Greetings from The Aero Experience Team


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 and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Thursday, June 30, 2011

EAA Webinar Gives Tips on Flying Into AirVenture 2011

Tonight's EAA webinar, "Flying Into AirVenture - A First-Timer's Guide" is an invaluable primer on how to safely arrive and depart EAA AirVenture.  If you missed it, check back in about 24  hours

What Comes Around Goes Around: Royal Navy Harriers Sold Back to U.S. for Spare Parts!

The London Telegraph is reporting that 40 late model Royal Navy Harriers will be sold to the U.S. for cannibalization to keep the Marine AV-8B Harrier force in operation as it awaits the F-35 JSF.  The entire article can be found at

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Boeing Supports US Air Force Launch of Miniature Air Launched Decoy

(Boeing Photo)

Boeing Press Release

Jammer MALD-J expands B-52’s defensive role
 WICHITA, Kan., June 29, 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] earlier this month supported the U.S. Air Force in the first powered launch of a Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) from a B-52. The successful test, in which the electronic jammer was launched from a B-52 Stratofortress, took place over the Gulf of Mexico at the Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., test range.
 Boeing designed the avionics software onboard the B-52 that controls and launches the Raytheon-built MALD-J.

“The software functioned exactly as we designed,” said Scot Oathout, B-52 program director for Boeing. “We were able to power up the MALD, send the mission through the interface and verify that the data was properly received.”

MALD-J is the newest variant in the MALD family. It has added capabilities to loiter or orbit over an area and jam adversaries’ radars.

"This is another great opportunity for the Air Force and Boeing to transform the B-52 and expand its mission from a predominantly offensive role to a more defensive player, defending U.S. and allied aircraft in combat zones," said Oathout.

Harrier, B-2 and Osprey Added to St. Louis Airshow Lineup

This year's Fair St. Louis Airshow will include local favorites - the AV-8B Harrier, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor (made popular recently during Marine Week St. Louis).  Here is the published lineup:

 AV-8B Harrier

B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber (USAF Photo)

V-22 Osprey Tilt-rotor

F/A-18E Super Hornet (Boeing Photo)

Northrop T-38C Talon (USAF Photo)

Red Eagles Team (Red Eagles Photo)

John Mohr Barnstorming Stearman Trainer

Bill Stein and his Edge 540 (Bill Stein Photo)

Aeroshell Aerobatic Team T-6 Texans

Greg Poe and His MXS (Greg Poe Photo)

Dave Folk and His Corsair Warbird

Jason Newburg and His Modified Pitts S2S (Jason Newburg Photo)

Mike Wiskus and His Pitts S-1-11B SS (Mike Wiskus Photo)

Special Operations Command Black Daggers (Black Daggers Photo)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Airshow Pilot Jacquie Warda OK After Forced Landing That Destroys Her Pitts S-1T

Airshow performer Jacquie Warda escaped serious injury after she was forced to land her Pitts S-1T following engine failure while flying out of Caldwell, ID.  Although the aircraft is essentially destroyed, Jacquie is in very good condition, considering the ordeal.  Flying in airshows since 2003, she has become popular on the airshow circuit flying her beautiful Pitts biplane.  She has performed in Springfield, IL and most recently in Mexico, MO last year.  We look forward to seeing Jacquie flying again as soon as possible!