Hello Folks, who knew seven days could pass so quickly? Well, Spring has sprung and the weather is starting to get nice for this time of year (for us) with high 30s to mid 40s and maybe a 50 thrown in for the heck of it. Our new Governor is already in “hot water” for his admitted indiscretions and alleged misuse of public funds. Geez, what happened to the old days when we knew they were crooked, but it was easier to put up with it ’cause occasionally something good would get done. Nowadays, they are so busy defending themselves, they don’t have time to get anything good done. I listen to the city fire channel for Rochester which also covers the airport. Just heard a call for an Aztec 200 coming in with the landing gear down, one soul on board, 75 pounds of fuel. Now, I thought landing gear down was a good thing, unless it’s not down as in deployed, but down as in broken. Moot point. The aircraft landed safely. I would have thought landing gear malfunction would have been a better way of clearing it up for me. As you can tell, I’m rambling, so, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
Take Care and Be Safe,
26 March 1910
Plans for Aeropolis, an aerodrome at Le Bourget, France were announced.
28 March 1910
Frenchman Henri Fabre made the world’s first take-off from water at La Mede harbor near Marseilles, in the “Hydravion”, a powered seaplane.
24 March 1911
Roger Sommer flew the world’s first flight with 12 passengers a distance of 2,625 feet in his Sommer biplane.
MUSEUM OF AVIATION ADDS AN OV-10 BRONCO VIETNAM-ERA COMBAT AIRCRAFT TO ITS COLLECTION
Warner Robins, GA, February 29, 2008. –The Museum of Aviation will take possession of a Vietnam-era forward air control aircraft tomorrow known as the OV-10 Bronco. The twin-turbo prop twin-seat short takeoff and landing aircraft was used in combat during the Vietnam War and also saw action flying tactical air control missions in Germany and Korea during the 70s and 80s. It was retired in 1991 and was acquired by the Museum of Aviation from another Museum in Amarillo, Texas. Two airmen from the 653rd Combat Logistics Support Squadron at Robins Air Force Base helped the Museum disassemble the aircraft and transport it from Texas to Georgia on a flatbed trailer.
A total of 157 OV-10s were produced for the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1969 by North American Rockwell. The Bronco’s missions included observation, forward air control, helicopter escort, armed reconnaissance, gunfire spotting, utility and limited ground attack. It was equipped with four machine guns in the fuselage plus 3,600 lbs. of external stores. Adding to its versatility is a rear fuselage compartment with a capacity of 3,200 pounds of cargo, five combat-equipped troops or two litter patients and a medical attendant.
The Museum of Aviation plans to restore the aircraft to its Vietnam-era paint scheme and markings and display it along side other Vietnam-era aircraft in its collection like the UH-1 helicopter gunship, and the O-1E Birddog and O-2A Skymaster forward air control aircraft.
The Museum now has more than 120 aircraft, missiles and cockpits in its collection.
Hello Folks, here I am again. Whew! what a week. Our governor got caught with his BEEP where it shouldn’t have been and now we have a brand-new Governor. I guess he should have been satisfied with screwing the taxpayers like almost every other New York Governor did in one way or another. That’s a joke, no offense intended.We New Yorkers have to find humor wherever we can. In New York, a penny saved is a government oversight. After about two weeks of daily updates, the KC-X competition and choice seems to have dropped off the radar. Last I read, the project was halted until the reasons for Boeing’s protest are investigated by the GAO.As of March 16, there have been 2,827 air refueling sorties flown between Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. This has got to be taking a toll on the airframes involved. I hope this can be cleared up quickly, so this can be taken care of. Well, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
Take Care and Be Safe, Tom K.
23 March 1903
The Wright Brothers filed a patent for an airplane based on their No. III glider.
20 March 1910
Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, alias Nadar, the photographer and balloonist, died. He had taken his first aerial (balloon) photographs in 1863.
17 March 1911
The Curtiss D pusher-engined biplane with a tricycle landing gear was demonstrated to the United States Army. Later it became their Army Aeroplane No. 2.
23 March 1911
Louis Brequet flew the world’s first flight with 11 passengers a distance of 3.1 miles in his Brequet biplane.
