December 27, 2012
By Jim Moore
Taking shelter on a cold night at the Surratt Winter Survival Clinic in Marion, Mont.
Backcountry adventure with Whistler Heli-Skiing. Photo by Darryl Brennan.
Van Thaxton shines his 1944 Stinson V-77 at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla.
Friends rallied to complete restoration of Walter Crosby's Cub, earning Piper's respect at Sun 'n Fun.
Pipers flocked to Vero Beach, Fla., to celebrate 75 years.
The Breezy is known to some as the "naked airplane."
The largest gathering of B-25s since World War II.
Survivors marked the seventieth anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid.
Flying like Doolittle: Sean D. Tucker knows loops - inside and out.
Also great at loops: the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at the Great Tennessee Air Show.
Bob Hoover helped save this P-51; the Mustang won the Favorite Aircraft Challenge. Scott Slocum photo.
Speaking of cool airplanes, readers loved this bi-directional supersonic design. University of Miami image.
Soaking in the past: A father and son wait their turn to fly at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.
Lighting the night at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
Dassault Falcon Jet raised about $3,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Photo by Tyson V. Rininger
Felix Baumgartner prepares to leap from the Red Bull Stratos capsule at 128,100 feet.
Baumgartner shattered records, reaching Mach 1.24 in freefall. Red Bull Stratos photo.
The Parade of Planes kicked off AOPA Aviation Summit.
Velocity Aircraft made the V-Twin to resist the spin.
Lightning in a (small) bottle: The BD-5J, updated as the FLS Microjet.
From the frozen Montana backcountry, where we took you along for a “crash course” in winter survival, to sunny skies and summer airshows, AOPA Online celebrates a year of aviation adventure with this look back at memorable photos from 2012. Click the caption links to see the full stories, and get ready for a jump from the edge of space, take a flight in a “naked” airplane, and get a close-up look at the latest edition of the world’s smallest jet.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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The Beechcraft King Air flies into its second half century with a new round of improvements that boost performance for the C90GTx and the 250 models.
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole announced Oct. 16 that he would retire from the helm of the agency on Dec. 31. According to the TSA, Pistole is the longest serving administrator the agency has had. His nomination to head the TSA was confirmed in 2010.
Veteran airshow pilot Charlie Schwenker was flying slower to help wing walker Jane Wicker get into position on the modified Stearman’s bottom wing.
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