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The Adventures of an Airplane Nut

Ron bookcover 1 If you have even a casual interest in aviation history, you’d be envious of Ron Pagano’s aviation experiences. Interested in aviation well before he enlisted in the Air Force in 1953, his life became an interesting series of adventures. Ron even has written a book about some of them, aptly entitled “The Adventures of an Airplane Nut”. In his self-written preface to this book, he explains it all: “I have always wanted to put into writing all of my aviation adventures and experiences, and my passion for anything aviation related. It is in my DNA. Many well-written stories and books have been written about flying aces, and many other interesting flying heroes. This book is different. This book is about an average guy born with a great passion for airplanes and aviation. It is about the true-life adventures of an “airplane nut”… Read more »



Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy

Dover Air Force Base In Maryland had its first Air Show in eight years - "Thunder Over Dover; Celebrating Our Heritage" - on August 26th - 27th, 2017. It was no small event with over 70 airplanes on the Hot Ramp and the Static Ramp and drawing over 150,000 plane-crazed spectators each day. (see 10/23/17) There was enough to please everyone,not only with the Thunderbirds, but also with 6 hours of flying in the air, and ramps packed with heavy metal haulers, current fighters, a "Bone", helos, a "Reaper", little "Noisemakers", white "VIP'ers", light Cessnas, Gliders and a collection of great Warbirds. We go to these air shows and we are awed by the great planes on the ground and in the air, but these airports and bases we visit hold some interesting secrets and that is not only what goes on there now but also the history of these airports, many of which have a long story going back to the early days of Flight. Dover AFB is no exception. Let's leave the ramp and take a little trip backwards and see what goes on here now and also have a quick look at the early days of Dover. Read more »

The Great State of Maine Air Show 2017


Over a late summer weekend, the one just before America’s Labor Day holiday, the Great State of Maine Airshow attracted tens of thousands of vacationers and residents. Held at the expansive Brunswick Executive Airport, the venue offered a varied and exciting event filled with sights and sounds not heard at the facility since it was an active Naval Air Station almost a decade earlier. The airport has no obstructions around it for air show viewing, and MidCoast Maine is a great place for a vacation, so it’s a great weekend treat to attend the show, fill up on lobster and wild blueberry pie, and take in the picturesque coastal scenery too. Read more »

2017 Thunder Over Michigan!


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  You never know what you will see or hear in the skies around Detroit’s Willow Run International Airport located in Ypsilanti MI. Willow Run has a little of everything from locally based USA Jet or Kalitta freighters to the more exotic Aeronaves De Mexico DC9’s. If you want to go one step further in the exotic department try the Boeing 737-4Y0 that belongs to the United States Department of Justice. You will find business jets such as the Johnson Controls Gulfstream GV-SP N80AD and Bombardier Challenger 300 N60AD. Eastern Michigan University Cessna 172SP Skyhawks will fly practice approaches several times a day. Read more »