North American T-28 Trojan
The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan is a piston-engined military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was employed as a counter-insurgency aircraft during the Vietnam War, it has continued in civilian use as an aerobatics and Warbird performer. On September 24, 1949, the XT-28 was flown for the first time, designed to replace the T-6 Texan; the T-28A arrived at the Air Proving Ground, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, in mid-June 1950, for suitability tests as an advanced trainer by the 3200th Fighter Test Squadron, with consideration given to its transition and gunnery capabilities. Found satisfactory, a contract was issued and between 1950 and 1957, a total of 1,948 were built. Following the T-28's withdrawal from U. S. military service, a number were remanufactured by Hamilton Aircraft into two versions called the Nomair. The first refurbished machines, designated T-28R-1 were similar to the standard T-28s they were adapted from, were supplied to the Brazilian Navy.
A more ambitious conversion was undertaken as the T-28R-2, which transformed the two-seat tandem aircraft into a five-seat cabin monoplane for general aviation use. Other civil conversions of ex-military T-28As were undertaken by PacAero as the Nomad Mark I and Nomad Mark II After becoming adopted as a primary trainer by the USAF, the United States Navy and Marine Corps adopted it as well. Although the Air Force phased out the aircraft from primary pilot training by the early 1960s, continuing use only for limited training of special operations aircrews and for primary training of select foreign military personnel, the aircraft continued to be used as a primary trainer by the Navy well into the early 1980s; the largest single concentration of this aircraft was employed by the U. S. Navy at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Florida, in the training of student naval aviators; the T-28's service career in the U. S. military ended with the completion of the phase-in of the T-34C turboprop trainer.
The last U. S. Navy training squadron to fly the T-28 was VT-27 "Boomers", based at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, flying the last T-28 training flight in early 1984; the last T-28 in the Training Command, BuNo 137796, departed for Naval District Washington on 14 March 1984 to be displayed permanently at Naval Support Facility Anacostia, D. C. In 1963, a Royal Lao Air Force T-28 piloted by Lieutenant Chert Saibory, a Thai national, defected to North Vietnam. Saibory was imprisoned and his aircraft was impounded. Within six months the T-28 was refurbished and commissioned into the North Vietnamese Air Force as its first fighter aircraft. T-28s were supplied to the Republic of Vietnam Air Force in support of ARVN ground operations, seeing extensive service during the Vietnam War in VNAF hands, as well as the Secret War in Laos. A T-28 Trojan was the first US fixed wing attack aircraft lost in South Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. Capt. Robert L. Simpson, USAF, Detachment 2A, 1st Air Commando Group, Lt. Hoa, SVNAF, were shot down by ground fire on August 28, 1962 while flying close air support.
Neither crewman survived. The USAF lost 23 T-28s to all causes during the war, with the last two losses occurring in 1968. T-28s were used by the CIA in the former Belgian Congo during the 1960s. France's Armée de l'Air used locally re-manufactured Trojans for close support missions in Algeria. Nicaragua replaced its fleet of 30+ ex Swedish P-51s with T-28s in the early 1960s; the Philippines utilized T-28s during the 1989 Philippine coup attempt. The aircraft were deployed as dive bombers by rebel forces. AeroVironment modified and armored a T-28A to fly weather research for South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, funded by the National Science Foundation, operated in this capacity from 1969 to 2005. SDSM&T was planning to replace it with another modified, but more modern, former military aircraft a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II; this plan was found to carry too many risks associated with the costly modifications required and the program was cancelled in 2018. Many retired T-28s were subsequently sold to private civil operators, due to their reasonable operating costs are found flying or displayed as warbirds today.
