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!
In July, I got to fulfill a lifelong dream — to attend the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisc. I could have spent a month there and still not have had enough time to see everything. I was walking down one of the main roads when I saw one of the rare Beechcraft Starships. The Starship, a unique 8-seat, rear twin prop business aircraft, was originally designed as the successor to the ubiquitous King Air turboprop. Enjoy!
My love affair with the Douglas DC-3 began the day after I started by communications job at Delta Air Lines back in September 2004. Regular readers know I’m a big aviation geek, and I was thrilled to discover that our offices were a stone’s throw away from the Delta Heritage Museum (a place you MUST visit if you have some spare time in Atlanta).
The Delta Heritage Museum features Ship 41, a lovingly restored DC-3 (right down to the period Life magazines in the seat back pocket). The airplane actually flew until 2004 (unfortunately, right before I arrived).
Jump to July 2011, when I went to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. One of the highlights of the show for me was to meet Julie Filucci, the author of a new book, Voices From The DC-3. Julie and I “met” on Facebook, but had never met in person (ah, the joys of social media).
She appeared on Episode 162 of the Airplane Geeks podcast, where she talked about her book and the exhaustive research she did for it. You can find Julie at her blog, the book’s Facebook Fan Page and on Twitter at @JulieInTheSky.
I plan on buying the book for my collection. Be sure and read this great review from our friends over at the Jetwhine blog — and if you’ve read the book, let me know what you think!
I’m still sorting through all my photos from this year’s EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisc. On Wednesday, July 27, JetBlue flew in a planeload of crewmembers and guests in its “I Love New York” Airbus A320.
It was a rainy day, but I was on the tarmac with Dan Webb — both of us wearing our Embraer rain ponchos — waiting for the plane to arrive. I got the shot below as they were bringing over the air stairs. Enjoy!
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.
So everyone knows I’m a big aviation geek. So 2 weeks ago, I was in Oshkosh, Wisc., for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s EAA AirVenture, the world’s largest air show. You can see my July 29 post on that show here.
While I was there, I had the chance to visit the folks over at GE Aviation, which is making a push into the business aviation side of the house. You can see my Aviation Week blog post on that here. And that’s when it happened.
GE Aviation had a game — Terminal Command — at its booth. Basically, you start by handling airport operations at a municipal terminal. You do tasks including handling passengers, handling luggage, refueling jets, catering and maintenance.
It goes at a nice pace. But then you get responsibility for a domestic terminal, then an international terminal. You try juggling operations at three different terminals — it’s exhilarating and fun. At the end, GE Aviation had a big scoreboard to show off the champs. I was able to hang in there for a while, but there were far too many people who were more organized than me.
So when you have a few spare minutes, or just need to clear your mind, go over to Terminal Command and tap into your inner Joe Patroni!