Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Barnstormers Of America Ride Event / Experimental Aircraft Association

Barnstormers Of America Ride Event / Experimental Aircraft Association  
Monroe County Airport Awareness Days
The local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 650 and Cook Aviation Inc. at the Monroe County Airport invite YOU and YOUR FAMILY to attend Aviation Awareness Days, Friday, May 20 – Sunday, May 22, 2016 where there will be EAA aircraft on display in conjunction with the Aviation Awareness Days Event.   Activities are scheduled from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Don’t miss and schedule a ride in the 1929 New Standard Aircraft (rides are $90 each seat for -- once-in-a-lifetime experience)!!   Visit, call (608)751-800 to schedule the ride, or just show up for an outstanding ride!!  You will see aircraft displays, antique & classic automobiles, food vendor, and much – much more!!   
Don’t Miss This Exciting Experience At The Monroe County Airport, Friday, May 20th – Sunday, May 22nd !!
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fwd: Chapter 650 Spring Cookout

Hey Folks,

            This is just a little note to inform you that our spring cookout has been pushed back a couple of weeks due to this cold, rainy weather.    We are rescheduling the event for Saturday, April 30th at 6:00 at the Jacobs, Siscoe hanger.  For everyone interested in attending, please send us the number of people in your party and tell us whether each would prefer to eat steak or salmon.

            Thank you and I hope to see everyone there on the 30th.


John Hayes

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Indiana Science Olympiad Volunteers

Thanks from Tom Sanders for Indiana Science Olympiad

Subject: SO Flying

Thanks again for arranging to have such a good crew available for the SO flying events at the state competition. Everyone did a great job and we were able to keep on task with all FOUR flying events. In the evening I attended the awards assembly and to make a couple of presentations in front of the crowd of 5,000. Lot's of cheering while I was on stage and it was obvious that we had done a good job. This I know from the many thank-you's and positive comments from the coaches and families on how we had provided of the best experiences on both Friday and Saturday; especially that "party"on Friday night. At least thirty people approached me after the awards ceremony to say thanks and to keep up the good work.

NONE of this could happen without the support, expertise and professionalism that your EAA club brings to these events. Many thanks to you and your friends for making the events the best in the state of Indiana. Please pass-on my appreciation.

PS- work on your Aerial Scramble airplane between now and next year. I would love to have another go...

Best Regards,
Tom Sanders

Indiana Science Olympiad Post from Tina Gilliland to Tim Sparks

Dear Tim,
WOW!  I am always amazed by the team of people that unite together each spring to make the Indiana Science Olympiad tournament such a resounding success.  Indiana University and Indiana Science Olympiad are so very thankful to you for your dedication to teaching, molding, and encouraging K-12 science students.  I know I can always count on you to provide a grade level appropriate and challenging competition!  Please pass along my sincerest thanks to the Experimental Aircraft Association Ch. 650 for their help as well!
I want to share with you some very impressive numbers.
·         2,211 – total attendance at the Awards Ceremony (note three schools had to leave before the awards ceremony due to spring break trips, football, etc.)
·         1080 – Official Science Olympiad Competitors (middle & high school students)
·         800  – Additional middle & high school students in attendance to observe & help their teams
·         222 – Volunteer from all across Indiana
·         531  – Parents, teachers, school administrators, and bus drivers
·         72 – Schools
·         42 – Cities represented
·         575 – total individual Olympic-style medals awarded (1st-5th place)
·         10 – trophies awarded (top 5 schools in each division)
Experiencing our campus through the Science Olympiad lens is priceless. These students have already developed a love of science.  You are helping us expose them to Science at IU.  For some this was their first time stepping foot in a chemistry, physics or a biology laboratory and their first time interacting with faculty, research scientists, and graduate & undergraduate students.  You and volunteers like you are the key to our success!!
I do hope the time you expended prior to and on tournament day was fun and rewarding. I have received many thank you notes from coaches and parents who have commented on the fun, challenging and fair events at the tournament and how smoothly things ran. You should be very proud for the part you played in providing such a rewarding experience to these young students! I cannot stress enough how valuable your time and expertise are to me, the students, and all involved in the Science Olympiad State Tournament.
Coach & Parent Comments:
““Thank you for all your hard work in putting on the tournament. Last week was my 9th State Tournament as a Science Olympiad parent, and I continue to be amazed at the dedication of the staff and volunteers and at the enthusiasm of the students. I feel hopeful about the future every time I see the Auditorium full of kids geeking out on science. “ – Dana Cattani, Parent & Faculty member Kelley School of Business
“I just wanted to thank you and your team for a well done and enjoyable event yesterday.  It's my first year as a coach so having everything run so smoothly made it a much easier day for me. Most importantly, the kids had a great day! I'm looking forward to next year. --Kerri Donohue, Coach, BHSN
“Thank you for all you do for our kids.  They had a terrific experience and will carry those memories with them for a lifetime. --Martha Bowman, Coach, Tri-North Middle School
Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Carmel High School will be the teams representing Indiana at the National Tournament in Wisconsin next month. Based on their performances at the state tournament I am confident that they will come home with many National medals! Kudos to you and all our event supervisors for helping prepare Indiana students for Nationals!!
On behalf of Indiana University, College of Arts & Sciences, and the Science Outreach Office we applaud your commitment to science education and I hope I will have the pleasure of working with you again in the future. 
Congratulations again on making the 2016 tournament a huge success...we absolutely couldn't do it without you!
Warmest regards,
Tina Gilliland
Outreach Liaison
Indiana University
College of Arts & Sciences
1600 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401

