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GHOSTS Online
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BY DAVE HOWARD- I first met Philip Makanna in June of 1994. I was in San Francisco, covering the VISCOMM West show at Moscone Center for the now defunct Camera & Darkroom magazine. While scurrying from the show floor to a seminar, a man spotted the Buick Club of America jacket that I was wearing and flagged me down. He didn't have a Buick, but wanted to know if I might know of a Cadillac club, as he was restoring a 1961 model. I didn't have time to chat, but said that I'd send him the address when I returned home. He gave me his business card, on the back of which I hurriedly jotted "Caddy club info" and streaked for my seminar.
. Following the show I was sorting through the collected fistful of business cards, checking the backs for any needed action, when I got to the one with the Caddy info request. The front of the card bore the name Philip Makanna, an image of a WW II fighter, and the word "Ghosts" beside it. A light bulb flickered to life. For several years, during my annual fall hunt for the next year's calendars, I had seen and admired a large (14x20" closed, 20x28" opened) calendar of WW II aircraft, all photographed air-to-air and in full color, bearing the GHOSTS title. 

. Suspecting that this calendar was the work of the photographer whose card I was holding, and picking up the editorial scent of a possible story, I so enquired when forwarding details on the Cadillac-LaSalle Club. Sure enough, it was, and an interview was agreed to. Philip's heavy shooting schedule, combined with production of his latest book, would postpone our getting together until the following year. 

. Upon arriving at the Makanna's lovely home overlooking San Francisco Bay, and after a thorough inspection by Fatso, Stinky and Lulu, the resident cats, we settled into Philip's downstairs editing room, adjacent to the darkroom, to discuss this fascinating niche that he has carved for himself in the diverse realm of photography. zero

Camera Arts: Air-to-air photography of vintage aircraft is a rather specialized photographic niche. How did you become involved with it?
Philip Makanna: By a turn of fate. When I was a little boy I loved airplanes, grew up in the shadow of airplanes, my heroes were pilots. But I dropped it when I was thirteen, as most little boys do, moving on to other big boy things. 

. I started out as a painter, then wandered off into sculpture, and then film and video. I made several feature films for the local PBS station, then the American Film Institute, and a bunch of N.E.A. grants. The next step was to do a proper feature film with a proper budget, but I just couldn't raise the budget. I started doing still photography with a camera my mother got me. I started doing slides, and I've never done anything other than transparencies. I've never gone through any kind of "proper" photographic training. The process, coming from painting to where I am now, has all, to me, been very logical; I feel that I'm doing the same thing that I started out doing when I was a painter. 

. I went out on a job for a women's sports magazine, to Reno, photographing some women sky divers. There were some World War II airplanes there, recreating the battle of Pearl Harbor. I thought that was funky and interesting, and I took some pictures of it. I had those pictures in my case when I went back to New York to try to sell a book on little traveling circuses, you know, two elephants, one toothless tiger, that I had
 been working on. Wonderful stuff, but the airplane pictures caught somebody's fancy, and became my first book, GHOSTS, which was a moderate success. Then my wife, Jean, and I decided to publish a calendar of the pictures, because we couldn't get a publisher interested at the time. That was before the explosion in calendars, about 1984. We started the GHOSTS calendar in 1980. We wedged our butts into a corner and decided to do this big calendar, which everybody advised us not to do. Somehow we survived the first five years, and then everybody and his brother was making calendars. By then we had gained acceptance, and were selling the calendar to B. Dalton and Walden's, staying a couple of inches ahead of the mob. Now it's known internationally; everyone in aviation knows about the GHOSTS calendar. 
. So fate has guided the whole thing. As I started out life with airplanes, the airplanes came back to me. Now they're my life. Most of my friends are plane guys, I don't know many photographers.

CA: When you were first getting into this field, were there any other air-to-air photographers whose work inspired you?
PM: Bill Crump has been my very good friend from the beginning, now a Dallas-based photographer. We were young men together, worked together, supported each other throughout, but I don't think aviation photography has ever been an image before me. I think what's defined the look of my work is what I've been chasing after that began in fine arts. There aren't many aviation photographers that I know of. It's a very closed crowd; there just isn't that much room in the sky. One photo plane and a subject; after that it gets very complicated very fast. There aren't that many people who practice air-to-air photography consistently, full time, and have a body of work that is meaningful. But there is a strong gang of young English men that are beginning to make their mark in airplane photography and a couple of Americans. 

