Reno Air Race Strega Poster

By: Category: Air Races

With the race quickly approaching I wanted to turn my attention to doing some art work that I always thought was cool. Aircraft caricature is not what I’m use to doing….so I started with a favorite, Strega to see if I could improve upon my skill set. Starting with a P-51 blueprint and using the pen tool in Photoshop and after about a hundred different layers and learning some new techniques, what you see below is what I ended up with on my first attempt. Not bad!!??

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What Does American Air Power and the Declaration of Independence Have In Common?

By: Category: Special Event

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What? The United States recently celebrated 241 years of independence, and a lot has changed since the fledgling nation began defending itself. In the 1700s, aviation was but a dream by a few imaginative soon-to-be American patriots. Indeed, parts of America’s Declaration of Independence focused on the most important transportation mode of the time… the world’s seas and their ability to support trade. Among the objections the Colonists had over the King of Great Britain were that he had “…plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” Additionally, he was “…cutting off our trade with all parts of the world...

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MIA Propliners From the 1980’s, My Quick Tour

By: Category: Airports Around the World

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After taking in a TICO warbird air show one March in the mid-1980s, I got the chance to tag along with a few friends and spend an hour or two around the cargo and maintenance sides of the Miami International Airport in Florida. There were scores of DC-8s and B-707s being maintained, and more than a handful of propliners still in use as freighters. One of the NOAA WP-3Ds was undergoing an in-depth maintenance check too. Some of the DC-6s and DC-7s looked like they were on their last legs, while others were still going strong. There were Convairs, a pair of Boeing C-97s, a few DC-4s and the odd Lockheed L-188 Electra. Airlift International had a pair of Fokker F-27s on their ramp, one was an ex-Bolivian Air Force airframe.

I was surprised to see a lack of Lockheed Constellations on my Monda...

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Ed Maloney’s Legacy – Chino Air Show 60 Years Later

By: Category: AirshowsFormation FlyingMuseumsPlanes of Fame Air MuseumWarbird

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Legacy. Everyone leaves one and every person has a choice in how theirs will be defined. By a person’s actions, they determine how they are to be remembered. While everyone experiences some degree of success in this endeavor, some accomplish this in spectacular fashion. One of those people, the late Ed Maloney created a lasting tradition of excellence within the warbird community that is simply unrivaled. Now, 60 years later, that tradition once again manifested itself in a magnificent airshow in Chino, California.

In the mid 1950’s Ed began acquiring some of the aircraft being rapidly cast off by an equally rapidly advancing United States Military. Unable to simply let these aircraft be discarded and scrapped, Ed opened the first museum with 10 aircraft in 1957...

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