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From Virg Hemphill – Take a Ride Along with the Blue Angels

Aviation Scout Virg Hemphill

No need to add much text to this one-of-a-kind video clip of the one-and-only Navy’s Blue Angels Exhibition Team at work.

From the slot position to the lead aircraft – and then from number one’s belly, you get views once unheard of.  Amazing videography, not to mention aerobatic precision.

These barrel rolls, loops, inverted climbing turns and “bursting bomb” maneuvers are breathtaking from the deck, but from onboard these sleek McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets your view is really spectacular.  This video was taken just last month over Puget Sound as the Blues performed over Seattle Washington’s annual Boeing SeaFair Air Show 2019.

We’ve put a composite photo down below showing the different aircraft used by the “Blues” since they first began to thrill the crowds at the end of WWII.  The main video is only 6:19 long.

Don’t hesitate to enjoy this high-resolution video in full-screen mode.

Click the above and below group shots to see them in full resolution.

The 2019 Team Members pose for the official group portrait. Click on the photo to see their names at their web site.

FASF Member, Lt. Col. Wendy Woodard, Briefs EP Daedalians

Colonel Woodard commands the AFROTC Detachment at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM. This clip is of some of her briefing to the El Paso, TX Daedalian Flight 24 about the role of the Air Force ROTC towards helping build leaders for the U.S. Air Force.  She, as are all of the El Paso Flight Daedalians, is an active member of the FASF.  Two other active members were also Commanders of the same AFROTC Detachment at NMSU: Colonel Alan Fisher, and current Trustee, Colonel Ira Cline.  Col. Fisher is also a member of the El Paso Daedalian Flight 24.  Here is a short (3 Minute) video clip of some of Colonel Woodard’s Presentation:

Here, below, are some photographs taken at last week’s Daedalian event:

[Click on any of below photos to see it in full high resolution]

L to R: Col. Woodard, Roger Springstead and Mary Barnes chat before the meeting convened.

L to R: Virgil Hemphill engaged in “hangar talk” with Col. Woodard.

L to R: Dave Ginn & Larry Spradlin.

L to R: Colonel Bob Pitt describes upcoming Daedalian events while Virgil Hemphill and Col. Woodard listen.

       Colonel Woodard begins her briefing.

The Colonel makes another “thumbs-up” positive point.

L to R:  Waiter, Enrique, Mayre Sue Overstreet, Col. Bob and Julie Pitt, Virg HemphillCol. Woodard –  Col. & Judy Campos, Mary Barnes, Roger Springstead and Col. Alan Fisher.

L to R: Ric Lambart looks on as Colonel Woodard happily accepts her award from Flight Capt. Col. Mario Campos.

Lieutenant Colonel Wendy A. Woodard (L) assumed the duties of Commander, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 505, New Mexico State University (NMSU), in June 2018. Her duties include leading and overseeing all training activities and academic courses for all current cadets. Furthermore, she is the Department Head and Professor of Aerospace Studies for all AS400-level cadets.

Col. Woodard entered the Air Force in 1997 after earning her bachelor’s degrees in History and Humanities from the United States Air Force Academy.

After completing pilot training, Col. Woodard was a B-52H (see photo below) pilot at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

USAF B-52H Heavy Bomber turns on final approach to land.

KC-10A Tanker (DC 10) refueling F-16

KC-10 “Extender” (DC-10) Air to Air refueling flight of F-16s.

In 2001, she qualified in the KC-10A (above) and performed multiple deployments to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, and Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. During these deployments, she amassed 580 combat flight hours over Afghanistan.

Lt. Colonel Woodard was then assigned to the United States Air Force Academy as a T-10

Gliders help future Air Force leaders soar

A TG-10B glider lifts into the air at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (USAF photo/David Armer)

sailplane instructor pilot (see above USAF photo). Between 2004 and 2012, she flew over 900 glider sorties, served as the Group Sailplane Site Chief, was a Standardization and Evaluation pilot at the Group level, and was selected to serve as a Deputy Group Air Officer Commanding for Cadet Group Two. In 2008, she transitioned into the Air Force Reserve and earned her master’s degree in Counseling and Leadership at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Beechcraft T-1A Jet

In 2012, the Colonel was assigned to Air Force Reserve Command Headquarters at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, as the Chief of Protocol for the 3-star Commander, Air Force Reserve Command. She supported high-visibility visits from the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. In 2015, she was selected to serve as the Chief of Plans and Programs for a Flying Training Group at Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph, where she was also a T-1A (above) instructor pilot. In 2018, she returned to active duty to assume command of AFROTC Detachment 505.

First All Female Pilot Flight Crew Fly Into Hurricane Dorian

Breaking news as Hurricane Dorian threatens to hit Florida.

LAKELAND, FL – Reconnaissance Jet prepares for a Hurricane reconnaissance mission with the first all female three-pilot flight crew on board.

Featuring (R to L above) Capt. Kristie Twining, Commander Rebecca Waddington, and Lt. Lindsey Norman.

Get the latest forecast information at http://hurricanes.gov .

MOVIE NEWS OF SOME UNUSUAL AIRCRAFT FROM THE PAST

Those of us who were fortunate enough to have grown up in the United States back in the 1930’s may have had no television, but we did have the corner movie theater, one in which new movies were shown each week.  Along with our 25 cent movie tickets, we were also able to see news from around the country – and sometimes even from around the world – thanks to the numerous movie news films shown by such stalwart companies as The March of Time (a montly news “magazine”), Fox Movietone News, Universal News, Hearts News of the Day, Paramount News, and Pathé News. 

