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Sunday
Aug292010

Astronaut For A Day: STS 132 and the Ship Atlantis

By Pete Trubucco

From Left to right MS Garrett Reisman, Shuttle Pilot Tony Antonelli, Pete Trabucco, Commander Ken Ham, MS Michael GoodAs a pilot and space fanatic, I have always followed our NASA space program closely and secretly hoped that one day that I would be able to work with these astronauts in space.  Of course this could never really occur but a funny thing did happen to me on my way to Houston (and Johnson Space Center) not too long ago.  As we all know, the end of the Space Shuttle program is right around the corner.  Due to budget cuts, it looks like after the final mission is scheduled for next June and the program will truly be concluded.  However on a faithful day in March, I did get to play “astronaut in training” with these star voyages and I can tell you, not many things that I have done can top this experience. 

As the Space Shuttle Atlantis was scheduled for its last flight, I got a call from the NASA front office saying if I were able to get down to Houston, I would be in for a real treat. The flight that was up next was designated as STS 132 and the ship Atlantis was scheduled for liftoff (from pad 34A) on May 14, 2010.  This flight marked the 32nd and (at the time) final flight for Atlantis closing almost a quarter century of service for NASA and our manned space program.

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Wednesday
Aug042010

Red Tails Over Genesee Valley

By Stan Piet and A. Kevin Grantham

It is truly a rare occasion to have four P-51 Mustangs flying perfect formation for the benefit of the camera lenses. Leading the Mustang element is Chris Baranaskis (Galmorus Gal) followed by Mark Murphy (NEVER Miss), Skipper Hyle (CAF P-51D), and Doug Rozendaal (Tuskegee Airman). (Stan Piet)Beginning its fourth decade of air show activities over upper New York State’s serene countryside, the Geneseo-based 1941 Historical Aircraft Group (HAG) saluted the Tuskegee Airman of the 332nd Fighter Group (FG) as this year’s backdrop for “The Greatest Show on Turf.” Several Red Tail veterans were in attendance featuring Lt. Col. Leo Gray, from Miami, who continues his retirement avocation of presenting the daunting story of how his fellow afro-American aviators fought the ingrained prejudices of the period in their rise to equality and personal excellence during WWII. Gray entertained and lectured numerous school groups over four days recalling his personal challenges and encouraging young students to strive to the same heights to ensure their future direction.

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Wednesday
Aug042010

Dayton Air Show Celebrates 100 Years of Air Shows

By Mike Heilman and Joe Gust

An F-18F “Super Hornet” makes a high speed pass creating a large cloud of vapor. The “Super Hornet” is part of the East Coast F-18F Demonstration Team based at NAS Oceana. (Mike Heilman)In 1910, the first major United States air show was held at Dominguez Field in Los Angeles, California, seven years after the Wright brothers from Dayton Ohio made their historic first powered flight in an airplane.  Dayton proclaimed the birthplace of aviation, celebrated 100 years of air shows at the 36th annual Dayton Air Show.  The show was held July 17th – 18th at the International Airport in Dayton.

The 1910 show drew a crowd of over 250,000 people for the ten-day event.  The two-day 2010 event in Dayton drew an estimated crowd of almost 80,000. That was close to the 2009 show that featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The weather was good for both days and the show organizers put together another world-class air show lineup.

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Tuesday
Aug032010

Daughter of Legendary Fighter Pilot Visits National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Telling her Father’s Story has Become the Top Mission for Christina Olds

Christina Olds visits the National Museum of U.S. Air Force to see her father’s F-4C Phantom.Christina Olds, the daughter of the late triple ace and Air Force Cross recipient Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, visited the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to see her father’s F-4C Phantom, which is on display in the museum’s Modern Flight Gallery, before attending a book signing appearance in Dayton.
 
“I love this place,” said Christina. “The first time that I saw my father’s F-4 was in 2001 before he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and that was very emotional and impressive, but what has happened to me since then makes it much more meaningful.

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Tuesday
Aug032010

"Thunder" Lights Up the Sky Over Auburn

By Clark Cook

T-28 Trojan on short final (Clark Cook)Since the last air fair held here in 2008, Auburn’s “Thunder in the Sky” came roaring back…literally. The sounds of jets were heard in and around the area as the Patriots Jet Team made a debut performance. Although no aerobatics were performed, due to FAA restrictions, the team thrilled the audience with a series of passes and basic maneuvers. If the sight and sound of four jets and the smell of jet fuel wasn’t enough for the aviation enthusiasts, then the bi-annual event organized by Evan Wolfe and Darcy Brewer had much more to offer, including a variety of warbirds, antique aircraft, experimental aircraft and even a flying car!

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