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Gisele taking flight in Marshfield
Bundchen learning to fly helicopter at Marshfield Airport

on PatriotLedger.com September 22, 2009
by Jennifer Mann

PHOTO: Associated Press - Brazillian supermodel Gisele Bundchen listens during a press conference in 2007. The mother-to-be and wife of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is taking flight lessons in Marshfield.


Residents in Marshfield have another celebrity at whom to gawk.

Keith Douglass, president of Shoreline Aviation, confirmed that supermodel and soon-to-be mom Gisele Bundchen has been taking helicopter flight lessons from the company, which operates from Marshfield's municipal airport.

She's well on her way to completing the 40 hours needed to get her helicopter pilot's license, Douglass said. In the last month or so that she's been popping in for lessons, he said, she's proven to be an ace pilot.

"She's excellent. She's one of the best pilots we've ever seen," Douglass said.

By the time celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.com reported the news Monday, word had already gotten around Marshfield, a town that has had its fair share of celebrities, ranging from Steve Carell of the TV show "The Office" to members of Aerosmith.

So far, Bundchen's husband, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, has not shown up at the airport to go along for a ride – but as Douglass noted, this is Brady's busiest time of year.

One resident, posting on Marshfield's online community forum in late August, reported seeing the couple at the beachside Arthur & Pat's restaurant.

Jennifer Mann may be reached at jmann@ledger.com.

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Gisel taking flight in Marshfield

on Taunton Daily Gazette.com September 22, 2009
by GateHouse News Service

Residents in Marshfield have another celebrity to gawk at.

Keith Douglass, president of Shoreline Aviation, has confirmed that supermodel and soon-to-be mom Gisele Bundchen has been taking flight lessons from the company, which operates from Marshfield's municipal airport.

She's well on her way toward completing the 40 hours needed to get her helicopter pilot's license, Douglass said. And she's proving to be an ace pilot.

"She's progressed pretty quickly; she's extremely dedicated," Douglass said.

So far, Bundchen's husband, New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady, has not shown up at the airport to go along for a ride.

The Patriot Ledger

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Air Combat USA coming to Shoreline Aviation at Marshfield Municipal Airport

combatPHOTO: Air Combat USA photo
Air Combat USA offers armchair fighter pilots a chance to experience the real thing for $1,395. The show is coming to Marshfield Airport June 13-15 and Sept. 26-28.(Photo caption:The Patriot Ledger June 14, 2009 by Josh Callum)

Air Combat USA is coming to Shoreline Aviation at the Marshfield Airport on September 26, 27 and 28. Do you have what it takes to be a Fighter Pilot for a day? Imagine yourself scanning the skies in a real military aircraft in search of an enemy airplane. You spot the bogey at 3 o'clock, break turn hard and the fight's on. Up, down, and around. Pulling G's, making quick decisions until you out maneuver your opponent, put the gunsight pipper on them, squeeze the trigger and guns, guns, guns! The enemy erupts in smoke and you roll up and away, Victorious! See Air Combat USA's website for more information including costs.

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Air Combat USA offers fighter-pilot-for-a-day experience in Marshfield

The Patriot Ledger June 14, 2009 by Josh Callum

Posted Jun 12, 2009 @ 06:24 AM
Last update Jun 12, 2009 @ 06:50 AM

combatPHOTO: Air Combat USA photo
Air Combat USA offers armchair fighter pilots a chance to experience the real thing for $1,395. The show is coming to Marshfield Airport June 13-15 and Sept. 26-28.

Air Combat USA is coming to Marshfield Municipal Airport this weekend, offering armchair pilots a dogfighting experience in which everything but the bullets is real.

The cost is steep – $1,395 for a three-hour program consisting of a briefing, a run-through, and a mission of six engagements against another thrillseeker – but this weekend's schedule is booked. About 45 people have signed up.

There's still time to register for flights in September.

Since 1988, Air Combat USA has enabled 38,000 guest pilots to experience air battles similar to ones that took place in World War II.

"Once you do this, you will have no fear of anything," Tina Volden of Lakeland, Fla., said. Together with her husband, Gerald, she has gone up with Air Combat about 180 times in the last five years – a total of nearly 1,100 air engagements.

"It may seem dangerous and crazy, but in reality it's the safest thing I've ever done," said George Smith of Shrewsbury, who over the past seven years has flown a more modest 25 times. "They give you a briefing, take you through air combat maneuvers … and all the while that you're flying the aircraft, there's an instructor sitting in the copilot seat."

To fly in Air Combat, you don't need experience or a pilot's license. Simply sign up on Air Combat's Web site and show up on the scheduled day.

