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The 2016 Tyabb, Australia Air Show – Les Neistat’s View

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The biennial Tyabb Airshow took place this year and while always well attended, this year saw it exceed expectations with a crowd of approximately 15,000.  A clear highlight of the show was Graham Hosking’s Chance Vought F4U-5N (VH-III) Honduran Air Force Corsair’s display, closely followed by a four ship flypast of 4 Ryans. Paul Bennet Airshows brought its Grumman TBM-3 Avenger (VH-MML) and Sky Aces Aerobatic team Wolf Pitts Pro and Pitts Special S1S and the The Southern Knights, with their T6 Harvards gave their usual, polished display. Read more »

Reading, PA World War II Weekend

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We tend to denote our lives by significant dates and memorable events. 2015 provided such an occasion, marking the 70th anniversary to the end of World War II and the 25th year for the annual Reading, Pa World War II Weekend. No other show in the country, with air and ground displays, better depicts the times. Throughout the day at Reading, hundreds of re-enactors with period firearms, tents stocked with voluminous military objects and meticulously attired in appropriate uniforms, portrayed the following historic events. FDR Although the unemployment rate had dropped from its 1933 high of twenty-five percent, 1941 still saw the nation gripped by the great depression. While many Americans were able to gain meaningful employment through government programs like the Works Projects, initiated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), most had grown accustomed to making sacrifices- doing with less or completely without some of life’s simplest pleasures. They were a moral, honest, God fearing generation that even in the height of the depression never felt the need to lock their doors. They would later earn the deserved title of the nation’s “Greatest Generation.” Read more »

Coast Guard Aviation at 100 Years: A Century In Harm’s Way, Part 1

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This is the first of a two part series on the centennial of Coast Guard Aviation.  To see the other article, which covers the years later than this article, click here. The First Five Decades… The U.S. Coast Guard’s history with aviation spans less than half its existence, but the impact of heavier-than-air vehicles on Coast Guard missions over the past century bears at least a mention here. While not a full history, here are some of the actions and anecdotes that have shaped today’s Coast Guard flying missions. In the Beginning… In 1903, more than a decade before the start aviation activities by what became the Coast Guard, a trio of Surfmen from their nearby U.S. Life-Saving Service facility helped carry supplies from the Wright Brother’s camp to the hill near Kitty Hawk NC, where the Wright Flyer acheived their first heavier-than-air flight. Surfman J.T. Daniels even pushed the shutter button on the camera that captured the now-iconic photograph that proved the Wright Flyer succeeded in becoming airborne. Read more »

2016 TICO Warbird Air Show

Written by Ken Kula

As part of a group of aviation photographers in the 1980s, we used to have a saying that if it’s TICO, it must be Spring! After all, that top-notch warbird air show occurred at the Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville Florida every March, when the earth was warming and flowers were finally blooming up and down the winter-weary Atlantic Coast. The TICO air show is usually the first big warbird air show on the East Coast every year, and in 2016, the Valiant Air Command’s 39th air show is already complete. A diverse group of warbirds and active military aircraft, pilots, crews, owners and fans gathered together for a three day salute to the past and present of military aviation.

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The Valiant Air Command (VAC) formed in the 1970s as the warbird movement in the U.S. was gathering momentum. Its main purpose is as “a 501(3)c educational organization dedicated to the preservation of, education about and commemoration of Warbirds from all eras and the men and women who flew, maintained and fought in them”. The airport in Titusville is home to the VAC Museum, full of static and flyable warbirds. Each year, an air show full of home-based and visiting aircraft is presented as a living part of their charter, as well as a major fundraiser. Here’s just a part of what you missed: Read more »