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September 20, 2022

101st Airborne Veteran Pee Wee Martin Passes at 101

Long Time Supporter of WWII Preservation, History Heads West

The 101st Airborne lost a member this September with the passing of Jim "Pee Wee" Martin at 101 years of age. Earning his nickname from his smaller build when compared to the rest of the unit, Pee Wee held his own in the legendary 101st Airborne Division, parachuting into Normandy on D-Day and serving throughout the European campaign. Martin remained active in keeping the memory of his friends alive through the twilight of his life, lending his assistance to a series of projects, from media, like the “Band of Brothers” series, or bringing attention to the Commemorative Air Force.

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Possible Rebuild of Antonov AN-225 Mriya Considered

The Once and Future Behemoth

Antonov parent company Ukroboronprom has declared the world's sole AN-225 will be rebuilt. The restoration is estimated to take over $3-billion and over five years. In reference to the AN-225's wartime destruction, Ukroboronprom management asserted: “Our task is to ensure that these costs are covered by the Russian Federation, which has caused intentional damage to Ukraine's aviation and the air cargo sector."

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One Dead in Reno Air Race Accident

Racing Suspended in Wake of Tragedy

The Reno Air Racing Association confirmed that a "fatal incident" occurred on Sunday, 18 September 2022, during the third lap of the event's Jet Gold Race. The lost aircraft—a single-engine Aero L-29 Delfín—went down at approximately 15:45 PDT, impacting the ground in the vicinity of a residential area. The pilot, Aaron Hogue, was the aircraft’s sole occupant. No bystanders were injured.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 09.20.22: 2022 MultiGP Champ's, 5-Yr Sat Disposal, VAPOR 55 MX

Also: Eco Caravan Battery, Rim-Driven Hydrogen Motors, GlobalX, Commercial Space Mishap Investigations

The popularity of UAV racing was compellingly evinced by the 710 drone-pilots who vied to enter the 2022  MultiGP Drone Racing Championship—a six-day event to be held from 18 through 23 October at the No Quarter Ranch drone field in Citrus Springs, Florida. The FCC aims to reduce the disposal window for decommissioned orbital equipment: Up to 5 years after end of service, down from the more leisurely 25-year timeframe currently in effect. The Federal Communications Commission released a fact sheet regarding the incipient issue of space debr

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Russia Contends Starlink is Aiding Ukrainian War Effort

Kremlin Intimates Retaliation

Cognizant of the Ukrainian military’s tactical utilization of SpaceX’s Starlink communication and data satellite network, Russia has artfully alluded to retaliation. To date, SpaceX has supplied over 12,000 Starlink dishes to Ukraine with the implicit purpose of sustaining Internet access across the war-torn nation during its ongoing conflict with Russia. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, notwithstanding Russian assertions to the contrary, maintains Starlink is meant for peaceful use only. 

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CH-47 Delivers Historic F-80 to ANG Paint Facility

Well Slung

A CH-47 Chinook from the B/171 Aviation Regiment assigned to the Iowa National Guard safely delivered an historic F-80 fighter jet to the Air National Guard paint facility in Sioux City. There, the venerable aircraft will be repainted in the livery of the 174th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, the predecessor of Sioux City’s 185th Air Refueling Wing.

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Applications Open for $20,000 RACCA UPS Scholarships

Aviators, Technicians, and Managers Invited to Apply for Cargo Carrier Career Assistance

Applications sponsored by the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association are being accepted for those interested in becoming a pilot, AMT, or airline manager. The $20,000 in funding is handed out by the RACCA and UPS Flight Path to help rejuvenate the industry with fresh aspiring talent, particularly in the current economic climate. It's no secret that many would-be professionals end up left on the table for lack of funding, unable to finish their certification or ratings to take their career to the next step.

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Classic Aero-TV: NASA Prandtl-D Project--Preliminary Research Design Lowers Drag

From 2016 (YouTube Version): CAUTION--Everything You Thought You Knew About Aerodynamics Is About To Be Tested...

When ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, attended the AMA Expo 2016, he probably never expected to get a lesson on advanced aerodynamics at a show that featured recreational radio controlled airplanes. However, he learned some amazing things about new aerodynamic research and is sharing it with you in this video. Jim visited with Albion Bowers, who is the Chief Scientist at NASA Armstrong. Among other things, Bowers is working on a program titled, ‘Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Lower Drag.’  It’s c

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NTSB Prelim: Hisserich Nicholas S Jetexec

Witnesses At TWT Stated That They Were Aware Of “Stormy” Weather In The Surrounding Area

On September 3, 2022, about 1740 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur built Rotorcraft JetExec helicopter, N162NH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Arthur, Kentucky. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The helicopter was recently purchased in St. Louis, Missouri by the owner, who asked a friend to fly it on a multi-leg flight to Knoxville, Tennessee, where it would be based.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.20.22)

Aero Linx: N3N Owners and Restorers Association Welcome to the website of the N3N Owners and Restorers Association. Our association is dedicated to the preservation of the Navy N3N aircraft. The N3N holds a special place in aviation history. The aircraft was both designed and built by the Naval Aircraft Factory, located on the grounds of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. It is believed to be the only primary training aircraft ever produced as a convertible (land and sea) design.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.20.22): Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) [ICAO]

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) [ICAO] Area navigation based on performance requirements for aircraft operating along an ATS route, on an instrument approach procedure or in a designated airspace. Note: Performance requirements are expressed in navigation specifications (RNAV specification, RNP specification) in terms of accuracy, integrity, continuity, availability, and functionality needed for the proposed operation in the context of a particular airspace concept.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.20.22)

"The level of interest shown by younger generations in our wartime service has gladdened the hearts of my WWII generation. So many of you have worked in a variety of ways to ensure that the legacy and lessons of World War Two will not be forgotten. We old veterans are aware of it and we appreciate it. We know you will continue after all of us are gone...”  Source: From a letter written before his passing, by Jim "Pee Wee" Martin who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and served throughout the European campaign, where he thanked his friends, fans, and followers for their love and support throughout his life. He showed particular gratitude for the interest of today's youth in passing down his experiences as living history.&nbs

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