living-legends-of-aviation-flown-west-with-morgan-freeman-dee-howard-sam-williams-hank-beaird Tom Danaher 1924- "Flown West" 9-12-2014 Chuck Yeager - Breaking the Sound Barrier Arnold Palmer and his Chief Pilots— A Close-knit “Fraternity” “Flown West Tribute” By Morgan Freeman 2007 Clay Lacy: “The Planes I’ve Flown & The People I’ve Known” Official Ambassador of Aviation - John Travolta Laurent Beaudoin – Bombardier – Living Legend of Aviation Cliff Roberston: Living Legend of Aviation Jimmy Buffet Sang of “Writin’ fan letters to Sky’s niece Penny” Living Legends Awards Highlights 2010 Bombardier presents Legends Of Aviation 2010 Remembering Steve McQueen John W. Myers: Having Too Much Fun with Airplanes

Frederick Smith Honored as “Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur” at 2014 Living Legends of Aviation Awards

Frederick Smith to be Honored at the 11th Annual “Living Legends of Aviation” Awards on January 17th, 2014 Fred Smith is living proof that from little acorns giant oak trees grow. The acorn, in this case, was an original idea for an overnight, small-package delivery service that he described in a term paper while an undergraduate student at Yale University. Read More...

Groundbreaking New Documentary Resurrects Florence “Pancho” Barnes

By Clayton Moore Strange things come out of the California desert, some curious enough to make you believe in ghosts, such as a new treasure trove of aviation artifacts recently discovered in the … Read More...

Roscoe the Lionhearted

By Di Freeze The Roscoe Turner Flying Circus arrived in Lexington, Ky., in June 1925. As the highlight of a local celebration, an airship was to "fall in flames" for one mile over the University of … Read More...

Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter: A 70-Year Commitment to Aviation’s Success

By Carol L. Osborne Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter's greatest contributions to aviation were born from her vision and dream that the aviation industry should have its own hall of fame and an annual … Read More...

There’s no Substitute for Cubic Inches A Short History of Aero-engine Race Cars

By Daryl Murphy Following the birth of both the airplane and the automobile, man had a need for more power. It was aviation's most precious commodity—the energy to lift a fragile craft into … Read More...

Clay Lacy: “The Planes I’ve Flown & The People I’ve Known” – Part 1

"All through your life, you meet people and do things that change the course of your life," Clay Lacy reflects. "Different things impress you at different times." The course of Lacy's life has … Read More...

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Seneca II In March of 1980, I purchased my first aircraft, a 1978 Seneca II. Turbo charged and especially suited for Colorado Mountain flying. Its rate of climb was exceeded by the record-climbing … Read More...

Stories of Two World War II Big Bomber Crashes in Wyoming

A few years ago , I was a leader of 14 high school boy scouts on a six-day backpack trip in the Wyoming Bridger Wilderness (Wind River Range). Our hike was to culminate in climbing Gannett Peak, at … Read More...

Sixth Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

The most prestigious annual event of aviation was held at the Beverly Hilton on Jan. 22, 2009. The Living Legends of Aviation Awards honors entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, … Read More...

Avinode Shares with APSI; new ASPI President Announced

By Henry M. Holden Bringing his entrepreneurial spirit to the states, Avinode co-founder and CEO Niklas Berg was the special guest speaker at the fall meeting of the Aviation Professionals Sharing … Read More...

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9 February 2009 Dear Jerry and all at the Living Legends of Aviation, This is a time that we've needed our friends and family more than ever and this is a time that you were there and thinking … Read More...

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By Jerry Lips Colorado was proud of its "aviation billionaire." After all, his life was as storybook as it gets. Orphaned at age nine, adopted by a family that stressed education, young Michael … Read More...

Rockets, Racers and Rockers Invade AirVenture

By Henry M. Holden The EAA AirVenture's 56th annual weeklong fly-in opened on July 28. This year's show welcomed more than 10,000 aircraft into Wisconsin's Oshkosh-Wittman Regional Airport … Read More...

My Friend The Wind

By Cliff Robertson I couldn't believe it. There on a gigantic panoramic screen were Kodak moments of my life. My life in aviation. One of the earliest photos showed me sitting on the running board … Read More...

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By Jerry Lips Five years after the end of WWII, American automobile factories were producing enough Hudsons, Studebakers, Nashes, Packards and a stable of GM and Ford models to inspire a whole … Read More...

Big Changes at Eclipse Aviation: Too Little Too Late?

By Karen Di Piazza Roel Pieper, Eclipse chairman and founder and chairman of European Technology and Investment Research Center, has become CEO of Eclipse Aviation Corp., replacing Vern Raburn, who … Read More...

