News & Views & Events
Wow... what a year or so it's been, hasn't it? Sorry about not
keeping you up to date with the usual aviation gab and fodder like we
used to do, but it's seems with Google, Digg, and a myriad of RSS feeds
and news sites, by the time we've read and posted it, it's old news! ;-)
We're still doing all of our other Strange Birds activities, like
flying and filming and photographing
and our Flight Shop is offering a huge
sale right now, so grab the good deals while you can!
2/28/2007 We've added
some great new Nose Art Rubber Stamps...
were designed to get your blood pressure up! Grab some Nose
Art Mugs and T-Shirts, too!
New Year 2007! To
all of our friends, family and fellow aviators of Strange Birds may
new year be filled with blue skies!
added some new
T-shirts and Coffee Mugs
to make your last minute shopping is a smooth flying! We've also marked
down so many T-Shirts, DVD's,
and More, so be sure to take advantage of the sales!
such a hectic summer and fall, so far... but we had to slow down long
to say Happy Thanksgiving
all our dear friends in the world of StrangeBirds!! Enjoy and be safe!
08/31/2006 Our COOL
SUMMER SALE is coming to an end on September 6th!
All good things must come to end... so hurry up and take advantage of
savings on many of our DVD's, Videos, Books
and more while you can! Have a very Happy and Safe Labor Day
our COOL SUMMER SALE! We
are offering savings on many of our DVD's, Videos, Apparel, Books and
It's a limited time offer as we prepare for the new, so once they are
out, they are gone!! Grab 'em while we have them!
of July: For all our dearest friends, family and customers in the
"strange birds" community, enjoy a very exciting, high-flying and safe
Happy July 4th!
National Museum of Naval Aviation If
you are looking for an interesting and educational experience that
something for the entire family this summer, head to Pensacola,
Located at the Pensacola's Naval Air Station, the National Museum of
Aviation's 291,000 square-foot facility traces the history of US Naval
Aviation, from its humble beginnings in 1911 to present in the form of
160 beautifully restored aircraft, memorabilia, displays and artwork.
by the Secretary of the Navy in 1962, the Museum has been host to more
than 15 million visitors.
Update: New Coffee
Mugs... and our ever popular T-Shirts get you ready for the Air
for Spring! Well
it looks like another great year for StrangeBirds
flying... the Air
season is upon us and the frozen
north is slowly thawing out... getting ready to switch their
birds from skis to floats and tundra tires!
New Year! We
look forward to another adventurous year ahead and with so many events
in the planning, it definitely looks like another busy one for us!
of all, is the annual event that marks our 5th Wedding
it's the 14th Boulder City/ Lake Mead Splash-In for the Albatross and
Big Birds Community! The week starts on January 30th for the classes
the Big Splash-in and Picnic is February 4th. For all of the info and
contact Dennis Buehn at 775-877-1231 or Bill DaSilva at 734-604-5715
Well, the holiday
hustle and bustle is behind us! Now it is time to enjoy a very
happy and healthy holiday season with our loved ones. We look forward
more for 2006 with all of our friends, old and new!
Sad news... one
of the Chalks
Mallards went down today... in the advent of that tragedy Steve was
called to do a CNN appearance and he was on a few local television
As Steve said, this airline has had an impeccable reputation since it's
early beginnings in 1919... Our hearts go out to the families and loved
ones of the passengers and pilots.
the Holidays? Well, we certainly can help! All of the adventurous
will be happy to have any of our new DVD's
or Books or T-Shirts under the
so order early, because we know how backed up Santa gets in his
<grin>... he needs to dump the reindeer and get an Albatross!
So much has happened since the beginning of this month! First of all,
is off shooting a documentary in Australia about the Royal
Flying Doctors of Australia. Read all about the Great
Circle Air Safari, the annual fund raiser for their great
which is an antique airplane "race" around the Australian Outback!
Splash In was another exciting event, albeit that we missed it due
to Steve's Australian adventure, however, we have some great
photos sent by one of our gracious friends, Dennis H. Vied.
