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Tuesday
May152018

What are the Odds?

By Ed Downs

April 8, 1970 was a memorable day for this writer. A lot was going on. Having been the member of a team that was participating in bringing the world’s first wide-body airliner into airline service, my employer suddenly changed my assignment. I was to leave my Midwest home, move to California (my home state), and take on the next project, the Lockheed L-1011. Having already found temporary residence in California, the next task was a permanent move. Of course, first on my list was to fly my plane out to my new home along with critical flight records that I would need for the new assignment. In addition to this flurry of activity, I was following the expected launch of Apollo 13. As a dedicated “space nut,” the goal was to be back in California, with my plane, planted in front of the TV, cheering on our next space venture. Yep, those were fun times!

The plan was simple. I would temporarily stay with a friend in Kansas City, drive my buddy’s car (a huge late ‘60s Buick) to the airport where my plane was stored, load important papers (personal flight records, aircraft logbooks, and maintenance records), plus a small amount of luggage into the plane, and give my bird a good check to make sure it was ready for the long trip to my new home. With any luck, I would be back in California in time to watch the entire moon landing planned for Apollo 13. Cool! But plans are just that, plans. The weather was not cooperating, and it had become apparent that the greatly anticipated ferry flight would have to wait. So, everything went back into the car. I headed back to Kansas City to catch an airline to California, planning to pick up my plane later. At least I would be able to watch Apollo 13 land on the Moon.  With my mind engaged in endless planning, the drive to my buddy’s place on a state highway was routine, until I noticed flashing lights and construction workers up ahead.  Traffic had been flagged to a stop, as electric power lines were being dragged across the highway, to be raised up to towers on either side of the road. Maybe a 10-minute delay, no big deal. But seconds later, my life changed.

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Tuesday
May152018

Help a WWII or Korean War Veteran Get a Free Ride! 

This Weekend! Celebrate Armed Forces Day and Help Give a WWII or Korean War Veteran a Free Ride in an Historic 1939 Douglas DC-3 !

Golden Age Air Tours is offering scenic air tours in honor of Armed Forces Day and in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Air Museum “Celebrating the Living Historians” event at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport on Saturday, May 19 and will also offer tours from the KaiserAir facility on Sunday May 20th.

Take a tour in this unique piece of “living history” that was requisitioned and flown by General Henry “Hap” Arnold during the war years, and help a WWII or Korean War Veteran Pilot get a chance to travel back in time.

TWO VETERAN PILOTS WILL GET A FREE RIDE
FOR EVERY EIGHT TICKETS SOLD.

Why not enjoy a truly memorable flight in this majestic aircraft while helping some of our few remaining “Greatest Generation” celebrate Armed Forces Day in style!
Make a reservation at https://www.goldenageairtours.com/tickets/ 
no advance payment required.
Friday
May112018

Upcoming Salute to Veterans Airshow, Columbia, MO 

THE USAF A-10 THUNDERBOLT II TACTICAL DEMONSTRATION TEAM JOINS WITH THE USA BLACK DAGGERS AND CANADIAN FORCES SKYHAWKS PARACHUTE TEAMS TO HEADLINE THE 2018 30TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SALUTE TO VETERANS AIRSHOW

 

2018 Theme: Three Decades of Honoring and Remembering

 

Salute to Veterans Corporation invites the public to their two-day airshow at Columbia Regional Airport over Memorial Day weekend on May 26-27, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE admission and parking!

 

DEMO TEAMS, AIRCRAFT, AND EVENTS 

  •  US Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Tactical Demonstration – returning after eight years!
    •  AND flying a Heritage Flight with a Curtiss P-40N Warhawk!
  •  United States Army Black Daggers Parachute Team
  •  Canadian Armed Forces Parachute Team: The Skyhawks
  •  US Air Force Wings of Blue Skydiving Team – for the first time!
  •  WWII de Havilland Vampire aerobatic demonstration
  •  Lockheed T-33 ‘Shooting Star’ aerobatic demonstration
  •  1948 AD-1 Skyraider aerobatic demonstration
  •  Trojan Phlyers T-28 aerobatic demonstration team  
  •  T-6 “Radial Velocity” Reno Racer – winner of the National Championship Air Races!
  •  WWI Kansas City Dawn Patrol – 19 planes flying and on display
  •  WWI Curtiss Jenny – flying and on display – 100th anniversary flight!
  •  MU Joint Services Drill Team 

 

STATIC DISPLAYS OPEN FOR TOURS

 

  • USN VP-30 P-3C Orion
  • USN VP-30 P-8 Poseidon – for the first time!

 

STATIC DISPLAYS

 

  • WWII Piper L-4 Grasshopper
  • Cessna L-19 Bird Dog
  • WWII P-51 Mustang
  • C-172 Cessna
  • T-6 Texan II
  • Supermarine Seafire Mk. XV

 

 

 

MILITARY RECRUITING ASSETS

 

  • Air Force Special Ops Air Commando Experience (ACE) - the newest Air Force recruiting asset! 

 

OTHER HEADLINING EVENTS

 

 

  • Annual Honored Guests and Volunteers Banquet in Southwell Arena at Columbia College

     Saturday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. Check website for details and to purchase tickets!

  • Wreath-laying Ceremony on Memorial Day, May 28, at the Boone County Courthouse, at 9 a.m.
  • 30th Annual Salute To Veterans Parade on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, starting at 10 a.m. in      

downtown Columbia and ending at Columbia College R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium.

  • The Salute to the Armed Forces Celebration at Columbia College will feature the arrival from the skies of the USA Black Daggers and Canadian Forces Skyhawks Parachute Teams.

 

For additional information, visit our website at www.salute.org

 

Editor’s Note:  The Celebration should not be referred to as “the Columbia Airshow”, “Columbia’s Memorial Day Airshow”, this “Columbia Event”, “Columbia’s Memorial Day Weekend”, etc., or any other designation that would imply that it is hosted, organized, or anyway produced or sponsored by The City of Columbia, its Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, or the State Of Missouri. It is presented solely by the Memorial Day Weekend Salute To Veterans Corporation, a private, 501c3, not-for-profit, tax-deductible, educational, Missouri Company. The Corporation consists of over 3,000 volunteers and 100 volunteer committee chairmen, none of whom are paid.

 

Friday
May042018

East Coast WACO Float Plane Tour 

 

 
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Demo Rides

 

We’re planning a tour for the end of the month, visiting New York, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and northern New Jersey areas. 

 

If you are in one of these areas, and are interested in learning more about our new

WACO YMF-5F amphibious biplane, contact us to schedule a demo flight.

 

We’re planning on leaving Michigan approximately May 21, and heading east.  

 

Our schedule is flexible, and we plan to tour the eastern states for a couple weeks, returning to Michigan around June 1.

 

Contact the factory today

to schedule your demo flight!

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Wednesday
May022018

50 Historic Aircraft in Chino This Weekend

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     PLANES OF FAME AIRSHOW 
MAY 5-6, 2018
 
 
The Air Show will feature over 50 historic aircraft performing for your enjoyment!
Performers include:
Plus: Military vehicles, a ‘Kids Zone’, Food, Drinks and Vendors!   READ MORE
 
 

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PLANES OF FAME AIR SHOW MAY 5-6 2018 
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
FREE ADMISSION KIDS 11 YEARS & UNDER
GENERAL ADMISSION $25
FREE PARKING! (PREFERRED PARKING $17.50)

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