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A visit to Ramona Airport

While  Traveling to San Diego ,CA  in Aug 2010  for our monumental trip to flyout and trap aboard the USS Carl Vinson CVN70  http://photorecon.net/2010/08/d-v-embarkation-u-s-s-carl-vinson/. We decided to make some calls to see if we could visit any local warbirds and meet some legends of aviation.  One owner and pilot that I have photographed over the years, Chuck Hall and his famous P-51 Six Shooter,was high on the list.,Mr Hall was happy to let us come out to Ramona Airport and have a private shoot with six Shooter. We drove the short distance from San Diego to Ramona and met with Mr. Paul De Jarnett the crew chief for sixshooter, Paul did a great job of hosting us and moving the aircraft around for our shots. One thing to note ,a visit to Chuck Hall aviation is like visiting a small FBO of yesteryear, with a museum like lobby showcasing the many aviation accomplishments of Mr. Hall.  The entire Ramona airport has so many unique aircraft tucked away,our 1 hour photo shoot ended up becoming an 8hr Day. One of the many people we met and would like to thank is Mr. Tony Wiser the owner if Victory Aircraft Service.  Tony is also the  the mechanic for Six shooter  Tony also maintains several other warbirds based at Ramona. Tony took us around and introduced us to several owners, we had a blast to say the least.   More to come about the Ramona Visit in future posts. We would like to thank Chuck Hall, Paul De Jarnett and all the wonderful owners and pilots that welcomed us ,we look forward to visiting again soon.      

National Championship Air Races

The Reno Race that Almost Wasn’t… By Mark Hrutkay The National Championship Air Races at Reno in 2010 did something they never did in the past and that was to cancel the final races in several classes.  There always seems to be some wind at Reno and on Sunday, there was a lot.  The winds were hitting 30kts at Stead Field. The problem showed up as the Silver Unlimited Heat racers were landing.  They landed on a crosswind runway, instead of landing in front of the crowd.  That was formerly a strip used for emergencies and had finally gotten the center repaved in the past year. The jet race flew and was won by Curt Brown (yes, the Space Shuttle Pilot with six missions under his belt) in the L-29 Viper with a speed of 515.582 MPH.  The next race was the T-6 Gold and it was cancelled because of the high winds.  Dennis Buehn who was the winner on Saturday was declared the Champion with a speed of 241.247MPH. The decision was made based on the limited number of runways available and if one was closed because of a crash, then there would be real problems.  There was a perpendicular crosswind on 26 which was enough to close it since the crosswind was high enough to exceed the capability of most of the planes.  That left two other runways and if one was closed due to an accident, they would rapidly run out of options.  The racers carry a very limited amount of fuel and diverting to another airport could well have been hazardous. Read more »

National Aviation Day in United States Aug 19th

National Aviation Day is a federal observance but it is not a public holiday in the United States.

Background

In 1939 President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed August 19 to be National Aviation Day. The day coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright, who piloted the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur are given credit for building the world’s first successful airplane with aircraft controls that enabled them to steer the plane. Orville Wright made the first flight for 12 seconds and 120 feet around the site of Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17, 1903. They were not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft but they are the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible. The Wright brothers' status as inventors of the airplane has been an issue of debate, particularly as there were competing claims regarding other early aviators. Another national observation in the United States is Wright Brothers Day on December 17 each year. Each year the president may issue a proclamation to: designate August 19 as National Aviation Day; call on government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on the day; and invite people living in the United States to observe the day with appropriate exercises to further stimulate interest in aviation in the United States.

Symbols

Images of early flight pioneers (including the Wright brothers), airplanes and other flight vehicles, aviation industry workers (such as pilots) and any other images linked with the aviation industry have been seen on material used to promote National Aviation Day.

Getting Ready for Reno 2010

All of us @ classicwarbirds.net  are real excited about the upcoming Reno Air Races. We plan on bringing all our viewers the full Reno experience. We just obtained our Media Passes ,so we can't wait to go.We are planing on a 5 day visit out to Stead this year. More to come soon.