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Photos: Take Flight in a B-17

The Sentimental Journey doesn’t take flight until this weekend but we went out the Hanover County Municipal Airport to grab a few shots.

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Sentimental Journey is the nickname of a B-17G Flying Fortress bomber. It is based at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona but it will be staying at the Hanover County Municipal Airport (11152 Air Park Rd, Ashland) through the weekend.

With a crew of 10, a total of 12,731 B-17s flew in World War 2. Designed specifically for daylight precision bombing, B-17s flew unescorted bombing missions over Europe for much of the war. B-17s were legendary for their ability to return home after taking brutal poundings. They dropped over 640,000 tons of bombs over Europe. The Sentimental Journey is one of only five B-17s around the world actively flying today and was built in November 1944. After the war, the Sentimental Journey spent its time fighting forest fires.

When checking it out make sure and read the signatures of veterans that have signed the bomb bay doors. With just a few brief words the experiences of these veterans come alive.

From now until September 20th the plane will be available for viewing and for $10 ($20 for a family) you can step inside and see how truly cramped this plane was for the crew of 10. Starting on Friday the plane will be taking a limited number of passengers on flights. Cost for the flights are $425 per waist compartment seat (6 available), $850 per Bombardier/Navigator Seat (2 available). The Bombardier/Navigator seats are at the nose of the plan and have an unbeatable view.

Schedule

  • Tuesday-Thursday, the grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday-Sunday, the grounds will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Rides can be scheduled online or by calling 480-462-2992.

Technical details on the Sentimental Journey from the owners at the Commemorative Air Force Museum.

General Characteristics
Type: Heavy/Strategic Bomber
Manufacturer: Boeing (later on Vega and Douglas)
Maiden Flight: 28 July 1935
Introduced: April 1938
Theater of War: World War II
Number Produced: 12,731
Status: Retired in 1968
Our B-17G “Sentimental Journey” was built in November, 1944 at the Douglas plant in California

Dimensions
Crew: 10
Wingspan: 103 ft 9 in
Length: 74 ft 4 in
Height: 19 ft 3 in
Empty Weight: 36,134 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 65,500 lbs

Performance
Power Plant: (4) Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone Turbo-Supercharged Radials
Horsepower: 1,200 hp. each
Maximum Speed: 263 knots (302 mph)
Service Ceiling: 36,400 ft
Rate of Climb: 900 ft/min
Range: 3,259 nm (3,750 mi)
Armament: Guns: (13) 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning Machine Guns
Payload: Up to 8,000 lbs ordnance (short range missions of less than 400 mi) and up to 4,500 lbs ordnance (long range missions of up to 800 mi)

 

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Sports Backers, CarMax announce partnership for CarMax Richmond Half Marathon

Sports Backers has announced a new partnership with CarMax, making the Richmond-based retailer of used cars the title sponsor of the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon starting with the 2021 event on November 13. The event is slated to return to downtown Richmond in 2021, along with the VCU Health Richmond Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k.

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Sports Backers has announced a new partnership with CarMax, making the Richmond-based retailer of used cars the title sponsor of the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon starting with the 2021 event on November 13. The event is slated to return to downtown Richmond in 2021, along with the VCU Health Richmond Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k. Registration is currently available at www.richmondmarathon.org.

“We are honored to be the lead sponsor of the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon and continue our longtime support of Sports Backer’s mission,” said Leslie Parpart, Director of Community Relations at CarMax. “We look forward to cheering on participants as they run past our new office being developed at the Sauer Center, scheduled to open later this year. We are excited to continue to grow CarMax’s presence in our hometown of Richmond and support events that enrich our community.”

2021 will mark the 14th running of the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon and it is consistently recognized as a premier fall race, earning accolades as a top U.S. half marathon from industry sources such as All About Marathon Training and Daily Burn. It draws participants to run Richmond and experience a flat, fast course, scenic neighborhoods, and first-class organization from registration through race day. Sports Backers plans to return the race to downtown Richmond with the traditional finish line at the intersection of 5th Street and Tredegar Street that offers sweeping views of Brown’s Island and the James River, with the flexibility to adjust race operations to follow the most up-to-date public health guidelines and promote participant safety.

“At Sports Backers, our mission is to inspire active living on a daily basis and create active living opportunities for residents and visitors alike,” said Jon Lugbill, Executive Director of Sports Backers. “The CarMax Richmond Half Marathon is a great celebration of our mission and the race festivities show off the best that our region has to offer. CarMax is a tremendous community partner and we are honored to work alongside them to support active living and help race participants achieve their goals.”

Kids Run RVA is the official charity partner of the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, CarMax Richmond Half Marathon, and Allianz Partners 8k. Kids Run RVA is an initiative of Sports Backers that reaches thousands of young people across the Richmond region and has run clubs in dozens of schools and neighborhoods, including many underserved communities. Over the past year, Kids Run RVA has innovated and modified its offerings through virtual challenges and video workouts to give youth the chance to have fun while being physically active. Kids Run RVA works to break down barriers and provide all kids the opportunity to participate in daily physical activity while establishing healthy habits that are critical to their long-term physical, emotional, and social development.

Registration for the 2021 CarMax Richmond Half Marathon is currently open, and more information on the event, as well as training teams for the marathon, half marathon, and 8k, can be found at www.richmondmarathon.org.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels announce full 2021 promotional schedule, set to open season May 4th

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have announced home game start times and their promotional schedule for the 2021 season. The full promotional schedule can be viewed here.

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

During the 2021 season, most Tuesday through Friday home games will begin at 6:35 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Two exceptions, Wednesday, June 2 and Wednesday, July 28, will start at 12:05 p.m. with gates opening at 11 a.m.

