ASL Camguard Inventor Ed Kollin & The CAF Dixie Wing Photo Clinic Guys – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Episode 519

EdKollinASLCamGuard1WARBIRD RADIO – ASL Camguard inventor and engine test guru Ed Kollin joins Matt Jolley with a lively discussion about aircraft engine oil and oil additives.  Ed dispels all the myths and gets down to the hardcore data about additives and proper engine care.  Matt also welcome Moreno Aguiari and Tony Granata from the Commemorative Air Force’s Dixie Wing in Peachtree City, Georgia.

The Dixie Wing guys are hosting an aviation photography clinic this November and want you to attend.  The proceeds will help pay the bill on the F4U Corsair that’s now in their care.  Visit the Quick Links below for more information.  Thanks for tuning in!


QUICK LINK:  Dixie Wing Aviation Photo Workshop

The US Navy’s MQ-82 “Fire Scout” Powers Up For The First Time

Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout test preparations at Naval BasWARBIRD RADIO – The U.S. Navy’s first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter was powered up by Northrop Grumman and it even rotated rotated it’s four blades for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, Calif., Sept. 20.

According a recent news release, conducting initial engine runs of the aircraft allows engineers to collect data to ensure that all the aircraft’s systems are functioning and communicating properly prior to its first flight.

“Completion of these tests signifies our steady progress toward the first flight of the MQ-8C Fire Scout,” said George Vardoulakis, vice president of medium range tactical systems at Northrop Grumman. “We continue to work closely with our Navy customer, ensuring that the Fire Scout system is checked out and ready before operational use.”

This latest aircraft upgrade to the Fire Scout system provides the Navy with more than twice the endurance and three times the payload carrying capacity, enabling an unprecedented level of persistent surveillance, intelligence and reconnaissance capability.

Northrop Grumman is the Navy’s prime contractor for the Fire Scout program and is currently under contract to produce MQ-8C aircraft for deployment beginning in 2014.

US Air Force Museum Announces 4th Annual Student Writing Competition

WARBIRD RADIO – Attention students…the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will hold its fourth annual Air Force Heritage and History Writing Competition, providing students the opportunity to develop positive academic and character qualities and to showcase their writing talents while vying for scholarship funds.  According to a recent news release, the competition is open to public, private school or homeschooled students between the ages of 13-18. Entries must be submitted via U.S. mail or email by Feb. 17, 2014. The competition will accept only the first 250 entrants. The requirements for this writing competition meet Common Core curriculum English Language Arts writing standards for grades 6-12.

The research questions for this year’s competition are as follows: July 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I (WWI). How did the participation of American pilots in WWI assist in the creation of a U.S. Air Corps and eventually the U.S. Air Force? Who were two significant U.S. pilots of this period? Use research evidence to support your argument. A complete list of competition guidelines is available on the museum’s website via the Quick Link posted below.

Scholarship award money is provided by the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to the first place winner, $1,000 to the second place winner and $500 to the third place winner. Last year’s winners were surprised as an additional $1,000 in scholarship funds were provided due to the generous support of the Foundation. Local educators will determine the finalists, and those submissions will be sent on to national-level judges to decide on the three winners.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking are free.

QUICK LINK:  Writing Competition

Warbird Rides Available At Wings Over Wanaka Air Show

PhilMakannaWARBIRD RADIO – Flights being offered around Wanaka in a 70-year-old Supermarine Spitfire, have sold out seven months out from the aircraft’s scheduled visit, according to flight operator Frank Parker.  According to a recent news release, the flights, costing approximately $3750 for half an hour would take place during a new ‘Rides Day’ event on Easter Monday following the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.

Mr Parker and his wife, Liz Needham, are both highly experienced warbird pilots.  They recently started a business at Ardmore Airport near Auckland taking rides in the Spitfire, a P-40 Kittyhawk and a Harvard.  It was now possible to do this, Mr Parker said, due to a law change by the Civil Aviation Authority allowing adventure tourism flights to be taken in ‘non-standard certificated aircraft’.

The Spitfire, owned by Auckland-based pilot and businessman, Doug Brooker, completed nearly 90 combat missions with three different squadrons operating over Europe during WWII.

Mr Parker said about 60% of the bookings for the Wanaka flights were from overseas visitors, many of them Australians.  “Because of the cost we tend to attract the pure enthusiasts…individuals with the interest, desire and money to do this once in a lifetime experience.”

He said there were a few slots left in the Kittyhawk, at $2500 a ride.  Extra flights had been scheduled for early evening after the conclusion of the airshow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but these had also already sold out in the Spitfire.  A few people asked if the aircraft were replicas, Mr Parker said, but most customers tended to know a lot about the fighters.

“The enthusiasts know how many rivets are in the wing. I think the appeal is the chance to immerse yourself in a piece of history, to do what Dad or Grandad was doing 70 years ago.”

“Rides Day was a separate event to the biennial airshow, but was being facilitated by the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust”, event manager Mandy Deans said.  “It was part of the airshow’s aim to encourage people into aviation careers and to try and get pilots into warbird flying.  There were relatively few new warbird pilots coming into the scene at present,“ she said.

There would also be an emphasis on sport aircraft at the coming airshow, and many examples of these would be available for flights on Rides Day.  “Some operators, such as Wanaka Helicopters, would offer the opportunity for passengers to take the controls during flight”, Ms Deans said.  This possibility did not extend to the WWII fighters offering flights.

Passengers could choose from Tiger Moths, a Pitts Special aerobatic aircraft, a range of helicopters and light fixed-wing aircraft as well as classic warbirds such as the P-40 Kittyhawk, P51-D Mustang, Harvard, Strikemaster, jets and a Yak 52.

“Some operators reported having several bookings already and some had indicated they would extend the offer to also give rides before the airshow begins on Friday April 18”, she said.

Information about the airshow is available at along with ticketing choices – call Free phone 0800 224 224 within New Zealand or 1300 798 550 within Australia.

Wings Over New Zealand Show – The First Of Fifty – Ardmore Special – Episode 1

MossieKEYIMAGEWARBIRD RADIO –  On this special episode host Dave Homewood marks fifty episodes and his first on Warbird  He recorded this celebratory broadcast at the Ardmore Airport, with special guests including:  Niqui Taylor of Ardmore Airport Ltd, Paul McSweeny of Pioneer Aero, Roy King of Airspray, Warren Denholm of Avspecs, Brett Nicholls of Jet Fighter and John Kelly of New Zealand Warbirds Ltd.

Please join us in welcoming Dave and all his friends to Warbird  Feel free to post your comments below!

Quick Links:  Warren Denholm’s Mosquito Flight Video with the Lancaster and Fighters

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