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Aviation Stories for April 15, 2011


Here are a few stories that you may have missed this week. A pretty light week for the types of articles I like to include.

Consolidated Aircraft factory in San Diego November 1940. It is sometimes the little things that count the most – read the manual
This article is from New Jersey dot com. It covers the FAA’s determination of cause for a Department of Justice owned LSA landing on a New Jersey highway. Good thing that the plane was being operated by the Prosecutor’s Office, huh?

Yet another argument for flying yourself rather than using the airlines.
This article is from a Forbes columnist who is also a pilot. He works in the UK and uses a Cirrus to fly himself to various places throughout Europe. The article includes a video clip of a flight he recently made to Rotterdam.

A pilot’s tribute to his buddy – keeping warbirds flying.
This article is from Bismarck, ND. It relates how a physician restored a P-51 to the in the configuration of one of his patients who flew in WWII. When the restoration was completed he flew the veteran in the plane to air shows in the area.

A WASP pilot recalls some of her flying experiences during WWII
This article is from San Bernardino, CA. The 90-year-old subject of the article recalls some of her experiences flying heavy metal during WWII as a WASP. We need to record more of these ladies’ experiences before we lose them all – just like our WWI veterans.

Memories of working in the Consolidated Aircraft factory during WWII.
This is an older article from San Diego. It is about 91-year-old Bill Dean and his recollections of working in the Consolidated Aircraft factory back when a quart of milk cost a dime.