Here is a nice shot I came across last week of a AD-5/A1-E Skyraider. This big machine is based out of St. Louis, MO. Click here for some of its history. Thanks to Trey Carroll for allowing me to post his photo.
With the holidays being so busy with family and friends I have not flown much lately. Happy that my 170 just fires right up and flies perfectly when I want to go. Slid out to the airport late this afternoon and flew for about 20 minutes. Looking forward to flying adventures in 2009!
The last couple weeks I have been dumping my collection of aircraft photos on to a portable drive. My wife found a good deal on a 20 gig drive that hold TONS of my photos! Now that the airshow photos have been moved to one place I am starting files of individual aircraft types. Hope to be posting more photos soon!
Earlier this year a forum post caught my eye. A very nice scale replica of a Macchi seaplane was pictured and the pilot posted his comments. Thanks for Roger Cain for the pictures and Eric Presten for the commentary and their permission to post it here. To see all the pictures and comments click here.Eric writes... "I did the first three flights on the Macchi M-5 that are shown in the pictures above. It was built by Jason Petrolje in Holland, Michigan. A man of amazing talent. He has also built, an Albatros and a Spad over the years, both of which have since been sold to other owners. The craftsmanship on this airplane is exquisite and it looks like a Garwood clear varnished boat with a set of Nieuport 17 wings bolted onto its top deck. The airplane performs well, but due to limited aileron travel, I was only able to do flights down the lake in ground effect on the first day. It has since been flown to altitude, and we are planning a week of flying this summer to find our way aro…
Received an email from Addison Pemberton with news of the first flight of Mister Dickenson. Looks to be a mean machine!
Here's a little information on Bruce Dickenson's hybrid "Mister Dickenson". First off this is not a modified Howard DGA, Bruce Dickenson, who's grandfather was one of the original founders of the Santa Paula Airport in the 1920's designed and build "MR. D " from scratch. He emphasizes that he borrowed a bunch from Benny Howard's, DGA and Howard's famous racer Mr. Mulligan designs and why not. He was pretty familiar with the Howard line of airplanes. The Dickenson family has been flying the same Howard DGA for almost half a century. Bruce wanted and airplane with a little more performance than the DGA. He decided what he needed was a cross between the comfort and nice flying characteristics of the DGA and the speed and performance to Howard's racer "Mr. Mulligan". The result after eights years of pains taking l…
Most of us know how small the world is. Those of us in aviation circles know how small the aviation world is. We see a fellow pilot or airplane in some far away airport or they drop into our own airport. This is one of many stories that could be told about a particular airplane. This story is about the classic Cessna 195 in the hangar next door.
Just after I purchased my Cessna 170, a number of years ago, I needed to find a hangar for it and my Taylorcraft. A friend offered his large hangar for rent so I could house them both. The hangar next door was home to a Beech 18 and a Cessna 195. I caught the two classics outside one day and shot a picture. A few years later the owner decided to sell the 195. I happened to be at the airport when the new owner was preparing the airplane to fly off to its new home. At the time I figured I would never see the airplane again.
Fast forward to today I had heard that 195 passed through several owners and had been wrecked.
This has been a busy summer... a great distraction was planning a wedding. Married now and back from an amazing trip to the mountains in Canada! Upon returning I checked the 170 over and it fired right up... flew perfectly.
Already sorting my pictures from the summer and planning to update the Spartan web page. Also hard at work researching more Curtiss Robin and Ryan survivors. Stay tuned for more updates!
Sounded like a great day of racing on Saturday. I took the time to listen to the Unlimited Gold Race late in the afternoon. There is a streaming audio of the race via the announcers calling the race. Scott Germain posted some nice shots on his message boards. Really cool to see Race 57 racing from the part into the future! Dago Red won the Gold race for the day. Above are some highlights.
Over on the web site Airshow Buzz, Steven Hinton Jr. has been posting on the forum a blog of his experience at the Reno Air Races. The posts are a great way to read what it is like flying and crewing at the air races. Years ago at the Texas Air Races I was waiting for some friends at the hotel bar and a little kid walked up to me and smiled. Just a couple seconds later his dad, Steve Hinton came over and grabbed his hand and walked away. Now that young man is racing Mustangs at Reno! Read his latest post here from yesterdays race around the pylons! A few pictures here.
The Reno Air Races start today! Follow the news on these web sites in the forums and message boards. Warbird Aeropress, AAFO, and WIX. Qualifying ended yesterday about noon and Rare Bear flew its qualifying lap with just minutes to spare! After being down for about a year Rare Bear's crew got it flying just in time and then it posted a speed of 468 mph! Amazing for a "test flight." Also, check out the picture of the three Tigercat's in attendance! Bet they sounded good flying in! Thanks to Scott Germain of Warbird Aeropress for the pictures above.
The Red Bull P-38 is still in the United States as of now. Plans were to fly it from Texas to Austria but now those have been put on hold. This picture shows it still in Breckenridge at the end of an evening flight. (Photo by Steve Dickey)
The latest Mustang restoration out of Midwest Aero has been awarded the Grand Champion Warbird at Oshkosh. Congrats to Mike and his crew for another award winner! A photo diary containing a number of warbird pictures from Oshkosh is here.
