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A look at the Champaign Aviation Museum including their restoration work, the volunteers working on the aircraft, and the role of aviation museums. Also, 737 safety cards, the Scaled Composites Model 401, flight attendant trip brokering, Wow Air, and the 2018 Collier Trophy winner. First-hand impressions of the 2019 SUN ‘n FUN Fly-in and Expo as well.
Aimée Brower works public affairs, donor relations, and education at the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, Ohio.
The mission of the museum is “Touching lives by restoring history.” Their guiding principles include honoring our veterans and their families, educating the public about the experiences of past generations that flew in combat, and educating the public about aircraft construction and maintenance techniques. They focus on education and resources of the WWII era, and the museum seeks to restore and maintain aircraft in flying condition for public appreciation.
In fact, the Champaign Aviation Museum strives to build a reputation as a center of excellence for the restoration and maintenance of WWII era aircraft. The museum is located next to Grimes Field Airport (I74) in Urbana, Ohio, just west of Columbus.
In our conversation with Aimée, we look at the history of the museum’s B-17G project, the many volunteers engaged in the restoration, salvaging parts from five different B-17s, fabricating other parts, and adding to the workshop space.
Passengers on Southwest Airlines thought they were flying on a Boeing 737 Max after confusion about their onboard safety cards
Emergency procedures for the 737-800 and the 737 MAX 8 are the same, and both aircraft have the same safety card, and some passengers are confused.
‘Secret’ Airplane Stops At FBO
A Scaled Composites model 401 was spotted at a Bowling Green, Kentucky FBO. It stopped for fuel on its way to NAS Paxutent River from Mojave. See Scaled Composites reveals mysterious new ‘Model 401’ prototype.
Video: The “Son of Ares” – Scaled Composites’ Mysterious Model 401
UAL Warns Flight Attendants Against Illicit Trip Brokering
United Airlines has warned its flight attendants to stop brokering flights that they will work for compensation.
Budget airline Wow Air collapses and cancels all flights, stranding passengers
Wow Air has ceased operations and advises scheduled passengers to seek “rescue fares” from other airlines.
Auto GCAS Team Wins 2018 Collier Trophy
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has announced the recipient of the 2018 Robert J. Collier Trophy. The Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) team “successfully complet[ed] a rapid design, integration, and flight test of critical, lifesaving technology for the worldwide F-35 fleet.” Auto GCAS was developed by Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Air Force, the F-35 Joint Program Office, NASA, and the Defense Safety Oversight Council.
Video: Auto-GCAS Saves Unconscious F-16 Pilot—Declassified USAF Footage
David’s list of U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps non-transport variants of the C-130:
Combat King II
Combat Talon I
Combat Talon II
HC-130H CROWN Fulton
Final Cut: The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress the Survivors
Outtro by Bruno Misonne.