Monday, October 19, 2009

Bobby Younkin, Tom Poberezny & Charlie Kulp are inducted into Air Show Hall of Fame

The International Council of Air Shows Foundation (ICASF) will induct Bobby Younkin, Charlie Kulp and Tom Poberezny into the 2009 Air Show Hall of Fame. The hall of fame ceremony will be hold on December 6-9 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

Bobby Younkin (October 30, 1955-Sunday, July 10, 2005 AGE 49)
Bobby Younkin learned to fly at age 16. He was performing air shows since he was age 18. He flew various aerobatic planes Decathlon, stock Stearman, AT-6, Learjet and his famous Twin Beech. He is the only performer to add smoke to a Learjet. He was a member of the Masters of Disasters airshow team that uses a shockwave jet truck and pyrotechnics. He is famous for being an airshow legend. Bobby Younkin has a son-in-law named Matt Younkin who is an aerobatic pilot and a daughter named Amanda Franklin-Younkin who is a wingwalker for Kyle Franklin. Amanda Franklin-Younkin is married to an aerobatic pilot named Kyle Franklin. Bobby Younkin died when his aircraft collided with Jimmy Franklin on Sunday, July 10, 2005. He joins fellow performer Jimmy Franklin, who passed away in the same accident , in the hall of fame.

Tom Poberezny (b. October 3, 1946)
Tom Poberezny is the current president and chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and former aerobatic pilot. His father Paul Poberezny, founder of EAA. Tom Poberezny has been the chairman for EAA since 1977. This annual event takes place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and attracts over 750,000 visitors with 10,000 aircraft from 68 countries. Tom Poberezny, Charlie Hillard and Gene Soucy formed The Christian Eagles aerobatic team that flew a Pitts S-1/S. The Christian Eagles aerobatic team ceased in 1995 at the Daytona Skyfest. You can see Tom Poberezny, Charlie Hillard and Gene Soucy's Pitts S-1/S at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Charlie Kulp (b. September 20, 1925)
Charlie Kulp is the founder and member of the famous Flying Circus Airshows in Bealton, Virginia. He became famous two years later when he did his aerobatic routine called the "Silas Hicks, the Flying Farmer" routine until he ceased it in 2007 at the age of 82.

Florida FBO Joins Avfuel Network

FBO American Aviation at the Hernando County Airport (BKV) in Brooksville, Florida, is one of the latest additions to the Avfuel family of branded FBO dealers.

Florida Air Museum Receives Grant

The Florida Air Museum on the Sun 'n Fun campus at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida received a $10,000 Save Our History grant. The Museum will partner with the Central Florida Aerospace Acdemy (CFAA) of Kathleen High School, which is on the Sun 'n Fun campus, to develop a new museum exhibit featuring "Florida's Flying Boats-the First Airline Passenger Service." It'll exhibit the world's first airline "St. Petersurg-Tampa Airboat Line" and the first airline passenger flight across Tampa Bay. Applications will be available in January 2010.

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Wins Foreign Order

Mitsubishi Regional Jet has won a 100-plane order with a street value of $40 billion from the United States regional carrier. First deliveries are expected in 2014.

Fort Worth Alliance Air Show October 24-25, 2009

The Fort Worth Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth, Texas is on October 24-25, 2009 9 AM-5PM.

Aerobatic Performers
United States Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team- McDonnell Douglas F/A-F-18A/B Hornet
United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
Cap 232- David Martin
Extra 300L- Jan Collmer
Jim Peitz
Chevron Mentor T-34- Julie Clark
Pietsch Airshows
Oracle Challenger II biplane-Sean D. Tucker
ShockWave Jet Truck
United States Air Force A-10 West Coast Demonstration Team
United States Air Force C-17A Globemaster III Demonstration Team
United States Air Force F-16 Viper East Coast Demonstration Team
United States Navy F/A-18F, VFA-106, Tactical Demonstration Team

Gate: Free
Parking: $25.00

Holloman Air Force Base Air Show October 24, 09

The Holloman Air Force Base Air Show in Holloman, New Mexico is on October 24, 2009 at 9AM to 4:30PM.

Aerobatic Performers
F-22A Raptor
F-4 Phantom II
T-38 Talon
MQ-9 Reaper
C-17 Globemaster III
German Air Force Tornado
Canadian CF-18 Hornet
Air Force Reserve Jet Car
Extra 300S-Tim Weber
Pitts- Craig Teft
B-25 Mitchell- Jim Terry
Extra 300L- John Klatt


Osan Air Base Air Power Day 2009 October 21, 09

The Osan Air Base Air Power Day 2009 October 21, 2009 in Korea.

Aerobatic Performers
United States Air Force Thunderbirds F-16C/F16D Falcon
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-4 Phantom
TA-50 Golden Eagle
KT-1 Wongbee
AH-64 Apache Search & Rescue