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30 DECEMBER 2015
Luftwaffe Tornados arrive at Incirlik Air Base
Two German Air Force Tornado jets and support aircraft arrived at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, on 30 December 2015 to support Operation Inherent Resolve.
14 NOVEMBER 2015
F-106A for Los Angeles Museum
Convair F-106A Delta Dart (58-0786) is destined for restoration, followed by display in the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Orchestrating the project for the museum is Dennis Jenkins, who reports the airframe is remarkably corrosion-free. He said the crew's marching orders were to disassemble the aircraft as little as possible to make the trip from Texas, removing some parts along production joints to facilitate tidy reassembly. (Dennis Jenkins photo)
14 OCTOBER 2015
Wildfire News: Air Action in Idaho
APRIL 3, 2015
C-5M Super Galaxy Claims 45 new records
JANUARY 24, 2015
Bob Hoover Birthday Celebration and Video
The documentary "Flying the Feathered Edge", highlighting legendary flier Bob Hoover, arrives on DVD and BluRay in time to celebrate Hoover's 93rd birthday on January 24, 2015.
The 86-minute documentary includes exclusive interviews with Hoover as well as Harrison Ford, Carroll Shelby, Burt Rutan, Dick Rutan, Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Bud Day, Gene Cernan, Clay Lacy, and Sean D. Tucker, among others.
"Flying the Feathered Edge" has been lauded in the aviation community. It is a fond tribute to Bob Hoover, whose legendary piloting skills stretch from World War II fighters to test flying at Edwards Air Force Base to matchless air show performances in aircraft ranging from the P-51 to the general-aviation Shrike Commander. In "Flying the Feathered Edge," Bob Hoover reveals hard-earned wisdom from a life spent pushing the edge of the flight envelope while contributing to aviation's many developments. The conversation with Hoover is backed with an interesting array of film and photos.
The film is the creation of Kim Furst, an award winning producer, director, and editor. "Flying the Feathered Edge" is Kim's fifth aviation documentary as film editor and first as producer/director. Earlier work as a film editor includes the general aviation documentary "One Six Right," Discovery Channel's "Rocket Challenge," and "Wings Over the Rockies" starring Harrison Ford, among others. Furst has produced a number of "making of" documentaries for big budget features, winning a Golden Satellite Award for the behind-the-scenes for "Mission: Impossible III."
"Flying the Feathered Edge" is available on DVD and BluRay exclusively at www.thebobhooverproject.com .
DECEMBER 28, 2014
Boeing announces first 767 quasi-KC-46 tanker flight
EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 28, 2014 – Boeing and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 tanker test program today. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off from Paine Field, Wash., at 9:29 a.m. (PST) and landed three hours and 32 minutes later at Boeing Field. The aircraft will receive its military systems following certification. Boeing will use two 767s and two KC-46s in the test program. (Boeing photo by Paul Gordon)
Harrier pilot lands with no front wheels on carrier
JUNE 22, 2014
Edwards AFB Flight Test Museum matching grant deadline is near; museum relocation in the balance
The Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is the beneficiary of a capital matching campaign by the Flight Test Historical Foundation. The goal is to relocate the museum outside the main gate to Edwards AFB, enhancing public access and allowing for future growth of the museum. Such access is deemed vital to the growth and service potential for the museum.
The matching campaign must be accomplished by July 1, 2014 according to website information from the Foundation. About $176,000 is still needed to achieve the matching grant obligation, according to a Foundation document.
The first phase of the relocation plan envisions a 12,000 sq. ft. building erected on the west gate site near the existing Century Circle aircraft displays. Cost is estimated at $1 million for this phase.
Contact information for the Flight Test Historical Foundation (FTHF), as listed on web documents, is
Phone: (661) 258-1658
Flight Test Historical Foundation
P.O. Box 57
Edwards, CA 93523
Rex Moen, FTHF Capital Campaign Chairman, announced in June: "The Flight Test Historical Foundation has just received a $50,000 grant offer conditioned on the FTHF raising $50,000 of new contributions received on or after June 1, 2014. We need a super-human effort by all Directors, Trustees and Friends of the Flight Test Museum to achieve this grant."
