February 11, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
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The first of two winter blasts on Feb. 6 collapsed the roofs of three hangars next to Dulles Jet Center at Dulles International Airport. Jets inside appeared to be in rotation for liftoff after the building collapsed on their tails. Dulles was closed Feb. 10 by the second snowstorm, this one complicated by high winds and blizzard conditions. These photos were reportedly taken by a fireman responding to the scene from nearby Fairfax County.
Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934.
It could be the perfect two-week getaway: a free trip to France to participate in the Tour Aerien Des Jeunes Pilotes. One American pilot between the ages of 18 and 24 will have the opportunity to fly in an air race in France from July 15 through 28.
Chris Polhemus has flown over the beaches of Normandy on the anniversary of D-Day before, but in 2014 he hopes to return at the controls of a C-47, dropping paratroopers in the early-morning darkness.