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Airborne 06.15.17: Tibbetts IV Flies Doc, World View Stratollite, Falcon Heavy

Also: Twilight Flight Fest, AIP2017, Mayors v ATC Reform, Expo Kaput, SWA Emergency, LM-100J, New PGPD Helo

Wichita’s beloved B-29 Superfortress, Doc, took to the skies yet again June 9, 2017, from McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an added aspect of historical significance and Air Force heritage.

Sitting in the co-pilot seat was Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, the 509th Bomb Wing commander. Taking control of the aircraft means he has now flown the only two currently operational B-29s, Doc and Fifi. In 1998, Tibbets IV, flew Fifi with his grandfather, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., who piloted the B-29 Enola Gay when the aircraft and its crew dropped an atomic bomb on Japan, helping end World War II. World View has announced it will launch the first extended duration development flight of its high-altitude Stratollite vehicle later this month, carrying a commercial payload. With the launch window opening on June 21, this will be World View’s first ever live broadcast launch, and its most important to date for the Stratollite vehicle. The Falcon Heavy could have its first flight in as little as three months, according to a Tweet from SpaceX Founder Elon Musk. In a Tweet posted June 8, Musk said "All Falcon Heavy cores should be at the cape in two to three months, so launch should happen a month after that. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 06.15.17 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Thursday, June 15th, 2017... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • Grandson Of Enola Gay Pilot Flies Refurbished B-29
  • World View Announces First-Ever Multi-Day Stratollite Mission 
  • Musk: Falcon Heavy Could Fly In Three Months 
  • Twilight Flight Fest Highlights Less Traditional Forms Of Aviation
  • Aero-Community Update: The  Next AirVenture Innovation Preview
  • Mayors Across the Country Speak Out Against Air Traffic Control Privatization
  • Flying Aviation Expo Decides To Put The Event On Hold 
  • Southwest Jet Lands At O'Hare Following Engine Emergency 
  • LM-100J Commercial Freighter To Make International Debut
  • Prince George's County MD Police Department To Expand Aviation Section 

Get Comprehensive, Real-Time, 24/7 coverage of the latest aviation and aerospace stories anytime, at And be sure to join us again next week for the next edition of "Airborne Unlimited" here on Aero-TV. Thanks for watching. See you, again, tomorrow!

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