Sunday, September 26, 2010

B-17 Tour Stop October 22-24, 2010

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) with local Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 is bringing their B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" to the Concord Regional Airport as part of their 2010 “Salute to Veterans” tour and in celebration of the 75 Year Anniversary of this special aircraft. The media flight is Thursday, October 21 at 1 pm and the plane will arrive at 12 Noon. Visit the EAA B-17 site at for more information.

This aircraft is an example of the American heavy bomber that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. The Tour Stop will be at the Concord Regional Airport October 22 - 24, 2010. The Concord Regional Airport will also host an OPEN HOUSE AND FLY-IN for the community over the weekend October 23rd - 24th featuring the EAA B-17 Tour Stop, static displays of general aviation, military, Antique, Classic Warbird aircraft as well as NASCAR / Nationwide/ Legends cars, food, community information, vendors, raffles, a Sunday afternoon helicopter golf ball drop, and lots more. All proceeds to benefit Rotary Polio Plus Program.

The Northwest Cabarrus Rotary is sponsoring the golf ball drop. Tickets are available at the Open House or in advance at the Airport FBO Customer Service Counter at $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00 with $1.000.00 going to the winner.

Concord Regional Airport (JQF) is offering offering a FLY-IN FUEL DISCOUNT SPECIAL of $0.25 per gallon!

Visit for the airport Open House event flyer and hours or directions.

Fly a mission back in time and feel the might of this magnificent aircraft, just as those brave young men did more than 65 years ago. CLICK to visit the B-17 Multimedia Center.

Flight Information:
     Book your flight in advance for a special discount.
     Phone: 1-800-359-6217
     Local contact: 704-231-4867 or
     Local website:

Ground Tours are offered from 2:00 – 5:00 pm daily. Cost is $5.00 per Person or $15.00 per Family (adults/children up to 17-immediate family members). Children under eight are free when accompanied by paying adult. All Active Military personnel and Veterans receive a free ground tour.

Hangar Bar-B-Que Dinner "Salute to Veterans Program" will be Saturday, October 23rd, 5PM to 7PM, at the airport in Hangar E, on featuring WWll Pilots and Veterans, WWll Swing Dancers, and B-17 Crew Members. Open to the public cost is $12.00 per person.  Advance tickets available at the airport.  Also call 704-231-4867 or 704-332-8301 or email  Tickets will be available at the B-17 Merchandise Trailer during the event.  Bring your family and say Thank You to our Veterans!


B-17 FACEBOOK           Fate of the B-17 "Satan's Lady"

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the B-17.

Here’s a very touching story that I'm sure most of you will enjoy. WW2 Widow, Peggy Harris, did not give up the search for her husband, 1st. Lt. Billy Harris, a fighter pilot missing in action since 1944.  A secondary message demonstrates how useless many of our politicians have become.
Please take the time and watch this video. You will be glad you did! This is quite a story about ''another generation'' which will be missed and remembered for all time. The term ''till death do us part'' is not always applicable. What a gentle soul.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Air Traffic Control

I was recently part of a group of Charlotte EAA Chapter 309 pilots that were given a two hour tour of the the Charlotte/Douglas Airport Control Tower and the TRACON facilities. We first received a complete briefing on how the ATC systems works. We were then escorted in smaller groups and were able to learn the details of what is involved at the Charlotte facility. We all were very impressed and want to thank the supervisors and individual controllers that made our visit something that we will never forget. A special treat for me was to see my friend Scott in the tower, the former owner of my airplane. He has over 20 years experience in ATC and was on duty in the LaGuardia Airport Tower on the day of 911 - let us never forget!

This video will give you a good idea of what we saw.