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The National Warplane Museum’s 2018 Airshow is Rapidly Approaching!

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2018 National Warplane Museum Airshow, better known as “The Greatest Show on Turf” will once again take to the skies in western New York State on July 13-15, 2018 in the town of Geneseo. The spectacle of warbirds operating from a grass runway draws many spectators year after year, although the variety of aircraft attracts many followers too. Being close to the action is a third reason why thousands attend, and don’t forget the National Warplane Museum too!

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The Yarram Centenary of Flight

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The Yarram Centenary of Flight on 17.3.2018 celebrated 100 years of flight in Yarram, in particular the first war operation of military aircraft in Australia, in commemorating the search for the German commerce Raider SMS Wolf. A Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b "Battleplane", serial A778, presented to the Commonwealth by Mr A M Simpson, was sent on detachment from Point Cook (then the Australian Military Forces' Central Flying School) to join the search off the Victorian coast for the German ship. Captain Frank McNamara, V.C., was appointed Officer Commanding, Air Reconnaissance, South Gippsland. McNamara flew reconnaissance missions off the coast, and probably deserved a second decoration for flying beyond sight of land in an aircraft with very marginal performance! During this operation, the F.E. suffered a serious accident demanding significant repairs at Yarram, in the first war operation conducted in Australia. ClassicWarbirds.net has researched the operation in the Australian Archives and attended this event as seen in the accompanying photo folio.

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U.S. Military Aviation’s Half Century Club

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There are a handful of aircraft designs that are approaching, or have already surpassed fifty years of service with various U.S. military users. Half a century of service speaks praises of the design’s utility and adaptability, as many designs have been assigned duties other than what they originally were intended to carry out. Additionally, some former military aircraft have been passed to non-military government agencies and used even further. Here’s a look at many designs that have been in service to the United States for half a century, plus a bonus look at some aircraft that have come very close to that half-century mark, or will no doubt break that milestone in the near future.

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SEARCHING FOR WARBIRDS IN WALT DISNEY WORLD

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I had the recent good fortune to be invited to stay at a Vacation House with some friends on the property at Walt Disney World near Orlando Florida for the last week on March. This crew were all Disney World experts; they had been down many times to Disney World to stay in a multi-bedroom suite - kind of like a time-share based on vacation points that the Owner builds up. They knew everything about Disney World Florida! One guest was even a Senior VP at Disney Studios in LA - that really worked well when looking for a parking space! But you don't need a car here -the Disney bus service is frequent and takes you everywhere.

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