CA: What format do you use and why?
PM: Thirty-five millimeter, because the machinery works so well. I use a pair of Nikon F4s and Nikkor zoom lenses. In my kind of aviation photography, you have to have all the help you can get. Automatic exposure, automatic focus, automatic anything, is a plus. It raises the ratio of success. When I go out to photograph, I'm not in control of the situation. I have to survive, and surviving plus getting proper exposures, keeping the thing in focus, is a major project. I'm out there really as a composer; the camera is doing the work. Also, 35mm fits into the space that I'm allowed, a space out to about here (indicates a point approximately a foot in front of his face). If you get beyond that space, you're out into a 170 mph wind.

CA: I gather, then, that you mostly shoot from an open cockpit?
PM: Not always, but I shoot from the back seat of a T-6 with the canopy rolled back around 97% of the time. The cover of the book (GHOSTS of the Skies: Aviation in the Second World War) was taken out the tail of a B-25 that I know and love, through Plexiglas, and it's sharp enough, but shooting through Plexiglas hurts, it definitely does. 

CA: What film do you prefer, and what characteristics contribute to that preference?
PM: Velvia, underexposed a third of a stop. The grain is tight and the saturation is good. I used to shoot Kodachrome, which tended toward the red side. Velvia seems to have all the colors. The look that I like in a picture is high color saturation and sharpness, which Velvia delivers.
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CA: Your work that I'm familiar with is all color. Have you ever shot black-and-white for a "forties" look?
PM: No, I never have. I came out of painting, I was a colorist. I've never been able to draw. To me, black-and-white and drawing have a similarity. I always felt very comfortable as a painter in areas of color, and when I wandered out of movie-making into still photography I immediately went to making slide shows. The new book is essentially a slide show. I developed it with the idea that the continuous logic of a slide show would read sequentially and that there would be a story involved. The end result of that slide show will be a CD ROM, a super slide show that will contain everything. So, no, I've never done black-and-white. My photography has come to me from the Nikon manual and from personal experience. Painting is what I lean on.

CA: Do you do any of your own lab work, and if not, how did you settle on a lab that delivers consistent results?
PM: I process the film at the New Lab, in San Francisco, which is a terrific lab, having been strong and consistent for me for many many years. The reason I dropped Kodachrome was Kodak's switch from their own processing labs. All of a sudden it really went bad, and I was a lost boy for awhile. The only other thing was Ektachrome, which was awful. Thank God Fuji came along.

. After film processing, we do everything here. We make the prints; all the pictures you have seen published came from Cibachrome (Ilfochrome) prints. I've always felt that the Cibachromes had the look that I wanted. I don't do any masking. I choose pictures that I know will print without it. There's a whole range of contrasty transparencies that I still have in my archives that maybe, with the digital stuff, I'll be able to balance. For now, if they don't print on Ciba, then nobody ever sees them.

CA: What are some of the hazards and safety concerns relative to this activity?
PM: The hazards of aviation photography are certainly very serious, and the consequences are very great. There are very few WW II airplanes flying these days; it's a very small crowd of people that fly them and massage them, and every year we lose thirty or forty people to accidents of one type or another. I've seen some god-awful accidents. When the planes go down, they go down in a terrible, terrible way. They're big, they're fast, they're very heavy, and they fall like stones, carrying everybody with them. It's a violent sport, a violent game. The people I work with are very good at it, but a small mistake can be very serious.

CA: Do you choreograph your shoots extensively beforehand, or do you do a lot of on-location ad-libbing?
PM: You have to ad-lib. The hand of fate won't allow you to define what's going to happen. You saw those drawings I made; I always try to describe what I think should happen, and we all try politely to fit into that perceived, hoped-for event. As today we took off headed toward the Golden Gate Bridge; at 12:30 when we passed the bridge it was lovely, and when we came back for photography at 2:30 there was only one tower showing and a little hollow of ground visible through the clouds. So all of a sudden the whole event changed, with too many planes to stuff into the space (the small clearing in the clouds), and it was not working. You can't control things; the factor of weather is too powerful, the factor of mechanical problems is too powerful, all the little mistakes that can happen. Often you go up and you can't even find each other. We try to choreograph it, but good luck!

