living-legends-of-aviation-flown-west-with-morgan-freeman-dee-howard-sam-williams-hank-beaird Charlie Johnson - Living Legends of Aviation Introtroduction Tom Danaher 1924- "Flown West" 9-12-2014 Living Legends of Aviation Inductees 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...

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2015 Living Legends of Aviation Awards

The "Living Legends of Aviation" are 88 remarkable people of extraordinary accomplishment in aviation including: entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, astronauts, record breakers, pilots … Read More...

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By Jerry Lips Excluding commercial and military aircraft, there are nearly 20,000 jet aircraft flying around this country with our nation’s top business leaders on board—averaging six trips per … Read More...

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By Jerry Lips Ten years ago, I met Peter Paul Luce at Centennial Airport in Colorado. I was aware that Mr. and Mrs. Luce used their aircraft nearly exclusively in the service of others. Flying … Read More...

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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...

This photo taken in 1926 shows Roscoe Turner without his trademark mustache.

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...

Living Legends John Travolta and Zoe Dell Lantis Nutter visit during the 5th annual awards ceremony on Jan. 24, 2008, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Zoe Dell was recently named the First Lady of Aviation.

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...

The chain-drive Benz 200 Blitzen Benz caused a sensation in 1909, with its 12.5-liter, 200-hp, four-cylinder engine. Barney Oldfield drove it in American exhibitions, and Bob Burman used it at Daytona Beach in 1911 to set a world speed record of 141.4 mph

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's P-51 Mustang.

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...

My first aircraft, a 1978 Seneca II. Turbo charged and especially suited for Colorado Mountain flying

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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...

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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...

Legend Harrison Ford receives the Legend’s Aviation Legacy Award and offers humble and sincere gratitude.

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...

Niklas Berg, co-founder and CEO of Avinode, addresses the APSI quarterly meeting. Berg began Avinode as a graduate student project eight years ago.

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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Read My Lips

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...

Bob Hoover (R) accepts the Freedom of Flight Award on 2005, from fellow Living Legend of Aviation General Chuck Yeager.

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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...

The V-22 Osprey, one of the more unique aircraft flown by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, made an appearance at AirVenture this year for the first time.

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...

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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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Read My Lips

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...

Vern Raburn announced at AirVenture that he was stepping down, after being asked to resign as CEO of Eclipse Aviation. He’s since refused a position as vice chairman with ETIRC, Eclipse’s largest shareholder & announced he’s cut all ties to both companies

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...

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Read My Lips

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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Voyager was virtually a flying fuel tank. Sixteen fuel tanks in the wings and fuselage fed into a common fuselage feed tank.

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...

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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...

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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...

DeLorean’s days at Pontiac ended with the muscle cars.

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...

This Me 262, dubbed White 1, is the first of five that will be built at Paine Field. The two-seat version was copied from an original plane captured by American forces toward the end of World War II. In February, the plane made two successful wheels-up fl

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 J. Sanduski (left) and his wife, Irene, with helicopter pioneer Igor I. Sikorsky, who signed Sanduski’s license to fly a helicopter.

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...

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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...

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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...

Gloria Winters is well known for her role as Penny in "Sky King."

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...

Travel Air engineers Herb Rawdon and Walter Burnham designed the Model R in anticipation of Walter Beech’s annual need for a racer.

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...

"19 Hours," by Dave Kurz, celebrates the historic Mexican road race, the Carrera Panamericana. The car featured is only the fourth Porsche Spyder chassis made by the manufacturer.

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...

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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...

The first woman in the world to earn a helicopter rating was Hanna Reitsch, Whirly-Girl #1. Reitsch flew the first true vertical flight machine, a Focke Achgelis helicopter, in 1938. Development of the commercial helicopter halted during World War II.

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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Club Airport Gardens, Sonora and Riverside Drive, near Grand Central Airport

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...

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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...

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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...

Paul Lips, Doolittle Raider pilot Capt. Bill Bower and Megan Lips in front of a B-25 like the one Bower flew over Japan.

Read My Lips

By Paul Lips Aviation certainly began in Dayton, Ohio, but by 1928, it looked like Grand Central Airport in Los Angeles was the future of aviation. Home of the first "Grand Celebration of Flight" … Read More...

President Barack Obama with WASP pilots Elaine Danforth Harmon, Bernice Falk Haydu and Lorraine H. Rodgers after signing a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the WASP in the Oval Office on Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

President Obama Honors WASP

On July 1, 2009, President Barack Obama signed S.614, a bill to award the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. The WASP—the first group of women to fly military … Read More...

Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole (Ret), Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot on the Doolittle Raid.

Two Surviving Doolittle Raiders Highlight WWII Weekend in Pennsylvania

By Jack Elliott World War II was one of the most justifiable as the free world was severely threatened. Those historic years have been recreated annually with an incredible degree of reality … 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...

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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...

Secret of stability. The two-bladed rotor, balanced and dampened by the counterweights, make the Bell helicopter exceptionally stable and easy to fly.

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Charles J. Young shown with the new simplified device for sending photos by radio.

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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The aerobatic Stearman owned by Greg Shelton displays its patriotic underside as it completes a low altitude roll.

“In Their Honor” Attracts Warbirds, Hot Jets and Thousands of Spectators

By Lance Gurwell Biplanes, bombers, jets and warbirds were part of "In Their Honor," an air show held in Colorado Springs July 9-10. Thousands of people showed up to pay tribute to past and present members of the military. The fifth annual … Read More...

Rick Broome has painted hundreds of makes and models of aircraft, including the former “Air Force One” Aero Commander L-26C flown by President Eisenhower.

“Ike’s” Aero Commander

By Laurie Lips When President Dwight D. Eisenhower took office in 1952, he rejected using Truman's "Independence" as his presidential airplane. He chose a Lockheed Constellation, and would, during his administration, utilize three of these, … Read More...

A New York Port Authority S-76 police helicopter swoops down past the audience. This unannounced extra delighted early morning show attendees.

“Holy Bombers, Batman”

By Henry M. Holden The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey, at Teterboro Airport (TEB), held their annual Wings & Wheels Expo Sept. 15-16. According to Steve Riethof, the museum's vice president, the weekend attracted between 3,800 … Read More...

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