We just lowered the
price of our Flying
Boat series also, so if you don't have the DVD version , get it
if you need the VHS version that's a real good deal now, also!
been so much happening for us here at StrangeBirds this summer, however
at this time we would just like to express our deepest gratitude to the
who are working night and day to help those stranded by the destructive
results of Hurricane Katrina. They are faced with an incomprehensible
along with the health care providers and other support groups who are
trying to do their best to help in an extremely dire situation. We send
our heartfelt support for all of those effected.
Just in time
for Father's Day!We've
added a few new items, like the StrangeBirds
Notecards series, a collection of incredible photographs by our new
found friend, adventurer and photographer, Myron Rosenberg of
AK. And the catch of the day is our new shirt called Float
Plane Fly Fishing!
Some really good
news: The American Lake in Washington seaplane base will stay open after facing
closure earlier this year.
good news: we hooked up our Aero
Car friend, Ed Sweeney, with the gang at Monster
Garage so see the results this week!
...and even more
news:Aero-Marine Limited, the UK company that has developed and patented radical new
technology using original slender hull forms, announces today that it
entering the UAV market.
Alaska! Wow!! ...what an incredibly beautiful
managed to visit, see and fly to quite a few places in the short week
half we were there: Anchorage & Lake Hood Talkeetna, Moose Pass,
and back up to Lake Hood and Anchorage. We'll be putting the pictures
stories up in a few days! Good Times!!!
We added those
t-shirts and mugs
we told you about and even more will be added this week, also!
Here we come... it's that time of year again! The Alaska
Airmen's Conference is this coming weekend (May 13-15,
and we'll be there! We're looking forward to seeing all of our friends
new and old, at one of the most unique and beautiful gatherings of
Keep an eagle eye
out for our new
addition of T-Shirts, Coffee Mugs and Hats in the next few weeks, too!
And if you haven't been by the Flight Shop
lately... check it out!
that time of year again! Heading to the warm climes of the Southeast
the second largest U.S. air show, fly-in and splash-in. It's in
and runs from April 12 - 18, 2005... Steve will be spending time on and
off at the Seaplane Pilots Association
& Waterflying Magazine booth, so be sure to stop and say hello...
up, if you're not already a member!
(Mary and the staff will be in the office and warehouse covering the
Aviation Conference and ... Lots
of great folks at the conference again this year! With much help from
dynamic duo (Janet & David Johnston [Knights
of Avalon]) as well as Terry Campbell and Mike, our booth was quite
a success! We had four monitors running our new DVD's Alaska
Float Flying, Bush
of Alaska, Super
Cubs I and II, Red
Rock Backcountry Flying and Barnstormers,
along with our best selling Flying
Boat series and they were all a big hit! It was
to see many folks we'd met last year and the best was meeting so many
While in Seattle
area, we spent quite
a bit of time working on a project with Kenmore Air. Beaver flying is
indescribable... You've gotta read their new book, "Success
on the Step" it's one of the most amazing stories in aviation
new shopping cart! Well,
the annual Albatross Training and Splash-In in Boulder City Nevada went
off beautifully again this year! It seems more and more attend as the
go by... Steve did his training and is now G-111 (Grumman Albatross)
rated! Wow!! Congratulations, Steve!!!
completed updating our
site with a new easy-to-use shopping cart! And we now accept the
credit card... along with the Visa, Mastercard and American Express we
The new 2005
Airshow Schedules are here too!
One of our favorite StrangeBirds, the Albatross, has been appointed a
task (hey, that's what they were designed for!) as the "ultimate surf
aircraft for those huge surfing companies, Billabong and
Silver. It's an exciting op for the big birds
their owners... mixed with lots of fun as well as work. Quik Silvers's
albatross story is at The Crossing: Quiksilver's Albatross Adventure
and Billabong's is globalsurfnews.com/news.asp?ld_news=15184
the upcoming Albatross
fly-in splash-in in Lake Mead, NV and Boulder City in February
2005... or contact Dennis Buehn at American
Warbirds directly at 775-887-1231 for details and arrangements.
He also has a Goose that he offers rides in!!!