2016 Schedule


Feb 20  An Aerial Tour of Australia  by Steve Clark
Rich Frisbie  BMG

March 11  Indy Center Tour
Jerry Harkin  Indy Center

March 19  Science Olympiad
Tim Sparks  IU Mellencamp Pavilion

April 30  Spring Cook-Out
John Stackhouse  Sciscoe Hangar

May 14  Barnstormers Event
Rich Frisbie  Ramp

June 11 A Wonder-full Cook-out & Spot Landing Contest
Mike Wonder  Shawnee Airport

July 23  RC Demo
Tim Porter

Aug 20 Oshkosh Photo Review
John Hayes  BMG

Sept 17  Air Force Museum Outing
Jim LeSeure  Dayton, OH

Oct 1-2  Red Bull Air Races
Russ Goodwine  Indy Speedway

Nov 19 Seymour Air Museum
Barratt Patton Seymour

Dec 17  Christmas Dinner Party
Jack Eads  BMG

Fwd: TAKE OFF from St Maarten

Subject: TAKE OFF from St Maarten

FW: Cub (Video)

Fwd: An experience to recall (P-51 & Pilot)

This 1967 true story is of an experience by a young 12 year old lad in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. It is about the vivid memory of a privately rebuilt P-51 from WWII and its famous owner/pilot.

In the morning sun, I could not believe my eyes. There, in our little
airport, sat a majestic P-51. They said it had flown in during the
night from some U.S. Airport, on its way to an air show. The pilot
had been tired, so he just happened to choose Kingston for his stop over. It was to take to the air very soon. I marveled at the size of the plane, dwarfing the Pipers and Canucks tied down by her. It was much larger than in the movies. She glistened in the sun like a bulwark of security from days gone by.

The pilot arrived by cab, paid the driver, and then stepped into the
pilot's lounge. He was an older man; his wavy hair was gray and
tossed. It looked like it might have been combed, say, around the
turn of the century. His flight jacket was checked, creased and worn - it smelled old and genuine. Old Glory was prominently sewn to its shoulders. He projected a quiet air of proficiency and pride devoid of arrogance. He filed a quick flight plan to Montreal ("Expo-67 Air Show") then walked across the tarmac.

After taking several minutes to perform his walk-around check, the tall, lanky man returned to the flight lounge to ask if anyone would be available to stand by with fire extinguishers while he "flashed the old bird up, just to be safe." Though only 12 at the time I was allowed to stand by with an extinguisher after brief instruction on its use -- "If you see a fire, point, then pull this lever!", he said. (I later became a firefighter, but that's another story.) The air around the exhaust manifolds shimmered like a mirror from fuel fumes as the huge prop started to rotate. One manifold, then another, and yet another barked -- I stepped back with the others. In moments the Packard -built Merlin engine came to life with a thunderous roar. Blue flames knifed from her manifolds with an arrogant snarl. I looked at the others' faces; there was no concern. I lowered the bell of my extinguisher.
One of the guys signaled to walk back to the lounge. We did.

Several minutes later we could hear the pilot doing his pre-flight
run-up. He'd taxied to the end of runway 19, out of sight. All went
quiet for several seconds. We ran to the second story deck to see if we could catch a glimpse of the P-51 as she started down the runway. We could not. There we stood, eyes fixed to a spot half way down 19. Then a roar ripped across the field, much louder than before. Like a furious hell spawn set loose -- something mighty this way was coming. "Listen to that thing!" said the controller.

