Don’t miss the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous

WWI Dawn Patrol DATE:
Sept. 25 -27, 2009
Sept. 25, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Indoor activities 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sept. 26, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sept. 27, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
1100 Spaatz St., Dayton OH 45433
Driving directions

WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous Web page


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.

A Sport Pilot that flies with her feet


Jessica Cox, Sport Pilot

A friend of mine passed this along and I though a few here might enjoy the inspirational story and watching the video.

Jessica Cox, born without arms, recently earned her sport pilot license at Ray Blair Airport in San Manuel, Arizona. She flies this Ercoupe plane the way she does most other things in her life — with her feet.