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2016 EAA AirVenture Photo Scrapbook

IMG_3717 (1078x733) 2016 Oshkosh Warbird Scrapbook Another EAA AirVenture has come and gone, and it’s time to take stock in what we saw. There were headlines and behind-the-scenes stories that made splashes across social media sites and web sites around the world.

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Rather than reiterate old news, we thought we’d like to just show some of our favorite photos from the huge event, and let you enjoy the rich collection of aircraft that reflected military heritage around the world. Read more »

Anniversaries Abound at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

DSC_8270 The yearly EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh recognized a number of aircraft models and organizations for their milestones of longevity, during the 2016 show, like the Mustang II, a variant of the Midget Mustang, which turned 50 this year.  Altogether, there were at least nine anniversary celebrations, and I found several other aircraft types and an organization that were not officially recognized too, but worth noting here.  Here's a quick rundown of some historic anniversaries in aviation's history, and what was present to mark these milestones at the 2016 EAA AirVenture.

Boeing's 100 years of aircraft manufacturing. On July 15, 1916, William Boeing incorporated the business which would become today's Boeing...a giant in commercial and defense aviation. Throughout the week-long EAA AirVenture, different aircraft - including both original Boeing models and those of legacy companies such as McDonnell Douglas and North American, were displayed on the ground and in the air.  A new B-737-900ER, operated by Alaska Airlines and wearing a special commemorative Boeing color scheme, was a highlight. Early in the week, a legacy McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle and a pair of QF-4E Phantoms were highlighted. Read more »

Boeing Marks Its 100th Year in Business

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On October 1, 1881, William E. Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan. He, and the company he would later found, would offer innovation and expansion to a fledgling aircraft building industry in the early part of the 20th Century. His philosophy was, and the company’s still is, to “Build something better”. Later, armed with many strategic concepts and systems developed by the company, the U.S. would survive the Second World War, a Cold War, and other conflicts abroad. Commercially, Boeing products helped to fuel a revolution in global air travel, bringing the world closer together. On July 15, 2016, Boeing will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding, begun when William Boeing incorporated the Pacific Aero Products Company of Seattle Washington.

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Les Neistat Reviews the 2016 Illawara Air Show

13467633_10153738851008106_1726596585_o[1] Well, what can I say, as to being very cautious planning my trip to this year's 2016 Wings Over Illawara Airshow in Albion Park NSW Australia? With forcasts of being rained out again, after last year's cancellation due to extreme rain conditions - which caused flooding of the Illawara Regional Airport and deemed necessary for safety reasons.  Well, after slight rain conditions I am glad I made the decission to attend, as the weather cleared on both days and it turned out to be a fabulous airshow, as I’m sure roughly 20,000 other attendees would agree. Wings Over Illawara 2016 featured the largest collection of military and civil aircraft ever assembled for Wings Over Illawara,together with Australia’s best air show aerobatic pilots and aircraft. The show was held over 2 days, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st of May with Friday 29th April being practice day for participants and Media. Most of the warbirds have either served in Australia’s armed forces or represent types that have helped defend Australia in the service of her allies. Read more »