The Flying Legends show is this weekend and pictures are starting to appear on the forums. Check out some of the early arrivals here. The B-17 Liberty Belle has made the trip from the US. The P-47 project is making good progress... this P-47 was once flown as "Little Demon" in the US.
Spartan s/n 21, NC17633 is winging its way across the pond and will be based in England with its new owner. Hope the crossing goes well and look forward to seeing pictures on the European airshow circuit. 17633 was with Colgate Darden for many years at his base in South Carolina.
Spartan s/n 17, NC17667 has been purchased from the insurance company after its landing accident. The new owner will finance the rebuild and base it in the Northeast. 17667 (formally owned by the Blankenburg's) was an active Spartan and was shown at many shows in California and at Oshkosh.
I had a trip up into BC today with the Tailwind. At Tailwind speeds no place is out of the way so I thought I'd fly past Sproat Lake to see if the Mars firebombers were at home. One is evidently in California working and the other was actually out of the water for maintenance. That is some serious beaching gear for that size of a seaplane; remember that is not an amphib.After reviewing this picture I had several thoughts that go like this:1. If you paint lines on you pegboard for your hammer, shouldn't you put it there? 2. Maybe this explains why the #3 engine is missing. 3. They even have the extra prop on the wrong side of the airplane!!! 4. You think that is bad; look over by the hangar and you'll see that they have lost everything aft of the Captain and First Officer's command posts. Another poor flight engineer out of a job! And lastly... 5. If this thing is supposed to be so darn big, explain to me why the fuel drums behind the airplane look so…
As more time passes news of the new Amelia Earhart movie is hitting the press. I pulled this quick blurb from here.
Ewan McGregor flies with 'Amelia'Actor joins Fox Searchlight's Earhart biopicBy TATIANA SIEGELEwan McGregor has signed on to co-star in the Amelia Earhart biopic "Amelia" for Fox Searchlight.Hilary Swank, Richard Gere and Virginia Madsen have already boarded the project, which Mira Nair is helming.Story centers on the legendary aviatrix (Swank) and chronicles her rise to fame, marriage to publisher George Putnam (Gere) and passionate affair with Gene Vidal (McGregor), father of author Gore Vidal. Ronald Bass penned the screenplay.The filmmakers have long been trying to land McGregor but were having trouble working out the scheduling. The actor is about to wrap "I Love You, Philip Morris" alongside Jim Carrey and will begin work on Ron Howard's "Da Vinci Code" follow-up "Angels and Demons" in early June. McGregor wil…
Mike Shreeve has posted another round of great air-to-air shots. This time on the CAF Hellcat. I remember seeing this bird fly in the early 1980's in Texas. Good to see this machine in the air. It is now based in California.
Interesting emails have crossed my mailbox the last couple weeks about a new Amelia Earhart movie that is in production. A Lockheed 12 has been moved from FL to Canada! If more info comes to light I will post more!
A little late in posting... The Boeing 40 has flown... It flew mid-February. Here is a quote from Addison...
The test flight this weekend went perfect with my sons Jay and Ryan flying chase in our C-185 (Spot) loaded with video and camera.. I was able to fly the airplane hands-free within a few minutes of flight.. In all flight configurations I never used more than 1-1/2 degrees of trim change including slow flight at 55 mph. Cruise was dead center with the 29 percent MAC CG.. The airplane is very controllable and pleasant with excellent ground handling, good elevator, and very good rudder control and heavy but effective ailerons with a disproportionate amount of rudder needed for more than 50 percent travel. The visibility is very poor, but not difficult. The overwhelming surprise is stability! 'Like a rock.'
Congrats to the Pemberton's! Photo by Ryan Pemberton
The Pemberton's Boeing 40 has made its first engine runs! Videos of a first start and taxi are here. Boy... cant wait to see this big machine fly! Plans are to fly the Boeing to Oshkosh, Brodhead, Blakesburg this summer. Then the big trip will be made on a transcontinental airmail run from New York to San Francisco! Now thats what I call flying back to another time!
JOINT NEWS RELEASE COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS Midland, TX CAVANAUGH FLIGHT MUSEUM CONTACT: Autumn Esparza Addison, TX Director of Membership and Public Relations
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Jim Cavanaugh to Sponsor CAF B-29 Bomber - FIFI
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum (“CFM”) and the Commemorative Air Force (“CAF”) announced today a Cooperative Agreement that will put the world’s only airworthy B-29 back in the air. Jim Cavanaugh has pledged $1.2 million sponsorship for the re-engine project of FIFI, the CAF’s world famous B-29. “This sponsorship, together with additional donations from CAF members, should go a long way towards completing the project of putting FIFI back in the air again,” said Stephan Brown, President / CEO of the CAF. “Fundraising for FIFI by the CAF will continue, as we still have other restoration maintenance to perform, but Jim Cavanaugh’s generosity will get us a long way down that track,” Brown continued. Cavanaugh is the…
Scott Germain's new aviation photography site is now up. Scott is the host of WarbirdAeroPress.com and has been published in Warbird Digest. Amazing photography! Be sure to check out his aviation sunsets!
Happy New Year to my friends and fellow vintage aircraft enthusiasts! Fly safe, fly vintage! Wanted to start the new year out by posting this awesome shot of a Mustang flying off into the sun. Thanks to Trey Carroll for permission to post the pic he took at the Mustang Gathering.