XT-28 Prototype. T-28A U. S. Air Force version with an 800 hp Wright R-1300-7 radial engine. T-28B U. S. Navy version with 1,425 hp Wright R-1820-9 radial engine, three-blade propeller, belly-mounted speed brake. T-28C U. S. Navy version, a T-28B with shortened propeller blades and tailhook for carrier-landing training. T-28D Nomad T-28Bs converted for the USAF in 1962 for the counter-insurgency, reconnaissance and rescue, forward air controller roles in Vietnam. Fitted with two underwing hardpoints; the T-28D-5 had ammo pans inside the wings that could be hooked up to hardpoint-mounted gun pods for a better center of gravity and aerodynamics. T-28 Nomad Mark I - Wright R-1820-56S engine. T-28 Nomad Mark II - Wright R-1820-76A T-28 Nomad Mark III - Wright R-1820-80 Fairchild AT-28D Attack model of the T-28D used for Close Air Support missions by the USAF and allied Air Forces in Southeast Asia, it was fitted with the rocket-powered Stanley Yankee ejection seat. YAT-28E Experimental development of the counter-insurgency T-28D.
It was powered by a 2,445 hp Lycoming YT-55L-9 turboprop, armed with two.50 in machine guns and up to 6,000 lb (2,730
Royal Dutch Shell
Royal Dutch Shell plc known as Shell, is a British-Dutch oil and gas company headquartered in the Netherlands and incorporated in the United Kingdom. It is one of the six oil and gas "supermajors" and the fifth-largest company in the world measured by 2018 revenues. Shell was first in the 2013 Fortune Global 500 list of the world's largest companies. Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, transport and marketing, power generation and trading, it has renewable energy activities, including in biofuels, energy-kite systems, hydrogen. Shell has operations in over 70 countries, produces around 3.7 million barrels of oil equivalent per day and has 44,000 service stations worldwide. As of 31 December 2014, Shell had total proved reserves of 13.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Shell Oil Company, its principal subsidiary in the United States, is one of its largest businesses. Shell holds 50% of Raízen, a joint venture with Cosan, the third-largest Brazil-based energy company by revenues and a major producer of ethanol.
Shell was formed in 1907 through the amalgamation of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company of the Netherlands and the "Shell" Transport and Trading Company of the United Kingdom. Until its unification in 2005 the firm operated as a dual-listed company, whereby the British and Dutch companies maintained their legal existence but operated as a single-unit partnership for business purposes. Shell first entered the chemicals industry in 1929. In 1970 Shell acquired the mining company Billiton, which it subsequently sold in 1994 and now forms part of BHP Billiton. In recent decades gas exploration and production has become an important part of Shell's business. Shell acquired BG Group in 2016. Shell is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, it had a market capitalisation of £185 billion at the close of trading on 30 December 2016, by far the largest of any company listed on the London Stock Exchange and among the highest of any company in the world. It has secondary listings on the New York Stock Exchange.
As of January 2013, Shell's largest shareholder was Capital Research Global Investors with 9.85% ahead of BlackRock in second with 6.89%. The Royal Dutch Shell Group was created in April 1907 through the amalgamation of two rival companies: the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company of the Netherlands and the Shell Transport and Trading Company Limited of the United Kingdom, it was a move driven by the need to compete globally with Standard Oil. The Royal Dutch Petroleum Company was a Dutch company founded in 1890 to develop an oilfield in Pangkalan Brandan, North Sumatra, led by August Kessler, Hugo Loudon, Henri Deterding; the "Shell" Transport and Trading Company was a British company, founded in 1897 by Marcus Samuel, 1st Viscount Bearsted, his brother Samuel Samuel. Their father had owned an antique company in Houndsditch, which expanded in 1833 to import and sell seashells, after which the company "Shell" took its name. For various reasons, the new firm operated as a dual-listed company, whereby the merging companies maintained their legal existence, but operated as a single-unit partnership for business purposes.
The terms of the merger gave 60 percent ownership of the new group to the Dutch arm and 40 percent to the British. National patriotic sensibilities would not permit a full-scale merger or takeover of either of the two companies; the Dutch company, Koninklijke Nederlandsche Petroleum Maatschappij at The Hague, was in charge of production and manufacture. The British Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company was based in London, to direct the transport and storage of the products. During the First World War, Shell was the main supplier of fuel to the British Expeditionary Force, it was the sole supplier of aviation fuel and supplied 80 percent of the British Army's TNT. It volunteered all of its shipping to the British Admiralty; the German invasion of Romania in 1916 saw. In 1919, Shell took control of the Mexican Eagle Petroleum Company and in 1921 formed Shell-Mex Limited which marketed products under the "Shell" and "Eagle" brands in the United Kingdom. In 1929, Shell Chemicals was founded. By the end of the 1920s, Shell was the world's leading oil company, producing 11 percent of the world's crude oil supply and owning 10 percent of its tanker tonnage.
