Reminiscing on Air Races gone by

July 25, 2006 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Here’s some pictures of Miss America after the emergency landing in 2002.  When I was kid, this plane was piloted by Howie Keefe (be sure to click through the slide show for some great shots of the plane in flight).

And here’s an article about Scott Germain, who got an audition to fly Miss America, but didn’t win the gig. The article is a good read though and gives some insight into the talent these pilots possess.  I’m not sure what year this article was written (if a reader out there knows, leave me a comment, please).  There is a link at the bottom of the article to a great gallery of air racers too.

I found another site that documents the story of White Lightning, the P-38 that Lefty Gardner used to fly.  This story has some pictures of the crash site.  It’s a shame seeing this bird like this.  She was so graceful in the sky and it was pure joy to listen to her buzz around the pylons.  Anything you want to know about the P-38 can be found here.

Anyone remember Bob Hoover?  He was at Reno last year, if I recall correctly.  Anyway, here’s an article about him, and here’s a video of him flying a Shriker and pouring ice tea while he does a roll, yep, WHILE DOING A ROLL!  I remember Bob used to fly his yellow P-51 as the pace plane for all the unlimited races I used watch from my rooftop. The sound of those unlimited coming in from the back of the valley always got the adrenaline pumping.

And a movie noteFlyboys, the movie is coming out this fall.  This one is about some WWI pilots. A brief history of the squadron is given on the story link of the website. 

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Entry filed under: Air Races, Airshows, aviation.

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