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Today In Aviation History – August 8, 1934 – The Flight Of “The Trail Of The Caribou”

August 8th, 2016 Comments off

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On August 8, 1934 Canadians James Ayling and Leonard Reid took off in their de Havilland DH.84 Dragon from Wasaga Beach, Ontario on a trip that marked the first non-stop overseas flight in Canada lasting 30 hours and 55 minutes ending in Heston, Middlesex, England.  The original destination was to be Baghdad, Iraq.

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2015 Rotary Brantford Air Show

September 8th, 2015 Comments off

Catching up after a long weekend at the Canadian International Air Show.  Unfortunately I was not permitted to take photos while working but have had a little time to catch up and work on some photos from last week’s air show in Brantford put on by the Rotary.  I worked with the great members of “Red Tail North” to put on a small display for the CAF Red Tail Squadron and assist pilot Bill Shepard who flew the P-51C Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” in the show.

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The Red Tail piloted by Bill Shepard

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Nice top side pass.

Great crowd at the mid-week Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show featuring the P-51C Mustang along with the CAF Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet Demo.

Great crowd at the mid-week Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show featuring the P-51C Mustang along with the CAF Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet Demo.

The Mustang flown by Bill Shepard in formation with the B-25 "Hot Gen" from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Musuem at the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.

The Mustang flown by Bill Shepard in formation with the B-25 “Hot Gen” from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Musuem at the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.

A cast of characters pose with the Mustang at the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.

A cast of characters pose with the Mustang at the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.

The distinctive red tail of the Mustang reflected after a heavy rain that hit the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show.  The crowd stayed through the storm and was rewarded by a great afternoon of flying.

The distinctive red tail of the Mustang reflected after a heavy rain that hit the Rotary Brantford Charity Air Show. The crowd stayed through the storm and was rewarded by a great afternoon of flying.

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#TDIH – September 7, 1997 – First Flight of the F-22 Raptor

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The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for theUnited States Air Force (USAF). The result of the USAF’s Advanced Tactical Fighter program, the aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor and was responsible for the majority of the airframe, weapon systems, and final assembly of the F-22, while program partner Boeing provided the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.

The aircraft was variously designated F-22 and F/A-22 prior to formally entering service in December 2005 as the F-22A. Despite a protracted development as well as operational issues, the USAF considers the F-22 a critical component of its tactical air power, and states that the aircraft is unmatched by any known or projected fighter. The Raptor’s combination of stealth, aerodynamic performance, and situational awareness gives the aircraft unprecedented air combat capabilities.

The high cost of the aircraft, a lack of clear air-to-air missions due to delays in Russian and Chinese fighter programs, a ban on exports, and development of the more versatile and lower cost F-35 led to the end of F-22 production. A final procurement tally of 187 operational production aircraft was established in 2009 and the last F-22 was delivered to the USAF in 2012.  (Wikipedia)

(image taken at 2015 Sun ‘n Fun – Lakeland Florida)

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Next Stop Toledo

September 7th, 2015 Comments off

 Home of the Mudhens.

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Antonov Airlines – An-124 “Ruslan”

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Antonov Design Bureau An-124-100M

S/N 19530501006

Built 1986

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Qatar Airways Cargo

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Qatar Airways Cargo

Boeing 777-FDZ

S/N 41427

Built 2012

Approach to CYYZ Pearson International Airport on February 28, 2015

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#TDIH – February 26

February 26th, 2015 Comments off

Happy Birthday to Melanie Burden and Lori Barnim

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Red Tail North superstar Melanie Burden

 

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba.

1909 – Kinemacolor, the first successful color motion picture process, is first shown to the general public at the Palace Theatre in London.

1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park – the Grand Canyon National Park.

1935 – Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.

1958 – The RCAF accepted the first Avro CF-105 Arrow.

1993 – World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing six and injuring over a thousand.

 

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#TDIH – February 25

February 25th, 2015 Comments off

Happy Birthday to Bruce Playfoot and Roger Buis

Roger Buis at the controls  of Otto the helicopter at Oshkosh 2013

Roger Buis at the controls of Otto the helicopter at Oshkosh 2013

1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.

1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.

1919 – Oregon places a one cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.

1932 – Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship by naturalization, which allows him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.

1933 – The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.

1940 – Montreal Canadiens lose 6-2 to the New York Rangers in Madison Square Gardens in the world’s first televised hockey game; on Westinghouse station W2XBS-TV.

1950  – Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premiere their comedy program Your Show of Shows on NBC; writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.

1951 – The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1965 – First flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9

Ex Air Canada DC-9  at the Canadian Aviation Museum

Ex Air Canada DC-9 at the Canadian Aviation Museum

1963 – First flight of the Transall C-160

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C-160 Transall at 2014 Thunder Over Michigan

 

1975 – Brig. General Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier, flies his final US Air Force sortie.

1983 – Tennessee Williams dies at age 71; chokes to death on a bottle cap; US playwright known for A Streetcar Named Desire.

1990 – Smoke-free flights become mandatory throughout North America for all US airlines.

National Clam Chowder Day

 

 

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#TDIH – February 24

February 24th, 2015 Comments off

Happy Birthday to Benjamin Gardner

1582 – With the papal bull Inter gravissimas, Pope Gregory XIII announces the Gregorian calendar.

1895 – Revolution breaks out in Baire, a town near Santiago de Cuba, beginning the Cuban War of Independence, that ends with the Spanish–American War in 1898.

1917 – World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States.

1920 – The Nazi Party is founded.

1955 – First flight of the BOMARC surface-to-air missile

1984 – First flight of the Boeing 737-300

1998 – Henny Youngman, English-American comedian and violinist  dies. (b. 1906)

2003 – The 777-300ER completes its first flight.

2006 – Don Knotts, American actor dies. (b. 1924)

2011 – Final Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103).

Flag Day (Mexico)

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#TDIH – February 23

February 23rd, 2015 Comments off

Happy Birthday to Theresa Eaman, Randy Duncan and Billy Werth

1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.

1896 – The Tootsie Roll is invented.

1903 – Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.

1909 – The AEA Silver Dart makes the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire.

Replica of the AEA Silver Dart

Replica of the AEA Silver Dart

1934 – First flight of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra, a twin-engine, all-metal monoplane airliner.

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1954 – The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.

2014 – The closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi, Russia.

National Banana Bread Day

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