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Article: Safety—A Tough Sell

Woody was one of those pilots we all thought...

Article: LightHawk: The Truth From Above

Among the earliest things we learned...

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Article: Gathering Of Mustangs

It’s perhaps the most iconic military airplane in t...

Article: Crewing For Red Bull, Down Under

At the closing ceremonies of each Red Bull...

Article: From The Editor: Sticktuitiveness

Not long ago, I was flying commercial from LAX to Boston Logan. As I settled into my seat in the back of the bus, I was chagrined that, right behind me, sat a young boy of maybe six or seven. When he started to kick the back of my seat, I gave his...

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Article: Becoming Invisible

Officially, the EAA AirVenture was over. Only a few hours earlier, a voice had boomed over the PA system, saying thanks and come again next year. That was the signal that it was time to return to the real world and normalcy. However, those of us...

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Article: Ferry Dogs

D'ja ever try to take two German shepherds flying in a four-seat retractable? It's nearly an impossible mission. Years ago, on a whim, I took my big 120-pound Siberian husky, Kenai, flying in the family Mooney. Though Kenai was in the habit of talking...

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Article: Whispers

At first, I wasn’t certain I had heard it. It was a faraway voice, not quite a whisper, and my headset killed the engine noise just enough that I could tell it was there. Had I imagined it? Was I actually hearing it, or was my own mind talking to me a...

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Article: The Columbia STS-107 Accident

All of us in aviation lost seven friends last February. No one can forget the horrifying video of the space shuttle Columbia breaking up in the high sky over northwest Texas. For many of us who love the sky, the image was almost incomprehensible, a...

Article: Setting The Record Straight

Lyn “I’m the boss?” Freeman, Plane & Pilot’s leader (a scary thought, at best) challenged me to put my flight-instructing skills to the test by checking him out in my airplane for an article. I figured, sure. It ought to be fun. I mean, it’s just a...

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Article: The Miracle Of Clouds

Although I’ve made some slight progress in learning to fly during the last 38 years, I’ve never even come close to understanding weather. Naturally, I’ve read Bill Kerschner, Guy Murchie, Bob Buck and a number of other authors on the subject, and I...

Article: Pitts Specialski

An e-mail that I received said: Report, can I gain the necessary drawings for independent building given plane PITS. Is it Beforehand thanked for answer,Mihail K. An e-mail that I received said: Report, can I gain the necessary...

Article: Air Vagabonds

It seems every aviator I know would like to be an international delivery pilot. Each month, I receive more e-mails and letters on the subject of ferry flying than on any other topic, and that’s been the pattern for 20 years. I hear from every segment o...

Article: State Of The Industry

From the Wright brothers to The Right Stuff, the thrill of flight has sparked the imagination and stirred the human spirit. We take to the skies to experience the freedom and exhilaration of flight. Now more than ever, people look to general aviation...

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Article: What Compels An Air Show Pilot?

Explaining why I do what I do is surprisingly easy. The quick answer is that flying air shows is what I’m passionate about. I love it. But beyond that is a story of inspiration, physical endeavor, ongoing learning and camaraderie.

Also labeled: Aerobatics, Columns, Journeys

Article: From The Editor: Simmer Down

I was looking forward to a much needed weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, away from the city and the noise and smells of summer in the Meatpacking District. And though brunch at The Black Dog and grilled lobster at the Oyster Bar and Grill beckoned, the l...

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Article: Through The Looking Glass

At first, it might...

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Article: Flying Vintners

John Trefethen, whose ...

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Article: Tuskegee Tradition

Their legacy is one of courage in the face of a variety of adversaries—fierce anti-aircraft artillery fire, swarms of enemy fighters, some of the worst weather in Europe and constant derision and discrimination from many of their own comrades in arms...

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Article: The Bears Of Kamchatka

For Charlie Russell and Maureen Enns, it had been a...

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Article: Flying The Yukon Quest

The sun isn’t ...

Article: The Search For Amelia

Lady Lindy always ...

Article: The Leeward Air Ranch

Jimmy Leeward really never had much of a...

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Article: The Men Behind The Lens

There it sits, waiting, a latency of...

Article: A New Kind Of Air Racing

Reno 2004: The single red and blue airplane comes...

Article: Escorted Adventures

Bob and Jill Blettner flew from Wisconsin down to Key West, Fla., in their...

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Article: Burt Rutan

Before pilot Brian Binnie soared and flew right into world...

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Article: 60 Years After

Paul Tibbets joined the Army Air Corps at ...

Article: Flying In Europe

When the chance came to fly a Cirrus across Europe, it would be an...

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Article: Crossing The Atlantic In A Single

High and wide, we cruise above...