Saturday games at The Diamond will begin at 6:05 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. First pitch for Sunday home games through June 13 will be 1:05 p.m. with the ballpark gates opening at noon. From July 18 through Sept. 12, Sunday home games will start at 5:05 p.m.

First pitch for the Flying Squirrels’ Independence Day game on Sunday, July 4 is set for 6:05 p.m. and gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

The Flying Squirrels have 13 of their popular fireworks shows on their 2021 promotional calendar, including two special dueling fireworks shows on July 3 and July 4.

As a temporary health and safety measure, all shirt giveaways will be one size (adult extra-large for fans 15 and older and youth large for fans 14 and younger) to expedite entrance into the ballpark and minimize contact between fans and staff.

This season, the Flying Squirrels will host the inaugural Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend on July 16 and 17. The weekend serves to honor and recognize the contributions of members of the Richmond 34, whose sit-in protest in 1960 influenced legislation in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Information on the Flying Squirrels’ Richmond 34 initiatives can be found here.

After debuting in 2019, the Flying Squirrels will once again transform to las Ardillas Voladoras throughout the 2021 season as part of the Copa de la Diversión program, with accompanying special giveaways and theme nights, listed below.

Highlights of the 2021 Flying Squirrels’ promotional schedule are listed below:

Theme Night Highlights

  • May 4 – Opening Night
  • May 9 – Mother’s Day celebration
  • June 2 – Business person’s special (12:05 p.m. start)
  • June 3 – Peanut-free game
  • July 3 – Independence Weekend celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 4 – Independence Day celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 16-17 – Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend
  • July 28 – Summer Camp Day (12:05 p.m. start)
  • July 31 – Military Appreciation Night
  • August 7 – Faith Night No. 1
  • August 19 – Faith Night No. 2
  • August 22 – Field of Greens Night (food allergy awareness)
  • September 9 – Pride Night
  • September 12 – Fan Appreciation Day

Fireworks Schedule (13 dates)

  • May 4, 8 & 20
  • June 3 & 10
  • July 3 (dueling), 4 (dueling), 17 & 31
  • August 7, 19 & 21
  • September 11

Bobblehead Giveaways

Adult Shirt Giveaways (XL only)

Adult Headwear Giveaways

Copa Giveaways

Youth Giveaways (shirts YL only)

Specialty Jersey Auctions

Weekly Promotions

  • Wednesdays – Wine & K-9s featuring $5 glasses of wine and $6 wine slushies from 5:30-7:30 p.m. plus dogs admitted free
  • Fridays – Funnville Friday Happy Hour featuring $2 12-ounce domestic drafts and $2 fountain sodas from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Additional promotions will be added to the 2021 schedule at a later date.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2021 season on Tuesday, May 4 at The Diamond against the Hartford Yard Goats. A limited number of individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 season will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 19 at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 814-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket office at The Diamond. Any fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season can first access to redeem them now until Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m. More information regarding the release of 2021 tickets can be found here.

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HCPS will hold traditional in-person graduations at Richmond Raceway for the Class of 2021

Henrico County Public Schools seniors will gather in person with their classmates at traditional graduation ceremonies to be held in June. Ceremonies for HCPS’ nine comprehensive high schools and two Advanced Career Education centers will be held June 14-17 at Richmond Raceway, while the graduating class at the Academy at Virginia Randolph will hold its ceremony June 9 at the Virginia Randolph Recreation Area.

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Henrico County Public Schools seniors will gather in person with their classmates at traditional graduation ceremonies to be held in June. Ceremonies for HCPS’ nine comprehensive high schools and two Advanced Career Education centers will be held June 14-17 at Richmond Raceway, while the graduating class at the Academy at Virginia Randolph will hold its ceremony June 9 at the Virginia Randolph Recreation Area. The events will conform to all public health requirements for in-person graduations outlined by Gov. Northam in association with an April 1 update to Northam’s Executive Order 72.

Richmond Raceway’s size will enable each school’s graduating seniors to gather as a group and take part in a traditional ceremony, accepting their diplomas in person. The students will process as a class from beneath the grandstands, walk past friends and family in the grandstands and descend to a grassy seating area just across the track. Students will remain 6 feet apart and seats will be spaced accordingly. As is traditional, students will ascend a stage and accept their diplomas.

Each graduating student will receive four tickets for family and friends to attend the ceremony, and each student’s group will sit together as a pod in the raceway’s grandstands, separated from other groups by 6 feet. Professional-quality sound systems and video boards will also be in place to amplify the students’ processional, songs, speeches, and the recognition of each graduate by name as they walk across the stage. Graduations will also be live-streamed at www.henricoschools.us, ensuring that relatives and loved ones can also watch from their computers and mobile devices.

Specific information about each school’s graduation will come from the school’s principals or senior administrators. Information will also be added in coming weeks to HCPS’ Graduations Hub, which is at https://henricoschools.us/graduations/.

HCPS graduation schedule            

Virginia Randolph Recreation Area

2175 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060 

Wednesday, June 9

  • The Academy at Virginia Randolph (7 p.m.)

Richmond Raceway Complex

600 E. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va. 23222

Monday, June 14

  • Advanced Career Education Centers at Hermitage and Highland Springs (6 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 15

  • Henrico High School (10 a.m.)
  • Highland Springs High School (2 p.m.)
  • Varina High School (6 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 16

  • Douglas S. Freeman High School (10 a.m.)
  • Deep Run High School (2 p.m.)
  • Mills E. Godwin High School (6 p.m.)

Thursday, June 17

  • J.R. Tucker High School (10 a.m.)
  • Glen Allen High School (2 p.m.)
  • Hermitage High School 6 p.m.)

Friday, June 18

  • Rain date

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