Flying Heritage Collection flew its new IL-2 for the first time in the United States today! It was flown by Steve Hinton and has to put on a few hours of flight testing for the FAA before its public debut on September 15.
Report and picture by WIX member Jason Fortenbacher
The nation’s airworthy warbirds have survived, for now, another attempt to knock them out of the sky.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), co-chairman of the House GA Caucus, worked with AOPA, EAA, and many other organizations to rally opposition to a potential amendment that would have banned the transfer of military aircraft to civilian operators who planned to fly them. The amendment would have jeopardized existing agreements and grounded all American warbirds.
Brad over on the WIX forum reports that Altus AFB, OK has received a KC-135 for display.
It took a few weeks to get her together but there is now a KC-135A on display at Altus AFB. She is 58-0070 and just needs a paint job to be finished. The wings were hacked off for transport and scabbed back on with various patches, plates, angle iron and screws. Once it’s under paint you won’t be able to tell except for the steel plates on top and bottom of the wings that hold the spar together!
Check out the thread on WIX for a lot more photos.
RADNOR, PA. – Luther H. Smith, 89, a Tuskegee Airman who later worked as an aerospace engineer after his military service, has passed on.
Smith flew 133 combat missions with the 33nd Fighter Group of the U. S. Army Air Force. In 1944, on his final mission he was shot down and captured by German soldiers and became a P.O.W. for the remainder of the war. Captain Smith is credited with destroying two Luftwaffe aircraft in aerial combat and an addition 10 German aircraft on the ground, destroyed during strafing missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart, 8 European and Mediterranean Theaters Campaign Ribbons and in 2007, the Congressional Medal OF Honor.
Luther H. Smith was a native of Des Moines, IA and returned there after retiring from the U.S.A.A.F in 1947. In 1950 Captain Smith earned his B.S. Engineering degree from the University of Iowa and went on to spend 37 years with General Electric before retiring in 1988.
Our condolences go out to Captain Smith’s family and friends.
12/9/2009 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) – Officials from the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, “Thunderbirds,” here announced its 2010 airshow schedule.
The team’s 57th show season is scheduled to take them to more than 65 shows in 27 states and Canada.
Lt. Col. Case Cunningham will join the team as commander and leader for the team and fly the No. 1 position.
Other officers beginning their first season with the team are Thunderbird No. 3, Capt. Chad Shenk, right wing; Thunderbird No. 6, Capt. Aaron Jelinek, opposing solo; Thunderbird No. 8, Maj. John Gallemore, advance pilot and narrator; Thunderbird No. 9, Capt Thom Bowden, flight surgeon.
The new team members will join returning officers Thunderbird No. 2, Maj. John Baum, left wing; Thunderbird No. 4, Maj. Sean Gustafson, slot; Thunderbird No. 5, Maj. Rick Goodman, lead solo; Thunderbird No. 7, Lt. Col. Derek Routt, operations officer; Thunderbird No. 10, Capt. Petrina Hanson, executive officer; Thunderbird No. 11, Maj. David Lemery, maintenance officer; Thunderbird No. 12, Capt. Jason McCree.