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EAA’s AirVenture 2021 = EAA AirVenture 2020 (Plus One) And Then Some!

By: Category: Air Show PerformersAirports Around the WorldAirshowsAntiqueAviation HistoryBusiness AviationClassic AircraftContemporary AircraftEAA AirVentureGeneral AviationHelicoptersMilitaryU.S. Air ForceWarbird

The AirVenture 2020 aviation celebration in Oshkosh, Wisconsin was forced to be cancelled over health concerns associated with the Covid 19 crisis. There were a number of milestones which would have been celebrated during last year’s gathering.

There will be a 2021 AirVenture, and many of the 2020 milestones will be brought forward and celebrated this year. In fact, many news releases for this year’s AirVenture include anniversaries with a “(Plus One)” distinction!

Here’s a quick look at some of the celebrations and anniversary themes that will be presented during the 2021 EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh. The (Plus One) indicates that 2020 is the real anniversary… either from the EAA’s media releases or by this editor.

Please note that these are planed events and performers, and n...

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A Real Community Airshow at Tyabb Airfield, Victoria, Australia

By: Category: Air Show PerformersAirports Around the WorldFormation FlyingHelicoptersWarbird

On Sunday 8 March, the Peninsula Aero Club at Tyabb Airfield, in Association with Paul Bennet Airshows and Sponsor IOR Aviation, ran their latest airshow with benefits to the community including Funflight, for children with severe health issues, Angel Flight, providing free transport for sick people from remote communities, Tyabb CFA, suicide prevention through Chasing Change and other community-based organizations.

As always, it was a great venue with most areas reached along the single crowd line within minutes. Local pilots support the airshow with donated air time and display aircraft on the ground. Tyabb has always had a nice range of vintage and antique aircraft, and has many unique warbirds, several having been restored here.

The display line was nice and close, making all aircra...

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Aerial Firefighting Part 2: Looking back

By: Category: Air FreightersAirlinersAirtankersHelicoptersWarbird

P-2V Neptune at Alamogordo New Mexico

Aerial Firefighting has changed in many ways during the past 90 years or so, since its inception here in the U.S.. In other ways it hasn’t changed very much. Let’s look back a few decades…

Coulson’s Martin Mars unloads during a demo at EAA AirVenture

Delivery of water or other liquids from an aircraft is still the preferred method of fighting a fire from the air, but other aerial applications have arrived within the last half century. The employment of smokejumpers with a limited, but very useful amount of equipment has been a notable accomplishment in fighting fires from the air. Aircraft for reconnaissance and lead planes that help tankers drop with improved precision are now an integral part of an air attack on a major fire.

As far as liquids be...

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