Archive for October, 2011

F-35 makes 1st vertical carrier landing

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy (Click to enlarge.)

The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike¬†Fighter made its first ever vertical landing on an aircraft carrier–the USS Wasp–today. The U.S. Navy guys set a video (below) to loud, rockin’ music, so bring the volume down now. Here you go.

Cubs gathering in Tennessee

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Photo courtesy Steve Hubbard (Click to enlarge)

Cubs will once again gather among the fall foliage in the foothills of the Cherokee National Forest Oct. 7 through 9. ¬†The East Tennessee Fall Super Cub Fly-in at Elizabethton Municipal (pronounced e liz uh BETH un by the locals) 0A9 attracted 50 airplanes last year, most of them Cubs. Pilots camp on the airport, swap stories that don’t necessarily have to be true, and have mass fly-outs for meals to nearby airports. If you don’t have a story, make one up. If you haven’t been to this mountainous airport near Johnson City, Tennessee, there are steep hills right next to the airport. If the leaves turn quickly, it should be a spectacular backdrop. Call the airport for details at 423/543-2801. I discovered the airport while doing a story in Johnson City on rubber band airplanes.

Fly air combat or learn aerobatics while at NBAA

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

If you are going to Las Vegas this month for the NBAA convention, the jet static aircraft display is at the same airport, Henderson Executive, as Sky Combat Ace, an air combat thrill ride company that offers single-airplane flights, if you just want to do some aerobatics with an instructor, or two-ship flights if you want to fight a friend. What are friends for if you can’t fight them? The school uses new Extra aerobatic aircraft that roll 360-degrees a second. Learn to recover from wildly unusual flight attitudes. Call 888/494-5850.

Don’t want to go upside down? OK. If you would rather look at Las Vegas or visit the Grand Canyon for a few hours or a whole day, that same flight school operates Vegas 500, an aerial tour company. Or call 888/494-5850, the same number as above.