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Random Aviation Photo

31 May

I’m still feeling nostalgic for Memorial Day, so today’s photo is one I took at last year’s EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis.  Despite my military upbringing, I never felt the love for military aviation like I do commercial aviation  — until I saw all the warbirds at Oshkosh.  Below is Miss Geraldine, a gorgeous and pristine North American P-51D Mustang. Enjoy!

My Pinterest Board: Art Deco Travel Posters – Cool!

16 Apr

As a travel buff since almost birth, I’m old enough to remember when airlines did destination posters that I thought were works of art.  When I was old enough to start buying my own art, I went straight for the art deco travel posters.

Back on Feb. 21, I did a post on how I’m using Pinterest to show off all my travel obsessions.  A funny thing has happened since then.  My board, “Art Deco Travel Posters – Cool!” has caught on like wildfire.  As of today, I have 93 posters and a whopping 239 followers of said board. I only have 118 total followers.

It seems I’ve struck a nerve with a lot of folks who are like me, nostalgic for a time long since past, or lovers of travel art.  And I’m just delighted by the folks following me and repinning my pins, including: Chris McGinnis, Johnny Jet, Chris Elliott, Meena Thiruvengadam, Sebastian White, Mira Lowe and Debbie Swiatek, to name a few.

Still not on Pinterest? Email me at benet AT aviationqueen DOT COM and I’ll send you an invite!!

Tail Dragging!

10 Apr

Yesterday, my regular flight instructor was a bit under the weather, so she suggested I fly with my original instructor. Dave Hirschman has one of the best jobs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Not only is he the senior editor of AOPA Pilot magazine, but he’s also the handler for our sweepstakes aircraft, the Aviat Husky.

Dave asked if I wanted to fly in the Husky, and I leapt at the chance. The Husky is what’s called a tail dragger. It has a wheel on the tail and an actual stick to control the yoke. The website describes it thusly:
“Access areas that will take your breath away in a Husky. Its rugged, handcrafted construction, wide-field visibility and tandem seating create an extremely comfortable and secure environment for safely flying into places other planes simply can’t.”

Two Huskys (one owned by our CEO Craig Fuller) were the stars at the AOPA Tent at the recent Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.  Folks stopped by to take a look, have a seat at the picnic tables and even chat with Craig, who was there most of the time.

The views from the Husky can’t be beat, with large windows.  Because you fly slowly, you can actually fly with window or the door open. And I had the smoothest landing ever — in the grass!  Below are some pictures I took during the flight. Enjoy!!

Husky cockpit
The view from my window

10 Folks You Should Be Following On Pinterest

22 Feb

Yesterday, I posted about my love for Pinterest, along with all my aviation/travel geek-related boards. Today, I share 10 people I’m following on Pinterest.

  1. Stacy Small (@EliteTravelGal) – not only is Stacy one of the best luxury travel agents on the planet, her Pinterest travel-related board photos make me want to grab my passport and take the next flight to a high-end resort.
  2. Johnny Jet (@JohnnyJet) – Johnny’s website is my go-to site for all kinds of travel information. And his Dream Trips board makes me want to pack myself in his luggage.
  3. Kate Trgovac (@mynameiskate) – Kate is one of my online friends, a digital/social media marketer and my go-to person when it comes to travel and laptop bags. I interviewed her for Aviation Week’s Towers & Tarmacs blog on security-friendly laptop bags, and she has a cool board — Funky Laptop Bags (which includes her own bag designs).
  4. Meena Thiruvengadam (@msmeenameena) – I met Meena when we were both taking a multimedia course at the Poynter Institute back in 2010. We found we were fellow travel lovers, but Meena takes it to another level. Her boards include Favorite Places and I Will Go Here.
  5. Paula Berg (@paulaberg) – Paula is the digital media lead at Denver-based Linhart PR, but her real claim to fame is making her former employer, Southwest Airlines, a powerhouse in social media. I’m following her as she develops her boards for Southwest and Social Media.
  6. Josh Hallett (@hyku) – Josh is my social media sensei (he leads the social media practice at Voce Communications), an extensive traveler and a true aviation geek (check out his Flickr photos from Sun N Fun 2011). And also check out his Travel board.
  7. Mira Lowe (@MiraLowe) – Mira is the former editor of Jet magazine and currently teaches at Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago.  She’s someone I’ve admired and respected for years, and we’re both active in the National Association of Black Journalists. I find myself regularly repinning from Mira’s boards, including Big Apple, Windy City and Passport.
  8. Christopher Elliott (@elliottdotorg) – I follow Chris on Twitter and am a regular reader of his website. I saw that he was following me on Pinterest, so I followed back. OK, so he doesn’t have any boards yet, but I know his will be good when he starts pinning.
  9. Joy Finnegan (@AvMainMag) – Joy has had an interesting career. She’s currently editor-in-chief Aerospace & Security Media and was editor of Rotor & Wing magazine. She was a pilot at Legend Airlines and has worked at Gulfstream Aerospace, Cessna and Galaxy Aerospace. Check out her boards Favorite Places & Spaces and Travels With Joy.
  10. Emma Carew Grovum (@emmacarew) – Because there is more to life than aviation/travel, I chose Emma as my last — but not least — pick for this post.  We all have to eat, and if you want some great ideas, Emma’s boards are the place to be. She’s Digital Editor for The Cooking Club (@CookingMag) and I’m proud to be one of Emma’s journalism mentors.

