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Posted by Ken Kula on April 4th, 2015
During a hazy summer weekend in western New York State, the Greater Rochester International Airport hosted it’s 2014 International Air Show. Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, the show headlined the USAF Thunderbirds, but a surprising amount of warbirds attracted attention too. To be sure, there was a gaggle of U.S.-built warbirds that included the Trojan Horsemen in their T-28s, a P-47 and P-51, and C-45 and C-47 transports, but what really made for some intrigue was the large number of foreign-built jets that flew during the show.
The blue “Mako” CT-133 from Canada’s Jet Aircraft Museum was joined by Art Nalls’ former British Navy Sea Harrier FA.2 . Besides the CT-133, other jet trainers included a Czech-built L-29, a French-built Fouga Magister and a Spanish Hispano/CASA HA-200 Seata operated by Genesee Warbirds. Other foreign jets built behind the former “Iron Curtain” was an L-39 and Randy Ball’s MiG-17.
For you warbird fans, the 2015 show will include half a dozen flying warbird acts and more on static display, including some of these jets from last year’s show.
Photos by Bob Finch
Posted by joekates on February 27th, 2015
The 1929 airliner coming to (CITY) was the height of flying luxury 85 years ago. EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor brings to mind an era of excitement, energy, and a belief that we, as a nation could achieve anything. That golden age of aviation is part of the spirit that promotes innovation and inspires our youth to reach their fullest potential. Henry Ford mobilized millions of Americans and created a new market with his Model T “Tin Lizzie” automobile from 1909 to 1926. After World War I, he recognized the potential for mass air transportation. Ford’s Tri-Motor aircraft, nicknamed “The Tin Goose,” was designed to build another new market, airline travel. To overcome concerns of engine reliability, Ford specified three engines and added features for passenger comfort, such as an enclosed cabin. The first three Tri-Motors built seated the pilot in an open cockpit, as many pilots doubted a plane could be flown without direct “feel of the wind.” From 1926 through 1933, Ford Motor Company built 199 Tri-Motors. EAA’s model 4-AT-E was the 146th off Ford’s innovative assembly line and first flew on August 21, 1929. It was sold to Pitcairn Aviation’s passenger division, Eastern Air Transport, whose paint scheme is replicated on EAA’s Tri-Motor. This is why EAA’s Ford resides in the Pitcairn Hangar at Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when not touring the U.S. Eastern Air Transport later became Eastern Airlines. Read more »