WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode the organizers from the Thunder in the Valley 2017 air show join Matt Jolley with a look at this weekend’s big event. Thunder in the Valley takes place outside Fort Benning, Georgia in the town of Columbus. The all-star lineup includes Matt Younkin and the Sky Soldiers (seen above) along with many aerobatic performers. Click the Quick Link below for details.
We’ll also be talking about the air show lawsuit that recently surfaced in Chino, California. How does this lawsuit affect air shows? International Council of Air Shows President – John Cudahy and aviation attorney Steve Tupper join Matt to discuss the issues. As always, your calls and comments are welcomed. Showtime is 4/4/17 at 8pm ET.
LIVE BROADCAST – 4/4/17 at 8pm EASTERN / Podcast will follow after LIVE broadcast.
QUICK LINK: Thunder in the Valley Air Show
QUICK LINK: Matt Younkin’s Website
QUICK LINK: International Council of Air Shows Facebook Page
QUICK LINK: Steve Tupper’s Website
WARBIRD RADIO – In celebration of the 75 years that Sheppard has been training airmen, they’re holding the 2016 Open House & Air Show this September 17-18th and you’re invited. Today, Sheppard Air Force Base is the most diverse training base in the U.S. Air Force. Sheppard’s two primary missions include the Air Force’s largest technical training operation along with the world’s only internationally manned and managed pilot training program. Hear all the details on this episode!
Also on this episode, we’ll start our series on small town aviation events as the summer winds down and the fall flying season picks up. Plus, Frank Tiano will also be joining us with a look at why he’s running for the President position at the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Don’t miss a minute of this episode! LIVE event begins 8/30/16 at 8pm ET / Podcast will follow.
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QUICK LINK: Sheppard Air Force Base
QUICK LINK: Frank Tiano
WARBIRD RADIO – Air show aviator Matt Younkin joins Matt Jolley on this week’s Warbird Radio LIVE! Mr. Younkin is the masterful aviator who not only flies an aerobatic demonstration in a World War II vintage cargo plane, he also regularly flies the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 FIFI.
Tune in and call in with your comments or questions this Tuesday night (1/27/15) at 8pm (EASTERN).
We’ll also check in with the guys from Warbirds News for a look at this week’s warbird headlines. For more information on Matt Younkin and Warbirds News just click on the Quick Link posted below.
Photo courtesy Ricardo von Puttkammer. Thanks Ricardo!
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WARBIRD RADIO – New Zealand’s only airworthy Catalina Flying Boat is set to make a triumphant return from major refurbishment work at next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. According to a recent news release, ZK-PBY has been a favourite at Wanaka for a number of years, especially when she lands on the lake, but was missing in 2014 because of extensive work to repair the wings and fuselage of the 70-year-old aircraft. The work has been carried out in Brett Emeny’s hangar in New Plymouth by members of the New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society at a cost of around $250,000.
Brett says it’s great to see an end to what has been a major undertaking and the plan is to have the Catalina airborne later in the year. “We’ve done all the structural work on the wings and fuselage and all that remains are some fabric repairs on these two sections. We’re also taking advantage of some fine weather to work on the tail which is poking out the hangar doors.”
“Then there’s a fair bit of re-assembling work to do and we’ll need to get it weighed and re-certified before we can take her out for a test flight.”
Brett says the plan is to have the Catalina make her first Airshow appearance since the refurbishment began, at Wanaka 2016. It will be the first time the aircraft has displayed at Wanaka since the 2010 event.
Warbirds Over Wanaka Event Manager, Mandy Deans says they’re excited about having ZK-PBY display next Easter and being available for the public to book rides.
“We get regular calls from people asking if the Catalina is going to be at WOW and it’s great to be able to tell people now that yes, subject to final availability, she will be here,” said Mandy.
It’s expected the Catalina will be taking the public on flights during the airshow but also on the Rides Day which will be Monday, March 28th.
“Rides Day gives people the opportunity to enjoy the airshow and then stay on for another day to take a flight in the Catalina and other aircraft,” said Mandy.
Meanwhile, if you would like to help The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society they are always very grateful for any donations. The Society is a registered Charitable entity allowing donations to be tax deductible. Donations can be made on their Quick Linked below or by post.
The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society
P. O. Box 72-527, Papakura, Auckland 2244.
QUICK LINK: Catalina Preservation Society
FRIDAY – Matt’s LIVE from Thunder Over Louisville with the Red Eagles aerobatic team! Tune in for a special broadcast of Warbird Radio LIVE with Dan McClung & Billy Werth. We often talk about military pilots…but find out what two of them fly when their not flying warbirds. This weekend the Red Eagles will be wowing the crowds while flying over the Ohio River during Thunder Over Louisville. Tune in and hear all the details for one of the most unique air shows in the United States. Show time is 10am (EASTERN). Thanks for tuning in!
QUICK LINK: Thunder Over Louisville
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