CA: How do you obtain your head-on shots?
PM: I shoot out the tail of a B-25. In some situations, you can take the tail (the Plexiglas tail-gunner's bubble) off, put on a big ol' belt and tie yourself in with huge ropes tied to large parts of the airplane, and hang your feet out the back. That's terrific! It's pretty awesome to sit out there with your feet dangling out the end of the airplane, going two hundred miles an hour, with the ground five thousand feet away. The airplanes can fly right up to your feet. I've got some pictures of Steve Hinton in the Planes of Fame P-38 where I could almost kick the nose of the plane. I have a 30-year collection of pictures of my feet, but I was so stunned by the experience of having him right there that I missed that shot. All I had to do was put my feet up and I'd have had my all-time best foot shot. I blew it!

CA: Have you had any close calls?
PM: Yes; I've crashed, and there have been near-collisions in mid-air. One time we were in a formation, leading a group of large, fast airplanes, and the left fuel tank of our plane went dry and the pilot had to switch over. In the switching over, the motor stopped, and when the motor stops, the airplane stops; the other airplanes were really coming on us, just missing us. We always congratulate ourselves when we get back on the ground!

CA: What are your favorite chase aircraft? What of their features help make your photography easier?
PM: T-6s are the basis of everything that I do. They are always obtainable, always at the events, and they're affordable. They only burn thirty-five to fifty gallons an hour, at two dollars a gallon, four dollars in England. The canopy opens up, and they fly at a speed that all of the (subject) planes can fly at; even the fast fighter planes can be slowed down to the speed of a T-6. When I fly with Eddie Van Fossen, who has won the Reno Air Races seven times, we work at 180-190 mph.
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CA: Is rough air ever a problem for you, either in terms of physical comfort or as a hindrance to sharp images?
PM: If the air is bouncy, there's no point in even going up. Smooth air is essential. If the camera is bouncing around, it blurs; for me, the pictures have to be sharp. As for physical discomfort, I get air sick terribly. I didn't get sick today, but I got close to the edge in Breckenridge (TX) a couple of days ago. There's nothing worse; you get up there and the airplane is bouncing around, and looking through the camera you get into this swimming-eye thing, and it's hot, and it's smelly, and yuck!

CA: Noting that you wear glasses, do the high-eyepoint finders on your Nikons deal successfully with your air-borne viewing needs?
PM: Yes; I don't wear contacts. I do have a special pair of glasses that have the lenses screwed to the frames. In the past, I've hit (air) bumps and knocked my (eyeglass) lens out; when that happens, I'm finished for the day! So that's one of my "secrets" of the trade.

CA: Are high shutter speeds and fast films the only remedies available when shooting from fast-moving, vibration-prone aircraft?
PM: You can't shoot faster than 1/250 sec.; over that speed, the propeller is frozen. You need a "smear" on the propeller to get the feeling that it's not a model airplane suspended against the sky. Below 1/250th, if the air is smooth, to get the full arc of the propeller you have to be down around 1/30 sec. At 1/30th, it's just a matter of luck that the picture is sharp. But, take twenty frames at 1/30 sec. and one of them, by the grace of God, will be sharp. And that's the one that I show.

. As for fast films, I don't use them; I like the close grain of Velvia.

CA: What type of lighting do you favor?
PM: I like to go up really early or really late. But there is a point where really early is too early, and really late is too late. We sometimes get to feeling real sassy and get out in the darkness, starting up at 6:30, before the sun comes over the horizon and we go out to meet the sun, but more often than not, that doesn't work. It's hard to light (supplemental) in my photography! We like to go at dawn; that's always the best time, the air is the quietest and the light is rich.

CA: Do you have any depth-of-field concerns?
PM: I shoot shutter priority, and whatever the camera decides is going to be the depth-of-field, that's what it is. I'm not in control of that. Depth of field is not a factor for me; shutter speed is.

CA: I can remember from my NASA days that reflections were always a problem when shooting through canopies. How do you deal with that problem?
PM: I try not to shoot through canopies. If I am in the tail of a B-25, shooting through Plexiglas, I try to wear dark clothes to avoid reflections, but that's not normally a problem for me; 97% of the time, the canopy's open.

CA: How far have you ranged world-wide in pursuit of vintage aircraft?
PM: Well, I've gotten to New Zealand, that's been spectacular, also Australia, and I go to England every year. England has really become a second home for me in this work, because of Duxford and the people that fly at Duxford, Stephen Grey, and the Hannas, brilliant, brilliant pilots. Also because Duxford is part of the British museum system called the IWM (Imperial War Museum) that has an extraordinary archive in London that I lean very heavily on for my work. Of the sixty-six black-and-whites that are in the book, thirty-eight came from London, the IWM. So England has been very important, because of the ghosts. It's true ground for WW II aviation it's where it happened.

