Summer Launches For Aviators

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With Memorial Day weekend behind us, summer has officially arrived in the U.S., and the aviation world offers plenty of diversion for those ready to get out and enjoy. Local airports around the country are hosting pancake breakfasts and fly-ins; many are listed in AVweb's calendar of events. The Flying Musicians will play at aviation events from the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas to the Splash-In Music Jam in Montana; click here for their full agenda. The International Council of Air Shows posts a calendar at their website, to help locate the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, or any of your favorite airshow performers. The Red Bull Air Races fly into North America June 5 and 6 in Windsor, Ontario, just across the border from Detroit, and they'll race in New York City June 19 and 20 before heading back to Europe. The biggest show of all, EAA AirVenture, is set for July 26 to August 1; if you're going, their website has all the info you need to start planning. There are even plenty of aviation options for rainy days.

The San Diego Air and Space Museum has posted its archive of 100,000 aviation-related photos online on Flickr, for hours of browsing. A new musical, "Take Flight," based on the lives of Amelia Earhart, the Wright brothers, and Charles Lindbergh, is playing at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J. You can catch up on aviation movies -- Barnstorming, a great story about the connections forged when a couple of pilots land in a farmer's field, is available on DVD. One Six Right, the story of a general aviation airfield, is also on DVD and has been spotted at iTunes and Hulu. Filmmaker Brian Terwilliger also has some short features, trailers, and a preview of his upcoming aviation epic online. And finally, to start off the summer right, here's a photo of a stuntman in China who pulled a single-engine airplane about 15 feet across a hangar floor, via a rope attached to his eyelids.