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Wickenburg Fly-In and Thunderbird 150 Air Race

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e1ds_2386_1200_n54az Almost 2 weeks ago there was a small-ish fly-in held in Wickenburg. Even though it was small there was a fair selection of planes and classic cars, as well as several aircraft that participated in a race. Unfortunately we came in pretty late and missed the arrivals. It also served as a warm-up for Copperstate 2012 Read More

Embry-Riddle Octoberwest 2012 Fly-In

By: Category: Fly-inPrescott

xe1ds_2030_1200_n68alAs part of Embry-Riddle Prescott's homecoming (OctoberWest) festivities, a fly-in was held at the Prescott Municipal Airport's flight line. The fly-in had planes that flew in for the event and some that just taxied in. The planes were pretty unique, they included a BAC Jet Provost, a Gulfstream G-IV, a Nanchang CJ-6. A nice contrast from last year's event, in which several planes were more common Cessnas, Grummans, etc. There was a very traditional pancake/waffle breakfast prepared by the local EAA chapter and a barbecue lunch prepared by the Alumni Association (I believe). The remarkable display was the Larsen Motorsports jet dragster, built by Riddle students, which completed a short run on taxiway F, however, not at full power. Oh, and that Lancair N44AZ.....Read More

Pima Air & Space Museum

By: Category: MuseumsTucson

One of seven surviving airframes Arizona is home to one of the most famous aviation museums in the world, Pima Air & Space Museum, this museum, located in Tucson, is home to  over 300 airplanes, including some very rare airplanes, like the Budd RB-1 Conestoga (as far as I know, unrelated to Dave Budd), of which they have the only surviving airframe, and the Northrop YC-125A Raider, of which there are 2 survivors, the other one is at the Air Force Museum (Wright-Pat). I've had the chance to visit the museum 5 times since 2002, and most of the trips involve rushed schedules and some very intense road trips, but I've enjoyed every single visit. The museum is so big that you need the entire day, if you can physically walk the entire museum and all the hangars, when I say this museum is huge, I'm not joking, it is huge...Read More

USS Midway (CVN-41) Museum

By: Category: MilitaryMuseums

E-2 Hawkeye #1, Upper Deck

The Midway is one of three aircraft museums in San Diego, CA, I think it's not as wide known as the San Diego Air & Space Museum, it's a really nice one. Even though the aircraft collection might seem small, this museum is a lot more than aircraft. Most of the upper deck is occupied by more modern aircraft 50s and newer, including a T-2C Buckeye that is open for the public to occupy the pilot's seat (the navigator's seat is occupied by a dummy, unfortunately), and the collection includes some planes that are not as common in exhibition, such as a C-1A Trader and the E-2C Hawkeye. And the more known planes such as the F-18A (Aggressor paint), F-4, RA-5C, A-4, A-6, F-14, and helicopters such as the MH-60, a Sea King, a Kaman SH-2, and more...Read More