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Planes of Fame Airshow 2016

Scratch POF 2016 logo billboard3 Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to present Planes of Fame Airshow 2016, April 29 - May 1: commemorating the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. This year’s airshow will feature nearly 50 historic aircraft, performing for your enjoyment as well as a salute to our veterans. We invite you to the airshow to celebrate the history, contributions, and sacrifices of our veterans. Performers include USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team and Heritage Flight, Sean D. Tucker-Team Oracle Aerobatics, Sea Fury Aerobatics by Sanders Aeronautics, Rob Harrison and the Tumbling Bear, Gregory Colyer's T-33, Kent Pietsch and the Jelly Belly Airplane, Erickson Aircraft Collection, Texas Flying Legends, John Collver SNJ-AT6 Aerobatics, Granley Airshows Yak Aerobatic Team and over 40 WWII aircraft including Zeros, B-25, P-47, and P-51s, and there is more to announce later! In addition to many other fantastic airplanes that will be performing and on static display, there will be a special panel discussion with some of our honored veterans. Stay tuned for future announcements of some of our special guests. Also, be sure to catch the Twilight Show on April 29! If you are interested in helping to sponsor the airshow, click here to learn about the opportunities! FRIDAY, APRIL 29 - Twilight Show! - 12:00pm to 8:00pm Show Dates & Times Friday, April 29, 2016; 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Saturday and Sunday, April 30 - May 1, 2016; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Gates open at 8am Flying Show from 11am - 4pm Gates close at 5pm Static displays and vendors will be open 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CLICK TO ORDER YOUR TICKETS ONLINE!

Defenders of Freedom, Offutt AFB Air Shows… I remember them!

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Let's look at some air show warbird memories from Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base, which hosted a series of fantastic shows in the late 1990s and into this Millennium. Classics came from the south (especially from Texas), from the northeast, from the southeast, and from the west.  Although held in the not-so-distant past, the Defenders of Freedom Air Show is still held today, although runway construction and the Congressional Budget Sequestration of 2013 caused interruptions during the previous few  years. First, let's look at some history about this base. The land that the Air Base sits on has historical military significance that dates as far back as the 1890s. Originally an Army fort, the base sent troops to fight in the Spanish-American War; some of the original grounds are still visible and structures are still in use today. The first aviation unit at the fort was a balloon company, deployed shortly after World War I.  In 1921, a flying field was constructed for military aviation and for transcontinental air mail service. In 1924, the base was named after an Omaha native who was killed in an air crash towards the end of World War I in France. After a period of relative calm, the apprehension that later became World War II caused the quiet post to rapidly expand into a manufacturing base, complete with a two-mile long runway adjacent to a massive Glenn Martin bomber plant. Later in the war, a manufacturing switch was made, and B-29 bombers were produced up through the end of the war.  Both the Enola Gay and Bockscar, the pair of bombers that dropped atomic weapons on Japan, were built in the Offutt plants. After the end of the War, the base became an Air Defense Command facility, but with a B-29 Bombardment Group stationed there. Read more »