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By Jerry Lips At 10:35 a.m., Dec. 17, 1903, with Wilbur running alongside the wing and Orville at the controls, the Wright Flyer took flight for 12 seconds at Kill Devil Hill. On Dec. 17, … Read More...

Big Changes at Eclipse Aviation: Too Little Too Late?

By Karen Di Piazza Roel Pieper, Eclipse chairman and founder and chairman of European Technology and Investment Research Center, has become CEO of Eclipse Aviation Corp., replacing Vern Raburn, who … Read More...

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By Jerry Lips At 10:35 a.m., Dec. 17, 1903, with Wilbur running alongside the wing and Orville at the controls, the Wright Flyer took flight for 12 seconds at Kill Devil Hill. On Dec. 17, 2003, … Read More...

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By Jerry Lips Taxi Plane Picks Up Freight and Passengers for Airliner Modern Mechanix, March 1935 High speed taxi planes that can come and go from a giant "mother" air transport at will are … Read More...

Eclipse Jet Pilot Shares Personal Emergency Landing Experience

By Karen Di Piazza Capt. Chuck Nealy has logged more than 22,000 hours of incident and accident free flights in military and airline transport aircraft. Flying military aircraft, he became … Read More...

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13th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

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Ghost of Christmas Flights Past: Luckier even than Santa

By Greg Brown It just doesn't seem like Christmas, as we navigate our Flying Carpet southward over sun-drenched cacti of the Sonoran Desert. True, the baggage compartment brims with presents … Read More...

Voyager: A Crazy Dream?

By Di Freeze As a group of people talked over coffee at the Mojave Inn, in Mojave, Calif., in late 1980, Burt Rutan doodled on a napkin something that seemed like a "crazy," yet bizarrely … Read More...

Dragon Self-Pilot Submarine

Subsea recreation: Zero emissions DeepFlight Dragon Self-Pilot Submarine. The most lightweight personal submarine @ 2014 Monaco Yacht Show Enjoy underwater flight with hovering capability. 2014 … Read More...

Aviation Legend Bob Hoover Honored With Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy

SEP 25, 2014 SOURCE: NATIONAL AERONAUTIC ASSOCIATION (NAA) Washington, DC, September 25, 2014 – Robert L. “Bob” Hoover will receive the 2014 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from the National … Read More...

Barrett-Jackson—The Automobile Addiction

By Brett Derosier What comes in very bright colors, has a motor nicknamed the "elephant," features a special Shaker hood scoop, a TorqueFlite automatic or four-speed manual transmission, and … Read More...

Wolf Czaia—In Awe of “Swift and Noisy Machines”

By Terry Stephens Wolfgang Czaia's fascination with all things that fly goes back to his early childhood years in his hometown of Andernach, on the Rhine River. In 1944, during World War II, … Read More...

John Sanduski, Pioneer Helicopter Pilot

By Stuart Leuthner On a hot afternoon in 1944, a crowd of more than 100 officers and enlisted men craned their necks, watching two specks growing larger in the cloudless sky. They had gathered on … Read More...

Major John Sanduski Creates First Army Helicopter School

Delivered the First Helicopter to the Army Sept. 1944 By AJ Staff Writer September of 1944 the first helicopter training school was established at Freeman Field. The helicopters used were … Read More...

Tom Danaher: Over 200 Solo Atlantic Crossings In Single Engine Aircraft. 1924- “Flown West” 9-12-2014

By Wilma Bradley Tom Danaher trained in F4U Corsairs and Grumman F6F-5N Hellcats as a Marine Corps fighter pilot. He made history in August 1945, while stationed on Okinawa, he shot down the last … Read More...

Jimmy Buffet Sang of “Writin’ fan letters to Sky’s niece Penny”

Interviewed By: Dianna Freeze One day, as Gloria Winters was in her car, a song came on the radio that caught her completely by surprise. In “Pencil Thin Mustache,” Jimmy Buffett reminisced about … Read More...

The Day Air Racing’s Golden Age Began

By Daryl Murphy Ten years after the end of World War I, the American public had become enchanted with the romance and excitement of the noisy, speeding machines locked in aerial battle. The … Read More...

Flying with One Hand While Taking Photos with the Other

By Daryl Murphy Carrera Panamericana was the wildest, woolliest auto race ever staged on an international scale. From 1950 to 1954, an estimated 10 million people witnessed the race along its … Read More...

11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Inductees

The 11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards, hosted by Ambassador of Aviation John Travolta, was another great success.  Presenting sponsors included Bell Helicopter and Embry-Riddle … Read More...