. However, the whole thing began for me in south Texas. My aviation photography grew out of Texas. Even today, I know the Texas people and airplanes better than I know the California people and airplanes.

CA: What percentage of the planes you shoot are owned by individual hobbyists as opposed to collections?
PM: In truth, most of the collections are individual hobbyists; a wealthy individual, with a lot of energy, who has created a collection and a tax shelter by making it into a museum. There are several of those individuals around that have vast collections, twenty, thirty extraordinary airplanes that they fly all the time. So, maybe eighty percent of the planes that I photograph fall under the umbrella of a collection or museum. The other twenty percent are guys that own one or two airplanes.

CA: What are some of the best collections and air shows around the country for vintage plane buffs in the U.S.?
PM: The Confederate Air Force Flying Museum is the biggest, oldest WW II airplane collection. It was created in 1957 by some crop dusters in south Texas, and has grown to be an international organization. Their annual "Airsho" (in October), held at their headquarters in Midland, is a wonderful show. The Ellington "Wings Over Houston" air show is one of the great air shows in the U.S. And the Breckenridge air show in west Texas is a great traditional air show (Memorial Day weekend; also see Breckenridge Aviation Museum) that every year attracts all sorts of private people that gather there to have a fine ol' time dropping sacks of  flour into the other guys' hangars; they make B-25 bomb runs, open the (bomb bay) doors and try to skip-bomb sacks of flour into the middle of your barbeque.

CA: This occupation has obviously kept you busy. How much time do you spend on the road and in the air?
PM: I go to about ten air shows a year. Out of twelve months, I'm away two. As for how much time I spend in the air, of those two months, I spend very little time in the air. Most of it is spent waiting and preparing for an event. But the flying and the actual photography takes place very fast, very violently, and it's gone. Four orbits to shoot one plane is normally what I do, which takes about eight minutes. I just shoot as fast as I can while it's happening.
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CA: Now that you have eighteen of your GHOSTS calendars and three books under your belt, are there more unique aircraft around the world to track down and photograph?
PM: Yes, there are more airplanes all the time. When I began, there was only one Spitfire; this last year there were thirty-eight Spitfires flying. At Duxford there were fourteen Spitfires in a row on the flightline for the air show, and they all flew in a tremendous tail-chase. It was just an amazing thing to see.

. So there are more planes coming all the time. There are more coming (being discovered and restored) than are being destroyed, at least at this period of development in WW II aviation. There are some great planes coming out of caves in Russia, and being dredged out of Lake Michigan, just coming from everywhere. People are also starting to build full-scale model airplanes of planes we'll never see again. Of course they're not real WW II airplanes, but they're exact, 100% replicas, and they're exciting to see.

CA: Are there any major new projects in the works?
PM: There's the CD ROM we're working on. That's a terrific format, because it can gather so much more information than a book. In the book and the calendars the audience sees just one image, but in that image there is a range of images that imply flight and show many aspects of what that airplane is, and what those moments were like as we circled the plane. We'll see a range of black-and-white archival stuff that the books just can't hold. The CD will be a terrific vehicle because it can contain the actual sounds; Winston Churchill is speaking himself, and that's an incredibly powerful thing to hear, to hear Hitler say those words. It's better than the printed page. The music will be done by Blue Gene Tyranny, who is an extraordinary composer. So the emotional level of the CD is potentially much higher than that of the book. It's the emotional impact that I'm really trying to get to. [Ed. note: Phil Makanna showed parts of the CD in prototype form at a VISCOMM multimedia seminar at which he was a co-speaker. Having seen it, I certainly agree with his assessment of its potential.]

. I'm still trying to recover from this last book, it was exhausting, but there will be another GHOSTS book. The subject is so huge, so rich with human emotion, that I'll work all my life and never do justice to the subject.
 

