The Robert A. “Bob” Hoover Celebration of Life Ceremony

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A pair of F-86s, Hoover’s favorite aircraft, fly formation with an F-22.

Report and Photography by Bob Shane

October 25, 2016 marked the passing of R.A. “Bob” Hoover at age 94. He was one of the most accomplished and skilled aviators of our time. The really good pilots are referred to as a “Pilot’s Pilot.” This characterization is the definition of who Bob Hoover truly was. A fighter pilot, test pilot, flight instructor and air show pilot extraordinaire, Hoover did it all to perfection. Throughout his flying career he played an important role in the achievement of milestone projects such as breaking the sound barrier. He is widely considered the founding father of modern aerobatics...

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Since the U. S. Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, Looking back to Boston – Volume 2

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Soon after the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 was signed, commercial flight operations (especially those of U.S. domestic airlines) began to change. New companies operating large and small airliners popped up, older, established companies went bankrupt and ceased operations, and many less profitable companies merged with others for financial considerations. The major U.S. airlines adopted the hub-and-spoke system of connecting flights, searching for a profit.

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A Grand Phinale at Holloman AFB

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Lt. Col. Ron “Elvis” King taxies QF-4E 74-1638 back to the ramp

Photography by Scott Zeno and Alice Leong

The U.S. Air Force retired its final McDonnell Douglas/Boeing QF-4 Phantom IIs on December 21, 2016. The jets were the last of the line… more than four thousand airframes of various versions were manufactured for the Air Force. The first version flew in 1963, and for more than half a century, the jets and their crews performed air defense, attack, reconnaissance, Wild Weasel, and ultimately remote control drone service.

The final QF-4Es in service were operated by Detachment 1, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, based at Holloman AFB in New Mexico. The 82 ATRS reports to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall AFB, FL. Holloman AFB sits close to the White Sands Missile Range, where live fire exercises against unmanned drone aircraft are routinely accomplished. The final unmanned Full Scale Aerial Target (FSAT) mission was flown there on August 17, 2016, although manned missions, carrying various test payloads, lasted into December of that year.

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Springtime Spotting in February

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The calendar read February 18th, but it felt more like May 18th. Spring, almost Summer was in the air for several days during a week of record warmth in the Upper Midwest. Temperatures were in the upper 60’s to low 70’s with clear blue skies made for a perfect opportunity for some spotting and photographer! What better way to enjoy the weather than to spend it down at Chicago O’Hare Airport (KORD).

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Chicago O’Hare has two different traffic patterns: West Flow with arrivals on Runways 27 Right and Left, also Runway 28 Center. Departures will be on Runway 28 Right and Runway 22 Left. East Flow will see arrivals on Runways 10 Right and Center, also Runway 9 Left. Departures will be off Runway 10 Left and Runway 9 Right. We were treated to one day of each traffic flow...

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