"You're pulling up to six G's (six times the force of gravity) in those turns," Smith said. "You fly at each other (from several miles apart), and when you meet the aircraft, break off, and that's when the combat begins."

Volden said, "Every time, it's unique, you know – nothing's planned – and you never know what your opponent will do until he does it. Then you have to figure out how to be better, or you're done."

The planes have sensors that detect when the other pilot has achieved a "hit." Instead of going down in flames from a stream of bullets, the plane spews smoke, signifying a win for the other pilot.

In the 21 years that Air Combat has been operating, there has only been one incident in which an early landing had to be made. Both pilots walked away unhurt.

"I'm a grandmother, and my friends like to play golf, like to play tennis," Volden said. "For me, it's dogfighting. I love it."

Air Combat will be back in Marshfield Sept. 26, 27 and 28. Spots on that weekend's schedule are still available.

And it will be back again next June for anyone who wants to try their luck in the cockpit.

READ ABOUT Air Combat USA in Forbes magazine.

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'Main force' behind airport dies

Marshfield Mariner and Patriot Ledger on WickedLocal.com June 2, 2009 by Lydia Mulvany

Posted Tue Jun 2, 2009 @ 3:36 PM EDT

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The airport terminal and gardens at Marshfield Municipal Airport, where the airfield is named for George D. Harlow.

Marshfield - A flight re-enactment on Saturday that was supposed to celebrate Charles Lindbergh turned at one point into an emotional tribute to George D. Harlow, a Marshfield resident who was active in founding the Marshfield Municipal Airport. Harlow died Tuesday, May 26, at the age of 86.
As pilots traced the part of Lindbergh's historic flight to Paris over Taunton, Middleboro, Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson, Pembroke, Duxbury and Marshfield, the planes formed a missing-man formation.

"When we buzzed the field at 500 feet, one plane peeled off to the right and rejoined the tail end of flight, so there would be a gap. That's what they call the missing-man formation. The Harlow family was there, and they were really touched," said airport commission Chairman Bud Francis.
The airport field in Marshfield was named after Harlow in 2001. Before the town established the airport in 1965, the property was a farm with an airstrip.

"George was the main force behind the town acquiring the airport in the 1960s, and he served on the airport commission since it was formed in 1963, some 47 years ago," Francis said. "He loved flying. He was a great flyer and a great man for the community and to his family. Everyone that ever met George was impressed by his intellect and dry, Yankee wit."

Harlow was born in Boston and raised in Weymouth and Haverhill. After graduating high school in 1941, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and became a test pilot in Alaska. He later enrolled at Harvard University and received an engineering degree in 1950. He worked for Metcalfe & Eddy Engineering Co. and the New England Medical Center, and retired as an administrative engineer.
Harlow not only served on the airport commission, but also was elected to the Marshfield Board of Public Works.

Ann Pollard, manager of Shoreline Aviation, which runs the town's airport, said Harlow was a mentor for many at the airport.

"We're so happy we named the field after him while he was still alive," said Pollard, who worked with Harlow for 20 years. "We felt so strongly about his contributions then as we do now. It's rare to see such incredible commitment from someone, and if it weren't for George, we wouldn't have one of the finest small general aviation airports in the country as we do now."
Pollard said Harlow bought himself a plane called an Aviat Husky as a present for his 80th birthday.

"He had always wanted an Aviat Husky, which is manufactured in Afton, Wyo.

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Commemorating Lindbergh's flight in Marshfield

lindberghPatriot Ledger on PatriotLedger.com  June 1, 2009

Posted Tue May 30, 2009
Last updated June 01, 2009

PHOTO: Josh Callum / The Patriot Ledger
The participant in the reenactment. A procession of small planes flew from the Mansfield Municipal Airport to the George Harlow Airport in Marshfield to reenact and commemorate the Massachusetts leg of Charles Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight. Top, left to right: John Papp, Jim (last name unavailable), John Bennett, Dennis Oakman, Steve Oakman, Jim Horan, Dave Fetherston, Bill Middon and Dave Dave Dinneen; kneeling, Ron Nation, John Brennan, To Corcoran Bud Francis and Ken Dye.

A procession of small planes flew from the Mansfield Municipal Airport to the George Harlow After Charles Lindbergh took off from Long Island, N.Y., in May 1927, he last glimpsed American soil over Marshfield before setting off over the Atlantic en route to Paris.

That flight, one of the most significant in aviation history, was remembered Saturday when a procession of small planes recreated the Massachusetts leg of Lindbergh's trip.

"When we found out that Lindbergh left U.S. soil over Marshfield ... we took a little pride in that," said Bud Francis, chairman of Marshfield's airport commission. "We wanted to honor Lindbergh, and so we created a monument and decided to relive the moment" of him setting out across the Atlantic.

