C-97 Stratofreighter “Angel Of Deliverance” Returns To Flight – Watch The Amazing Takeoff!

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C-97 Stratofreighter "Angel of Deliverance" First Flight

The “Angel of Deliverance”, a Boeing C-97G Stratofreighter, returned to flight this week after 15 years of restoration in New York. The aircraft is operated by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, which also owns and flies the C-54 “Spirit of Freedom”.

C-97 Stratofreighter "Angel of Deliverance" First FlightC-97 Stratofreighter "Angel of Deliverance" First Flight

The C-97 is a large piston-powered cargo aircraft based on the B-29 Superfortress bomber. It first flew in 1944, and was retired from US service in 1978. Some of the airframes, including this one, were used as aerial refueling tankers. “Angel” is now the only flying C-97 anywhere in the world, though one of the related Super Guppy cargo transports also remains in active service with NASA.

She roared off of Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn on Tuesday, stopped in New Jersey for fuel, and continued to her new temporary home in Reading, PA. Jacob Gentile caught up with the aircraft during the fuel stop, and sent us this incredible video of the takeoff as well as some photos on the ground. The aircraft will stay in Reading through next spring, but the BAHF is actively seeking sufficient hangar space for both of their airlifters. Please consider supporting their cause as they keep these pieces of history active and flying!

Thank you to Jacob Gentile for providing the video and photos!

C-97 Stratofreighter "Angel of Deliverance" First Flight

2016 Blue Angels Airshow At Pocono Raceway Canceled

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US Navy Blue Angels

The US Navy Blue Angels will not be performing at the Pocono Raceway in 2016 after all. Airshow organizers confirmed this week that the event has been canceled. It is not a particularly surprising development, as little to no information about the show was published other than the initial announcement. The August 27-28 show was announced in March as a late addition to the team’s 2016 schedule. Spots on the teams schedule are highly coveted and it is unusual for the show to be added and then removed with such short notice. Now that there is little more than a month left before the opening, it is unlikely that another event will be able to book the team. For what it’s worth, organizers say they do plan to hold an airshow in the area in 2017.

US Navy Blue Angels Add Pocono Raceway To 2016 Schedule

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US Navy Blue Angels

UPDATE: The airshow has been canceled. Please see our newer post for details: 2016 Blue Angels Airshow At Pocono Raceway Canceled

ORIGINAL POST: The US Navy Blue Angels have filled one of the open weekends on their 2016 appearance schedule. The team will now be performing at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA on the weekend of August 27-28. This weekend was previously announced as TBD.

Pocono is one of several major race tracks that have announced airshows in the coming years. It is a relatively new concept, and an interesting one since the action will be away from an airport. There will no doubt be obstructions that may make the flight lines difficult, and the crowd will likely be seated in the existing grand stands rather than the typical open field. It will certainly be a different experience for spectators.

Other track airshows planned include Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama and Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona, both in 2017. The Red Bull Air Races have previously been held at race tracks, including the Circuit of the Americas track in Texas. Both of the Red Bull stops in the US this year will be at race tracks; Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada.