Aviation

The Economy & Business
1:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Businesses Hope Springfield Air Show Will Give A Boost To Struggling Airpark

A plane prepares for takeoff at the Barnstorming Carnival in Springfield.
Credit Barb Slone

Two Clark County businesses located at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport received a boost from the recent Barnstorming Carnival, an air show that was held on the site last weekend. Both companies hope the event generated more support for the airport.

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Around the Miami Valley
7:20 am
Fri July 18, 2014

First-Ever Barnstorming Carnival Coming to Springfield Airport

Aviation enthusiasts in the Clark County area will get to have an air show of their own this weekend. The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and Airpark will be the site for the first-ever Barnstorming Carnival in the area.

Pilots from all over the country will fly their vintage planes mostly from the 1920s and 1930s to Springfield. Dewey Davenport organized the event. He says Barnstorming refers to that era when pilots would go from town to town, usually landing on a farm and then offer rides to people for money.

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Commentary
6:15 am
Fri April 18, 2014

An Airplane Off the Shelf

An advertisement for the 1949 Ercoupe.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Ever since the Wright brothers began selling airplanes, there’s always been a mystique about the airplane owner. Not everyone can or will buy one. Seventy years ago, one man tried to make buying an airplane as easy as buying a shirt.

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Around the Miami Valley
7:01 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Wright Brothers' Factory Could Become Part of National Park System

Wright Factory in Dayton, Ohio
Credit Jerry Kenney

An effort to preserve the original Wright Brothers airplane factory got a boost Wednesday when Governor John Kasich signed the state’s 2014 capital budget. The historic site could become part of Dayton’s national aviation park system. 

Demolition has already started at the former Delphi plant on Home Avenue where the Wright Factory is located. The National Aviation Heritage Alliance hopes to purchase the historic buildings and 20 surrounding acres. A private developer owns the land now. 

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Commentary
7:29 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The P-51 Mustang: An Allied Advantage

Prototype Mustang being flight tested at Wright Field.
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

Seventy years ago, the country was deep into World War Two, and the US was on the offensive in the air.  Commentator Dan Patterson says that the big US four engine bombers were being shot down in shocking numbers.

Think about this: on one mission, we lost sixty bombers.  That's six hundred men.  It was just too much.

The US needed a fighter plane with long pegs, one that could go all way deep into Germany and protect the bombers, essentially win the air war and provide the long sought after supremacy of the air.

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