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Hands on History at CAF’s AirPower History Tour

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With only two airworthy examples remaining of nearly 4,000 airframes built, it’s a rare treat to see a B-29 in observation. Aviation geeks from near and far had that opportunity during the recent stop of the Commemorative Air Force’s AirPower History Tour stop at Oakland County International Airport in Southeast Michigan. The airport, known to pilots at “Pontiac” is located in the city of Waterford and is surrounded by the inland lakes that are famous in the region, and is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2019. What better way to celebrate than a visit from one of the rarest warbirds in operation?

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Nine-O-Nine Has Crashed

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A few days ago, the Collings Foundation’s B-17G, “Nine-O-Nine” crashed while returning to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. Seven crew members and passengers died, while seven more people in the plane and on the ground were injured. The highly visible aircraft, part of the Wings of Freedom Tour, had departed with ten passengers and three crew members; it was attempting to return to the airport after a crew member mentioned a problem with an engine in a conversation with air traffic controllers.

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World War II Weekend, 2019

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In it's 29th consecutive year, World War II Weekend descended upon Reading, Pennsylvania during the first weekend in June. I discovered this show in 2010 and have attended regularly since. To be assigned as the lone media representative from Photo Recon was a privilege but also daunting because this show is so big. It is, in fact, the largest World War II event in the country. Thousands of reenactors take part and the vast encampments preserve the authenticity of the period. There is so much to see and I admit that I do not take the time for a lot of it. I have followed a consistent pattern of behavior year after year where I enjoy the displays, the reenactors, various goings on around me and the flea market. I then relocate to the fields on the other side of Reading Regional Airport to photograph the airshow with a cooler full of food and drinks and the sun behind my back. I also only attend the show for one day.

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The Greatest Show on Turf, Geneseo 2019

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I call her Genny. The National Warplane Museum held their 39th annual airshow, "The Greatest Show on Turf" in Geneseo, New York on July 13th and 14th. This is also an annual event for me as I grew up 65 miles west of here. This show is unlike any other I attend because I camp onsite and immerse myself in day and night events. Many of the volunteers are now personal friends.

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