Wanted: A Few Good “Whirly-Girls”

By Henry M. Holden If you fly helicopters, or would like to, Whirly-Girls want you. Whirly Girls was the idea of Jean Ross Howard, a native of Washington, D.C., who founded the group in 1955. … Read More...

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A Journey Back in Time Grand Central Air Terminal

By J. Ron Dickson Surrounded by commercial buildings on land now owned by the Walt Disney Company, an empty ghost of a building sits—a building that was once the premier air terminal in the Los … Read More...

T. Allan McArtor Inducted into the “Living Legends of Aviation”

Allan McArtor, Chairman and CEO of Airbus North Americas, Inc., was inducted into the “Living Legends of Aviation”® at the 11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards, on January 17, 2014 at the … Read More...

Ace Eli and Roger of the Skies

By Cliff Robertson Among the some 100-odd films I have been privileged to appear in, some stand out as reasonably memorable. Some I would like to forget. But occasionally you do one that is an … Read More...

Memories, Smiles and New Respect for Lindbergh’s Famous Flight

The Lindbergh Foundation announced that eight individuals from around the country enjoyed a rare opportunity to experience what few others have known—a flight and some stick time in the EAA's Spirit … Read More...

The Prop Park in VNY

By Harlis Brend The Van Nuys Propeller Aircraft Association and the Van Nuys Airport Association held their annual joint meeting at VNY Fire Station 114 on June 3, 2009. Featured speakers … Read More...

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Conversation with Hank Beaird, Remembers Lear First Flight – 12 Nov 1924 Flown West 2 Feb 2009

“I got involved with the Learjet project when I was finishing the fighter testing for the airforce and I wanted to get in on the design, building and the sales – the whole works of an aircraft,” he said. “Mr Lear made an announcement around this time … Read More...

2013 Living Legends of Aviation – The Bob Hoover Freedom of Flight Award

Published on Feb 2, 2013 During the 2013 Living Legends of Aviation Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, Living Legend Bob Hoover presented the Freedom of Flight Award to the first and last men on the moon. There to accept the award for the … Read More...

One “Young” Man’s Idea

By C.B.F. Macauley - Reprinted from Air Trails Magazine, 1944 Using models to develop his ideas, Arthur Young spent 15 years perfecting the helicopter. Arthur Middleton Young hails from a small town near Philadelphia, which, by odd … Read More...

Luftwaffe prisoners’ enjoyed Bavarian Clubhouse…. may have enjoyed more than just a friendly handshake from the local fraulein.

By Jerry Lips Reportedly some Luftwaffe prisoners enjoyed more than just a friendly handshake with local New Ulm Fraulein Located near the town of New Ulm, Minnesota, in the majestic Cottonwood forests and bedrocks of shale, sandstone, and marble, … Read More...

The Future is here? The Picturephone!

What you'll use is called, simply enough, a Picturephone set. Someday it will let you see who you are talking to, and let them see you. The Picturephone set is just one of the communications of the future Western Electric (was) working on with … Read More...

USS Macon and Sparrowhawks

The concept of an airborne aircraft carrier is not new. In fact such a concept was already being researched during WWI, with the first working protoype reaching completion in 1919.The first concepts for this kind of airship were all based on the … Read More...

Francesco Baracca and Ferrari

Piaggio Aero Industries delivered an Avanti P180 executive turboprop to Ferrari on May 18, 2000. In a ceremony that took place at Piaggio Aero's headquarters, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, president and CEO of Ferrari, took delivery of the … Read More...

For the Boys: The Racy Pin-Ups of World War II

By AJ Staff Writer Reprinted from June 2001 "Peggy the Pin-Up Girl" Peggy Jones had a picture took, it got in "Live" and it got in "Look" In a plane or on a train, she's a friend, she's a pal She was there when they landed down in … Read More...

Television Will Carry the Mails

Reprint of Modern Mechanix and Inventions, March 1935 By David Sarnoff President Radio Corporation of America "A twinkling beam of light records a picture thousands of miles away. It is facsimile transmission – an interesting feature of … Read More...

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Young Adults Set Three New Aviation World Records

Two 16-year olds from Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum flew into the record books when they set new world records on Saturday, March 15. Kelly Anyadiki became the youngest African-American female to solo in four different aircraft on the same day. … Read More...

You Can Free Fall Forever in a Pipedream

By Jeff Mattoon Are you a skydiver? What if you could free fall forever? What a rush. What efficiency. You could perfect maneuvers in a fraction of the time of your chums, who are limited by free-fall intervals measured in seconds-per-hour, while … Read More...

You Can Fly!

By Henry M. Holden Deciding to take flight training can be a confusing challenge for many prospective pilots. "You Can Fly," by Greg Brown and Laurel Lippert, sorts through the ground clutter, and provides the right questions and the right … Read More...

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