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Aviation Articles for January 20, 2012


Here are some flying articles that you may have missed this week:

Going to be around the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum?
This is from the Washington Post. The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is opening a new exhibit dedicated to Marine Aviation. The exhibit, called Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012 opened on January 7th. It sounds like it’s a great display of Marine Aviation History.

The Living Legends of Aviation Awards will be presented tonight in Beverly Hills, CA.
This article is from the Sacramento Bee. I mention this, not so that you can rush out and get your ticket for the event, but so that you can read the list of attendees and award recipients. I would imagine that you will recognize a few of the names…

Mechanics had Red Tails, too.
This is from the Fort Wayne, IN News Sentinel. James Lattimore, now 90 years old, was a Tuskegee Airman, but he wasn’t a pilot – he was a mechanic. With the Red Tails movie released yesterday, it’s also important to realize that it wasn’t just the pilots who were pushing the social envelope.

Meet a Vietnam Ace.
This is from the Macon, GA Telegraph. “Chuck” DeBellevue is one of only five fighter pilots during the Vietnam conflict who were designated as an ace. He was a Weapons system Officer (WSO) and later an F-4 phantom pilot who served with the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He is credited with 6 MIG kills during his 220 combat missions.

WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees
This is from AOPA Online. The Women in Aviation International conference will be held in Dallas in March. During the conference the organization will honor a new batch of inductees into their Pioneer hall of Fame. This article lists this year’s inductees and describes their contributions to aviation.

A Tuskegee Airman pilot tells his own story
This is from The Daily One sentence from the opening paragraph tells the story…Dr. Roscoe Brown, 87, squadron commander of the 332nd Fighter Group, tells Marlow Stern about being a real Tuskegee Airman.

The history of an airport
This article is from The Sanford, ME airport construction began in 1930. For a time it was used by the Navy to augment the Brunswick Naval Air Station. Pilots trained in the Vought Corsair using both Brunswick and Sanford. Since then it has continued in operation and has provided service to celebrities, Senators and occasionally a President or two – and, of course, a world-renowned Uncontrolled Airspace podcaster.


In case you have about 10 minutes of free time – here’s an original P-38 training video that popped into my inbox this week…


2 responses to “Aviation Articles for January 20, 2012”

  1. Cedarglen Avatar

    What the heck? I know that your blog is read, but I don’t see many comments. Please know that you DO get read. Thanks for posting this items and yes, I’d never have found them on my own. Best wishes and I sure hope that you were not affected by your area’s recent fire. You folks had MORE than your share in the last year. Ouch!

  2. Tracy Avatar


    Thanks for the comments. The fire got about 1 1/2 miles away. We weren’t in an evacuation area, put it was close. If it had jumped the highway going up to Incline Village we would have packed up and headed out. I’m not too concerned about the lack of comments. Building a community would be nice, but I haven’t exactly been posting articles that generate comments. Analytics on the site way I’m getting steady traffic, so I’m happy. I didn’t start this site to make money on advertising or affiliate sales – and I’m being successful at that :-).

    Take care.