74th Fighter Squadron – “World Famous Flying Tigers”

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74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Warthogs
“World Famous Flying Tigers”

Moody Air Force Base and Grand Bay Weapons Range, Georgia
18 August 2016

I travelled to Moody AFB on 18 August 2016, for a visit with the 74th Fighter Squadron “Flying Tigers” of the 23rd Wing. Before I describe the incredible day, I need to thank the folks that made it happen. For their hard work, support, hospitality, enduring the high heat and humidity, and ”rolling out the red carpet” for me, I want to extend my most sincere appreciation and thanks to:

Lieutenant Colonel Bryan ”Gump” France, Commander, 74th Fighter Squadron.
Technical Seargent Zachary Wolf, 23rd Wing Public Affairs.
Dean Fligg, and all the folks at the Grand Bay Weapons Range.
Lieutenant Colonel “Ike” Swengros, 74th FS.
Captain “Hook” Knauss, ...

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My Annual Pilgrimage

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AirVenture, EAA, Oshkosh, The World’s Busiest for 6 Days, whatever you call it, it is one of the Premier Aviation Events of the Year. This Year’s AirVenture did not disappoint in the least. From the Martin Mars, Tora, Tora, Tora, The Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, to the Cathay Pacific Cargo 747-8F as usual there was something for everyone. We all have a specific reason, commemoration, event, or aircraft that draws our attention or reason for attending. This year we had several Special Events including Boeing’s 100th Birthday, the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard, the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, The 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm and many more...

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Leapfest 2016

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Leapfest 2016

Leapfest, the Rhode Island National Guard’s annual international training event and parachute competition was held this year on August 6, 2016 at the University of Rhode Island campus near the corner of Flagg Rd and Plains Rd (pick up zone), and behind the West Kingston Elementary School on 3119 Ministerial Road, West Kingston, RI (drop zone).

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2016 is the 33rd annual Leapfest hosted by the 56th Troop Command featuring nearly 60 teams from nine countries including Canada, The Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, The Republic of South Africa, as well as teams from all over the United States. 20160806_0403_Leapfest

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Since 1982, Leapfest has been the largest, longest standing, international static-line parachute training event and competition...

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KBOS – July 26, 2016

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Before departing on a late afternoon flight from the Boston Logan International Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (and later a drive up to the 2016 EAA Airventure Oshkosh show) I spent a few hours at the gate watching the Logan arrivals and departures during a normally busy three hour window. Many international arrivals from Europe and Canada made their way onto a pair of runways… 33 Left and 27… which isn’t a common combination during the summer, as winds are usually out of the south or east, not the north or northwest.

Saab 340 turboprops are still common in the Northeast, ever since Bar Harbor Airlines and Business Express introduced their early versions in the 1990s. Two Canadian Airlines operate Q-400 turboprops on a regular basis too...

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