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From Takeoff to Landing – Part 2

What you see, hear, and feel on a typical airline flight – Continued Part II – Cruise and Descent Phase: Cruise Pilot Activity: At this point, the aircraft is probably flying on autopilot. The autopilot can maintain altitude, speed, and … Continue reading

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Flying Buzz Saw – Literally

It was a quiet morning in the mountains… I had selected a room at an inn on what should have been a quiet mountainside for our trip to West Virginia. The mountain vista from the balcony was the perfect accompaniment … Continue reading

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Grumman America AA-5A Cheetah

Tuesday Topics – Aircraft of the Month The Grumman Cheetah was a development of the earlier AA-5 Traveler, originally built by American Aviation. After the aircraft line was purchased by Grumman, their engineers felt the design had more speed potential … Continue reading

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The T-29 “Flying Classroom”

Aircraft of the Month My first flying assignment following Air Force flight training was as a pilot for the Navigator Flight Training school at Mather AFB, near Sacramento, California. Imagine the shock. I had just spent four months flying a … Continue reading

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Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Numbers

Numbers: Famous or Infamous April 15, 2015 These are aircraft tail or serial numbers—each aircraft holds a famous or infamous (depending on your point of view) place in history. Boeing B-29 Superfortress Radio Code Dimples 82 was named the Enola … Continue reading

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There (I Wish) I was…The Transition® Flying Car

The vision of a flying car that could be parked at home, driven to the airport, converted to an airplane and flown has existed since both cars and airplanes were invented. The first example dates back to 1917 when Glenn … Continue reading

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National Museum of Naval Aviation – More than 100 years of Unique Aviation History

Introduction The beginnings of US naval aviation are somewhat blurred. For example, the first aircraft to take off from, or land on a naval ship were demonstrations in 1910 by civil pilot, Eugene Ely, an employee of Glen Curtiss. On … Continue reading

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