All posts by Author

George Hickman Jr. dies, original Tuskegee airman

Posted on August 27th, 2012 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

George Hickman Jr., one of the original Tuskegee airmen and a longtime usher at University of Washington and Seattle Seahawks games, died Sunday in Seattle. He was 88. Hickman was one of the country’s first black military pilots and ground crew members who fought in World War II. In 2007,..
Read more

Cessna Citation TEN Achieves Mach .935, Fastest Civil Aircraft

Posted on August 27th, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News

  Cessna’s Citation Ten regains prominence as the fastest civil aircraft in the world with an increase of its maximum speed to Mach .935. Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced this speed record today with partner, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and their owner Chip Ganassi..
Read more

Joe Engle Recalls the Legacy of the X-15 Rocket Plane

Posted on August 26th, 2012 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

By Jay Levine, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center On the eve of one of NASA’s major space science milestones – the landing of its Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover on the red planet – retired Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle recalled several earlier..
Read more

Michael Welchman, WW2 Tactical Reconnaissance Pilot SAAF

Posted on August 25th, 2012 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

  Michael joined the SAAF in 1940 while he was a second year medical student at Wits university. After he qualified as a SAAF pilot he was demobilized and sent back to Wits but he persuaded the SAAF command to be re-enlisted. He was sent to North Africa in Sept..
Read more

B-17 pilot finally lands his medal from WWII

Posted on August 25th, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News, Pilots & Everyone Else

Article By Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News Second Lt. Samuel Smith knew what he was up against when his B-17 bomber group got orders to strike a German base that was home to 16 of the war’s newest planes, the Messerschmitt Me-262 — the first jet-powered aircraft to be used..
Read more

Flying Flatirons, From Lifting Body to Space Shuttle – 1985 Wings & Airpower CD

Posted on August 24th, 2012 · Posted in Wings & Airpower Articles

In The Race For Space, It Was Not Always The U.S. Against The Russians, Sometimes It Was NASA Against The Air Force In The Curious Case Of The Forgotten Lifting Bodies! By Terry L. Sunday, in the August 1985 edition of Wings Martin Marietta’s X-24A was the last of three..
Read more

“Big Tail” – One of a kind SR-71 Blackbird – 2004 Wings & Airpower CD

Posted on August 24th, 2012 · Posted in Wings & Airpower Articles

By Tony Landis, in the December 2004 edition of Wings Shortly after the first SR-71s began flying operational missions over North Vietnam, the Air Force began looking into ways of expanding the capabilities of this exotic aircraft. With its versatile interchangeable noses, mission planners would have to make a choice..
Read more

WWII B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber “Aluminum Overcast”

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

Touring the United States since 1994, tens of thousands have experienced the allure of EAA’s fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress, named “Aluminum Overcast.” History comes alive at each stop, prompting aviation and history enthusiasts alike to take a step back in time. Editor’s note: Don’t miss the opportunity to take..
Read more

U-2 Pilots Looking Very Bad-Ass

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 · Posted in Reconnaissance Photos

Great photo of U-2 pilots getting ready for the commemoration of the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron’s Centennial.   From WikiPedia: The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron is a United States Air Force reconnaissance training unit based at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville, California. It is the oldest squadron in the Air Force,..
Read more

Videos of NASA Supper Guppy delivering Space Shuttle Trainer

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 · Posted in Aviation News

The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy is a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft used for ferrying outsized cargo components. It was the successor to the Pregnant Guppy, the first of the Guppy aircraft produced by Aero Spacelines. Five were built in two variants, both of which were colloquially referred to as the..
Read more