June 1, 2013
Photography by Chris Rose
Shiprock was visible from more than 30 miles away as Dave Hirschman and Chris Rose flew toward it from the southeast on a cool and crisp autumn morning. A Cessna 180 served as photo platform, and the Waco was on its way from AOPA headquarters in Maryland to Long Beach, California, for AOPA Summit 2010. “As we circled the towering landmark, strong winds aloft jostled our airplanes each time we moved to the downwind side, but the desert air was mostly smooth and unbelievably clear,” recalls Hirschman. “From here, we continued north to Moab, Utah, then followed the Colorado River through the Four Corners, and then on to Southern California. The combination of the curvaceous, vintage biplane with the stark, timeless, high-desert vistas created some of the most photogenic moments of an unforgettable cross-country adventure.”
Subject: Waco YMF-5DWhere: Shiprock, New MexicoPhotographer: Chris Rose
Safety and Education,
In a major deal between two of the best-known U.S. antique aircraft firms, Rare Aircraft has purchased a huge inventory of Stearman parts from Air Repair and will begin producing as-new Golden Age biplanes.
Garmin has announced an upgrade making new features and options available to operators of G1000-equipped King Airs in the 200/250/300/350 series.
With a closing speed of about 900 knots, Air Force pilots on a training mission have seconds to aim and shoot heat-seeking and radar guided missiles at a drone target. Their success came from repeated rehearsals. But as author Larry Brown writes, “there is nothing like the real thing to gain experience.”
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.