My (Travel/Aviation) Interest In Pinterest

21 Feb

I went to Austin, Texas, last month for a data journalism geek unconference.  The first night we had dinner at Stubbs BBQ, and my dinner companion was Lauren Young, owner of Little Lamb web design (she’s currently redesigning this site).  She started talking about how much fun she was having with Pinterest.  For the uninitiated, check out this article in the Wall Street Journal profiling the website.

I love using Pinterest to show off many things, but my favorites are my aviation and travel boards.  The first board I created was one with pictures of my beloved Boeing 747, which has 101 followers.  My next board was Cool Aircraft Liveries, which has photos of some of the best aircraft paint jobs of the present and past, with 97 followers. I work across the street from Frederick Municipal Airport, so I created Seen At Frederick Airport (FDK).

I am a BIG fan of art deco airline/travel posters, and have them hanging in my home and office. My Art Deco Travel Posters has 92 followers.  I created a board made up entirely of the graphics I use for my Strange But True Aviation News column. And then I have boards entitled Lord, I Was Born A Ramblin’ (wo)Man and Places I REALLY Want To See, with 94 followers each.

Tomorrow’s post will be on 10 folks you should be following on Pinterest.  Not on Pinterest yet? Drop me an email at AuntBenet AT Gmail DOT com and I’ll get you an invite.  Enjoy!

Giving The Tuskegee Airmen Their Due

10 Aug

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of appearing on my friend Mario Armstrong’s SirriusXM radio show covering digital/tech issues.  I was on for my embrace of social media technology and my all-around aviation geekiness.

One of the topics we discussed was one near and dear to my heart — the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.  Two weeks ago, I attended the EAA AirVenture show where a trailer for the new George Lucas film on the Airmen — Red Tails —  was screened, along with a panel discussion.  And last week, I was in Philadelphia for the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention, where Lucas did another screening and panel with Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oscar-nominated Terrence Howard.

As the daughter and granddaughter of Air Force officers, I grew up listening to tales of the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen.  When we lived at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., we went to Tuskegee to see where the Airmen trained.

I hope that this documentary will bring this important piece of aviation, military and civil rights history to the forefront yet again.  I don’t want the generations to forget just how amazing they were in their time, a time when a man — and his abilities — were judged basically by the color of his skin.

So I hope that when this film is released in January 2012, you will support it.  Take your friends, your children and your family to learn about an amazing piece of American history!  And enjoy the trailer, below.

Random Aviation Photo – The Oskkosh Edition

1 Aug

It’s been a week since I was at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., and I’m still floating on air.  I was in aviation geek heaven last week, and I’m still going through all my photos.  But below are two I want to share now.

The first photo is the tail of the I Heart NY JetBlue Airbus A320 that came into Oshkosh last Wednesday.  The flight was full with JetBlue employees and interns there to enjoy a day of the show.

The second photo is a shout out to my friend and Airplane Geek David Vanderhoof, who is my military expert.  It’s the military version of the DC-9, the C9. It was in a combi configuration-cargo in the front, a few rows of passenger seats in the back.  Enjoy them both!

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