Shell Mex House was completed in 1931, was the head office for Shell's marketing activity worldwide. In 1932 in response to the difficult economic conditions of the times, Shell-Mex merged its UK marketing operations with those of British Petroleum to create Shell-Mex and BP, a company that traded until the brands separated in 1975. Royal Dutch Company ranked 79th among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts; the 1930s saw. After the invasion of the Netherlands by Germany in 1940, the head office of the Dutch companies was moved to Curacao. In 1945 Shell's Danish headquarters in Copenhagen, at the time being used by the Gestapo, was bombed by Royal Air Force Mosquitoes in Operation Carthage. Around 1952, Shell was the first company to use a computer in the Netherlands; the computer, a Ferranti Mark 1*, was assembled and used at the Shell laboratory in Amste
The Triumph TR3 is a British sports car produced between 1955 and 1962 by the Standard-Triumph Motor Company of Coventry, England. A traditional roadster, the TR3 is an evolution of the company’s earlier TR2 model, with greater power and improved braking. Updated variants, popularly but unofficially known as the "TR3A" and "TR3B", entered production in 1957 and 1962 respectively; the TR3 was succeeded by the Michelotti-styled, mechanically similar Triumph TR4. The rugged ‘sidescreen’ TR, so named for its employment of removable plexiglass side curtains, was a sales and motorsport success. With 74,800 TR3s sold across all variants, the model was the company’s third best seller in the TR range, behind the TR7 and TR6 models; the Triumph was campaigned in races, hill climbs, rallies across Europe and North America, with several outright and class victories to its credit. Although the car was supplied as an open two-seater, an occasional rear seat and bolt-on steel hard top were available as extras.
The car is powered by the Standard wet liner inline four, a 1,991 cc straight-four OHV engine producing 95 bhp, an increase of 5 hp over the TR2 thanks to the larger SU-H6 carburettors fitted. This was increased to 100 bhp at 5000 rpm by the addition of a "high port" cylinder head and enlarged manifold; the four-speed manual gearbox could be supplemented by an overdrive unit on the top three ratios, electrically operated and controlled by a switch on the dashboard. In 1956, the front brakes were changed from drums to discs, the TR3 thus becoming the first British series production car to be so fitted; the suspension is by double A-arms, manganese bronze trunnion, coil springs and tube shocks at the front, optional anti-roll bar, with worm and peg steering. Unlike MGs of the same period, the steering mechanism and linkage have considerable play and friction, which increase with wear; the rear is conventional leaf springs, with solid axle and lever arm dampers, except that the frame rails are slung under the axle.
The wheels are 15 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches wide, with 48-spoke wire wheels optional. Wire wheels were painted, either body colour or argent, but matt chrome and bright chrome were available; the front disc or drum brakes and rear drums have no servo assistance. The TR3's weight is more than the Morgan +4 and the Porsche 356, but not much more than the MGA and MGB. All except the Morgan, which shares the same engine, are less powerful as is the Sunbeam Alpine. Under most conditions the car is responsive and forgiving, but it has some handling issues; the chassis, shared by the TR2, TR3, TR3A and TR4 has limited wheel travel. As a result, on hard cornering, the inside rear wheel can lift, causing sudden over-steer due to the increased load on the outside rear tyre; this is true with radial tyres. The wheel lifting is more sudden than that of other cars, because it is caused by coming to the end of the suspension travel while there is still load on the tyre, so the load on the other rear wheel is a discontinuous function of cornering load, rather than just changing slope.
The TR3 is a true roadster, designed with removable rain protection. It has a convertible hood that snaps on and off and removable side curtains, allowing low doors with padding for the driver's arm to rest on. There are holes in the floor, with rubber plugs, so that the supplied jack might be used from inside the car, as did the Jaguar XK120; the optional heater is poor and the shut-off valve is under the bonnet. A third person can be carried behind the seats; some 13,377 examples of the original "pre-facelift" TR3 were produced, of which 1,286 were sold within the UK. As of Q1 2011 there were 826 licensed and 115 SORN TR3/3as registered with the DVLA. Production period – October 1955 to Summer 1957 Original price – £950 Suspension – Front: independent by unequal-length double wishbones, coil springs and telescopic dampers. Rear: live axle, half-elliptic springs, lever arm dampers. Brakes – First 4408 models: 10-inch drums all around. Remaining 9000: front discs. While many of these items were factory fitments, local dealers supplied some as well.
Among these were: overdrive, wire wheels, steel hardtop kit, occasional rear seat, push-button radio, interior heater, leather upholstery, windscreen washer, cast aluminium sump, 2,138 cc engine, aluminum ‘Al-fin’ brake drums and fog lamps, a continental touring kit. A hardtop car with overdrive tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1956 had a top speed of 105.3 mph and could accelerate from 0–60 mph in 10.8 seconds. A fuel consumption of 27.1 miles per imperial gallon was recorded. The test car cost £1,103 including taxes. Other figures recorded included: From standing to 1⁄4 mile 18.1 secs In 1957 the TR3 was updated with various changes including a full width radiator grille and this facelifted model was referred to as the Triumph "TR3A". However the c
The United Kingdom the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world; the Irish Sea lies between Great Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world, it is the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017. The UK is constitutional monarchy; the current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state.
The United Kingdom's capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major urban areas in the UK include Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire conurbations, Greater Glasgow and the Liverpool Built-up Area; the United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. Apart from England, the countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers, but such power is delegated by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which may enact laws unilaterally altering or abolishing devolution; the nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. The medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language and political systems of many of its former colonies; the United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world, it was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally, it is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946.
It has been a leading member state of the European Union and its predecessor, the European Economic Community, since 1973. The United Kingdom is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Trade Organization; the 1707 Acts of Union declared that the kingdoms of England and Scotland were "United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain". The term "United Kingdom" has been used as a description for the former kingdom of Great Britain, although its official name from 1707 to 1800 was "Great Britain"; the Acts of Union 1800 united the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of Ireland in 1801, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Following the partition of Ireland and the independence of the Irish Free State in 1922, which left Northern Ireland as the only part of the island of Ireland within the United Kingdom, the name was changed to the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
Although the United Kingdom is a sovereign country, Scotland and Northern Ireland are widely referred to as countries. The UK Prime Minister's website has used the phrase "countries within a country" to describe the United Kingdom; some statistical summaries, such as those for the twelve NUTS 1 regions of the United Kingdom refer to Scotland and Northern Ireland as "regions". Northern Ireland is referred to as a "province". With regard to Northern Ireland, the descriptive name used "can be controversial, with the choice revealing one's political preferences"; the term "Great Britain" conventionally refers to the island of Great Britain, or politically to England and Wales in combination. However, it is sometimes used as a loose synonym for the United Kingdom as a whole; the term "Britain" is used both as a synonym for Great Britain, as a synonym for the United Kingdom. Usage is mixed, with the BBC preferring to use Britain as shorthand only for Great Britain and the UK Government, while accepting that both terms refer to the United K
Alvah Robert "Al" Holbert was an American automobile racing driver, a five-time champion of the IMSA Camel GT series. Holbert was born in Pennsylvania, he was the son of racecar driver Bob Holbert, who ran a Volkswagen-Porsche dealership in Warrington, PA, near Philadelphia. Holbert worked for Roger Penske while studying at Lehigh University, where he graduated with a B. S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1968. Holbert began racing Porsches in the northeast division of the SCCA, racing a C-production Porsche 914/6 against, among others, Bob Tullius and Bob Sharp. In 1971, Holbert scored his first race win in a Porsche and would turn professional in 1974, he would score his first of his two IMSA titles in 1977 in a Dekon Monza. Being a Porsche supporter, Holbert allowed Porsche technicians to inspect his Monza, which would lead to Porsche entering the series with turbocharged cars such as the 934 that led to a Porsche dominance for the following years. During that time Holbert jumped ship to the Stuttgart marque.
