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Betty ‘Tack’ Blake, Only surving member of 1st WASP class

Posted on March 10th, 2013 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

by Randy Roughton, US Air Force News Service ast year, a young female pilot recently showed her 91-year-old guest the F-16 Fighting Falcon she flies at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. She thanked Betty “Tack” Blake several times as she talked about her job, so Blake finally asked the young..
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First female USAF fighter pilot continues to break stereotypes

Posted on March 1st, 2013 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

by Randy Roughton, US Air Force News Service After Col. Jeannie Leavitt finished pilot training at the top of her class in 1992, she was given her first choice of aircraft, with a few restrictions. Her first choice, the F-15 Strike Eagle, wasn’t yet an option for female pilots. “I..
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Neil Armstrong, First Man on the Moon

Posted on January 13th, 2013 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Neil Armstrong’s family and friends, many of whom have never spoken publicly before, tell the story of the first man to set foot on the moon. Drawing heavily on unbroadcast archive footage and the unique perspectives of the contributors, this is an exclusive account of Neil Armstrong’s extraordinary life story.

92-year-old World War II bomber pilot restores German V2 rocket

Posted on September 6th, 2012 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Helping to restore a German V2 rocket has brought back a flood of memories for 92-year-old World War II bomber pilot, Harry Howe. Towards the end of the war almost 3,000 people were killed by V2s. Stirling pilot Harry Howe and his crew bombed the factory where they were made,..
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Double Ace – Col. Ralph Parr

Posted on September 3rd, 2012 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Retired Col. Ralph Parr flew a P-38 Lightning in World War II and an F-86 Sabre during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He is the only military member to be award the Distinguished Service Cross and the Air Force Cross. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.)..
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Color video of WWII Women in the Cockpit – History Channel

Posted on August 29th, 2012 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos, Pilots & Everyone Else

Dawn Letson befriended Alberta Kinney, a World War II veteran, who was a member of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, and shares her films from WASP training camp. Via: http://www.history.com/shows/wwii-in-hd/videos/women-in-the-cockpit WASP Alberta Paskvan Kinney, 44-W-7 July 10, 2009   Alberta Antonia Paskvan Kinney was born in Black Eagle,..
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Ron Akana, world’s longest-serving flight attendant, retires at 83

Posted on August 29th, 2012 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

  United Airlines Flight attendant Ron Akana, 83, worked his last United Airline Flight from Denver to Kauai over the weekend. It ends his 63 year career with United Airlines and will land him in the Guinness World Records book. “I wasn’t expecting this much attention,” he said Tuesday. On..
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All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Flying Airplanes

Posted on August 28th, 2012 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Here’s an awesome poem by AOPA Av8rs member Laura Wilson as her first assignment in her 8th Grade Language Arts class this year: All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned from flying airplanes. Wisdom did not settle..
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Stuntman Troy Hartman Performs Aerial Jet Pack Test

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

  Troy Hartman is a professional aerial stuntman, BASE jumper and inventor. He is an X Games gold medalist for skysurfing and accomplished television host for many shows, most notably the MTV series “Senseless Acts of Video”. He was the face of the award-winning 1998 Pepsi “Goose” Super Bowl commercial...
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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,..
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