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Aviation News recently catching the eye

26 March 2012

Aviation News recently catching the eye

There is always news in the aviation world. There are things that are opening and those that are closing. New exhibits are brought out with some regularity. Aircraft which are being rebuilt, restored or recovered. Airshows and airshow demonstration teams continue to wow and seem to grow in number.

Here are three recent news items which caught my eye especially:

  • A welcome and insightful article in a national newspaper, The Washington Post, on commercial DC-3 aircraft  landing in remote airfields as a matter of routine, connecting villages to the outside world as bus services do when there is a road network.  Juan Forero wrote “Aging DC-3s serve as ‘buses of the jungle’ in Colombia” for the The Washington Post. As a geologist seeing his photo of a DC-3 sitting on a lateritic soil dirt airstrip, passengers waiting in the shade provided by the left wing, made my heart quicken and my brain begin planning a trip — the reflex to grab the hat and the bag was real. Enjoy, also, the film clip and 12+ photos.
  • The National Air & Space Museum’s blog has a welcome article on the completion of the eight year restoration effort for one of the first flying body type of aircraft — Vought’s V-173 “Flying Pancake” — with interior photos among others.
  • Then there is the unhappy news regarding the cancellation of the Silver Fern Air Race. It is a shame since it was an air race intended to be much like those of the heady 1930s when adventuring and daring were the things to experience and display. The race, having many classes, was to originate in Hong Kong and finish in Christchurch. The race’s demise is due to a lack of sufficient sponsorship but let us congratulate the Kiwis for thinking big (as they can and often succeed in) — and wish them luck in the future.
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 March 2012 17:21

    (Re: 26 March 2012 post)
    Thanks, Joe. Enjoyed the Washington Post article about continuing DC-3/C-47 operations in Colombia, plus the accompanying photos and the video clip. The Hans Wiesman “Dakota Hunter” trailer was equally interesting, and I shall probably purchase his DVD. While serving with the Air Force in the early ’60s I was a radio operator on C-47s being ferried to Peru and Iran. Those aircraft had been through complete (airframe and engines) IRAN at facilities in Miami, Fla. or Olmstead AFB, Pa. and we handed them over to “friendly foreign air forces” before turning in our parachutes to the US Embassy and deadheading back to Eglin AFB via Panagra or PAA. A few years ago we learned this type is no longer approved for commercial operations in European Union countries, but it is good to know that the venerable Goony Bird still flies regularly in passenger and cargo service in South America and other parts of the world!
    (Another interesting type operated by Sadelca is the Antonov-32 “Firekiller.”)

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      27 March 2012 09:59

      Thanks for the compliment and information, Mac. You have had an enviabel career! You remined me to look at the Dakota Hunter trailer and have to agree with you — it’s worth getting and it’s less than $10, amazing in these times.

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