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Only thing I regret Only thing I regret

is that I was born too late to watch this magnificent beast fly...

This Date in Aviation History: August 11 - August 14 This Date in Aviation History: August 11 - August 14

Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from August 11 through August 14.

Oshkosh Airventure Pics - Part II - Vintage, LSA, etc Oshkosh Airventure Pics - Part II - Vintage, LSA, etc

We start with the Wacos, because they’re awesome. For Warbirds, see my previous post:

GSA Auctions GSA Auctions

Need an old C-141A Starlifter to make that awesome playhouse for your kids? Or how about a C-8 Buffalo that’s been modified by adding four turbofans? Sadly, neither of those will ever be airworthy (legally), but you could have your pick of a handful of preowned Blackhawk helicopters (one per customer, please). Since…

Planelopnik, kinda Planelopnik, kinda

Took this snapshot from the cockpit this evening. Noctilucent clouds, a form of clouds that’s relatively unknown/uncommon. You only see them in higher latitudes during certain times of year and mostly during twilight. They’re basically ice particles at extremely high altitudes (250.000 - 280.000 feet, or for metric…

Is it the 1960s? Is it the 1960s?

When will these hijackers start asking to go to Algeria? (Wife is unhurt)

Flugaustellung Flugaustellung

Holy crap! I just discovered where I’m going on my next European vacation.  What an amazing collection. Google Maps link.

Oshkosh Airventure pictures- Warbirds! (pic heavy, part 1) Oshkosh Airventure pictures- Warbirds! (pic heavy, part 1)

Two days in Oshkosh this year!! Took a while to dig through over 500 photos, and crop them a bit. All photos taken with a potato, so if you don’t like it, shut up and go to Airventure yourself next year!!

It continues to be a rough stretch for vintage planes

One less Dragon Rapide :( I hope the critically injured person pulls through, though I’m amazed no one died right away. 

Bucket list?

I have to say, my inner 8-year-old loved this story (except the sad ending). Especially since the president had to get briefed on it.

Fifteen Minutes Before This Happened... Fifteen Minutes Before This Happened...

...an O-2 pilot complained that he had to spend a Friday night on Air Guard watch duty.

Airplanes! Airplanes!

I finally got to spend some time down at AUS this morning for a little planespotting. Clouds rolled in and took my light so I couldn’t stay long, and it was pretty quiet. But I’m happy with what I got.

This Date in Aviation History: August 8 - August 10 This Date in Aviation History: August 8 - August 10

Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from August 8 through August 10.

This looks like a fun spot for some birdwatching This looks like a fun spot for some birdwatching

Dutch F-35As training in California.

Know Your Limitations  Know Your Limitations 

In the movie Magnum Force, Dirty Harry famously said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Pilots have to know their limitations as well, both of their piloting skill and of the airplane itself, because exceeding those limits can have tragic results.

This Date in Aviation History: August 4 - August 7 This Date in Aviation History: August 4 - August 7

Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from August 4 through August 7.

World War II-era Junkers Ju-52 Crashes in the Alps (Update) World War II-era Junkers Ju-52 Crashes in the Alps (Update)

The rough streak for vintage aircraft continues. Following the loss of a de Havilland Venom jet fighter and its pilot in Wisconsin and the takeoff crash of the C-47 Bluebonnet Belle in Texas last month, a vintage Junkers Ju-52 (HB-HOT) on a sightseeing trip crashed in the Swiss Alps this past Saturday, killing all 20…

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