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“The Wright Brothers” book earns author and historian 14th Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Combs Gates Award

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced last week that David McCullough’s best-selling book, The Wright Brothers, has earned...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 10 months ago

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon, to receive 2016 Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award at National Aviation Hall of Fame “Oscar Night of Aviation”

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced that on October 1, 2016, retired Navy Captain and NASA astronaut, Eugene “Gene”...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 1 year ago

$80 million Port Columbus upgrade includes salute to notable Ohio aviators

On March 23rd, airport and public officials dedicated the Port Columbus Airport’s spacious new $80 million terminal renovation. The...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 1 year ago

Robin Olds documentary project launches on Kickstarter

Robin Olds is recognized as one of the legendary warriors in the annals of combat, his arena being that of the sky. A West Point grad...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Airshow Performers

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  • 1 year ago

MODAERO NextGen Aviation Festival picks up more ‘mo with addition of Sean Tucker as keynote

The inaugural MODAERO NextGen Aviation Festival, set to launch in Conroe, Texas on March 16-19, 2016 (see my 12/14/15 post), recently...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 1 year ago

Not Your Father’s GA - MODAERO NextGen Aviation Festival takes off March 16-19, 2016

Some may liken it to “Spring Break for aviation Millennials,” but the buzz around a new, upcoming fly-in/convention/festival may miss...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 2 years ago

Bob Hoover documentary earns filmmaker Kim Furst $20K Combs Gates Award

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced on October 20, 2015, that a documentary about one of its legendary enshrinees, Bob...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 2 years ago

XB-70 to join X-planes in Air Force Museum's new hangar - moving date buzz begins

On Friday, October 17, the Air Force Museum website announced that the sole surviving North American XB-70 Valkyrie will be moved on...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Museums & Military History

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  • 2 years ago

X-planes on parade at Air Force Museum as move-in begins

Last Friday the National Museum of the United States Air Force brought the first aircraft to be placed into its new 224,000 square foot...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Museums & Military History

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  • 2 years ago

Apollo 13 Commander James A. Lovell receives inaugural Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award from National Aviation Hall of Fame

Earlier this year, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced the establishment of the Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Astronauts & Cosmonauts

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  • 2 years ago

Memphis Belle gets her instrument panel, 2018 display date

(Dayton, OH – September 25, 2015) Officials from the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force donated the pilot’s instrument panel...
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Before there was Air Jordan, there was Air Wright Brothers. They just didn’t have a logo until now.

In 2012, The Wright Brothers Family Foundation, which is overseen by the Brothers’ Great grandniece, Amanda Wright-Lane, and Great...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
in Museums & Aviation History

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  • 2 years ago

Spielberg doc screening at Air Force Museum offers perks for daughter of WWII airman

Film fans familiar with the biography of Steven Spielberg are well aware that he credits his interest in flight and storytelling...
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  • 2 years ago

Congressional Gold Medal adds to lore of Doolittle Tokyo Raiders

Saturday, April 18, 2015, marked the 73rd anniversary of the now legendary secret bombing mission on Japan by 80 Army Air Corps...
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  • 2 years ago

Bob Hoover and filmmaker Kim Furst max out the Air Force Museum giant screen theatre - twice

Drawing all the attention of a rock star, Robert A. “Bob” Hoover returned to Dayton, Ohio – site of Wright Field and many of his early...
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  • 2 years ago

Army Aviation Hall of Fame adds three more at March 30th ceremony

The Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) held its annual three-day convention, known as the Army Aviation Mission Solutions...
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in US Army

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  • 2 years ago

Army Aviation Hall of Fame adds three at March 30th ceremony in Nashville

On Monday, March 30th, the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) will host its annual Army Aviation Hall of Fame dinner and...
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in US Army

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  • 2 years ago

Bob Hoover returns to Dayton with "Flying the Feathered Edge" filmmaker for giant screen presentation April 9

(NOTE: This post has been adapted from the 3/18/15 press announcement of the contributor's company) Reel Stuff Aviation Resources is...
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Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 2 years ago

“The Last Man on the Moon” documentary launches at SXSW with the last man on the moon

The visually stunning, moving and inspirational new documentary on the life of Gene Cernan, aptly titled “The Last Man on the Moon”...
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Posted by Ron Kaplan
Aviation Historian & Film Festival Director
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  • 2 years ago

National Aviation Hall of Fame reveals names of four to be enshrined as the “Class of 2015”

Last night, December 16, 2014, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced the names of four individuals who have been elected...
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  • 3 years ago