Greetings from The Aero Experience Team

Greetings!

The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil, Fred Harl and Leo Cachat - The Aero Experience Team





Saturday, January 31, 2015

Project Launch Announcement: The Aero Experience Supports Production of Fly Now! The Movie

By Carmelo Turdo
The Aero Experience is proud to support the production of Fly Now! The Movie, a "Reality Aviation Documentary" (RAD) that will illustrate why we fly and more broadly, why we live.  The project will continue through the fall of this year with debut planned in December.  Major production sessions will be held at Sun'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in April and at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 in July.  

"The Aero Experience enthusiastically supports the Fly Now! The Movie project," said Carmelo Turdo, Founder of The Aero Experience.  "The movie fits directly into our mission of celebrating Midwest Aviation, and it will make the connection between why we fly and why we live to a larger audience.  We will support the project with our media resources and join the crew in as many locations as possible throughout the year." 

The Aero Experience has covered the accomplishments of Brian Kissinger, two-time brain cancer survivor, author of Life Short, Fly Now! and Executive Producer of Fly Now! The Movie.  His ability to overcome significant medical and personal setbacks to remain a participant in aviation (including world speed records in the LSA aircraft category) is well known to our audience.  The movie project, though, is different than previous endeavors.  "You can't script life," Kissinger said during the filming of the promotional movie trailer.  "More importantly, what we're doing for the movie is (for) aviation.  It's (about) a lot of people's lives, not just mine."   

The website and Facebook page for Fly Now! The Movie will be available shortly.  Check out the movie trailer below and check back often for more updates.




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014: Michael Rambo and the T-6C Texan II

http://www.airassociatesmo.com/tae/
Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 airshow lineup included a number of manufacturer demos of new or developing aircraft.  One of those unique performers was the civilian T-6C Texan II in Beechcraft colors, flown by company test pilot (and former USAF T-6 demo pilot) Michael Rambo. The Texan II is part of a  proven training system used by the U.S. military service and allied countries.  The high-energy aerobatic program shows the jet-like performance and turbo-prop economy of the aircraft.  Beechcraft also markets the AT-6 light attack aircraft development of the Texan II, featured in The Aero Experience coverage of the Beechcraft exhibit from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.   






















Tuesday, January 27, 2015

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014: Happy Anniversary Lockheed P-38 Lightning!

 
Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
http://www.airassociatesmo.com/tae/The Aero Experience coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 continues with a look back at the Lockheed P-38 Lightning warbirds on display during the week.  The XP-38 first flew on this day in 1939, and the production model set new standards of performance and aeronautical design.  The project team was led by Chief Engineer Hall Hibbard and included a young Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, who would go on to lead the design of legendary aircraft in the jet age following World War II.  The P-38 went on to serve in the USAAF valiantly throughout the war, gaining a sterling reputation as an escort fighter and claiming the honor of shooting down Admiral Yamamoto, Commander of the Imperial Japanese Navy Combined Fleet and architect of the attack on the U.S. Naval Forces at Pearl Harbor.  Very few of these aircraft remain out of the nearly 10,000 produced.        

Two Lockheed P-38s were on display at various times throughout EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 in the Warbirds Area.












The P-38 Lightning aircraft on display included the EAA's P-38L in polished aluminum with red trim representing the fighter flown by America's highest-scoring ace, Major Richard Bong. 
















The other Lightning, the P-38F "Glacier Girl," was retrieved from under 268 feet of ice in 1992 after 50 years of entombment following a mass landing of fuel-starved aircraft on the Greenland glacier.  The expedition was led by Bob Cardin, who is pictured below giving his account of the recovery of the P-38 parked behind him. 

















"Glacier Girl" also served as a backdrop for other activities that day, including a demonstration of World War II-era flight gear and, of course, posing models.
























Monday, January 26, 2015

27th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Salute to Veterans Celebration to Feature Canadian Snowbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights and Warbirds May 23-24

CANADIAN FORCES  SNOWBIRDS AND USA GOLDEN KNIGHTS  TO HEADLINE 2015

27TH ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SALUTE TO VETERANS AIRSHOW

                                   WE HONOR AND SUPPORT OUR MILITARY

                                   NO MATTER WHERE! NO MATTER WHEN!
 
Columbia, MO:  Salute to Veterans Corporation invites the public to their FREE Two-Day Airshow over the Memorial Day Weekend at Columbia Regional Airport on May 23-24, 2015 from 9:00am to 3:30pm.   Admission and Parking is FREE!


DEMO TEAMS,  AIRCRAFT AND EVENTS CONFIRMED FOR 2015:
·         CANADIAN FORCES NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION TEAM:   THE SNOWBIRDS

·         THE UNITED STATES ARMY GOLDEN KNIGHTS PARACHUTE TEAM

·         USAF T-33 JET FIGHTER PLANE:  ‘SHOOTING STAR’ AEROBATIC DEMO W/SMOKE

·         TROJAN PHLYERS T-28 AEROBATIC DEMONSTRATION TEAM 

·         WWII BT-13 VULTEE VALIANT AEROBATIC DEMO

·         WWI KANSAS CITY DAWN PATROL WITH 18 PLANES FLYING AND ON DISPLAY

·         WWI UNIQUE JN-4 CURTISS JENNY WITH HER OWN 1,000 X 50 FOOT GRASS RUNWAY!

·         MU PERSHING RIFLES DRILL TEAM, USA K-9 CORPS TEAM

·         SALUTE TO THE NATION CEREMONY WITH MILITARY HONORED GUESTS

                                                                                                            
                                           STATIC DISPLAYS OPEN FOR TOURS

·         USAF C-17 GLOBEMASTER II, WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB

·         USN PV2-HARPOON, USN C-1A TRADER,  WWII B-25 MITCHELL BOMBER

                                           STATIC DISPLAYS

·         USAF A-10 THUNDERBOLT II, WHITEMAN AFB

·         P-51  MUSTANG “KANSAS CITY KITTY”    WWII USN TBM AVENGER

·         WWII SUPERMARINE SEAFIRE Mk. XV     T-6 “RADIAL VELOCITY”

·          PT-17 1942 STEARMAN, SIAI MARCHETTI,  1945 USA PIPER L-4

·         1943 USA AERONCA L-3  GRASSHOPPER “Lil’ Show Me”

MILITARY RECRUITER ELEMENTS AND ADDITIONAL  MILITARY ASSETS

USAF COMMAND CENTER ALPHA + USAF THUNDERBIRD

                                     USA ADVENTURE VAN AND SEMI-TRAILER

      ·         Tuskegee Airmen/ Women AirForce Service Pilots (WASP) Annual Reunions

·         Annual Honored Guests and Volunteers Banquet in Southwell Arena at Columbia College.

·        Saturday, May 23rd at 5:30PM    Check website for price, start time and to purchase tickets

·         27th Annual FREE Salute To Veterans Parade on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, at 10AM in downtown Columbia.  Jump started by the USA Golden Knights

·         For additional information, visit our website at www.salute.org.

Please Note:  The Celebration should not be referred to as “the Columbia Airshow”, “Columbia’s Memorial Day Airshow”, this “Columbia Event”, “Columbia’s Memorial Day Weekend”, etc., or any other designation that would imply that it is hosted, organized, or anyway produced or sponsored by The City of Columbia, its Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, or the State Of Missouri.  It is presented solely by the Memorial Day Weekend Salute To Veterans Corporation, a private, 501c3, not-for-profit, tax-deductible, educational, Missouri Company.  The Corporation consists of over 3,000 volunteers and 100 volunteer committee chairmen, none of whom is paid.
    
Here is a sneak peak of what you will see: