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Collings Foundation’s 2016 Battle For The Airfield

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Stow, Massachusetts is usually adorn with autumnal colors during the second weekend of October, and “leaf peepers” abound in the scenic town just beyond the bustling suburbs of Boston. At the Collings Foundation’s main museum and headquarters, a collection of airplanes, autos and armored vehicles sits in and around a large barn/hangar building, adjacent to a grass runway. Lined by changing trees and a meandering river on the other side of the buildings, the runway recently became a battleground and living history exhibit for almost three hundred military reenactors, a dozen or more military vehicles and a true World War II veteran, a Fieseler Fi-156 Storch liaison aircraft. Hundreds of spectators made their way to Stow for either a morning or an afternoon history lesson at a realistic portrayal of World War II warfare at the 2016 Collings Foundation’s “Battle For The Airfield”. Read more »

Atlanta’s Warhawk Weekend

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Photos by Gerhard Frenz Photography

 The Commemorative Air Force’s Dixie Wing offered its’ Atlanta Warbird Weekend over the last weekend in September, 2016. Splashed through their advertisements, the Wing was quite specific that the “Atlanta Warbird Weekend is NOT an air show. It is a warbird display, aircraft rides, and history education event.” Sure, warbirds alighted from time to time, but emphasis was on ground displays.

This year, a special salute to the 75th anniversary of the American Volunteer Group (AVG – nicknamed the Flying Tigers) brought five Curtiss P-40 Warhawk/Kittyhawk World War II fighter planes together on the grounds of the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Several original members of the AVG were even present at the event too. The AVG operated in the China/Burma/India (CBI) Theatre of the war, the same geographical area where the famous “Hump”, with its tall Himalayan mountain peaks made resupply operations both difficult and costly. Discussions of operations over the Hump were also part of this year’s weekend. Examples of the Curtiss C-46 and Douglas C-47 transports that carried critical supplies intra-Theatre were present for the weekend too.

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AirShow London’s Arrival Day Spectacular

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Every once in a while, the moon and the stars are aligned just right, and things fall together on an air show arrival day that maxes out the “Fun Meter”. Close to ten hours of aviation excitement unfolded on Friday for those who had purchased an AirShow London Photo Pass option. London, Ontario saw a series of large air shows, with great military participation, in the 1980s through the early 2000s. There was a hiatus for a dozen years, until this year’s show was fielded. Packages for air show attendance included a third and even a fourth day of excitement – a full package included a full day of the Friday Photo Tour day, full air shows on Saturday and Sunday, and a day full of aircraft departures on Monday. The two-day pass includes Friday and either Saturday or Sunday… and both Photo Tour options include early access to the grounds on the weekend (for more static photos) too. Here’s how the Friday Photo Tour unfolded, and why this option was a winner in 2016… Arrival day is a great opportunity for show enthusiasts, especially those with a camera. Offering no crowds, best available spots from which to photograph, and like-minded aviation and photography aficionados to converse with, it is a huge bonus if the weather cooperates. On the Friday prior to the 2016 air show, the weather cooperated in spectacular fashion, with blue skies for most of the day, and a sneaky sunset and moonrise to play with. With better than three dozen aircraft expected, and scheduled airline service added to the mix, there were plenty of subjects to photograph. Read more »

The 36th Annual Wings Over Camarillo Air Ahow

Cover 3 The 36th annual 'Wings Over Camarillo' air show was held August 20th and 21st at the Camarillo Airport in Southern California. Once known as Oxnard Air Force Base, it is now home to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), the Ventura County 99's, the Ventura County Sheriff Department, and the Commemorative Air Force's Southern California Wing. The airport also houses several general aviation businesses such as Orbitz Helicopters.

Bob Eubanks

The show's Grand Marshall this year was none other than Mr. Bob Eubanks, who helped open the show along with Ron Fleishman. Together they kept the crowd informed and entertained, sharing stories of Bob's illustrious career in between aerial acts. Read more »