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Written by Bob Shane on December 29th, 2016
The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang “Ole Yeller”
Report and Photography by Bob Shane
Every industry has its Hall of Fame. The individual members of this elite group, over the course of their professional careers, have demonstrated that they are truly the best of the best. In the Aviation industry, leading that formation of excellence, is Robert “Bob” Hoover. A fighter pilot, test pilot and air show pilot extraordinaire, Hoover did it all. During his flying career, he was involved in numerous milestone projects such as breaking the sound barrier. He is widely considered the founding father of modern aerobatics. A true American hero, Hoover’s fighter aircraft was shot down during the Second World War. He was captured by the Germans and later escaped by stealing a German Messerschmidt and flying it to Holland.
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Written by Bill Sarama on December 20th, 2016
Photos and Story by Bill Sarama
I was visiting the Village of Duck, on the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina, about one and a half hours south of Norfolk on December 17th. Being a true Airplane Chaser, I decided to go down to the Manteo Airport, on Roanoke Island (Dare County Regional Airport / KMQI) to see what was going on. Well, there was a lot going on! Manteo was the old Manteo Auxiliary Naval Air Station (NAAS) in WWII and was an OLF Training Facility for the “Jolly Rogers” (VF-17 / VF-84 and currently VFA-103 out of Oceana). To this day it’s Approach and Departure frequencies (124.725) are still controlled by MCAS Cherry Point Tower, seventy-five miles to the south, probably because it is located pretty close to the Navy Dare Bomb Range 30 miles southwest as the Gull flies. NAAS Manteo had F4F Wildcats, F6F Hellcats, SB2C Helldivers, TBM Avengers, PBY’s, and F4U Corsairs, all based here and all using the MOA’s off the coast.
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Written by Ken Kula on November 25th, 2016
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is one of those rare breeds of aircraft design that has served with the U.S. military for over half a century. The first flight of a prototype occurred on May 27, 1958. In December of 2016, the final flights of U.S. military F-4s will occur, capped off with a final tribute event.
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