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Flying Stories for May 25, 2012

It seems like we have had more than our share of  ‘wind days’ this year. It has been blowing  for most of the week – except for yesterday when it snowed most of the day. The ground is too warm for it to stick, but that hasn’t stopped the weather from throwing another curve our way.  Just in time for the long weekend.

I did get out to the hangar one day this week and started my polishing chores – only to have the polisher sustain a catastrophic dis-assembly.  A new one should arrive next Tuesday. By then the temperature is supposed to be back in the 80s again.

Here are some aviation articles that you may have missed this week.

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh

Why build?
This is from the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, UT. Ed Willard flew first for Western Airlines and then for Delta after their merger. He’s retired now, but still retains a love of flying – and building. He’s working on his fifth airplane now, a Harmon Rocket…

Monday was an anniversary
This is from the New York Times Learning Network. Monday the 21st was the anniversary of Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic. The article gives us a history lesson about the flight, some background on Lindbergh and links to several archive articles from The Times.

Inadvertently promoting STEM Education
This is from the online edition of Atlantic magazine. It is an article about two teenagers in Memphis who got involved with the Team America rocketry Challenge and are inadvertently promoting STEM education throughout the Memphis school systems. STEM, if you are not familiar with it, stand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEM education is receiving increased emphasis as American industries look at an increasingly dwindling supply of qualified workers in technical fields. The article reminds me of the 1999 movie “October Sky.”

…never had more fun flying
This is from the Abilene,TX Reporter News. Bill Johnson is president of the Sweetwater Texas National Bank. He was an escort during the first WASP Homecoming in 2006.It was during that event that he was first introduced to flying – and he was hooked…

Aviation Articles for July 1, 2011

Is it already the July 4th weekend?

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

Grosse-Pointe Historical Society Photo of Wright brothers aircraft flight.

Something to do between graduation and full employment
This article is from the Daily Bruin. Shana had just graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics and had some time off before her employer needed her to start work…. what to do?

A Family with three generations of aviation lovers.
This article is from Sidney, Montana. It relates one family’s love of aviation, spanning 50 years.

The Girls in the Blue Beret
This is a book review from the Washington Post. The book The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Mason is a story of a retired airline pilot who, now widowed, grounded and unemployed, decides to go back to Europe and try to find the people who saved his life when his B-17 was shot down during WWII. It sounds like a really good book. I have ordered it and have placed an affiliate link in the right sidebar.

Another opinion piece concerning AF 447
This is from Aviation International News. Rob Mark, of Aviation Geeks Podcast fame(?), published an opinion piece on the Air France Flight 447 crash. The question, once again, is brought up about whether we are producing pilots or systems operators.

His family is an RV-4
This article is from OA Online. It is that tells a little about an individual flying out of Roy Schlemeyer Field in Odessa, TX. A nice story. It caught my eye because I have flown out of the airport – way back when. I’m not a glider pilot, but I have a half hour of time in one – with Roy Schlemeyer out of the airport that now bears his name. It was also the airport where I first soloed a Globe Swift – the one I owned for 36 years. Small world.

A story of successful mentoring
This one is from Fox Atlanta. It recounts the story of a young man mentored for the past 7 years by a group of individuals who instilled in him the gift of giving. Another nice story.

Aviation in Miami and Pan Am in New York
This article is from the Miami New Times blog. It is an article describing a new exhibit at History Miami that recounts the growth of aviation in Miami – once the home of Pan Am Airlines. It looks like a really nice exhibit.

Aviation comes to Grosse Pointe
This article is from the Grosse Pointe Patch. It recounts the flight of a Wright brothers aircraft in the Michigan town one hundred years ago.

A Buffalo man receives the Wright Brothers Award
This one is from the Buffalo News – and does not refer to the Colgan Air accident. Herman Goldstein got his first ride in an airplane when he was 13 years old and attending a Boy Scout camp – well before the Young Eagles program had begun. Now he is 88 years old and has been awarded the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

The last flying A-3 Skywarrior is now in a museum.
This one is from pnj.com. A contract civilian pilot delivered the last flying A-3 Skywarrior to the Pensacola Naval Air Station for display in the museum there. Why a contract pilot? Because he was the only one they could find still qualified to fly one.



One of my readers passed this one along, so I thought I’d add it here for everyone’s benefit. D-Dalus aircraft design introduced at Paris Airshow. No wings, stationary or rotating on this aircraft. Sounds interesting.

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