Behind The Scenes With The 300mph Jet-Powered School Bus

Earlier this year, we had the fantastic opportunity to go out to the runway with Paul and Therese Stender of Indy Boys Inc. at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival. You might recognize their names, but you certainly would recognize the vehicle; the world famous “School Time” jet-powered school bus! There… Read more

Did Vulcan XH558 Perform Unauthorized Barrel Rolls Before Retirement?

If there’s one warbird that has captivated the aviation community over the past few years, it’s been XH558: the last flying Avro Vulcan. XH558 has been flying since 2007 after retiring from service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1984. On October 28th of this year, the Vulcan made a farewell to flight at… Read more

Yankee Air Museum Reclaims Rosie The Riveter World Record

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The Yankee Air Museum has reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Rosie the Riveters this weekend. A total of 2,096 women and girls dressed up as the famous WWII icon, wearing her signature blue coveralls with a red and white polka-dotted bandana. The group included 44 women who actually worked in… Read more

Chuck Aaron Retiring from Airshows

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Chuck “Malibu” Aaron, famous pilot of the Red Bull Helicopter will retire at the end of the 2015 airshow season. Aaron announced his retirement Sunday in an Instagram post. Aaron is the only helicopter pilot in the United States certified to perform aerobatics in a helicopter. In 2009, he won the Art Scholl Showmanship Award,… Read more

Step Into History With This Rare Footage Of A Spectacular 1945 Airshow

What do you get when you mix the jubilation of ending the Second World War and an Army Air Forces (AAF) with captured enemy aircraft and technology? One of the coolest airshows a warbird buff could possibly imagine! Check out this footage of the Freeman Field Airshow held in September of 1945, 70 years ago.… Read more

Pilot Escapes As “Precious Metal” Reno Racer Heavily Damaged In Ground Fire – May Be Total Loss

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While on a fuel stop on the morning of September 8th, the Reno Air Racer “Precious Metal”, a heavily modified P-51 Mustang, was heavily damaged in a ground fire. The pilot escaped without injury but the aircraft is being described as a total loss. A post by the Precious Metal Air Racing Fan Page reads:… Read more

Behind The Scenes At EAA AirVenture With DTG Pyrotechnics

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Some air shows around the country feature a night show in their lineup. We all go for the afterburners and lit-up aircraft streaking across the dark sky, but what show would be complete without a fireworks closer? Those beautiful works of fiery aerial artistry make for a nightly spectacle worth waiting for (and some awesome… Read more

Golden Knight Injured In Chicago Collision Dies

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The US Army Golden Knight that was injured in a mid air collision with a US Navy Leap Frog during the Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend has died of his injuries. He has been identified as 32-year-old Sgt. First Class Corey Hood. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Sgt. Hood had served in the Army… Read more

Pilot OK After Spitfire Crashes At Biggin Hill After Losing Power On Takeoff

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Reports from the UK are saying a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc has crashed shortly after losing power on takeoff from Biggin Hill. The aircraft (MK912) was piloted by former RAF test pilot Dan Griffiths for a routine test flight preparing for the upcoming Battle of Britain commemoration display. The Spitfire experienced a loss of… Read more

[Updated] Pilot Killed In Aircraft Crash At UK’s Oulton Park Carfest

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UPDATE: The pilot, identified as Kevin Whyman, has been confirmed as killed in the crash. In a statement on the Gnat Display Team’s Facebook: The Heritage Aircraft Trust, operator of the Gnat Display Team is very sad to announce the loss of one of its display pilots, Kevin Whyman, at an airshow for CarFest at… Read more