Boneyard’ may give the impression that the aircraft at the 309th AMARG serve no purpose, and indeed a large number are no longer of any use, but some of the planes will be restored and possibly fly again – at least at air shows and special events – while other aircraft may yield valuable parts to use in restoration projects.

Among the aircraft in the Boneyard is the only airplane in the world to have received an honorary Purple Heart – a prestigious US military decoration awarded to men and women wounded or killed in armed conflict. The C-130’s engine and wings were damaged by gunfire during Vietnam, and as technicians were battling to fix it, they were fired at again. They managed to get the airplane going, took off and landed in the nearest safer spot, thereby saving lives – and the airplane.

Another airplane of interest is a Navy LC-130F which was stuck in Antarctica for 17 years, often buried so deep in snow that all that was visible was the tip of its tail and tips of some of the props. After being dug out of the snow, the LC-130F was repaired and continued in service for another ten years before being brought to the Boneyard in Arizona.

Visitors to the Pima Air & Space Museum can take their time viewing the indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as viewing the restoration work taking place in Hangar 5. The Dorothy Finley Space Gallery offers the opportunity to look inside a training example of an Apollo space capsule, experience interactive exhibits, see a moon rock and learn about the history of the space race. Other exhibits include WWII barracks, aviation ground support vehicles and outside airplane exhibits.

Opening times and tour times are seasonal, so it’s best to check the Pima Air & Space Museum website when planning your visit.

Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona 2014

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With the theme of “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future”, the Desert Lightning Team invites the community of Tucson to an Open House on April 21-13. The program includes aerial demonstrations and guests will have the opportunity to learn about the aircraft and the pilots and support crew at the Air Force Base. For more information visit www.dm.af.mil/library/d-mthunderandlightning.asp

Dates: 12-13 April 2014
Venue: Davis-Monthan AFB
State: Arizona
Country: United States

Yuma Air Show 2014

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The lineup of performers for the 2014 Yuma Air Show includes the F-35 Lightning II; F-5 Tiger II; AV-8B Harrier; MV-22 Osprey; Chuck Aaron; Jacquie B and more. For more information on this exciting event, please visit www.yumaairshow.com

Date: 15 March 2014
Venue: MCAS Yuma
State: Arizona
Country: United States

Copperstate Fly-In 2012

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The 40th annual Copperstate Fly-In and Aviation Expo is set to take place at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport on 25-27 October 2012. In addition to a host of exhibitors and aircraft on display, the weekend’s program includes airplane rides, Showcase Fly-By, workshops, silent auction, Awards Program and Awards Banquet. for more information visit www.copperstate.org

Dates: 25-27 October 2012
Venue: Casa Grande Municipal Airport
State: Arizona
Country: United States

Solar Impulse – Technology Shines Bright

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It takes dedication, a passion for aviation and unwavering determination to turn a dream into reality. The vision that both Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg share does not enter unexplored territory, but seeks to improve on a concept that was first experimented with in the 1970’s. Piccard and Borschberg took the knowledge and lessons learnt from the first solar powered aircraft, such as the Solar Challenger, Solair 1, Sunseeker, Icare 2 and the Helios, to the create the Solar Impulse project.

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Border to Border Air Show in Douglas

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The City of Douglas together with the historic Gadsden Hotel in Arizona, USA, are hosting the second annual Border to Border Air Show, which will take place at the Douglas Municipal Airport on 15 March 2008. The event will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Douglas Municipal Airport and everyone is invited to join in the fun and excitement. Entrance to the Border to Border Air Show is free to the public, with proceeds from various events benefiting the Cochise College Aviation Program.

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