The “Touch, Roll, Touch” Maneuver - F-104 Starfighter
Belgian Air Force F-104G pilot and member of their national aerobatic display team, The Silvers, William “Bill” Ongena originated the maneuver, which consisted of a touch-and-go, followed by a full roll, then landing on the same runway. It had no practical application, was used in airshow routines, and killed a number of other pilots who tried it. The “Touch, Roll, Touch” was eventually banned, as the F-104 had notoriously bad low-speed handling.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival(全米桜祭り Zenbei Sakura Matsuri) is a spring celebration in Washington, D.C., commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations. [x]