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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...

Also labeled: Columns, People and Places

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...

Also labeled: Columns, Journeys

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...

Also labeled: Journeys

Article: Through The Looking Glass

At first, it might...

Also labeled: People and Places

Article: Flying Vintners

John Trefethen, whose ...

Also labeled: People and Places

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...

Also labeled: People and Places

Article: The Bears Of Kamchatka

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

Also labeled: People and Places

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...

Also labeled: People and Places

Article: Crossing The Atlantic In A Single

High and wide, we cruise above...

Article: Double Trouble

The P-51 Mustang is almost...

Also labeled: People and Places, Warbirds

Article: Racing Bobby Unser

There were surprises. It only took...

Also labeled: People and Places

Article: See Italy By Seaplane

Cesare Baj dropped the first notch of flaps on the Lake Buccaneer as we circled Castelli di Cannero, a castle from the 13th century.

Also labeled: People and Places, Seaplanes

Article: From The Editor: GA Popularity Contest

When I was a kid in grade school, I had this friend named Jonathan Meyer. His dad was a minister and had a collection of Revolutionary War–era muskets, flintlocks and a blunderbuss. That name alone was enough to get us kids laughing. One day, the...

Also labeled: Journeys

Article: Is General Aviation Losing The Popularity Contest?

You remember, don’t you,...

Also labeled: Journeys, People and Places

Article: CHiPs In The Sky

California’s state police have used fixed-wing aircraft to...

Article: The Aviation Storyteller

For Greg Herrick, collecting airplanes seems to be more of an addiction, less of a hobby. His eclectic assortment of more than 40 aircraft spans eight decades, with a focus on the period between World War I and World War II known as the Golden Age...

Article: Across The Nile

The Great Rift Valley is one of the biggest...