The Collings Foundation acquired Max Chapman’s North American TP-51C Mustang “Betty Jane” (42-103293) as of last week and the P-51C will be joining the B-17, B-24, and B-25 on tour as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour!
Beginning at the Dallas, TX visit, visitors will be able to view the “little friend” alongside the bombers it defended. Since the aircraft is a full-dual control “T” model, flight training in the aircraft will be offered.
Hello Folks, it’s that time again. Have any of you Folks been following the Tanker replacement choice process? It seems the Air Force needs a new tanker to replace the ones in service today. The tankers are one of the many aging aircraft in the inventory. Well, the Air Force tried to keep the companies involved in the loop throughout the entire process. The companies tried to get the Air Force to speed up their decision. Didn’t work. Well, when the choice was finally made in late February, the losing company today (March 11) decided to protest the decision. Since there are billions of dollars and thousands of jobs involved, I suppose this was inevitable. It reminds me of one of our recent presidential elections. “We were close, so you have to give us another chance.” Now, I guess, this is going to tie up the process for a while until everything is sorted out. I guess it’s gonna take a couple of tanking disasters before the pedal is put to the metal again. This is just my take on this. I could be wrong and I hope I am. In the meantime, let’s get down to some serious history, shall we?
Take Care and Be Safe,
10 March 1910
Frenchman Emil Aubrun made the world’s first night flights in a Bleriot monoplane at Villalugano in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
William W. Gibson, of British Columbia, finished work on the engine for the Gibson Twin-plane.
13 March 1910
The first airplane flight in Switzerland was made by Captain Engelhardt in a Wright A biplane from an ice covered lake at St. Moritz.
12 March 1912
The French Service de l’Aeronautique de la Marine was formed.
15 March 1912
The newly established Turkish Army Aviation Section received its first two French-built aircraft.
Lafayette, LA – After 11 years of restoration, another P-40 Warhawk took to the skies once again on March 1, 2008. P-40N Warhawk 42-104959 was recovered from Finschaffen, Papua-New Guinea in 1974 by d’E.C. Darby & N.M. Armstrong. Comprising only wings and the cockpit section, this P-40 was restored using fuselage sections from 42-105861 and tail surfaces from 42-105526, two P-40s also recovered from PNG. Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation of Chino, CA stored the remains frpm 1974 till at least 1993. Eventually 42-104959 came into possession of John S. Fallis, of Lafayette, LA and he started an ambitious and lengthy restoration of this airframe to airworthy status. It’s great to see another of these venerable warbirds return to the skies that they were made for. The warbird community eagerly looks forward to seeing what scheme this aircraft will be painted in.
Hello Folks, hope your week went well. Last night I sat down and watched “Sands of Iwo Jima” with John Wayne. I had not seen this movie in a long time and wanted to see how it compared with “Flags of Our Fathers.”Putting aside all the new whiz-bang special effects of the latter, I found that as a movie they were both just as entertaining to me. For 1949, “Sands” was a well-made movie. It kind of surprised me. The realism of the attacks on Tarawa and Iwo Jima, for their time, were interestingly compelling. I’m not anywhere near being an expert on accuracy of equipment and such, so it looked fine to me. The flag raising did have a glitch though, I noticed that for a couple of seconds it looked like the raisers froze and then continued. Apparently, the three real flag raisers who survived took part in the re-creation raising. I thought that was a nice touch.I surprised myself when I got emotional when Stryker bought the farm. All in all an enjoyable evening. Well, let’s shift from Hollywood history to some serious history, shall we ? Take Care and Be Safe,
5 March 1906
The Vuia I, built by Romanian born aviator Trajan Vuia, was the first aircraft with pnematic tires and was first tested at Montesson, France. However, the aircraft was virtually flightless. Five “flights” were made of which the longest was 24 meters.
8 March 1910
Mademoiselle Elise Deroche, better known under her self awarded title “la Baronne de Laroche”, became the world’s first qualified female pilot and the 36th French pilot, when she was awarded her brevet.
5 March 1911
The Belgian Army Balloon Company was formed as the Compagnie des Ouviers et Aerostiers.
5 March 1912
Bob Fowler completed a west to east coast-to-coast crossing of the USA, from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, after four months.