Final Flight of the X-15 Left a Legacy of Success

February 22, 2009 0

If residents of Western Nevada had looked high up in the sky on the morning of Oct. 24, 1968, they might have seen the sun glinting off the fuselage of a silver, eight-engine NB-52A Stratofortress as it made a graceful turn over Smith Ranch Dry Lake. […]

Twelve O’Clock High

February 22, 2009 0

Twelve O’Clock High is a 1949 war film about crews of the United States Army’s Eighth Air Force who flew daylight bombing missions against Nazi Germany and occupied France during the early days of American involvement in World War II. […]

John Glenn

February 15, 2009 0

John Herschel Glenn Jr. (born July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio) is a former astronaut who became the third person and first American to orbit the Earth, and later, United States Senator. […]

Wichita’s Wee Wooden Wonders, Part 3

February 15, 2009 0

In 1929, restless young Al arrived to attempt starting a company of his own in Wichita, Kansas, the “Air Capital City” – already home to several plane manufacturers – and 1929’s largest civilian plane maker, Walter Beech’s Travel Air. […]

Wichita’s Wee Wooden Wonders, Part 2

February 8, 2009 0

Alexander turned to engineer Noonan, and directed him to create a new plane design, from scratch, using some of the extra parts acquired with the Longren fleet. It was a daunting task, made all the more difficult by the fact that Noonan was only a “shirtsleeves” engineer, lacking the formal training of a “real” engineer. […]

Tuskegee Airmen

February 8, 2009 0

The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African American pilots who flew with distinction during World War II as the 332nd Fighter Group of the US Army Air Corps. […]

Wichita’s Wee Wooden Wonders

February 1, 2009 0

Kansas has many famous general aviation plane-makers today. But there is another legendary general aviation airplane manufacturer — still very much alive today — that started in Wichita, as well: Mooney Aircraft. […]

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