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On the Road to Oceana!

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OK, it’s September and you’re planning to head down to NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach for their big Air Show. There must be more to do than just driving down US-13 on the DelMarVa peninsula to get to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge by 6 PM. Well, actually there is a lot of fun stuff to do along the way before you hit the bridge, and a lot of it is aviation stuff, if you leave a little early and allow some recon time!

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Valiant Air Command’s TICO Air Show Reaches Forty!

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Air shows are a driving force behind the public’s interest in aviation. I’ve chosen a handful of long-running events to preview in 2017, and offer some of the venues’ history too. The Valiant Air Command’s Fortieth TICO Airshow is just around the corner!

The Space Coast Regional Airport (TICO comes from the Titusville – Cocoa Airport Authority name) sits across the Indian River from Cape Canaveral, Florida’s historic rocket launching and Space Shuttle landing facility. A few years before the Shuttles began to fly, the Valiant Air Command, a warbird museum that operated several flying and static aircraft, began a series of annual air shows. Drawing from the awesome Florida, Georgia and other nearby warbird communities, their spring air shows occurred a bit before the big Sun N Fun convention. The Florida warmth attracted many spectators, pilots and planes to bask in the sunshine and partake in the flying after a long, cold winter to the north – along the Atlantic seaboard. In many circles, this was the first air show of the calendar year.

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Forecast Calls for Aluminum Overcast

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Once again the EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast is on tour. The west coast swing will land in the Southwestern U.S. during the first months of 2017.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a World War II bomber used primarily in Europe. B-17s from the Eighth Air Force participated in countless missions from bases in England, often lasting for more than eight hours, and struck at targets deep within enemy territory. Because of their long-range capability, formations of B-17s often flew into battle with no fighter escort, relying on their own defensive capabilities to insure a successful mission.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Expands Its Dispalys

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The fourth building at the sprawling National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is now open to the public, displaying some rare aircraft that have been out of the public’s eye for some time. The only surviving XB-70 Valkyrie bomber, the VC-137C, serial number 26000, which was the first well-known Presidential jet transport, and the actual C-141 Starlifter named “Hanoi Taxi” which transported POWs from Vietnam after the end of hostilities, are part of a large group of aircraft have been moved into the $40.8 million, two hundred twenty eight thousand square foot hangar. Many of these aircraft were stored in hangars across the way (and thus out of sight for most museum visitors) because of the volume they take up, with room not available until the fourth structure was completed.

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