From 1976-1979 Holbert raced 19 career races in NASCAR. In those 19 races, in which he drove for James Hylton, Holbert scored 4 top ten finishes, he added an IMSA GTP title in a Porsche powered March 83G when Porsche were unable to make their 956 eligible for competition that year. February 27, 1983, he won the Grand Prix of Miami. Holbert finished fourth in the 1984 Indianapolis 500, led the Porsche IndyCar effort in 1987-1988, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1983, 1986, 1987, the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1986 and 1987 and the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1976 and 1981. Holbert was the head of the Porsche North America's Motorsports Division and ran his own racing team, Holbert Racing. In 1988, Holbert realised that the Porsche 962 that had brought him success in his earlier years was becoming outmoded by the newer generation of racers from the likes of the Jaguar XJR-9 and the Electramotive's Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo, his plan was to build an open top Porsche-engined racer for customer teams. Porsche built such a car nearly a decade although the WSC-95 would never be built for customer teams as Holbert and Porsche intended.
On September 30, 1988, Holbert was at the IMSA Columbus Ford Dealers 500. That evening, Holbert was fatally injured when his owned propeller driven Piper PA-60 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff near Columbus, when a clamshell door was not closed. At the end of the season, the team was disbanded and IMSA would retire his race number 14. Former Holbert Racing chief mechanic Kevin Doran became a noted team owner. Son, Todd Holbert was a mechanic, is with Toyota developing their NASCAR Tundra and Camry vehicles. Holbert was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993. "Al Holbert". Find a Grave. Retrieved September 3, 2010. NTSB accident report
Stearman Aircraft Corporation was an aircraft manufacturer in Wichita, Kansas. Although the company designed a range of other aircraft, it is most known for producing the Model 75, known as the "Stearman" or "Boeing Stearman". Lloyd Stearman established the Stearman Aircraft Corporation in 1927; the company was founded as Stearman Aircraft Corporation in October 1926 at Venice, where four C1 and C2 biplanes were built before production halted for financial reasons. On 27 September 1927 a new Stearman Aircraft Corporation was founded; the factory was established in Wichita, Kansas with financing of Walter Innes where the new model Stearman C3 and Stearman 4 Speedmail were constructed. Two years he sold it to the United Aircraft and Transport Corporation. In September 1934, anti-trust legislation forced United to separate its airline and aircraft manufacturing operations. At this time, part of United Aircraft and Transport Corporation, became a separate business once again, Stearman was made a subsidiary of it.
Stearman ceased to operate as a brand but about the same time the Stearman plant created its most successful and enduring product, the Model 75 "Kaydet". The Kaydet would become the primary trainer aircraft for the United States military during World War II. In 2005, Boeing sold the civil portion of the former Stearman operations to Onex, forming Spirit AeroSystems, although they have retained the military operations. Stearman M-2 Speedmail Stearman C1 Stearman C2 Stearman C3 Stearman Model 4 Stearman Model 6 Cloudboy Stearman Model 70 Stearman Model 71 Stearman Model 73 Stearman Model 75 Stearman Model 76 Stearman Model 80 Stearman Model 81 Stearman Model 85 Stearman X-90 Stearman X-91 Stearman X-100
Young Eagles is a program created by the US Experimental Aircraft Association designed to give children between the ages of 8 to 17 an opportunity to experience flight in a general aviation airplane while educating them about aviation. The program is offered free of charge with costs covered by the volunteers, it was launched in 1992 and, by 2016, has flown more than 2 million children in 90 countries. The program's presenting sponsors are Sporty's Pilot Shop. In 1991, a survey of long-time EAA members was conducted to help determine the organization's future priorities. Nearly 92 percent said; the survey showed that a flight experience inspired respondents toward aviation. On May 13, 1992, following several months of coordination by EAA's then-President Tom Poberezny and members of the EAA Board of Directors, management and volunteers, the Young Eagles Program was unveiled at a Washington, D. C. news conference. The mission of the EAA Young Eagles Program is to provide a meaningful flight experience – free of charge – in a general aviation aircraft for young people.