The planes flew from the Mansfield Municipal Airport to the George Harlow Field in Marshfield, a course that also took it over the ocean in order to symbolize the rest of Lindbergh's legendary trip.

"The main point of this event was to raise awareness for general aviation" – all aviation that is non-airline and non-military, said Dave Dinneen, director of the Mansfield airport and a participant in the re-enactment. "What people don't realize is that it plays a major part in everyday life – medical transports, mail delivery, passenger travel, search and rescue, and even indirect commerce."

The re-enactment, delayed slightly because of the weather, honored not only Lindbergh but George Harlow.

Harlow, who died Tuesday, established the Marshfield airport and served on the town's airport commission for the past 46 years. In 2001, the airport commission named the airport field after him.

As the planes passed over the airport, one dropped out to create a missing-man formation as a salute to Harlow.

"He was an unbelievably talented man," said Ann Pollard, Marshfield's airport manager. "He had a wealth of knowledge about aviation. When he spoke, people really listened."

The seven planes flew over Middleboro, Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson, Pembroke and Duxbury before landing in Marshfield. They taxied onto the tarmac, where visitors could look at the planes and talk to the pilots.

"I think it went really well," said Tom Corcoran, a pilot in the event and a native of Braintree. "The fact that so many people showed up and participated is a tribute to the two people being honored, Lindbergh and Harlow."

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Marshfield airport field’s namesake dies at 86
George Harlow served on the town's airport commission for 46 years

PatriotLedger.com May 28,2009
By Sydney Schwartz
The Patriot Ledger
Posted May 28, 2009 @ 02:08 AM
Last update May 28, 2009 @ 02:16 AM

MARSHFIELD — Harlow dedicated nearly 50 years of his life to keeping the airport going and improving its safety. Town officials named the airport field after him in 2001.

Harlow, a longtime pilot and a member of the airport commission since its inception in 1963, died on Tuesday. He was 86.

"We credited him with not only being one of the founding fathers, but also keeping the airport going though those times," said Robert Merrill, a former airport commissioner and friend of Harlow.

He said Harlow had "a passion for life and aviation" and loved the airport "and the pilots and people that flew there."

"We certainly would not have one of the nicest general aviation facilities in the country if it wasn't for George's dedication, energy, calm demeanor and passion for aviation," said Ann Pollard, the airport's manager. "He has been a wonderful inspiration to me and to so many others."

Harlow served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. During his college years, he flew out of Chatham, doing mosquito control work and taking people on flights.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1950. When he retired, he was an administrative engineer at Tufts Medical Center.

He was among the nascent airport commissioners who, in 1965, convinced town meeting to buy what is now Marshfield Municipal Airport. At the time, it was a farm with a landing strip.

The commissioners had been unable to garner enough support at two previous town meetings.

Friends and fellow commissioners say Harlow worked to make sure that the airport was safe and professionally run. He also acted as the airport's unofficial historian.

He was kind, gentle and generous, had a calm demeanor, a positive attitude and a sharp wit, and was able to say a lot with few words, friends and fellow commissioners say.

Harlow also served on the public works board in the 1970s.

The only decision he was unhappy with, Merrill said, was painting the airport building tan. Harlow loved the fact that it was once a barn and thought it should remain red.

In 2001, after Harlow had served on the commission for 36 years, selectmen named the airport field for him at the airport commission's request.

Merrill said then that the commission kidded with Harlow about naming the airport terminal for him after the commission secured a grant for the terminal's renovation.

Harlow scoffed at the request, but then jokingly said that he perhaps wouldn't mind the field being named after him, Merrill said. Now, Merrill said, all maps of the airport bear Harlow's name.

"After they named the airport after him, I always referred to him, 'How are you doing, Mr. Airport?' He got a big kick of out of that," airport commission Chairman William Francis said.

"He was a very easy man to make smile because he had a great sense of humor. He may not have been physically overpowering, but he was definitely head and shoulders above so many of his peers."

Friends and family members say Harlow remained dedicated to flying until his death. He bought a plane with Merrill in 2002 and flew until he was 83.

"He always loved to fly," said his daughter Jane Page, who lives in Baltimore. "He was obviously extremely happy any time he flew someplace."

Merrill said Harlow "was forever young in my mind. He was the strength of the airport commission. He was the backbone of the airport commission. He was always there at commission meetings. Commissioners would come and go, George Harlow was always there."

In addition to Page, he leaves another daughter, Kathryn Harlow of Cleveland, Ohio; two sons, David Harlow of Kingston and Edward Harlow of Framingham; and five grandchildren. His wife, Phyllis, died in 1997. Harlow was also predeceased by a son, Clifton.

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