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    One Pilot’s View: On the shoulders of giants

    One Pilot’s View: On the shoulders of giants

    NOVEMBER 11, 2020 BY LORAN MALONEY As pilots, we stand on the shoulders of our pilot forefathers. It seems they have done all the really hard work for us. The Wright brothers studied the designs of early gliders at the beginning of the 20th century. They combined wing warping linked to rudders with a 12-horsepower

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    ‘Lost Squadron’ WWII Warplane Discovered Deep Beneath a Greenland Glacier

    ‘Lost Squadron’ WWII Warplane Discovered Deep Beneath a Greenland Glacier

    By Tom Metcalfe August 25, 2018 Original article on Live Science. Searchers have located the wreck of a P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft buried deep within a glacier in Greenland, more than 70 years after a lost squadron of U.S. warplanes crash-landed on the ice there during World War II. The search team plans to dig

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    The Green Parrott

    The Green Parrott

    As another homage to Veterans Day this year, meet the Green Parrott, a WWII B-17 flown and named by Horace Parrott and Ernie Green. It flew 87 missions before it went down in the North Sea in 1945. Here’s to you and to our fathers and grandfathers for signing up to go to those “strange

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    Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Spotlight: Wesley V. Hillman

    Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame Spotlight: Wesley V. Hillman

    Wesley fell in love with flight at a very young age. At age 17, he was the youngest flight instructor in the country. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, he was involved in several aviation related committees, and he was a founding member of Civil Air Patrol. In 1978, Wesley was inducted into

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    A Taste of Taildraggers: Will flying with a tailwheel make you a better pilot?

    A Taste of Taildraggers: Will flying with a tailwheel make you a better pilot?

    By Rob Mark October 27, 2020 A Champion 7ECA Citabria was my first taildragger as well as my first airplane. The first few hours of tailwheel instruction chronicled in my logbook made the score pretty clear—Citabria: 2, me: 0. My instructor always managed to add colorful comments to my logbook to illustrate the at-times-agonizing progress—”Crash

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    CAF ORAL HISTORY VIDEO

    CAF ORAL HISTORY VIDEO

    To everyone who has served this country, who are serving now and who are going to serve in the future- Happy Veterans Day. In this video the late Charles Chauncey recalls his missions in the B-29 Superfortress. Chauncey was a pilot of B-24s and B-29s, he flew the famed Goin’ Jessie, a B-29 that completed

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