Moen adds: "...the successful matching of this $50,000 conditional grant will meet the Phase 1 goal of $990,000 of the Capital Campaign and will secure the $300,000 Hilton Foundation grant. Please help!"
MAY 19, 2014
Movie Memphis Belle namesake B-17 to fly over Boise 24-25 May 2014
APRIL 14, 2014
Final Dover C-5M Super Galaxy arrives 2 Apr 2014
MARCH 14, 2014
Concorde SST moves to French museum
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
Final F-22 sorties at Holloman; moving to Tyndall
FEBRUARY 13, 2014
First Kuwaiti C-17 delivered by Boeing
Boeing delivered Kuwait's first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter on Feb. 13, 2014, an aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force's capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief. "The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force," said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait Air Force. "With this airlifter we can more effectively participate in the operations we choose, transporting large payloads across long distances, flying at high altitudes in hot climates such as ours, and landing on short, unpaved runways." A custom paint design distinguishes the Kuwait C-17 from the 259 others that have been delivered to customers around the world. "When this C-17 arrives to deliver humanitarian aid or disaster relief anywhere in the world, people in need will know that the aid came from Kuwait," said Col. Abdullah. (Boeing photo)
JANUARY 29, 2014
747-8 freighter painted in Seahawks markings
JANUARY 26, 2014
UP Big Boy on the move to Cheyenne
Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy No. 4014 was part of a special train that began towing the huge steam locomotive from Pomona, Calif., to Cheyenne, Wyo. for restoration to operating condition. The lead diesel on the train was appropriately No. 4884. The Big Boy was followed by the Union Pacific legacy diesel in stylized Southern Pacific colors. The Big Boy will remain in Southern California before the trip to Cheyenne later this spring. The train was photographed in Pomona on Jan. 26, 2014 by Craig Walker. http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=6478
OCTOBER 21, 2013
Air Mobility Command Museum gets C-5A
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
Boeing building more A-10 wings
Boeing today announced receipt of a follow-on order for 56 replacement wings for A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. Boeing is on contract to build up to 242 wings, including these, at its plant in Macon, Ga. Refitting the fleet with new wings will improve the mission availability of A-10s by an estimated 4 percent and will help save the Air Force an estimated $1.3 billion in maintenance costs during the next 30 years.
This latest order is valued at $212 million. Including this agreement, the Air Force has ordered 173 wings. The A-10 fleet is forecast to operate into 2035. The A-10 is a twin-engine jet designed for close air support of ground forces. It can be used against all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles.
AUGUST 21, 2013
Astronaut pilot Gordon Fullerton dies
Known for his pioneering early space shuttle flights and his flying of the NB-52 mother ship, astronaut and test pilot Gordon Fullerton died Aug. 21, 2013. According to NASA, Fullerton had been in declining health since suffering a severe stroke in late 2009.
Fullerton was first trained as an F-86 pilot, and later became a B-47 pilot at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz. He was chosento attend the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School (now the Air Force Test Pilot School), Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in 1964. Upon graduation he was assigned as a test pilot with the Bomber Operations Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.
His test flying experience led to his selection to be a flight crewmember for the Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory program from 1966 until that program was canceled in 1969. Fullerton was then assigned by the Air Force to NASA's astronaut corps at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, where he served on the support crews for the Apollo 14, 15, 16, and 17 lunar missions.
In 1977, Fullerton was assigned to one of the two flight crews that piloted the space shuttle prototype Enterprise during the Approach and Landing Test program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards AFB.