Wow... we've been too busy, I guess! So sorry for not keeping you up o
date here!! Since our last Logger, we attended a few other air shows
had a wonderful event at this year's Clear Lake Splash In (in Lakeport,
California) in September. Dave
Johnston did signings of his book, "Knights
of Avalon" and "wowed" everyone with his presentation on Saturday
about the history of Catalina Airlines. Across the lake fireworks
off the weekend's activities. It was a treat for all... the "heavy
of all of the Grumman group were there: Widgeon, Mallard, Goose and
what a spectacular sight (and sound!!)!!!
concentrated on a move to a larger facility... spreading our wings, as
it were! We've added a new DVD from Jim Clark on flying in the "backcountry"
of Utah's Red Rock Country. It's another of our additions, like the Floatplane
Flying in Alaska DVD, which carries the message of adventurous
We had a great, great time at the 2004 EAA
Golden West Fly-In in Marysville,CA! We had five aircraft in our
which was located at the front gate! What more could we ask for? Dave
Johnston did signings of his book, "Knights
of Avalon" and did two
forums for the show about his days in the old Goose and Sikorsky
days of Catalina, CA. We had our dear friend, Oakley Giffin's polished
aluminum RV-6 (which he meticulously built and keeps polished to a
finish!!), along with Jenni
Martin's Daytona Super Cub on amphib floats... what a sight that
Then there was a Luscombe
being offered for raffle and a gorgeous Piper
Cub which had been won in a contest, along with a Sky Raider, built
by Tyler, the son of Terry Campbell (owner of Norcal Aviation Seaplane
Flight School, the best seaplane school in California), when he was 12,
finished at 16 and now at 18, he's selling it to get a Pitts S-1B. He
to be the next Sean Tucker, he says. We are already working with John
president of the EAA Golden West, to help make next year's event more
a seaplane event!
spent the fourth
of July weekend in Calaveras County with Terry Campbell, going to the
Vineyards in Murphys, CA on Saturday night for some super fireworks! On
Sunday, did some great canyon flying in Terry's C150/150 on EDO floats.
Monday, we went to Carson City to visit our buddy, Dennis
Buehn who is the adoring new "father" of a gorgeous Grumman
Goose... While we were over in Nevada, we stopped by the
of John Fuller as we caught him flying back from one of the many lakes
near Tahoe in his Mallard. We also saw the Mallard which we designed
new shirt from, owned by Steve Hamilton. What a beauty! The hangar was
filled with incredible aircraft... John showed us his completely
turbine Beaver, which was so fresh the interior smelled like a brand
Shows Book Signings and more...
Well, we've been very busy at airshows lately! And we will be at the EAA
Golden West Air Show this coming weekend June 18-20! We'll be
in Display area T-2 next to Bruce Bohannon's Exxon display. We'll have
a Super Cub on Amphibian floats as well as a beautifully polished RV-6
built and operated by Oakley Giffin. David Johnston will be
his book, "Knights of Avalon"
and Terry of Norcal Aviation
will be signing up students for seaplane instructions and add-on
Come on out and meet our ever growing flock of StrangeBirds friends and
Cubs and Beavers and Forum
Our Super Cub and "Beaver
Fever" designs have taken on their own pages, since we continue to
add more and more items with them... so check out the new additions of
polo shirts, caps and more... Just added a new StrangeBirds BBS type message
board forum! The first of many, this one focuses on the seaplanes,
flying boats and floats... a bush, an aerobatics, a classic aircraft
a warbirds & nose-art forums will follow soon! By the way,
Alaska Airmen's conference starts next weekend...
at Sun-n-Fun The
call of duty for these two StrangeBirds (Steve and Mary) sometimes
for us to do it apart! Not at all what we like, but we must do what we
must do... so I (Mary) am here managing the website (obviously), the
shipping, emails, phone calls and all that office stuff, while Steve is
covering the turf (and surf!) at Sun-n-Fun in Lakeland, Florida! With
Stearmans and T-6's flying overhead, he explained the events at the
to me via the trusty cell phone... what did we do before they were
see we have some new books, such as "Knights
of Avalon" by Dave Johnston, all about the glory days of seaplane
in and out of that gorgeous little island, Santa Catalina... by the
on May 15, 2004 there's going to be a Catalina Seaplane Reunion. For
the information contact David Johnston at email@example.com
ready for Sun-n-Fun
It's the kick off of the "official StrangeBirds season"... it's the
Annual EAA Sun-n-Fun Fly-In in
Florida... starts April 13th and runs through April 19th.
new items and...
