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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...Read More

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...Read More

Frontier Airlines Flight 859 “Stu the Rabbit”

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    get-attachment2   PHXSpotter member Billy Ellison who is a longtime fan of the Airbus A318 had the chance to take a ride on the last ever US airline to operate the A318. On August 5th 2013 Frontier Airlines held its last passenger revenue flight from Denver to Phoenix on "Stu The Rabbit" N803FR. Here is his report While waiting to board flight 859 to Phoenix I had seen some more Airplane geeks waiting to board the flight. I step over to chit chat with them. Like me they were very excited to be on the last Frontier A318 flight. As the flight crew got to the gate area I asked the Captain if he would mind if I took some photos of the crew and cockpit when we landed in Phoenix. I had explained to the flight crew that this will be the last time the Airbus 318 would depart Denver...Read More

Cross-Country Solar Plane Expedition

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Solar Impulse Cross Country   Mountain View (CA), 02 May 2013 - On May 3rd Solar Impulse, the Swiss solar powered airplane, will depart from San Francisco with Bertrand Piccard in the single seater cockpit, to complete the first leg of its coast-to-coast flights across the USA: first stop will be Phoenix (AZ). It is the first time that a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel, will attempt to fly across America. This journey is also the occasion to launch an initiative called “Clean Generation” to gather worldwide support for the adoption of clean technologies. Flying Coast to Coast across the United States has always been a mythical endeavor in aviation history...Read More