May 28, 2013
Spring brings a blooming of aviation as entertainment. Whether a plane spotter goes to the airshow, or the airshow comes to the plane spotter, performances provide a fine opportunity to add a new aircraft genre to your spotting catalog. If the performer is flying a low-wing taildragger through a dazzling display of maneuvers, the aircraft could be one of Walter Extra’s aerobatic series. Two-seat Extra aircraft also serve as aerobatic trainers. Champion aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff’s Extra 260 is on display (inverted, naturally) in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Sabreliner isn't just for Sabreliners anymore. New owners and management have recast it as a jet refurbishment and parts center.
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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