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Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

June 29-July 4, 2016; Battle Creek, Michigan

Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2016

Battle Creek Field of Flight
3140 5th Ave
I 49037-7902

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Up to 5D Hot-Air Balloons all competing for the title of Champion 6 $12,500 in Prize Money!
  • Five Hour Air Show featuring the US Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Team!
  • Fabulous Entertainment on Center Stage!
  • Great Lakes Timber Show featuring log rolling competition (ANY TAKERS), axe throwing and chain saw carving!
  • Motorcycle Stunt Team with launch in the air off huge ramps doing flips and tricks!
  • The Skerbeck Family Carnival featuring amazing rides and games for the entire family.
  • TWO Balloon Night lllumes and Twilight Air Show!
  • TWO Fabulous Fireworks display 15 minutes long and choreographed to music produced by the best.... Melrose Fireworks Pyrotechnics.
  • BC SpeedFest - Ohhhh Yeah ...1/2 Mile Race with Head-to-Head Competition ...... Go Race Car Fans!

Up and Away Aviator Jackets



Up and Away, an infant and children's novelty jacket manufacturer for the past 22+ years, produces a variety of lightweight aviator jacket styles that are geared for this season's  air shows. Both our U.S. Air Force Jacket and Canadian Snowbirds Jacket, which come in twelve infant and children's sizes, make the recipient feel like they are a member of one of the aerobatic teams performing at the air shows.


Our 3-patch U.S. Air Force Jacket and Canadian Snowbirds Jacket are lightweight like a windbreaker, and feature three embroidered patches. The jackets have two front slash pockets, left and right epaulets, and a full front zipper. They also machine washable.

Up and Away's full aviator jacket line-up can be seen at www.upandawayjackets.com

For wholesale accounts, please contact Up and Away directly, either toll-free at (888) 377-8989 or via email at mark@upandawayjackets.com
Minimum orders are only six pieces.

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Enjoy the shows!!

52nd Annual Hayward Air Rally

June 23-June 25, 2016; Hayward, California to Reno, Nevada

Air Rally 2016

The Hayward Air Rally is the longest continually held proficiency flying event in North America, now in its 52nd year. The event begins Thursday afternoon with check-in and the revealing of the rally course. On Friday, participants will fly over a series of checkpoints en-route to Reno-Stead, NV, with a lunch stop at Redding. The event concludes with an awards dinner on Saturday. Whether you're a hard-core competitor or just along for the fun, come join some of your fellow aviators for a weekend in Reno!

The Air Rally is planning a June 24, 2016 departure to Reno/Stead (KRTS), Nevada.

The Biggest Little City in the World is a new destination for us.
The 2016 Registration Kit is now available for download.  Get your entry registration in and reserve your hotel rooms now!

Evansville ShrinersFest and Air Show

June 25, 2016; Evansville, Indiana

Hadi ShrinerFest

From family traditions and childhood memories to must see performances and nightly entertainment, everyone has their own unique ShrinersFest story. The area's favorite summer festival returns to the downtown riverfront this June for five days of family fun!
Join us as we turn summer up and anxiously await the new and exciting things planned for ShrinersFest 2016!

Hadi ShrinersFest Airplane Image

- FIGHTERJETS, INC. - Randy Ball
- The Vanguard Squadron
- Valiant Echoes

Featuring the U.S. Navy A-4 Skyhawk
Featuring the USS LST-325
High energy aquatic stunts
PHILHARMONIC - A musical salute to our veterans

Evansville ShrinersFest and Air Show
7801 Bussing Dr
Evansville, IN 47725

Airport: Evansville Regional Airport(EVV)

Flabob Flying Circus

June 18, 2016; Riverside, California

4130 Mennes Ave, Riverside, California 92509

Flabob Flying Circus 2016
Flour Drop
Spot Landing
Vintage Aircraft Competition
EAA Chapter One

Boeing 737 MAX Makes First International Journey for Flight Testing

Boeing 737 MAX 8 High Altitude TestBoeing 737 MAX 8 High Altitude Test

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has marked a key achievement after completing high altitude flight testing in La Paz, Bolivia. It’s the first international trip for the 737 MAX flight-test fleet.