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"It is irresponsible to imply that nothing has been done to safeguard general aviation. That is far from the truth," Boyer wrote, pointing out the numerous GA security programs that have been put in place since September 11, 2001. More on AOPA's response to The Boston Globe Boyer defends GA security in radio interview Study authors denounce inflammatory article
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During the interview, WTOP reporters asked Boyer about a scenario outlined in the Globe suggesting that terrorists could use a small airplane to attack major sports stadiums like Washington's FedEx Field. Boyer pointed out that airspace restrictions already prevent small aircraft from flying over stadiums nationwide, and that in Washington, D.C., an additional 15-mile no-fly zone and other restrictions make the nation's capital one of the safest places in terms of aviation activity — a point the reporters seemed to find comforting.
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The plane crashed 19 minutes after taking off from Moscow. It crashed almost simultaneously with a Volga-Avia Express Tupolov134 which crashed at 22:56. A hijack alert was received from the plane before it crashed. Traces of explosives have been found in the wreckage....
August 24, 2004      22:56...
Near Tula, Russia...
Volga-Avia Express     Flight: 1303...
Tupolev 134A-3...
RA-65080      60065...
Moscow - Volograd...
The plane crashed 26 minutes after taking off from Moscow. Witnesses stated they saw the plane explode in midair before crashing. It crashed almost simultaneously with a Sibir Tupolov154 which crashed at 22:59. Traces of explosives have been found in the wreckage....
AP...
August 21, 2004      16:28...
Near Maracay, Venezuela...
Venezuelan Air Force...
Shorts 330...
FAV-1652      SH3123...
La Orchila Air Base - Maracay...
Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane Saturday afternoon as it was returning from the Caribbean island of La Orchila and descending through 9,500 ft. The plane crashed in a mountainous region of northeastern Venezuela in thunderstorms. The plane was carrying a mixture of military and civilian passengers. ...
 
news_updates
Explosives Found At Wreck of Second Russian Jet...
Revamped Passenger Screening to Start in 2005...
BA Cancels Yet More Flights...
As Virgin Whomps BA in Polls...
US Increases Security After Russian Plane Losses...
Thai Orders 6 A380 "Superjumbo" Planes...
Vice President Cheney's Plane Had Close Call...
Plane From Libya Hijacked to Sudan...
Flying Cars? NASA & Boeing Working On It...
Terrorism Looking Increasingly Likely in Russian Crashes...
BBC Article...
Singapore Passes on 7E7s...
American Airlines to Test Sales of Onboard Meals...
US Security Measures "Outdated"...
US to Use Computer-Based Information to Screen Passengers...
United Announces US$6M Profit in July...
Terrorism Still Possible Cause of Russian Crashes...
Want to Talk to a Live Person?  Pay Up!...
US Awards Contracts for Antimissile Systems...
British Airways Continues to Cancel Flights...
US Airlines Ask Congress to Investigate Fuel Prices...
Singapore Orders 31 Boeing 777s...
US Concerned About United Airlines Pensions...
European Airlines May Lose Terrorist Insurance...
Two Planes Down Out of Moscow...
31 BA Flights Cancelled Due to "Staff Shortages"...
US Airways Future in Hands of Pilots...
Start up Carrier Skylink has $50M Cash to Fly US to London...
US Airways Talks With Pilots Fail...
British Reporter Smuggles Fake Bomb Makings on Plane...
Inflight Wi-Fi Internet Connections Promised...
Southwest to Eliminate 88 Flights...
United Airlines' Problems Analyzed...
Business Fliers Losing Perks...
Airbus to Strengthen MRO Ties...
US Senator Ted Kennedy Pulled Aside for Security Problems...
Another Member of Congress Gets "Special Treatment" as Well...
United Gets 30 Day "Test Period" to Get Straight...
25 Killed in Venezuela Air Force Accident...
FAA Considering Actions to Reduce Delays
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ALPA Portal
ALPA President Captain Duane E. Woerth joined 9/11 Commission Secretary John Lehman and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Acting Administrator Rear Adm. David M. Stone before a key Congressional committee on Wednesday, August 25 to address post-9/11 aviation safety issues. Click here for C-SPAN.org's web coverage of the event (Capt. Woerth begins at 03:12:30). Real Player is required to view the video....
Captain Woerth testifies before Aviation Subcommittee
August 25 -- ALPA's President Duane Woerth testifies before House Aviation Subcommittee regarding airline security issues and the 9/11 Commission's report. Click here to read the oral summary . Click here to read the written submission .   ...
Negotiations Break Down between US Airways Pilots and Management
August 23 -- Talks on Transformation Plan negotiations between the Air Line Pilots Association and US Airways broke down August 22 in Arlington, VA.   ...
American Eagle Pilots' Frustrations Rise
August 23 -- As pilot contract negotiations between American Eagle management and its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, resume today, frustrated pilots are calling on management to "do the right thing" and take advantage of the remaining 21 days before the deadline for the end of scheduled bargaining on Sept. 12.  
Gliding Magazine | News
This year Derek Piggott has written a series of articles on teaching stalls and spins and now gives a helpful resume.
Memorial Service For Paul
August 27 2004
There will be a memorial service for Paul A. Schweizer on Saturday, September 25 at 2pm in the National Soaring Museum on Harris Hill, Elmira, New York. Peter Smith, Director of the Museum, says that everyone is welcome to attend.
The Lucy Wills' Trust
August 25 2004
Lucy Wills, Gavin's daughter, became one of the best known pilots world-wide through the videos showing her flying progress in the mountains of New Zealand. Her death earlier this year from breast cancer was a shock to everyone. She was only 27. Now there is a chance to contribute to a trust in her memory.[
September’s
August 24 2004
We have the main contents for the September issue of , the Soaring Society of America’s monthly magazine, sent in by Denise Layton, Managing Editor.[
Disappointing Weather
August 23 2004
Poor weather limited the UK 15 Metre and Junior Nationals to four and three days, ending last night at Lasham after a task set for both competitions. Leigh Wells (LS-8) won the 15 Metre with 497pts. Steve Jones (Ventus 2A,B) was 2nd on 466pts and Patrick Naegeli (Ventus 2C) 3rd with 450pts. Andrew Perkins (LS-8) is the Junior champion with 593pts, John Roberts (LS-4), 577pts, 2nd and Mark Holden (Discus), 517pts, 3rd.
Navy League
Time to Tell the Untold Story of Operation Iraqi Freedom
While the evening news is focused on the war, the sea services and other U.S. government organizations are building water plants, opening clinics and turning on the electric power throughout that war-weary nation. Elementary age children who once endured makeshift desks and squalid school yards now study in facilities that are clean, well lit and amply supplied, thanks to the help and friendship of the men and women of our military forces.
In Iraq, sea services men and women are earning their place in history because of their humanity and compassion for others. We will always remember what they have accomplished. And so will the people of Iraq.    Read the full article.
BAESYSTEMS.com
stingImage: Sting Ray torpedo being deployed into sea with its parachute extended... Image: Overhead view of EC-130H aircraft in flight.... Image: Overhead view of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in flight.jpg...
BAE SYSTEMS Starts JSF Assembly
Goleta Air and Space Museum, Home Page
2003 Camarillo Airshow flying displays Check out pictures of last year's
Point Mugu Naval Air Station Missile Park
HARM Alongside Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County, the Point Mugu Naval Air Station is home to the Pt. Mugu Missile Park. There you can see a wide variety of the missiles and airplanes that have been tested at Point Mugu since World War II. Luke Air Force Base Air Park
Luke Air Force Base Air Park The Luke Air Force Base Air Park display has been updated with recent photographs.
AeroKnow
uI received an e from a visitor who referred me to the picture on the right. ... UFOSchrattX.jpg (153532 bytes)
The site, sharing public domain pictures from NASA is the good work of Jim Bassett. It's a fine site, well worth a visit. Its address is
http://www.jrbassett.com/rnx15lnx.html...
August 27 -- newly acquired and indexed Air Enthusiast,
     FlyPast and Scale Aircraft Modelling
August 26 - new recommended aviation link
