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The F4U-4 Corsair “The Whistling Death”

This is part one of a two part video. Part one featuring the Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair owned by Doug Matthews and part two featuring the North American P-51 Mustang “Six Shooter” owned by Chuck Hall. Both videos feature fantastic air to air video of both aircraft. This is the first time any air to air video has been shot of these two aircraft in flight. Special thanks for Doug Matthews and Chuck Hall for allowing to produced these videos of their aircraft. Special thanks also to Mike Malak of Malak for helping us make the connection.

NAS Wildwood Museum’s Vintage Home

Many aviation museums are housed in elegant buildings made from stone, steel  and glass.  Their architecture seeks to create a tribute or memorial to aviators, engineers, and manufacturers of the past.  In contrast, Rio Grande New Jersey’s NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum is housed in a vintage World War II aircraft hangar that was built with the future in mind… specifically for the survival of the United States,  while our nation fought during the global conflict.  “Hangar Number One” is an all-wooden structure that was a standard design utilized by the Navy during the war, and is one of the last of its kind still standing.  The importance of its design and use has earned it a place in the National Register of Historic Places “at a level of National Significance”.

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Planes of Fame Airshow May 4th and 5th, 2013

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Planes of Fame Air Musuem in Chino, California held a Media Preview Event.  It was a wonderful opportunity to see up close and personal some of the vintage aircraft that will be showcased at the “Lightning Strikes Chino” air show on May 4th and 5th, 2013.

The weather was overcast yet it did not deter anyone from being able to capture some air to air pictures with the P-38J Lightning “23 Skidoo” and the P-51D Mustang “Wee Willy”.

At this year’s air show, there will be five of only seven flying P-38 Lightning aircraft performing.  There will also be approximately 40 historically significant aircraft for all of us to enjoy as well as performances by Clay Lacy, Sean D. Tucker, John Collver, Tumbling Bear and Brian Sanders.

This is one air show that you do not want to miss! Come out and be part of the excitement on May 4th and 5th, 2013 at Planes of Fame Air Show located in Chino, California. The public and museum members are invited to an airshow preview event on May 3, 2013 where you will get a chance to see the aircraft arrivals and the practice flights.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit

The Scooter Still Soldiers On…

Military jet bomber designs during the 1950’s ran the gamut from large and complex multi-engine supersonic weapons systems to small, simple, and subsonic craft.  When Douglas Aircraft Company designer Ed Heinemann and his team set out to produce a U.S. Navy carrier borne strike aircraft, they agreed upon the smaller and simpler design spectrum for their A-4 Skyhawk.  The single seat, single-engine jet’s diminutive size concealed a high subsonic speed, decent range and a large weapons load, leading to nicknames such as “Heinemann’s Hot Rod” ,the “Bantam Bomber”, and the “Scooter”.   Later known as McDonnell Douglas, the company’s initial YA4D-1 prototype first flew on June 22, 1954.  After 25 years of production, 2960 airframes were ultimately  produced.  Although thousands of A-4s have been lost or scrapped over the six decades since the prototype flew, some of the aircraft are still relevant in combat strike or trainer roles with several of the world’s armed forces.  Some of the latest and most formidable airframes built are being resurrected as adversary trainers by a civilian company in 2013, emphasizing the usefulness of the design multiple generations after it was first blueprinted.

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