Archive for the ‘warbirds’ Category

T-6/SNJ/Harvard Scrapbook

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan family encompasses dozens of variants and sub-variants. The initial prototype was known as the NA-16, which first flew in 1935. This aircraft was modified to answer a call for an advanced training aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1937. The BC (Basic Combat) and BT (Basic Trainer) […]

Warbirds Over Wanaka – 1998

Twenty-plus years have flown by since my first and only visit (thus far) to New Zealand. My main purpose of the trip was to see the highly anticipated Polikarpov fighters, the I-153 and I-16 World War II era planes that the Alpine Fighter Collection had rebuilt in Russian factories during the mid-1990s. The show, during […]

DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM

  Ten miles South of Omaha Nebraska, adjacent to the city of Bellevue Nebraska, one will find Offutt Air Force Base. Offutt has a very rich history dating back to the late 1890’s when Fort Crook was constructed, as a matter of fact many of the original structures are still in use today. In 1918 […]

Looking Back at my 2018

Aviation is alive and well, as I witnessed during my travels in 2018. Innovations are still forthcoming, history is still revered, and air shows and other presentations still draw large crowds. I traveled outside the U.S. for a pair of air shows this year, and attended 6 other trade, convention and air show events within […]