Fullerton was the pilot on the eight-day STS-3 space shuttle orbital flight test mission March 22-30, 1982. The mission exposed the orbiter Columbia to extremes in thermal stress and tested the 50-foot Remote Manipulator System used to grapple and maneuver payloads in orbit. That mission was the only space shuttle mission to land at White Sands, N.M., because Rogers Dry Lake
at Edwards was too wet to support a landing due to heavy seasonal rains.
Fullerton was commander of the STS-51F Spacelab 2 mission, launched on July 29, 1985.
Upon his transfer to NASA Dryden at Edwards Air Force Base, Fullerton became the project pilot on the NASA NB-52B launch aircraft and was heavily involved in the return of that aircraft to flight status after a four-year downtime. Fullerton flew the B-52 on the first six air launches of the commercially developed Pegasus rocket. He was involved in a series of development air launches of the X-38 Crew Recovery Vehicle and in the Pegasus launches for the hypersonic X-43A Hyper-X supersonic-combustion ramjet ("scramjet") project.
Fullerton was the project pilot on the Propulsion Controlled Aircraft project, during which he successfully landed both a modified F-15 and an MD-11 transport with all control surfaces neutralized, using only engine thrust modulation for
As a pilot for NASA's DC-8 Airborne Science flying laboratory, Fullerton deployed worldwide to support a variety of research studies, including atmospheric physics, ground mapping and meteorology. He was also
pilot-in-command on the first test flights of NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, following major modifications to the 747SP to integrate the observatory's large infrared telescope.
Fullerton was assigned to evaluate the flying qualities of the Russian Tu-144 supersonic transport during two flights in 1998, becoming one of only two non-Russian pilots to fly that aircraft. He also served as project pilot for a series of
high-speed landing tests of space shuttle landing gear components installed on a
modified Convair 990 jetliner.
Fullerton flew in numerous other research programs at Dryden, including the C-140 JetStar Laminar Flow Control, F-111 Mission Adaptive Wing, F-14 Variable Sweep Flow Transition, space shuttle drag chute and F-111 crew module parachute tests on the B-52, X-29 vortex flow control and experiments on the F-18 Systems Research Aircraft. He also served as pilot-in-command of NASA's modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on numerous ferry flights of space shuttles mounted atop the 747's fuselage from Edwards AFB to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Fullerton attained the rank of colonel in the Air Force before his retirement
from the service in 1988. He piloted more than 135 different types of aircraft
during his Air Force and NASA career, amassing more than 16,000 flight hours.
Among the special awards and honors Fullerton has received are the Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in 1978; Department of Defense Distinguished Service and Superior Service Medals;
Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross; NASA Distinguished and Exceptional Service Medals; NASA Space Flight Medals in 1983 and 1985; General Thomas D. White Space Trophy; Haley Space Flight Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement Awards for 1977, 1981 and 1985; the Certificate of Achievement Award from the Soaring Society of America; and the Ray E. Tenhoff Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots in 1992 and 1993.
Fullerton was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2005, and the International Space Hall of Fame in 1982. He was a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a member of the Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering fraternity and a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society.
AUGUST 19, 2013
Beaver Creek Fire News from Idaho
JULY 23, 2013
Union Pacific to restore and run Big Boy 4014
Union Pacific Railroad announced on July 23, 2013 that it reached an agreement with the Southern California Chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society in Pomona, Calif., to transfer ownership of one of the world's largest steam locomotives, Big Boy No. 4014, back to Union Pacific. Union Pacific plans to relocate No. 4014 to Cheyenne, Wyo., where Union Pacific's Heritage Fleet Operations team will work to restore it to operating condition. Restoration may take three to five years. Union Pacific donated No. 4014 to the historical society in December 1961. The locomotive arrived January 8, 1962, at its current display location at the Rail Giants Train Museum in Pomona. "Our steam locomotive program is a source of great pride to Union Pacific employees past and present," said Ed Dickens, senior manager - Union Pacific Heritage Operations. "We are very excited about the opportunity to bring history to life by restoring No. 4014." (Historical photo of UP 4014 courtesy Union Pacific)
JULY 10, 2013
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