Sunday, January 26, 2014

North to the Orient - Erik Lindbergh

Recently announced on Erik Lindbergh's Powering Imagination web site is his plan to fly the Orient again like his famous Grandparents, Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

The Lindbergh's Lockheed Sirius
 
The news brief below was taken from the Powering Imagination web site...

North to the Orient
In 1931 Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh took off for a groundbreaking flight from the US to China, via Canada, Siberia, and Japan. This flight showed the world the potential for aviation to bring the world together. This journey was immortalized in Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book: “North to the Orient” and was also captured in the photos from this 30,000 mile journey that were immortalized in an extensive photo essay in National Geographic Magazine.
In 2016 to commemorate the 85th anniversary of his grandparents’ flight, Erik Lindbergh plans to retrace this journey in a plane powered by biofuels. This adventure will show the possibilities that new sustainable power technologies create, and it will allow Powering Imagination to directly bring its message to Canada, Siberia, Japan, and China. While this flight is a tribute to the original, Erik plans to continue beyond the terminus of the original journey to connect with more people in new locations.
In conjunction with the journey, a feature documentary on this flight will also be filmed for global distribution. The documentary will cover the adventure, the message of sustainability, and the cultural connections between the people along Erik’s flight path. Planning for the 2016 departure starts in 2014!


Should be an exciting trip to bring aviation and new technology back to mainstream news!

Links - Powering Imagination - Lockheed Sirius






Tuesday, January 07, 2014

New Home for Cessna Airmaster

Preparing for departure

Cessna Airmaster NC25485 now has a new home in Deer Park, Washington with Chad Vanderhoof.  Kelly Mahon did the honors to fly the ship to its new home.  NC25485 was purchased from the Russell Williams collection and flown across Washington State yesterday.  Congrats to Chad for reviving and flying this rare ship. Hope you see many happy hours ahead flying the 165hp antique!

Time warp!
New owner Chad (on left) with vintage airplane pilot Kelly (on right)
Kelly enjoying a 1930's view of the mountains
Already attracting a crowd at its new home

Sunday, January 05, 2014

World War One Aircraft - The Vintage Aviator

Old Rhinebeck's Nieuport
Just within the last couple of years I have taken greater interest in the aircraft of World War One - The Great War.  A visit to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome was one spark that lit the fire.  If you have not visited Old Rhinebeck it is a MUST SEE for any aviation enthusiast!  Another spark was my wife giving me the book Ghosts of the Great War by Phillip Makanna.  It is a spectacular photographic book on the subject.

In recent years the aircraft rolling out of the shop at The Vintage Aviator in New Zealand will keep Great War aircraft flying for years to come.  They build and rebuild aircraft for their own collection and for other museums/collectors all over the world.  Hats off to Peter Jackson (famous director of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) for spending his money through The Vintage Aviator to rebuild and build those airplanes. They even building some of the engines from scratch!  Visit their awesome web site for an in depth look at their aircraft projects.

My uncle sent me an email this week with a link to an airshow put on by The Vintage Aviator.  The photographs are high quality and put you right in the action amongst these rare ships.  Take a look at these amazing aircraft on display.  Follow the link below.

http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/message/1385149639/Photos+from+The+Vintage+Aviator+Ltd%27s+Remembrance+Day+airshow

To further research World War One aircraft we recommend the WW1 Aero journal - http://ww1aeroinc.org/

Links - Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome - Ghosts of the Great War - The Vintage Aviator

Saturday, January 04, 2014

New Year - New Aircraft Restorations for 2014


Happy New Year to all vintage aircraft enthusiasts!  2013 was very memorable for me with the birth of our son, Brennen.  I can't hardly wait to take him on more outings to see vintage airplanes in the coming year!  Also a sad memory from this year being that I sold my Cessna 170.  It has an appreciative new owner taking good care of it so that makes me happy. This was a good year seeing more vintage aircraft return to the skies.  Be sure to look back over this blog for some of the highlights and see the links below for some of those.  Also we listed some to watch in 2014.

Great to see this Jenny return to the air in 2013... as we have been watching the restoration on the blog.
http://curtissjennyrestoration.blogspot.com/

Progressing well during 2013 is the restoration of the XP-82.  Keep a watch on this one!
http://xp-82twinmustangproject.blogspot.com/

One to watch is the restoration of the P-61 up in Pennsylvania at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum.
http://www.maam.org/p61/p61_rest_latest.htm

Also watch the progress on the Helldiver and Dauntless in California.
http://vulturesrowaviation.com/currentprojects.html

Another Mosquito should take to the skies soon in Canada.
 http://vicair.net/projects/mosquito

So many rare airplanes to keep a watch out for!

As always check this blog but also watch...

AntiqueAirfield.com

RareAircraft.com

Aerocraftsman.com

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2014 with plenty of Blue Skies!