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.general
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)
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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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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
1963 – First flight of the Transall C-160
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.
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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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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.
1934 – First flight of the Lockheed Model 10 Electra, a twin-engine, all-metal monoplane airliner.
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.
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1879 – In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime Woolworth stores.
1909 – The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by USS Connecticut, return to the United States after a voyage around the world.
1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
1975 – First flight of the Sukhoi Su-25, a Soviet single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft designed to provide close air support.
1980 – Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4–3.
1987 – First flight of the Airbus A320
1987 – Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer dies. (b. 1928)
1993 – First flight of the McDonnell Douglas MD-90TDIH