Flights are provided by EAA members worldwide. The initial goal of the program was to fly one million children prior to the 100th anniversary of flight celebration; that goal was achieved on November 13, 2003. An ongoing annual goal of introducing 100,000 young people to the Young Eagles experience has been established. In March 2011 EAA reported the results of a study on the program that showed that program participants are 5.4 times more to become a pilot than those who never participated and that 9% of those new pilots are female, an increase of 50% compared to the general population of pilots, 6% female. The study indicated that the older a child is when taking their flight that it is the more that child will become a pilot, with two out of every 100 participants who are 17 years old continuing to complete a pilot certificate; the program is administered by the Young Eagles Office at EAA headquarters in Wisconsin. At AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, EAA unveiled a new program called "International Young Eagles Day," a day set aside to encourage all EAA members and Chapters to participate, held on the second Saturday of June annually.
At AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, EAA unveiled a new program called "Eagle Flights," which will offer rides for adults. In Canada the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association participated in the Young Eagles program between 1992 and 2008. COPA members have flown more than 81,000 Young Eagles. COPA participation was ended on May 2008 due to insurance concerns. More than 43,000 pilots have participated in the program, donating their time and paying the full cost of providing the flights for the children in their own or rented aircraft. While some pilots have only flown a few Young Eagles there are many pilots who have flown more than three thousand children. At the program's inception EAA decided to recruit a well-known person to act as Chairman and raise the profile of the program; the program's founding chairman was actor Cliff Robertson who served in that capacity from 1992 to 1994. Robertson was succeeded in 1994 by retired USAF General and test pilot Chuck Yeager, the first person to intentionally fly faster than the speed of sound.
Yeager stepped down as chairman in 2004 and, in March 2004, actor and pilot Harrison Ford became Chairman of the Young Eagles program. Ford has flown more than 300 Young Eagles in several types of aircraft, finished his five-year term in 2009. In September 2009, Captain Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, who became famous in the US Airways Flight 1549 Hudson River ditching on 15 January 2009, were named as the program's new co-chairmen. In July 2013, aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker replaced Skiles as chairman. Rolls Royce contributed in 2010 six flight scholarships for basic flight training, one for advanced training toward a private pilot certificate. In May 2009, EAA joined with Sporty's Pilot Shop of Batavia, Ohio, to provide the Next Step to the Young Eagles Flight experience. Sporty's has made their on line Complete Flight Training Course available to any interested Young Eagle following their flight. Sporty's provides pilot logbooks to allow Young Eagles to record their flight and any subsequent aviation experiences.
The Gathering of Eagles is an annual fundraiser auction event. The organization hosts the event each year in the EAA AirVenture Museum during its EAA AirVenture Airshow. Among items auctioned were a SR-71 themed "Blackbird" Ford Mustang donated by Ford Motor Company, Jack Roush, EAA member Carroll Shelby. One-of-a-Kind Auctioned Cars 2006: Shelby GT350H Ford Mustang 2007: Unknown 2008: F-22 Raptor Ford Mustang "AV8R" 2009: P-51 "Dearborn Doll" Ford Mustang "AV-X10" 2010: SR-71 "Blackbird" Ford Mustang 2011: United States Navy Blue Angels Ford Mustang 2012: Tuskegee Airmen "Red Tails" Ford Mustang 2013: United States Air Force Thunderbirds Ford Mustang 2014: F-35 Lightning II Ford Mustang 2015: Apollo Ford Mustang 2016: Bob Hoover P-51 "Old Yeller" GT350 Mustang 2017: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor F-22 Raptor 2018: 2018 Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT Young Eagles Fact Sheet - accessed 19 August 2006 COPA Young Eagles website - accessed 19 August 2006 Young Eagles EAA