Australian DC-2 Is a Former Military Transport Too

1-MEL_3446Photo and Story by Dion Makowski A30-11 C/N 1286 Douglas DC-2-112 22 November 2015, Albury Airport, NSW Douglas aircraft C/N 1286 was completed as a DC-2-211 in October, 1934 and registered to Eastern Airlines as NC13736. It was equipped with a pair of Wright GR-1820-F.2B Cyclone 9-cylinder radial engines each of 740bhp (brake horsepower) @1950RPM. After being phased out by Eastern, it was purchased by the Australian Government via the British Purchasing Commission and received on November 18, 1940 at Australian National Airways (ANA) for (re-)assembly. In March 1941, the aircraft was brought on Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) charge as A30-11. It was allotted the military call sign VHCRE and at one point was named Maaleesh. The DC-2 was utilized for transportation duties, notably during July 1942, when it carried a disassembled radar unit intended for Melville Island on several flights between Bankstown and Batchelor, Northern Territory (NT). Later it was allotted to "B" Flight, at Richmond, New South Wales (NSW), with the Parachute Training Unit (PTU). In November, 1944, the aircraft was sent to ANA’s facility at Essendon, Victoria (VIC), to be stripped of camouflage and made ready for civilian use. In September, 1946, it was offered for tender at Parafield, South Australia (SA). The airframe was stored at the Care & Maintenance Unit found at Port Pirie, SA. A new beginning occurred in October, 1946 when C/N 1286 was sold to Sid Marshall for 52 Pounds, for spares. Marshall intended to use DC-2s with Marshall Airways. The airframe was moved to and stored at Bankstown, NSW until it changed owners… to the Albury West (NSW) Rotary Club, which subsequently preserved it on concrete poles with its undercarriage down, as "PH-AJU Uiver" (race no.44). These markings were of a famous DC-2 which placed second and took handicap honours in the 1934 MacRobertson International Air Races – also known as the Centenary Air Race [between RAF Mildenhall, England and Melbourne, Australia – ed.]. These markings commemorated the night during the air race when the original Uiver encountered a storm in Northern Victoria and was saved by the people of Albury. Encouraged by a local radio station to drive to the Albury Racecourse (located near the present day airport) and using their headlights to mark a landing site, residents guided the plane to a safe landing, assisted by municipal authorities who arranged to switch the city's lights on and off using Morse code to indicate they were at the right town. With minimum crew and no passengers, the DC-2 took off to complete the flight to the finish line at the Flemington Racecourse, on October 24, 1934. The race is considered a watershed flight in Australian/British aviation history as it successfully demonstrated the superiority of contemporary American airliner design. Restoration by the Rotary Club was reported as costing $6000. The memorial was dedicated on March 2, 1980. The DC-2 has now been removed from its place outside the airport and will be restored to feature in a new permanent, undercover display at Albury Airport. Research by Aviation Report

Dover AFB’s Air Mobility Command Museum

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According to the Air Mobility Command Museum’s web site, Dover AFB has an interesting and varied history. From an Army base that, in part, hosted experimental rocket research in the 1940s, to a fighter base during the 1950s through the 70’s, to the current Air Mobility Command duties, the base has risen in importance due to its mid-Atlantic location. Today, it is home to the 436th Airlift Wing, and the Air Force Reserve’s 512th Airlift Wing. Base facilities include what is known as the “Super Port”, where cargo from around the world is collected and shipped. The Wings operate the C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III, but the base sees all sorts of airlifters operating from its runways. One of the original aircraft hangars, after a restoration in the 1990s, has become the home of the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover. Hangar 1301 has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places too. The museum is home to close to 30 aircraft, including fighters (the base also served as a P-47 training base during World War II), bombers, air refueling tankers, and trainers. However, the majority of the aircraft are transports, which has been the focus of the base for over 60 years. In 1952, the Military Air Transport Service (MATS) began building up the base for a global air transport mission that remains today.

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The museum’s collection include many large aircraft, including a C-5A Galaxy, a pair of C-141A and -B Starlifters (the first and last airframes built!), a KC-135E, plus a C-9A Nightingale Medivac and a VC-9C VIP transport… all jet powered. The larger piston and turboprop transport collection is definitely a highlight… C-54 Skymaster, C-7 Caribou, C-119 Flying Boxcar, C-121 Constellation, C-123 Provider, C-124 Globemaster II, C-130 Hercules, C-131 Samaritan, C-47 Skytrain, C-133 Cargomaster, and a KC-97 Stratotanker. World War II aircraft of note include a C-60 Lodestar, B-17 Flying Fortress and A-26 Invader, plus PT-17 Kaydet and BT-13 Valiant trainers and TG-4A and CG-4A gliders. Cold War “relics” include an HH-43 Husky helicopter, F-101 Voodoo and F-106 Delta Dart interceptors, and even a Soviet Bloc-built AN-2 biplane.

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The aircraft, as you can see in our photos, are well preserved and presented both outside, and indoors in Hangar 1301. There’s even a control tower, used at Dover AFB until six years ago, for viewing and listening to airport traffic control. Written by Ken Kula. Recent photos by Bob Finch as noted, and a pair by Walt Bauer taken many years ago.