In seconds the Mustang burst into our line of sight. It's tail was
already off the runway and it was moving faster than anything I'd ever seen by that point on 19. Two-thirds the way down 19 the Mustang was airborne with her gear going up. The prop tips were supersonic. We clasped our ears as the Mustang climbed hellishly fast into the circuit to be eaten up by the dog-day haze. We stood for a few moments, in stunned silence, trying to digest what we'd just seen.
The radio controller rushed by me to the radio. "Kingston tower
calling Mustang?" He looked back to us as he waited for an
acknowledgment. The radio crackled, "Go ahead, Kingston." "Roger, Mustang. Kingston tower would like to advise the circuit is clear for a low level pass." I stood in shock because the controller had just, more or less, asked the pilot to return for an impromptu air show! The controller looked at us. "Well, What?" He asked.
"I can't let that guy go without asking. I couldn't forgive myself!"

The radio crackled once again, "Kingston, do I have permission for a low level pass, east to west, across the field?" "Roger, Mustang, the circuit is clear for an east to west pass." "Roger, Kingston, I'm coming out of 3,000 feet, stand by."
We rushed back onto the second-story deck, eyes fixed toward the eastern haze. The sound was subtle at first, a high-pitched whine, a muffled screech, a distant scream. Moments later the P-51 burst through the haze. Her airframe straining against positive G's and gravity. Her wing tips spilling contrails of condensed air, prop-tips again supersonic. The burnished bird blasted across the eastern margin of the field shredding and tearing the air. At about 500 mph and 150 yards from where we stood she passed with the old American pilot saluting. Imagine.
A salute! I felt like laughing; I felt like crying; she glistened; she screamed; the building shook; my heart pounded. Then the old pilot pulled her up and rolled, and rolled, and rolled out of sight into the broken clouds and indelible into my memory.

I've never wanted to be an American more than on that day! It was a time when many nations in the world looked to America as their big brother. A steady and even-handed beacon of security who navigated difficult political water with grace and style; not unlike the old American pilot who'd just flown into my memory. He was proud, not arrogant, humble, not a braggart, old and honest, projecting an aura of America at its best.

That America will return one day! I know it will! Until that time,
I'll just send off this story. Call it a loving reciprocal salute to a Country, and especially to that old American pilot: the late-
JIMMY STEWART (1908-1997), Actor, real WWII Hero (Commander of a US Army Air Force Bomber Wing stationed in England), and a USAF Reserves Brigadier General, who wove a wonderfully fantastic memory for a young Canadian boy that's lasted a lifetime.

Fwd: A380


Fwd: Many old airline photos



Fwd: last Avro Vulcan bomber videos

Fwd: DECLASSIFIED PHOTOS - 'B-29' "Enola Gay"

   Forest Arden was the chief flight mechanic of a B-29 stationed at Tinian Island.  His aircraft was parked nearby to the Enola Gay and he watched the loading procedure of the first Atomic Bomb.  He said that security was strictly enforced and no one was allowed to approach to within 100 yards!  Few had any inkling of what about to occur.  Everyone was astounded at the sudden end of World War II.
      This is an unbelievable set of photos - the REAL thing - pix from Tinian Island as the B-29 "Enola Gay" was being loaded.

Notice the "Top Secret" stamp on some of the photos. In the last few pix notice the CRUDE sheet metal work on the casing and fins of "Little Boy" - the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

Fwd: Fwd: Ruins of the Soviet Space Shuttle Program

Be sure to click on "more photos here"
Subject: Fw: Ruins of the Soviet Space Shuttle Program
They do look remarkably familiar.  Theirs may not have made it, but we're still using their rocket engines and vehicles to get us up there. 
Russian urban exploration photographer Ralph Mirebs recently paid a visit to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where inside a giant abandoned hangar are decaying remnants of prototypes from the Soviet space shuttle program.
Of the two run-down Buran shuttles found in the hangar, one was almost ready for flight back in 1992 and the other was a full-sized mock-up that was used for testing things like mating and load. Unfortunately for both, and for the countless scientists involved in the program, things came to an abrupt halt just one year later, and the hangar has remained in this state for over two decades now.


For those of you who are short on airplanes, this little gem will sell at auction at Christie's in London in July. Come on over! About $ US. Nice looking meticulous restoration. Estan F.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

All The Saturday morning breakfast we had was a resounding success. The eggs to order, the bacon fried crispy, the fruit garnish,...