The first video below is from a collection of special news film clips of strange airplanes produced by Fox’s Movietone News.

1895: Actually, this type of short news documentary – or ACTUALITY FILM – was first shown back in 1895. The Lumieres made the first news film in France on June 10, 1895, of a holiday excursion of the Congress of the National Union of French Photographic Societies. Their “news” film was then projected for the Congress two days later. The official birth of the public cinema was later that same year, on Dec. 28, 1895 at the Grand Cafe in Paris, when the Lumieres first projected a series of actualities and news films to a public audience.

1911:  Meantime, in the U.S., the silent newsreel began with Pathe’s weekly releases in 1911. In the sound era (after 1926) there were 6 big newsreel companies: Fox Movietone, Paramount, Universal, Warner-Pathe (owned by RKO after 1931), and Hearst Metrotone (released by MGM, renamed News of the Day in 1936); also considered a newsreel was the March of Time monthly film “magazine.”

The Golden Age of the newsreel was 1933-1945, during the era of President Franklin Roosevelt that included the Great Depression and World War II. The slow decline of the newsreel was the direct consequence of the invention and then of the sale of home TV sets, which began soon after WWII. The last Newsreel was circulated in 1967.

Aviation itself captivated the attention of the general public during the 1920’s and ’30s, and Fox Movietone News followed developments in the field quite closely. Along the way, they covered stories of some unusual aircraft, some of which actually flew and others that never made it off the ground. The men behind them ranged from Jack Northrup, one of the great names in American aviation, to Roy Scroggs, a lone inventor in Eugene, Oregon.  It was during this same era that the U.S. experienced its love affair with flying in general, and, in addition to those ubiquitous local Newsreels including the latest aviation events were the equally omnipresent Barnstormers, both of which did their vital part to keep that romance alive and well.

Here, below, is the 26 minute collection taken from Movietone’s films from the era 1921 -1934.  Some of clips selected were silent, while others have sound.

And here, below, is the 14:34 minute long video entitled “Crazy Flying Machines and aircraft, a blast from the past.”  Here we will see some odd aircraft not show in the Movietone collage.

The Great 2019 Paris Air Show – This Past Monday June 17th

Oshkosh (in Wisconsin) is the biggest Air Show here in the States, but in Europe, it’s the bi-annual Paris Air Show, held at Paris’ famed Le Bourget every other Spring.  It’s billed as the world oldest show, having been first held in 1909.

Here is the great aviation videographer, Sam Chui’s, BEST OF THE 2019 PARIS AIR SHOW.  It is 23:25 long. Sam shows us all of the very latest in both business jets and regular airline equipment.  He’ll even give you a quick peek at some futuristic automated air taxi designs during his tour.

Remember to go full-screen on both of these videos to more fully appreciate their high resolution photography.  And don’t forget your sound, too.  Here you’ll see the arrival of French President Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron  and other dignitaries, as well.  Mr. Chui will also bring the viewer to the inside displays, where you’ll bear witness to a WWI fighter aircraft, not just the most recent flying machines.  You’ll even get a sales talk from some of the manufacturer’s reps and a few of the well-informed Flight Attendants, too.  Also a cockpit tour of a brand new glass panel LCD display by a female Aircraft Captain.

Next is a video of last Monday’s opener, and some highlights of the opening day of the Show captured by Airailimages on Monday, 17 June 2019. The Russian Beriev jet seaplane air tanker is a must-see.

Also, the Rafale fighter put on a great show, as did Airbus and Boeing large jetliners. It’s a sprawling event with acres of aircraft and vendors. The first part of the week is for business attendees only, but later on the show grounds are available to the public. The show provides a good media platform for photography, which happens to be near a staging area for aircraft in the show. This occasionally has the unintended effect of masking the sounds of the flying aircraft with other sounds on the ground, but the spectacular view offsets that disadvantage.

 

Zepplin Also Made Bombers – His Giant Ships Over London

Thanks to Mark Felton, we have some archival footage of some of Count Zeppelin’s extraordinary Bomber Aircraft, in particular, in this video we see the pace-setter Zeppelin Staaken D VI, seen and heard high above the crowded streets of London during World War II, between 1917 and 1918.  This video is 6:43 long.

A Century Since We 1st Flew – Are We Now Back to the Birds?

Here are some strange flying machines, either human powered, or flying with only wings and no fuselage – yet jet powered.  1st let’s look at 8 strange human powered aircraft, then the high speed airman from Switzerland, Yves Rossy, better known as the JETMAN.  Mr. Rossy’s back- pack mounted Jet Wing apparatus weighs about 121 pounds (55 Kilos) when filled with its kerosene jet fuel.

And now, Mr. Rossy, the JETMAN (7:25 long):

Here is another (14:48 long) video with a breathtaking exhibition of JETMAN making record flights in world renown scenic places including the Grand Canyon, followed by an insightful interview of Mr. Rossy in a catptivating TED talk:

Here is the first, and current, official 4 minute long teaser unveiling a Jetman Dubai world-first, an extraordinary step towards completely autonomous personal flight. This trailer introduces us to the upcoming feature-length documentary, “LOFT: The Jetman Story.” It features Jetman pilots Yves Rossy, Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen who are seen flying in formation through the ruggedly picturesque fjords of Norway. “The Ultimate Dream of Human Flight

Here are the links if you’d enjoy following Jetman Dubai on social media: #JetmanLoft

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