August 22 - New pictures (airliners servicing Abraham Lincoln Capital
      Airport, Springfield, Illinois) contrituted to our
        Visitors Gallery by Eric From
August 29 - 1958 -- First flight of a Lockheed Electra configured as P3V-1 Orion
        maratime patrol bomber.
August 30 - 1914 -- Paris, France was bombed for the first time when a Taube,
        flown by Lt. Ferdinand von Hiddessen, dropped five bombs on the Quai de Valmy,
         killing a woman and injuring two others.
August 31 - 1953  -- Bruce Carter, former manager of Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois
         and friend of what became AeroKnow was born on this day.  Only three years later,
         August 31, 1958, Boeing's KC-135A Stratotanker flew for the first time.
September 1 - 1967 -- First public demonstration by the USN demo team Air Barons.
They flew five Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawks.
September 2 - 1918 -- The first use of plane-to-plane radio was demonstrated by
        two US Army Air Service aircraft two miles apart over North Island, California.
September 3 - 1971 --The "new" U.S. Air Force Museum, moved from its earlier location
        at Wright-Patterson AFB, was dedicated at Fairborn, Ohio.
September 4 -  1957 -- The  Lockheed Jetstar, probably the best looking business jet
        ever built, flew for the first time....
Events
Duxford -- 31 August 2004 - 11:30 ...
 Duxford -- 31 August 2004 - 12:00 ...
 Short filming slot at Duxford for RIAT. Timings provisional....
04 September 2004 ...
 Duxford -- 04 September 2004 - 23:59 ...
 Confirmed event for Sat 4th. Possible also for Sun 5th, though unlikely....
 Duxford - Southport -- 10 September 2004 - 09:30 ...
 Southport - Duxford -- 12 September 2004 - 19:00 ...
 Confirmed event. Due to arrive Southport by lunchtime Friday for press. All timings provisional....
24 September 2004 - 26 September 2004 ...
 Duxford - Sywell -- 24 September 2004 - 00:00 ...
 PLEASE NOTE: Aircraft is likely to go to Sywell Friday morning for press day. Aircraft will then stay at Sywell, crew return to Duxford (minibus provided) late Friday, crew reposition to Sywell early Sunday on minibus. Precise details to be confirmed. Because of transport arrangements, this event may be split into a press day event (Fri) and a display event (Sun). Please keep a regular check for updates.
Aviation Conspiracy Newsletter
FAA's "Over Water" JFK Plane Routing Scam                                                                   Population Density And The FAA's "Over Water" Plane Routing Scam
Royal Institute of Navigation : HOME
Fatal air accident at Bournemouth...
Fatal air accident at Bournemouth A Socata Tobago single-engined aircraft crashed on 28 August on the perimeter of Bournemouth airport. Of the 3 on board, one was killed and the others are in intesives care at Odstock ...
'eCall' to be introduced in Europe...
'eCall' to be introduced in Europe On 27 August the EC's Information-Society DG signed, together with ACEA* and ERTICO*, a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to produce an interoperable, pan-European in-vehicle ...
Pilot arrested at Manchester Airport...
Pilot arrested at Manchester Airport A 50-year-old Finnair pilot, on loan to Air Scandic, has been arrested at Manchester Airport on suspicion that he was over the alcohol limit.
The pilot, who was boarding a ...
European air traffic up says Eurocontrol...
European air traffic up says Eurocontrol Air traffic in Europe increased again in July 2004 according to figures released today by the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, Eurocontrol. The ...
Military aircraft crashes on descent...
Military aircraft crashes on descent On 21 August at about 1615 local, a Venezuelan Air Force Shorts 330-UTT twin-turboprop aircraft flew into the ground whilst decending into Maracay-El Libertador Air Base, Venezuela. ...
IMO Secretary-General,
Press Releases by ARINC
Nuremberg Airport Prepares for the Future with ARINC’s Passenger Technology on the XP Platform —August 25, 2004
ARINC Will Show New Broadband Internet Solution for Commercial Aircraft at WAEA —August 24, 2004
Aviation Today - First Choice of Aviation Insiders Worldwide
Australian Regulators Propose New Approach to 'Controlling the Risks of Fatigue'
Financial Maelstrom Throwing Legacy Carriers Into Slow 'Death Spiral'
No-Fly And Selectee Lists A Limited Cure For Prescreening
Delta's, US Airways' Survival Plans Will Impact Regionals
Sikorsky Picks Up LRIP Award From Navy For MH-60R
Boeing Business Jets: The Ultimate Business Jet
... Steven Hill to Lead Boeing Business Jets
Delta Jets - Index
During this airshow in June Delta Jets flag ship Hunter T7A WV318 was presented with the Boieng prize for the best presented aircraft by the chief of air staff Sir Peter Squire.  The trophy now resides in the Delta Jets crew room along with some others picked up over the years and is testimony to Crew Chief Steve Chittleborough and the volunteers at Delta for their hard work and commitment.  Folland Gnat G-RORI Piloted by Dave Roome also provided the crowds with an unsurpassed display on both days.
XL577 Has just completed it's first ground runs in nearly 10 years.  The jet has been undergoing a complete re-wire together with a major service.  The ground runs have also proved that the new Delta Electric Start System is a success. Chief Engineer Andrew Barnes said; "XL577 is now entering it's final stages of completion, myself and the team are very much looking forward to the next few weeks".
Since February 2003 electrician Ben Cartwright has been re-wiring this Hawker Hunter T7 (G-VETA).  With the re-wire complete the aircraft underwent its ground runs at the end of August.  It is hoped the airtest will take place in the next few weeks with ex-Red Arrow Pilot Gordon Hannam at the controls of his Very Expensive Toy Aeroplane.
Whats new
ST Aviation's Jabiru J400 is now Flying
As the design is well proven overseas we do not have to accumulate vast amount of hours, as little as five will do, but he would prefer a little more so we are aiming for ten. We have to do all of the performance measuring for the Approval so this will soon eat up the ten hours. As of 25th August 2004 we now have several customers who have completed their aircraft and are champing at the bit to get flying!
Check out Jabiru Jottings, information to get the best out of your Jabiru aircraft and engine.
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Microlight Sport Aviation at Chatteris Airfield...
 
