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  • That Was Close! Jet Plane Flies Dangerously Close to Spectators’ Heads at Air Show

    07/06/2014 3:33:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Metro ^ | Sunday 6 Jul 2014
    Spectators at a recent air show in Waddington, near Lincoln, were given a particularly close look at a fighter jet. Like a scene out of Top Gun, the plane screams over the heads of the crowd, only missing them by a few feet. People duck and jump for cover, with one observant man commenting: ‘That was a bit close, wasn’t it?’ The Turkish F16 jet can then be seen coming in to land, where the pilot presumably removes his cool-guy shades and gives the thumbs-up to an injured comrade. Tom Cruise would be proud.
  • Washington To Be Largely Absent From AirVenture This Year

    07/29/2013 3:42:06 AM PDT · by taildragger · 9 replies
    Aero-News ^ | 07/29/2013 | Site Author
    FAA Administrator Will Not Be Attending The Show FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will not be attending Oshkosh this year. And while he had a previous family engagement made months in advance, it is at the very least unfortunate timing given the ultimatum handed to EAA over air traffic control services for the show.
  • Plane Crash Cancels Dayton Airshow (Biplane with wing walker)

    The Vectren Dayton Air Show has been cancelled for the day in the aftermath of a fiery crash.
  • Modular Aircraft Design Presented at Paris Air Show

    06/12/2013 11:27:45 AM PDT · by null and void · 29 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Mon, 06/10/2013 - 5:58am | Anne-Muriel Brouet
    The Clip-Air project envisions an airplane consisting of a single flying wing onto which capsules carrying passengers or freight can be attached. More than a new type of flying device, its innovative concept could revolutionize the airports of the future. Go to the train station to take the plane. Board on a capsule to reach the airport by rail, and then - without leaving your seat - fly to another city. The Clip-Air project, being developed at EPFL since 2009, envisions a modular aircraft consisting of a flying wing onto which it is possible to attach one, two or three...
  • Sequester and Airshows

    04/30/2013 10:16:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | April 29, 2013 | Marilyn Dash
    We recently learned that the Blue Angels, the USAF Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights and all the Military Demo Teams have cancelled their entire Airshow season due to the Sequester. The Military will not take part in Airshows in any way – not static displays, not flying, nothing. This information has sent the Airshow Industry back to their drawing boards to see how they can move on from here. The Military Demonstration Teams are an enormous draw for these events. Military Teams can increase attendance by up to 30% while bringing many attendees from long distances which increase tourism for their...
  • Dozens of air shows cancelled after military jets grounded due to sequester

    04/30/2013 6:07:18 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2013 | The Associated Press
    Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been cancelled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts. For years, the biggest draws at air shows have been the military's two elite jet teams, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds, and their intricate stunts. The armed services also have provided F-16, F-18 and F-22 fighter jets and the U.S. Army Parachute Team, known as the Golden Knights. All the teams were grounded as of...
  • Navy cancels Blue Angels shows for 2013 due to sequester

    04/09/2013 1:10:04 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 9, 2013
    The Blue Angels, the Navy's revered aerial acrobats, have been grounded for the rest of the year due to sequestration cuts.
  • Sequester: Pentagon Suspends Thunderbird, Blue Angel Air Shows

    03/25/2013 1:34:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/25/13 | Mike Flynn
    In its continuing bid to make the automatic sequester cuts as painful to the public as possible, Obama's Pentagon has announced that it is suspending its aerial acrobatic flying teams, like the Air Force's Thunderbirds and the Navy's Blue Angels. With the decision, the Obama Administration is continuing the fiction that the last dollar government spends is on services most valued by the public. Each branch of the military operates its own aerobatic team. The Navy and Marines have the Blue Angels. The Air Force has the Thunderbirds. The Army has a parachute team called the Golden Knights. These teams...
  • Air shows, tourism big losers as budget cuts ground Blue Angels, other military stunt flyers

    03/12/2013 7:38:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    570 News ^ | Mar 10, 2013 | Russ Bynum
    Air shows, tourism big losers as budget cuts ground Blue Angels, other military stunt flyers Russ Bynum, The Associated Press Mar 10, 2013 01:29:06 PM SAVANNAH, Georgia – Deep budget cuts in Washington mean military flight teams will likely be no-shows at air shows across the U.S. starting this spring, leaving dozens of host cities bracing for thinner crowds and lost tourism dollars. When $85 billion in automatic cuts kicked in March 1, the Air Force cancelled shows at bases from Florida to Arizona and grounded its formation-flying pilots, the Thunderbirds. The Army’s Golden Knights parachute team also cancelled performances....
  • Safety of popular air shows, races under scrutiny

