Author: Mark Hrutkay

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The Airshow at AirVenture 2014

At the end of every summer in Oshkosh Wisconsin there is a gathering that’s billed as the “world’s greatest aviation event”. The Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual convention is known by its location… Oshkosh; but...

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Buy a Brick at AirVenture

The Experimental Aircraft Association was start by Paul Poberezny in 1953.   Over the years, their annual convention and airshow has moved from Hales Corner, Wisconsin to Rockford, Illinois. In 1970, the event moved to...

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The Bremont Horsemen at Chino 2014

The Planes of Fame Airshow at Chino is without a doubt the finest Warbird show in the country. This year they managed to attract one if the few F-22 Raptor flight demonstrations. But there...

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Sun n Fun 2014

Another Sun n Fun has come and gone. I’ve been a regular attendee to the show since the late 1980s. When you live in the northeast, you really need to get away from the...

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Buzz Aldrin at Sun N Fun 2014

It’s just another day here at Sun N Fun, in the nicest weather we’ve had for years.  Of course to offset it I’m the sickest I’ve been in my life, can’t breathe, no sleep, turns...

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TICO 2014 with Tony McFarr

Another TICO has come and gone.  Sometimes the people you meet are more interesting than the show itself.  So as I’m coming in from the parking lot lugging literally a ton of gear; a...

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Roger Peterson’s Last Flight… 55 Years Ago

Every pilot has a last flight. Some will know this is THE last flight before takeoff and others simply will not. Roger Peterson’s last flight was on February 3, 1959 and when he took...

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TF-51D Galveston Gal Lost

About noon on October 23, 2013, TF-51D N4151D Serial 44-73458 of the Lone Star Flight Museum crashed into a bay near Houston Texas.  It had been on a pleasure flight taking a British tourist...

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Neil Armstrong’s Champ

In 1946, a 16 year old Neil Armstrong was landing an Aeronca Champ in a field in Ohio. He probably looked out the side window and saw a bright red sun rapidly descending in...

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Getting Ready to Race at Reno

The Sunday before the races is a quiet time.  The pit areas are set up and in some cases airplanes have been on the field for over a week.  No real restrictions yet, no...