An airshow scheduled for the weekend of September 10-11
will recall a brighter time in the industrial history of Western
New York with a tribute to the Bell Aircraft Corporation. The 2011
Thunder of Niagara Air Show, at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve
Station, is scheduled to feature a US Marine Corps V-22 Osprey
which is manufactured by Bell-Boeing.
Aero Linx: Wingwalking
Barnstorming bi-plane pilots and their daring stuntmen caught
America's imagination just as aviation was taking flight. They were
the original ambassadors of flight giving regular folk a chance to
see their world from a bird's eye view. This was the 1920's,
flappers danced the Charleston. Behind the doors of the speakeasys,
underground clubs that offered illegal booze so it was important to
speak softly or "easy", champagne flowed and everyone lived like
they were immortal.
A long radius taxiway designed and provided with lighting or
marking to define the path of aircraft, traveling at high speed (up
to 60 knots), from the runway center to a point on the center of a
taxiway. Also referred to as long radius exit or turn-off taxiway.
The high speed taxiway is designed to expedite aircraft turning off
the runway after landing, thus reducing runway occupancy time.
"Most importantly, there has not been a spectator
fatality at a North American air show involving aircraft since
1952. People – and especially reporters – sometimes
report on fatal accidents and don’t mention this fact. It is
critical that, as an industry, we do what we can to distinguish
between the risk willingly and knowingly assumed by performers and
the spotless safety record that our industry has with
Source: From a statement by the International
Council of AirShows, responding to an awful weekend where three
disparate airshow accidents, spanning two continents, took the
lives of three performers in three very different ways... with no
danger, at all, to any spectator.