The airport’s 13,300-foot (4,050-meter) altitude tested the MAX’s capability to take off and land at high altitudes, which can affect overall airplane performance.

“The engines and other systems performed well, as expected, under extreme conditions. That’s exactly what we wanted to see,” said Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Flight testing for the 737 MAX is on schedule with three test airplanes having completed more than 100 flights combined. The fourth and final test airplane will make its first flight in the coming weeks. The program remains on track for first delivery in the third quarter of 2017.

Rare Boeing 247 Makes Last Flight

Francis Zera/Museum of Flight photo
Francis Zera/Museum of Flight photo

An 83-year-old Boeing 247D, forerunner of the DC-2 and DC-3, flew to Boeing Field in Seattle where it was made for display at The Museum of Flight. The museum has owned the airplane since 1966. Restoration began in 1979 followed by a post-restoration flight in 1994.

True to tradition, the two-man crew signed the left-side wheel well, indicating the aircraft had made its last flight. They are Boeing test pilots Mike Carriker and Chad Lundy. Carriker was chief test pilot on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The Boeing 247 is one of four remaining in the world and the last one to fly. It was built in 1933. Restoration was done at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, a 15- to 20-minute flight from the museum. The airplane was used by United Air Lines and was the first all-metal “modern” airliner and pioneered variable pitch propellers and deicer wing and tail boots. Another Boeing 247D hangs in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

It cruised at 188 mph. It could have gone faster, but United pilots wanted more familiar engines so the Hornet engines were replaced by Wasps while still on the drawing board. It was planned as a 14-passenger airplane, but pilots felt no airport in the nation could handle an eight-ton aircraft, so the passenger seats were reduced to 10 plus two pilots and a flight attendant.

The aircraft’s role was eclipsed by the more capable DC-2, yet some of the 75 built were still flying in the 1960s as cargo and executive transport aircraft. Originally the windshield was canted inward so it wouldn’t reflect cockpit lights. Pilots soon found it reflected ground lights, particularly during takeoff and landing, so it was changed to a more conventional outward slope.

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Our steel building kits come complete with everything you will need to build a reliable steel structure that will serve your needs for many years into the future. Some of our most popular uses are:

·         Agricultural Buildings

·         Aircraft Hangars

·         Horse Arenas

·         Churches

·         Recreation Centers

·         Garages

·         Workshops

·         Industrial Facilities

·         Storage Units

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Entries Sought for Combs Gates Award

National Aviation Hall of Fame

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has issued a call for entries for its fourteenth Combs Gates Award, a $20,000 cash prize bestowed annually on an individual or group project that promotes and preserves the nation’s air and space heritage.

Projects submitted as award candidates ideally spotlight “one or more of the 229 men and women aviation pioneers that have been inducted, to date, into the Congressionally-chartered, non-profit NAHF,” said the Dayton, Ohio-based organization.

The 2016 award ceremony will take place during the National Business Aviation Association’s annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida, in November.

Eligible projects include books, film/video, public exhibits, photography, and artwork. Submission must be made by a deadline of June 13, according to the National Aviation Hall of Fame. A panel of five judges will independently review each submission, and applicants will be notified of the winner by Aug. 29.

Last year’s recipient was filmmaker Kim Furst for her documentary, Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project.

Military Aviation Museum Flying Proms

June 11, 2016; Virginia Beach, Virginia

Military Aviation Museum Proms 2016

Military Aviation Museum Flying Proms
1341 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23457-1542
United States of America

In England, The Flying Proms is a beloved tradition that showcases the beauty of vintage aircraft flying maneuvers accompanied by live music performed by a symphony orchestra. This unique show comes to the United States, courtesy of the Military Aviation Museum.

Symphonicity will be back as the orchestral partner for the 2016 Flying Proms. The first half of the evening’s entertainment will feature music from movies and television featuring some of the museum’s rare aircraft in flight. The second half will feature the symphony playing patriotic music culminating with a fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks.