All posts in 'Pilots & Everyone Else'

Edwards Mural by Mike Machat

Posted on July 15th, 2020 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Story of how the Edwards AFB mural was created, including the artist’s photo flight in a Northrop T-38.

One Man’s Royal Air Force Operations with the Douglas A-20 Boston/Havoc

Posted on August 18th, 2018 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Harry Ernest Demmar Tilby was a Navigator flying the Douglas A-20 (in R.A.F. parlance – the ‘Havoc’ or ‘Boston’) in the early years of World War 2. This is his story.

Supersonic Palette, The Art of Flight by Mike Machat

Posted on December 10th, 2016 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

If it’s about airplanes, Mike Machat is your go-to source. A master of capturing the image of all types of aircraft, his knowledge of the industry is rivalled by few. The Riverside Art Museum is proud to present SUPERSONIC PALETTE: The Art of Flight by Mike Machat. This exhibit will..
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Joe Sutter led ‘the Incredibles’ who pioneered Boeing’s 747 jumbo jet

Posted on August 30th, 2016 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Joe Sutter, the legendary Boeing engineer who led development of the 747 jumbo jet, has died at age 95. By Dominic Gates, Seattle Times In a message to employees Tuesday, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Ray Conner said, “This morning we lost one of the giants of aerospace and a beloved..
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WWII pilot reunited with P-47 Thunderbolt

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Sitting in a wheelchair with airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corp hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training..
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Fitz Fulton’s Unparalleled Lifetime of Achievement in Flight Research

Posted on February 5th, 2015 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Distinguished former NASA research pilot Fitzhugh L. Fulton Jr., described by colleagues as, “The Dean of Flight Test,” died Feb. 4, 2015. He was 89. During a career in the military, civil service and industry, he logged over 16,000 flying hours in more than 240 types of aircraft from the..
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Tom McMurtry, Renowned Former NASA Pilot

Posted on January 9th, 2015 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Thomas C. McMurtry was respected by peers, admired for his piloting skills and appreciated for his mentoring by many who knew him. The retired NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center research pilot died Jan. 3. He was 79. He is known for his exploits behind the stick of such aircraft as..
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Santa Monica Museum of Flying unveils Mike Machat mural

Posted on September 25th, 2014 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

By Nick Carrion, The Corsair Mike Machat is one of the biggest names in aviation art and history, but you’d never tell by looking at him. At the unveiling of his newest mural, “Flying Navy,” at the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica airport, he blends in with the modest crowd that..
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Renowned Aviation Artist Mike Machat To Paint “TPS Generations”

Posted on June 19th, 2014 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Aviation artist and author, Mike Machat, was recently commissioned to create a 70th anniversary painting for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School titled “TPS Generations.” The 24-inch by 48-inch original artwork will feature the NF-16D VISTA, the one-of-a-kind Variable stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft, with a series of other..
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Pierre Sprey, designer of the F-16 and A-10 says F-35 is a lemon.

Posted on June 16th, 2014 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Pierre Sprey is an aircraft designer, defense analyst, and record producer. Working with John Boyd and Thomas P. Christie, analyst Tom Christie and test pilot Col. Everest Riccioni as well as aeronautical engineer Harry Hillaker, they formed the core of the self-dubbed “Fighter Mafia”, advocating the use of Energy-Maneuverability (E-M)..
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