Friday, June 29, 2018

Flying Not So High

In this installment of 'BuffaloWingz' we present a super-freakin' groovy photo taken by former Canadian Forces CF-18 pilot and six-string-astronaut Chris Hadfield while flying with the Snowbirds over Niagara's Horseshoe Falls back in August of 2013. Enjoy...

Chris Hadfield photo

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Air Niagara

Today we present a fine view showing one of just two 727s flown by Air Niagara, a small, single-route line which operated out of Niagara Falls International Airport from 1980 to 1984.

Trevor Ogle photo

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

An Old Campaigner from Buffalo

This time 'round we present a photo taken in 1943 at Blackland Army Airfield, Texas which shows six airmen who, unlike the majority of their comrades at the time, had been around the block... some more than once. All but one were veterans of the Great War, and all were decorated in one way or another, including the fella on the far left; Private Leroy G. Payne, a native of Buffalo, NY.

Oh, almost forgot to mention... the bird behind them is a Beechcraft AT-10 Wichita.

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The tag from the reverse of the photo with more info on Private Payne and the rest of these fellas...

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Schoellkopf and The Stump Jumper

With this installment of 'BuffaloWingz' we offer a two'fer...

The photo presented here shows 'The Stump Jumper', a Curtiss P-40F Warhawk of the 79th Fighter Group's 85th Fighter Squadron, which was known as the 'Flying Skulls'. The Hawk's master, shown on the left, was Major Jacob F. Schoellkopf, the 'Skulls' commanding officer. Both 'The Stump Jumper' and Major Schoellkopf served in the MTO during the Second World War, and both came from Buffalo, NY.

From: The P-40 Kittyhawk by Ernest R. McDowell (R.M. Hoffman)

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Friday, May 25, 2018

The Hawk's Nest

Been a while... your blogmeister has been busy updating and improving other web projects; primarily one that he created more than a dozen years ago. That project, known as 'The Hawk's Nest', is an homage to the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Please give it a looksee, HERE.

Anyhoo, as he's plugging his P-40 website, your blogmeister figures that a purty pikshur of the type would be in order. So here's a lovely inflight shot showing two nearly brand-spankin'-new P-40s (the initial production model), taken by the legendary Rudy Arnold. Enjoy...

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fill'er Up!

On August 2nd, 1958, fifty-eight years ago today, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels, flying the Grumman F11F Tiger, were performing in Western New York skies as part of the festivities celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Town of Clarence, a suburb of Buffalo.

At a few minutes past 5PM that Saturday, just before he was to start his solo routine, Lt. John R. Dewenter, the lead solo, experienced an engine failure. When the fan stops turning, it's generally advisable to point the bird in a direction of sparse population and go for a ride in the bang seat. But instead of ejecting, Lt. Dewenter chose to stay with the jet and try to make Buffalo Airport because, as he put it, "there were just too dog-gone many houses down there."

Well, Lt. Dewenter did make the airport, touching down on runway 23 near the northeast edge of the field. Unfortunately that runway was too short for the Tiger. The jet ran off the end of the runway, barreled past the airport boundary and into the intersection of Genesee St. and Dick and Cayuga Roads, narrowly avoiding collision with road traffic, reportedly due in large part to a timely red light, and coming to rest near Joseph DeLuca's Mobilgas service station. Nobody was injured, including Dewenter... but the jet was apparently a write-off.

The following photos were kindly provided by Robert Lackemeyer. Thank you, sir!

Those among our readership of about half-a-dozen or so who are in the know may catch an apparent discrepancy here... if Lt. Dewenter was the lead solo, why was he flying jet #6, normally flown by Lt. John Damian, the opposing solo, instead of #5? Here's a quote from one of the sources linked below which explains:

"John Damian and I had inaugurated our "back-to-back" pass that year. John did the inverted portion of that maneuver but had been experiencing low oil pressure warning lights which forced him to break off the pass and return immediately to normal flight. For the sake of the maneuver he convinced me that morning that we should switch aircraft for the show. We did, and you know what followed. What incredible timing!"

And here's a shot showing our hero of the day... Lt. John R. Dewenter, with his F11F Tiger.

Source: The Golden Eagles website

Take a looksee HERE for more detailed accounts of this incident, including some that were taken from the August 4th, 1958 edition of The Buffalo News. Be sure to follow the three links at the bottom of the page to see everything.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Flight of the Airacomet

Every now and again we like to acknowledge anniversaries around here. So, in this quickie installment of BuffaloWingz, we tip our hats to the Bell XP-59A Airacomet, which flew for the first time on October 1st, 1942... seventy-three years ago today.


Sometime back we had another short installment on the Airacomet... see that HERE.

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