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September 18, 2023

B-25 Miss Mitchell Joins B-29 Doc for Wichita Event

Bombers and Ride-Flights and Plane Pulls—Oh, My!  

The North American B-25J medium-bomber dubbed Miss Mitchell will make a 04 through 08 October 2023 tour stop at Wichita, Kansas’s B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center. Miss Mitchell is lovingly maintained and operated by the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Minnesota Wing. Miss Mitchell’s arrival and corresponding tour stop in Wichita will coincide with 07 October B-29 Doc WSU Tech Pull a Plane event. In addition to B-25 ride flight experiences offered during the Pull a Plane event, Miss Mitchell will be available for ride flights between 05 and 08 October. B-29 Doc Flight Experiences will be available 08 October.

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Outgoing NAA Boss Principato Imparts Farewell Message

Frequency Change Approved …

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced on 09 June 2023 that Greg Principato, the organization’s president and CEO, intended to step down from the positions he so sagely and competently filled since 2016. Comes now 15 September, and a final, eminently distinguished executive communique from Mr. Principato.

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SUN ‘n FUN 2024 Tickets On Sale

The Makings of a Memorable 50th Anniversary Event

Tickets are currently on sale for 2024’s SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, Florida. Moreover, buyers availing themselves of advanced online ticket sales will enjoy fifty-percent off event parking. 2024 will mark the 50th anniversary of the SUN ‘n FUN fly in. The 09 through 14 April event will strive to honor the pioneers and volunteers by whose industry and expertise the organization has grown from a small local gathering of pilots and aircraft owners to one of the world’s preeminent celebrations of all things aeronautical.

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McFarlane Granted FAA-PMA for Cessna Door Springs

New Springs Compatible with 182, 206, 210, and 337 Models

McFarlane Aviation has been granted FAA- Parts Manufacture Approval (PMA) for the production of replacement door springs for the majority of Cessna’s 182 Skylane, 206 Stationair, 210 Centurion, and 337 Skymaster models. Subject door springs function by applying pressure to the cabin door stop arm, resulting in solid, smooth, and controlled opening and closing. The OEM-installed springs have a history of premature failures. McFarlane’s new door springs are available as kits, or as individual part numbers.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Red Tail Project--Carrying the Torch of the Tuskegee Airmen

From 2009 (YouTube Version): Educational Organization Aims to Inspire by Sharing Tuskegee Story

Founding leader Don Hinz summarized the Red Tail Project’s mission in simple, yet eloquent words:  “Inspire youth and tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen all across America.”  Since its inception, the non-profit organization has dedicated itself to sharing the extraordinary legacy of the first African Americans to be trained as WWII military pilots;

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NTSB Prelim: Beech B36TC

At 0957 The Airplane Reached Its Highest Altitude Of 14,950 Ft, Then It Began A Left Turn And Rapid Descent.

On August 27, 2023, about 1000 Alaska daylight time, a Beech B36TC airplane, N6709Q, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Cape Yakataga, Alaska. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The airplane departed Snowshoe Lake Airport (5AK4), Glennallen, Alaska, at 0850, destined for Ketchikan, Alaska.

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