Bellanca, Citabria, Bellanca-Champion Club Official Site
for over 16 years, these classifieds help our members sell and find their planes and parts. 
Bellanca-Champion Club Events
B-C Club Logo Flying Windsock...
Plan ahead to visit with us in 2005:
Sun 'n Fun 2005
Vintage Aircraft Type Club Tent,   April 12-18.
at Columbia, CA,   [O22]   June 10-12.
AirVenture 2005
Vintage Aircraft Type Club Tent,   July 26-August 1.
Pottstown Municipal Airport PA, [N47]
September 30-October 2 (tentative)...
Ray Johnson's
Fly-In / Cruise-In
Marion, IN [MZZ]   September 4
Second Annual
Bellanca Air Group Fly-In Natchitoches, LA [IER]
October 21-24 Ron Bianchi
 
U.S. Department of Defense Official Website
navyNEW MISSION – The Navy's first decommissioned F-14A Tomcat heads off the flight line and onto the road during transportation from San Angelo Regional Airport to Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 13, 2004. Goodfellow bought the Tomcat for $20,000 to be used for training. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michele G. Misiano  News Photos...
Commission Works to Resolve 1st Week's Issues ...
NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 27, 2004 – As the first week of military commissions hearings here comes to a close, officials on all sides are working hard to resolve issues that came to light during the proceedings. ...
Hearing Ends in Continuance at Defense Request...
Rumsfeld: Democracy Worth Effort in Middle East...
WASHINGTON, – Iraq and Afghanistan's transition to democracy will be a long and hard effort, but it is worth the pain and sacrifice of so many, said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. ...
Iraqi Security Forces Improving, Assume Growing Role...
WASHINGTON, – Iraq's security forces are improving and assuming a growing role in establishing law and order.  ...
Search and Rescue Ops Keep Coast Guard Busy...
COAST GUARD AIR STATION ELIZABETH CITY, N.J. - Search and rescue teams here average nearly 360 missions each year. To date, they've rescued or assisted more than 10,000 people. ...
PENTAGON PERSPECTIVE ...
Strength of the Armed Services ...
"Each person in the armed services in the active force, the guard and reserves, raised their hands and said they wanted to serve and that is something that’s very special. It’s something that each of us in leadership positions recognize as the strength of all that we do in the world."...
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
Fort Bliss, Texas Transcript...
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Afghan Police Prep for Elections ...
JALALABAD, Afghanistan, – With Afghanistan's Oct. 9 presidential election approaching, the nation's police are gearing up to handle this busy time. ...
Simulators Help Prepare Pilots ...
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif., – One CH series helicopter can cost the Marine Corps more than $26 million, but when it comes to capabilities, the Super Stallion and Sea Knight helicopters are priceless.  ...
WHY I SERVE...
Freedom, Liberties Are Not Free...
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman "I came from a very patriotic family," explained Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman, 4th Infantry Division, commander, on why he joined the Army. ...
 
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Goleta Air and Space Museum, New Displays
jNew August 27: Point Mugu Naval Air Station Missile Park
HARM Alongside Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County, the Point Mugu Naval Air Station is home to the Pt. Mugu Missile Park. There you can see a wide variety of the missiles and airplanes that have been tested at Point Mugu since World War II....
New August 23: Luke Air Force Base Air Park
Luke Air Force Base Air Park The Luke Air Force Base Air Park display has been updated with recent photographs.
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