The National Museum of the United States Air Force will honor the surviving crew members of the Doolittle Raiders who flew their B-25 Mitchell bombers off the carrier USS Hornet and dropped conventional bombs on Tokyo, Japan 68 years ago. At least 20 B-25s will be on display at the museum on Saturday, April 17th. More importantly for us pilots, though, is the possibility of seeing and hearing the B-25s up close and personal at Grimes Field, Urbana, Ohio the two days before. The planes will be staged at Grimes on the 15th and 16th and will practice formation flying out of Grimes. Some will also offer rides and most will be on static display. Full information on the Grimes activity can be found at the Champaign Aviation Museum website
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Patrick Panzera wrote a really cool story with great EAA photos of the Snedden M7 ultralight that appears in the Experimenter E-newsletter that is a joint venture between the EAA and Contact Magazine.
Jason Macrie (UPAC),
Thank you so much for the DVDs of the many really great photos and the copy of the Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada Magazine (UPAC). We never took the time to do a photo session for the M7 at Oshkosh, so your photos more than make up for it.
Thank You UPAC president Kathy Lubitz for making a special trip to the ultralight area to see the M7. I’m so sorry I could not break away from the M7 to see anything outside the ultralight area including your famed 1909 replica Silver Dart.
Thank You Charlie Becker EAA Director, Member Programs for driving Laura about to buy me my EAA hat and sitting in the M7. Laura will send you a photo.
One of the many exciting things that we will be doing with the M7 is an experiment that might lead to the building of a auto engine powered, full scale, low speed wind tunnel for low cost intermediate level flight training 24-7. This experiment will involve tethering the M7 about 20-30 feet behind a 7 foot tall steel post planted directly behind the rudder of a twin engine airplane. This will enable people new and squeamish to flight to actually and safely solo fly and experience the M7 and its revolutionary control system at airspeeds 25 and up and at zero ground speed above a cushioned arrangement and optional side and vertical tethering. With headset communication between me, the student and airplane throttle operator, I will be free to walk about the M7 and actually push and pull the levitated M7 to challenge the student to higher skill levels. To say the least it will be very fun and should make for one of the most interesting and inspiring aviation photos of the year. All resources have been approved to support this experiment. If it works, it could be later displayed at Airventure. That would be something that people would talk about for years.
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The Snedden M7 ultralight did seven hours of flight demonstrations at Oshkosh AirVenture 2009. It won two of the seven awards given to the entire light-sport plane category: The Joe Diamond Award and Ultralight Reserve Grand Champion-Silver Lindy. Of special note is the recognition of Popular Mechanics Magazine where they identify the Snedden M7 as a major highlight of AirVenture 2009. http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/air_space/4326724.html
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