    01/09/2012 12:49:51 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    AP via MSNBC ^ | January 8, 2012 | Joan Lowy
    Despite suffering severe injuries in the worst air race accident in the U.S. in more than a half a century, some victims have told their lawyer they would like to attend future races.
  • Video of Airplane Defying Aeronautical logic, by Flying Upright in Place

    10/01/2010 8:36:24 PM PDT · by OneVike · 113 replies
    Of all the great and amazing aerobatic tricks performed at the Chico Air Show I attended last weekend, there is probably none that I was more fascinated with then a stunt performed by a pilot who stood his plane on end in the air while holding it in place.  My only problem was I forgot to record it with my video camera.  I was so enthralled by the many performances that I also never interviewed any of the performers like I wanted to.  So I decided to return on Sunday morning and see if I could catch up with...
  • The JATO Show Dies Of Old Age

    11/06/2009 11:03:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 1,514+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/06/2009 | The Strategy Page
    One of the last regular users of JATO (Jet Assisted Take Off) rockets is dropping the practice. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels acrobatic team will no longer feature their C-130 (called "Fat Albert", and used to haul around the maintenance personnel and their equipment) doing a quick and fiery takeoff using JATO rockets. This was always a crowd pleaser, partly because you hardly see it anymore. JATO was first developed in the 1920s, to get gliders into the air. Later, especially during World War II, and a few decades after, JATO was used for getting aircraft off the ground quickly,...
  • FLEET WEEK SAN FRANCISCO 2008

    09/16/2008 6:35:58 PM PDT · by WSGilcrest · 30 replies · 7,481+ views
    Fleet Week 2008 Press Releases FLEET WEEK HAS A STELLAR LINE UP The Blue Angels Return along with the Canadian Snowbirds SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Sept. 2, 2008 -- Fleet week is proud to announce that the Navy’s Blue Angels will be returning to the skies of San Francisco. Fleet week makes its 28th annual appearance, October 9-14, 2008 -- attracting an estimated one million spectators along the San Francisco waterfront. The show will be bigger and better this year with the Canadian Snowbirds joining the Blue Angels. The Snowbirds’ performance features nine jets showcasing remarkable tactical aviation. Their show...
  • Rocket Racing League Sets Dates for Exhibition Races

    04/14/2008 2:38:51 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies · 61+ views
    FOX News ^ | April 14, 2008 | Clara Moskowitz
    Rocket mavens, mark your calendars: The date of the first Rocket Racing League race has been set. On Aug. 1-2, the league will stage a high-flying version of NASCAR with rockets at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wis., in its first-ever exhibition race. Two racers will fly planes powered by rocket engines on a 2-lap circuit around an airborne raceway. Pilots in the races will view the sky racecourse on 3-D helmet displays, while the roughly 700,000 people expected to attend will watch the action on multiple 50-foot (15-meter) projection screens. "We're using 21st century technology to create...
  • Pilot grounded after Fenway flyover

    04/11/2008 11:40:34 AM PDT · by Fundamentally Fair · 70 replies · 334+ views
    Aim Points ^ | 04/11/2008 | James Vaznis
    Three F-16s roared toward Fenway Park, flying wingtip to wingtip. Suddenly a fourth F-16, trailing behind the formation, caught up, flew under the three F-16s, then looped up and over the formation to take its rightful spot for a perfect V formation. The maneuver, performed during the Red Sox Opening Day game Tuesday, came just as the Boston Symphony Orchestra finished playing the national anthem. It elicited roaring applause and cheers from the full-capacity crowd, which clearly appreciated what it thought to be great showmanship. But as it turns out, the maneuver was improper and the Vermont Air National Guard...
  • Blue Angels Release 2008 Show Schedule

    12/13/2007 6:49:13 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 58 replies · 264+ views
    Navy.mil ^ | 12/12/07
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels, has announced its show schedule for the 2008 season. Following winter training, the team begins the season at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., March 8 and will conclude the season Nov. 16 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 68 shows at 35 locations throughout the United States and Canada. "We are extremely excited to begin our new season and represent the Navy and Marine Corps team with a safe and exciting show for 2008," said Cmdr. Kevin Mannix, the squadron's...
  • The Blue Angels: A Symbol of U.S. Navy Pride (I just saw them in enemy territory - San Fran)

    10/08/2007 3:07:59 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 34 replies · 1,002+ views
    national ledger ^ | oct 8 2007 | Benamon
    NOTE: I made a quick trip to the city by the bay, the fortress of freaks, the counter-culture crazies, the whackjobs of the West, the pierced pukes on parade --- San Francisco. It is too bad that a beautiful city has been really screwed up by the degenerates. It was Fleet Week, and to many of the leftist losers, the enemy was in town. And they must have gone ballistic when they heard the sounds of freedom, the Blue Angels, flying low over the city. The sound was wonderful. After the show, we happened to be in front of the...
  • Airshow Cancels Minute Man Booth

    09/13/2007 3:55:51 PM PDT · by Excellence · 19 replies · 797+ views
    Victorville Daily Press ^ | 13 September 2007 | HILLARY BORRUD
    The Victor Valley Airshow Association told a local Minutemen chapter Wednesday morning that they cannot have a booth at the annual airshow Saturday after an immigrant rights activist threatened to stage a protest. The airshow association acted quickly after receiving a protest threat from Hesperia activist Jennaya Dunlap from the national Immigrant Solidarity Network that same morning, Banks said.
  • [San Francisco] Supe Chris Daly fails once again to get Blue Angels banned from SF skies

    09/11/2007 9:16:46 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 15 replies · 616+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/11/07 | Wyatt Buchanan
    (09-11) 20:25 PDT San Francisco -- Another attempt by San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly to permanently ban the Blue Angels from flying over the city was blocked Tuesday night. Daly previously introduced a nonbinding resolution calling on the Port of San Francisco to end the annual air show, but a board legislative committee refused to send it on to the supervisors chambers for a vote. The District 6 supervisor has subsequently amended the legislation to ask that flyovers by the elite aerobatic Navy squadron be prohibited above populated areas though allowed over the sea and San Francisco Bay. "I'm just...
  • Measure banning Blue Angels from San Francisco skies is rejected

    08/14/2007 12:51:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 90 replies · 2,002+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/14/7 | Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco's skies are safe for the Blue Angels. A Board of Supervisors committee Monday rejected a measure that would have called for a permanent end to the high-flying, aerobatic show that happens yearly during Fleet Week. The committee voted 2-1 to table the measure, authored by Supervisor Chris Daly, effectively killing it. But Daly, who cited public safety and noise concerns as his reasons for proposing the ban, promised to continue pushing it. "We've been lucky here in San Francisco," Daly said, noting that 26 crew members have died in incidents since 1946 when the Navy formed the flight...
  • Stunt pilot killed at Ohio air show (Jim Leroy)

    07/28/2007 8:36:21 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 3 replies · 1,277+ views
    yahoo news ^ | 07/27/07 | AP
    DAYTON, Ohio - A biplane performing stunts for an air show crashed into a runway Saturday in front of thousands of spectators, killing the pilot, officials said. Jim LeRoy, 46, was in one of two planes making loop-to-loops with smoke trailing as part of the annual air show at Dayton International Airport. His Pitts aircraft slammed into the runway across a field from spectators and caught fire. The crowd stood stunned as the show was shut down. "It came down and didn't have enough room," said Aaron Smith, who was watching with his 5-year-old son. "I could hear it crunch,...
  • The ***OFFICIAL*** Weekend Singles' Thread -- US and British Air Shows (July 7th - 9th 2006)

    07/07/2006 3:25:44 PM PDT · by snugs · 230 replies · 1,789+ views
    7th July 2006 | Snugs
    The theme for this weekend is Air Shows and comparing them in the US and Britain. I have picked Biggin Hill Air Show which is an ex RAF Station which is now in private ownership but continues to have an annual Air Show. I last visited the airshow in 2000 but a friend of mine attended this year. The following are extracts from this year's program.
  • War Takes Its Toll on Air Shows Back Home

    04/11/2003 7:33:30 AM PDT · by Severa · 13 replies · 292+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Thursday, April 10, 2003 | Liza Porteus
    <p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Despite many military aircraft deployed overseas on anti-terrorism missions and for the war in Iraq, a much-anticipated Kentucky Derby Festival air show will be flying high this Saturday.</p> <p>"We've got a pretty full show, amazingly, even with the overseas commitments," said Stacy Yates, spokeswoman for the festival.</p>