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The 2017 Kyneton Aero Club 50th Anniversary Airshow

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Kyneton Charms Thousands Located in the Macedon Ranges Shire, Northwest of Melbourne, Victoria, is Kyneton (YKTN), a small airfield near a cosy, small country town of the same name. With two runways, 18-36 and 09-27, of bitumen and grass respectively, Kyneton Aero Club and airfield celebrated their half-century in 2016. However, wet weather precluded the airshow go-ahead and it fell to 2017 to host the “50th Anniversary air show”. Read more »

World War I Aces Keep Flying

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When the Patrouille de France travelled to North America in early 2017, they brought along a slice of French military aviation history with each of their Alpha Jets. All eleven of the trainers were emblazoned with a silhouette and name of a World War I ace of the Aéronautique Militaire, carried aloft each time the team flew. The sentimental nose art, applied under each jet’s canopy on the right side, was displayed as a commemoration to honor France’s Flying Aces.

PdF aces history

According to an Armee de L’Air press release, “The Flying Aces are a symbol of the French Air Force. The term Flying Ace was first used on 1915 to describe a military aviator whose name was listed in the Armed Forces official communiqué for shooting down five or more enemy aircraft. The process of accreditation was based on two criteria: shooting down an enemy aircraft over French territory, and confirmation of this by friendly troops on the ground or by two other pilots. For the US Tour, a portrait of a French World War I Flying Ace will be painted on the side of each of the Patrouille de France’s Alphajets”. Also, one of the Aces carried is the second highest scoring French pilot, Charles Nungesser, who went missing during a trans- Atlantic flight attempt one hundred years ago in 1927, at age thirty-five. Read more »

75th Anniversary of the “Forgotten 18th Squadron”

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Colonel Harold Jacobs, Senator Anne Rushton, Allen Day, Brian Coleman, Hans de Vries, and Leesa Vlahos

Written by Dion Makowski with Anne West They shall grow not old, As we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, And in the morning We will remember them. The Ode is taken from For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon, who passed away in 1943. Also in 1943, No. 18 NEI (Netherlands East Indies) Squadron began combat operations against Japan. Read more »

Big Iron at Breckenridge TX, I Remember That!

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It's back!!!   After a 20 year hiatus, the Breckenridge (Texas) Air Show will take to the skies again. Over Memorial Day Weekend, specifically on Sunday May 28, 2017, the "resurrection" of this legendary air show will occur. There are some events occurring on the Saturday (practice day) and early morning before main gates open (sunrise photo tour) too. Back in the early 1990's, I took two trips to the  beehive of warbird activity at Breckenridge. "Big Iron" was the draw... World War II fighters, trainers, and bombers were the main focus, but later-produced warbirds were represented in good numbers as well.  That seems to be the theme this year, too! Read more »