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Wednesday
Feb222017

The U.S. Navy’s First Carrier Squadron VFA-2 “Bounty Hunters”

By Mike Heilman and Ed Wells

An F/A-18F “Super Hornet” from VFA-2 “Bounty Hunters” taxis in after landing aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during the ship’s final Composite Unit Training Exercise or COMPTUEX off the coast of Southern California in Oct. of 2016. (Mike Heilman)U.S Navy’s VFA-2 Fighter Squadron is used to being at the tip of the spear, after all, they were the very first fighter squadron deployed on America’s first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley (CV-1). The squadron was established in 1922 and began flying the Vought VE-7SF Biplane. It would be 1925 before the USS Langley, also known as the “Covered Wagon,” would take seven pilots and 42 enlisted personnel from VF-2 out to sea for the very first time in maneuvers off the coast of California.

In 1927, the squadron was named the “Flying Chiefs” and was considered by many as the “Hottest outfit afloat.” The “Flying Chiefs” would not see combat until the start of World War II. In 1942, the squadron was deployed aboard the USS Lexington (CV-2) during the Battle of the Coral Sea. It would be the first ever battle between aircraft carriers. The unit would claim 11 kills, but the Lexington would be so crippled from torpedo damage that the Navy would have to scuttle the ship so it wouldn’t be captured by the Japanese. 

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Wednesday
Feb222017

Warbird Sanctuary

By David Brown

The Commemorative Air Force WWII Aviation Museum at Camarillo ( David Brown)Camarillo is an airfield steeped in aviation history and located 20 miles west of Los Angeles. F-89 Scorpion jets and F-101B Voodoo supersonic fighters were based here until the base was closed in 1969. Since then, it has been used for general aviation. I have flown into Camarillo on many occasions in a succession of singles and twin-engine Cessnas and Pipers. Some years ago, a Lockheed Constellation was restored at Camarillo. And then there are the Warbirds. These days, Camarillo is a Warbird Sanctuary.

Warbirds are notoriously difficult to operate. There are very few individuals who have the financial clout and technical ability to manage warbirds. But organizations with individuals of many talents can master this trick. The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, and the American Aeronautical Foundation are both based at Camarillo.

A recent visit to Camarillo airport was like stepping back in time. The Commemorative Air Force Hangar contains the WWII Aviation Museum.

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Wednesday
Feb222017

A Look Back at Wonder Woman's Iconic Invisible Plane at 75 Years Old

By Mark Rhodes

Wonder Woman, AKA Princess Diana of Paradise Island, created by William Moulton Marston, is without a doubt the most famous and influential female superhero in comics history. The past year 2016 saw her celebrate her 75th anniversary, and 2017 will see her come to cinematic life in a live-action feature starring Gail Gadot set during World War I. Wonder Woman’s iconic status today overshadows in some ways her origins, which were connected to early feminist thought that foreshadowed the women’s movement of the mid to late 20th century.  

So it was with Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane. The Invisible Plane made its first appearance in Sensation Comics # 1 in 1942. This creation was the handiwork of Princess Diana as a youth on Paradise Island. The idea being that the Plane could fly undetected at high speeds without necessarily having to engage in combat unless absolutely necessary (a theme of the early Wonder Woman stories set during World War II was the collateral damage of male-oriented military conflict). Of course this notion foreshadowed late 20th to early 21st century stealth aircraft. 

Besides being invisible, the plane could travel at more than 2,000 mph and was able to be activated and summoned by Wonder Woman’s tiara where she would board it or exit it from a rope ladder. As Wonder Woman’s narrative advanced in the comics, the plane evolved into an ever more sophisticated mode of transportation, being able to fly into space with minimal effort. Reflecting advancements in aviation in general, the plane evolved into a jet in the 1950s.   

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Wednesday
Feb222017

MODAERO Festival 

 

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Wednesday
Feb222017

Gilroy Garlic Art Contest 

 

Gilroy Garlic Festival Now Accepting Entries for 2017 Art Poster Contest


 
 

Artists across the country are invited to submit their original artwork for the chance to win cash prizes in the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest. The first-place winning entry will be reproduced as a high-quality, limited-edition poster to be sold at the 39th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, 29 and 30, 2017.

Cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place will be awarded. Up to ten non-winning entries, excluding the first-place winner, will be eligible for the “Association’s Choice” award, decided by the Festival’s committee chairs and board members. The top vote-getter will receive a $200 prize.

Christina Velasquez, chair of the Festival’s Retail Committee, says, “It’s always exciting to see the amazing artwork that comes in every year from all over the country. The tough part is choosing just one winner!”

Velasquez and a panel of judges will award first place to the artwork that best captures the spirit and essence of the premier summer food festival. The 2016 contest winner was Sherry Harig of Huachuca City, Arizona.

Entries must be received at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association office by March 17, 2017. The winner will be notified no later than April 14, 2017. For complete contest rules and an online application, go to www.gilroygarlicfestival.com/festival/poster-contest/ or call 408-842-1625.

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