Dream flight down the Hudson River

John Belluardo and his wife Barbara recently flew their vintage 1946 Luscombe Silvair 8A Luscombe 8A “Buster” down the Hudson River over the George Washington Bridge. The flight was one of John’s lifetime dreams as he flew his “Buster” past New York City and out into New York Harbor. His flightpath took him over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and past his  birthplace. Thanks for the email.

Johns flight down the Hudson River

John's flight down the Hudson River

If you are a EAA284 member, or friend of our chapter, send an email as we would enjoy sharing it on our site.

Wright Image Group proposes monument

The Wright Image Group is a Dayton based organization that proposed to build a monument to the Wright Brothers at the intersection of Interstates 70 and 75, commemorating Dayton as the birthplace of aviation. The monument will feature a sculpture of the 1905 Wright Model III. See: http://www.wrightmonument.org/history.htm

The Open House will be October 25th from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM. See that attached flyer for details. The Open House will be at the Wright B hanger at Dayton Wright Brothers airport (MGY), located on SR 741 (Springboro Pike)

Bob Luken

Record Flight for SkySpark Electric Powered Aircraft

Here’s an excellent video from the World Air Games in Turin, Italy showing a test flight flown by Space Shuttle astronaut (STS-75) Maurizo Cheli in the electrically powered SkySpark Single “Motor” Land aircraft (a lame attempt at aviation humor on py part). What makes this flight unique is that it has achieved an airspeed record of 155mph (250km/h) for an 8-minute long battery powered flight. The project plane, a Pioneer Alpi 300, is capable of 186 mph straight and level flight so expect to hear more record breaking flights. 

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America By Air: National Air and Space Museum

de Havilland DH-4 used to transport U.S. Mail - Airmail

de Havilland DH-4 used to transport U.S. Mail - Airmail

An EAA member pointed out the exhibition and interactive website “America by Air” which is part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s site and its a good way to spend an hour or two learning some aviation history. In the above photo, the  de Havilland DH-4 WWI planes and pilots transported a 400 pound U.S. Mail  payload in 13 segments across the country in 28 hours.  It must have been an exciting time to be flying taildraggers by the seat of your pants. If you ‘really like grassroots aviation,’ check out the America by Air Exhibition.