Erin go B'ragh! We've just added another new book! This one is a very
done children's book, called "Bobby
the Bush Pilot" by Kane Baker and watercolorist, Alison Campbell
It is so artistically beautiful with a real-life story of a
Bush Pilot, that it appeals to any age group! We will have a
supply of autographed and numbered copies, also, so be sure on the
has just been great!! We've been flying our C120 quite a bit for the
week or so, getting a birds-eye-view of Spring in all of Mother Natures
glory! Even if you can't jump in an airplane to view the sights, be
to take some quality time to watch those birds... be they airplanes or
mother nature's! Any StrangeBirds will do!!
Show Schedules and more...Well,
we finally have the full Air
Show listings for 2004 including a separate page for the Blue
Angles and Thunderbirds, as we did last year. We will update the
throughout the season, so be sure to mark your calendars for shows and
events in your area!
from the annual Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in
Washington. Great turn out! It was quite a beautiful setting against
backdrop of Mt. Rainier. We met so many wonderful people, made some new
friends and of course, stopped by Kenmore
Air Harbor and flew their new Super Cub on floats... what a
the way, if
you haven't noticed yet, we've been very busy adding books
our line up of offerings... go check them out!
Boats DVD's are here! We did it! Our extremely
Boats Video Series is now available for you on DVD! Now you can
this great 5 1/2 hour documentary series on a 3 DVD set or if you
the original video set, we still have them, of course!
seen this series yet, you are missing the most definitive collection of
flying boats, seaplane and float plane footage and historic
ever assembled. It is historic in of itself!
reminder: Don't forget Valentine's
Items and more...Well, well... we made it through the hectic
holidays, brought in a new year and we are coming up on that great
again, where Steve and I were wedded
3 years ago! Yes! The great Albatross gathering in Boulder City and
Mead, Nevada... It's going to be during Valentine's week this year!
out more info at AmericanWarbirds.com...
added an entire
new section in our Flight
We'll be adding more and more, being the bookworms that we are, it
be long before we have quite a library
we have a special
for one of our favorite holidays: Valentine's Day! So be sure to get
and your beloved something
for those high flying frisky nights!
Cheer...We wanted to
do so many special offerings for this holiday season but truly ran out
of time! This year has been a wonderful whirlwind for us and we're
straight into 2004 with even more great new ideas, products, stories,
and so much more for you!
want to thank
all of our customers and new-found friends, who have made this an
warm and heartfelt experience for us. We will continue to share our
dreams and passion for flying with all who wish to share it all with
happy holidays, one and all! -Steve &
products...We've just added yet
another one of our great new T-Shirts, the "Super
Cub" to the T-Shirt
collections... be sure to check it and the Beaver
Fever, in case you didn't see that last month... And don't forget
look for us in the latest issues of WaterFlying Magazine (Seaplane
Association), Pacific Flyer, In-Flight and Pilot Getaways...
We were there... and then some!
Wow! The time
The Clear Lake Splash-In was fantastic... there were Lakes, Super Cubs,
185's, 206's Seabees, Albatrosses, just to name a few... The visitors
awed by the continuous array of strange birds flying all around the
There were contests and plenty of opportunities for rides for those who
wanted to experience the thrill of a seaplane flight! We do look
to next year! Thanks to all our friends, including Terry at Norcal
who did a spectacular job organizing it all. A very special thank you
our biggest fan and the weekend's event photographer, Patrick Dulanty.
Our new T-Shirts were a hit! And keep an eye out for more to come soon!
We'll be there! ... the Clear Lake Splash-In
26th through the 28th StrangeBirds
will be at the annual Clear Lake Seaplane Splash-In in Lakeport,
We'll be bringing our T-Shirts, Videos
and more for one of the most beautiful fly-in events in the Northwest!
Clear Lake has more than 43,000 surface acres with the surrounding
and hills making it one of the most scenic spots for this seaplane and
floatplane event. If you need more info, go to
or contact Terry Campbell at 209-736- 4554 or www.norcalaviation.com
we see you there!
development in our StrangeBirds T-Shirts and Coffee
Mug line... Beaver Fever! For anyone who has ever
in love with one of these strange birds of the bush and float plane
show it off by wearing a Beaver Fever T-Shirt (with the picture close
your heart!) or toast their rugged elegance with a Beaver Fever Mug!
you got the Beaver Fever?
6:39:40 PMBusy Summer ...
has been busy around here at StrangeBirds.com!
I flew with my friend, Oakley in his RV-6 (which took second best
in show) down to the Willits Airport for the annual EAA Chapter #1027
Airport Day... they call themselves the "stinkiest little chapter in
mainly due to their diminutive size and proximity to the local tourist
attraction there in Willits called the "Skunk Train"... anyway, it was
great! They had a Waco which gave rides all day, several Vans RV's,
and classics such as Cessna 140s and J-3 Cubs. Several of the aircraft
had just returned from Oshkosh, and stories of the flights and times at
the big event filled the air.
10:53:30 PMMore new items...
it's been a very hectic month here at the StrangeBirds
hangar... but that's the nature of aviation in the summer... bright,
long-lasting sunny days puts the flying fever in us all!
busy adding new items in the way of T-Shirts, videos,
so be sure to check the flight
shop for the new additions! We just finished the Flying
the B-17 Video Review, which adds to our ever increasing list of
reviews, highlights and photos. Be sure to check in soon when we add
more Warbird info and products.
9:34:06 AMHappy 4th of
July, one and all!
some celebrations of our own here at StrangeBirds.com! The fireworks
going off for the first of our very own signature artwork for T-Shirts,
Mugs and more... it's Sukhoi
Suzie! Get one of her T-Shirts or Coffee Mugs, now! Be sure to stay
tuned ... we have so many more in the works! Be sure to have a safe and
very happy 4th of July... remember the freedom that it represents!!
2:01:45 PMYesterday, June
14th, we spent the day at
an aviation conference here in Fortuna at the River Lodge. This is an
event organized by Avi-8-cando,
which supports the education and preservation of aviation. We had a
little booth and always give our support to Avi-8-cando. This
rewards young adults for their good grades by giving them financial
that are applied to flight training.
conference focused on John
Joseph Montgomery who flew his glider a distance of over 600 feet
August 28, 1883, twenty years before and six times the distance of the
Wright Brothers first powered flight. Tony Howard and his crew built
beautiful and accurate full scale replicas of two of John Montgomery's
gliders, and proudly hung them on display from the ceiling over the
room. The conference also focused on the pioneering efforts of the many
other brave men and women who have done so much for aviation, all to
we tend to take these accomplishments for granted. We need to nurture
encourage pioneering spirits both within adults and with our youth as
Rutan, the incredible pilot of the Voyager (the first aircraft to
around the world without refueling, which was designed by his brother,
Burt Rutan), flew in, in the same Long EZ that he also flew around the
world in 1997 for the afternoon to speak about his latest project the
powered EZ Rocket, and I sat with him for lunch and wonderful long
Dick flew home to Mojave, CA with Strangebirds t-shirts, and our own
Brew Coffee in hand.
Collings Foundation's B-17 and B-24 came to visit our
airport this week, and I spent most of their three days here with the
and their crews. The weather was great and the local came out in
to support and experience these wonderful aircraft. We'll have to post
the wonderful photos of our Cessna 120 under the wing of the B-17,
of Jim Minor the pilot. We sent the crews on their way with a hand full
of StrangeBirds t-shirts and
be looking forward their visit next year.
10:05:15 AM We are going
to start updating and
keeping current events, happenings and other news here on our new
web logger! We just returned from Southern California where we had a
visit and photo shoot at the March
Air Force Base Museum. Then we made a our way over to the near by
Air Show which we have been trying to make for years. Next time you
are looking to rent a C-141 for a birthday party or gathering, give the
wonderful staff at the March Air Force Base Museum a call at
They have the only C-141 we know of that can be rented for private
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