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HPN: a bird’s eye view, past and present
Airports are homes for planes. But of course they can be quite a bit more. My plane is based at Westchester County Airport (aka White Plains Airport). The airport was built in 1942 as a base for the Air National Guard, but is now one of the most active general aviation airports in the US.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/06171716/AF-Neil-Armstrong-feature.jpg 280 520 Dan Littmann https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Dan Littmann2015-07-19 23:15:322015-07-29 18:12:54Professor Armstrong – learning from an airplane geek and astronaut
Professor Armstrong – learning from an airplane geek and astronaut
It is only through the lens of history that I have come to appreciate the unique opportunity afforded to me 40 years ago while attending the University of Cincinnati. Neil Armstrong was a member of the Aerospace Engineering faculty there from 1971 to 1979. I attended his classes.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/06171851/AF-Citation-FirstFlight-feature.jpg 280 520 Mary Lesueur Miller https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Mary Lesueur Miller2015-06-08 23:52:322015-06-25 16:25:43Cessna during the glory days – a test pilot’s daughter remembers
Cessna during the glory days – a test pilot’s daughter remembers
In honor of Father’s Day, Mary LeSueur shares her memories of accompanying her father, a Cessna test pilot, to work. She shares the thrills and delights for a young girl witnessing the action in the Cessna hangars and runway, and the life-long lessons she learned.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/06171858/AF-Cessna-310-feature.jpg 280 520 Harry Clements https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Harry Clements2015-06-05 14:17:152015-06-05 14:17:15The Cessna Fanjet 310 – a half century ahead of its time, sort of…
The Cessna Fanjet 310 – a half century ahead of its time, sort of…
A Cessna 310 with fanjet engines mounted over the wings?! The improbable design was actually considered in the early 1950s, and one of the designers who worked on the project shares his memories. While the airplane never flew, there are echoes of it in the new HondaJet.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/06172246/AF-Cessna-170-low-wing-feature.jpg 280 520 Harry Clements https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Harry Clements2015-02-25 13:54:282017-11-07 10:10:43The low wing Cessna 170 – a great idea that didn’t fly
The low wing Cessna 170 – a great idea that didn’t fly
The three views, of the airplane described by the article title, that accompany this piece were taken from an “unofficial” board size drawing I knew I had stowed away somewhere around the house, but only recently found and reclaimed. The drawing is entitled “Preliminary Design, Model 170 Replacement” and dated February 2, 1955.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/06172331/AF-Tonga-feature.jpg 280 520 Maurie Baston https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Maurie Baston2015-02-13 15:08:372017-09-06 12:37:44Playing politics at 27,000 feet – a story from the South Pacific
Playing politics at 27,000 feet – a story from the South Pacific
In the corridors of power many aviation decisions are made that do not normally affect those of us on the flight deck responsible for a successful flight. But sometimes they do. Such was the case of the Rarotongan Voters Project, where two separate governments intervened mid-flight.
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How I came to be an ag pilot
Reader Dave Sandidge's uncle, Bernard Threet, was an ag pilot in the Mississippi Delta region for many years. After his uncle's recent death, Sandidge wanted to honor him by sharing the story of his memorable cross-country in a Piper Cub crop duster. And what a story it is.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/06172516/AF-landing-sid-feature.jpg 280 520 John Laming https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg John Laming2015-01-07 10:22:072017-09-06 12:35:08Thanks for the landing
Thanks for the landing
Former RAAF pilot John Laming remembers one of his first flight instructors, a unique and thoughtful man he would encounter many times throughout his career. Reconnecting after 40 years, the two pilots made a memorable final flight that shows the special bond two pilots share.
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Top 10 articles of 2014
We're proud to release our annual review of the year that was at Air Facts. Among nearly 150 articles published in 2014, these were the 10 most popular. What were the hot topics in 2014?
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The trip to Dong Den Mountain
Luxury hotels line the idyllic beach today. Forty-eight years ago, it was a bare sugar white expanse of sand and surf and the site of our crude Marine Corps helicopter base known as Marble Mountain Air Facility just east of Da Nang by the South China Sea. Our Marine CH-46 helicopter squadron had flown ashore ten days earlier.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/06172651/AF-Lincoln-over-Momote-feature.jpg 280 520 John Laming https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg John Laming2014-11-19 17:00:052017-09-06 12:36:10Four Merlins to Momote
Four Merlins to Momote
In this current era of over-regulation, it may seem, understandably to anyone reading this story now, that we were a bunch of over-enthusiastic young men with little sense of professional responsibility. But it was another time and things were different then. For this ancient airman, they were the good old days and I mourn their passing.
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Profiling works in solving airplane problems–usually
Profiling is, in this discussion, a procedure to narrow down the possible causes of a problem based on its location in the airplane and timing in the order of events in a flight, and then with evaluation of the potential causes, select appropriate solutions to try. The case I'm going to describe occurred with the Cessna T-37 twin jet trainer.
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Navigating in the old days
Flying in my little single-engine Cessna, my yoke mounted GPS unit gives me my exact position anywhere on the face of the earth, as well as a host of other valuable information and is a marvel of modern technology. It wasn't always so. I was a crewman on a Navy land-based long-range patrol plane (P2V Neptune) back in the early 1960s and I'll tell you all what it was like.
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70 years ago, on July 31, 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry took off on his last flight, from which he did not return. At 44, he was old for an operational pilot in World War II, and he was flying a fast, unarmed, photo-reconnaissance version of the single-seat Lockheed P38 Lightning fighter.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/06173337/AF-alphabet-feature.jpg 280 520 Michael Cohen https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Michael Cohen2014-06-12 21:16:502014-06-12 21:16:50Getting past the ABCs
Getting past the ABCs
As businesslike and matter-of-fact as the radio alphabet seems, a closer look shows it is packed with history, romance, mythology, literature and the lure of faraway places.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/06173616/AF-women-feature.jpg 280 520 Walt Wick https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Walt Wick2014-03-07 11:17:352018-08-14 17:07:11Competition in a man’s sport: top six women in early US flight
Competition in a man’s sport: top six women in early US flight
The challenge of this article is to identify the six most significant women and their contributions to the art of flying as a sport and as a science in the early years. These women pilots were built of courage, conviction, passion and vision.
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Richard Bach and Air Facts: long time ago…
In the summer of 1960 a 24-year old Air Force jet fighter pilot, Richard Bach, submitted an unsolicited article to Air Facts. It was the beginning of an incredible writing career. Here, Dick Collins tells Bach's story and we republish his very first Air Facts article.
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Warp speed: birth of an aileron
Instead of shifting its weight to right itself, as every bird-watching, would-be aeronaut assumed their winged subjects did, the buzzards flexed one wingtip up and the opposite down. Could there be a more unlikely, less romantic bird to bestow the gift of flight upon humanity?
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Top 10 articles of 2013
In 2013, Air Facts debated the big issues in aviation, offered tips for safer flying and shared some good pilot stories. If you missed any of the 160 articles we published this year, here's our list of the 10 most popular.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/06174059/af-air-meet-feature.jpg 280 520 Walt Wick https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Walt Wick2013-10-23 12:38:222015-01-28 09:19:11The first US Air Meet, 1910
The first US Air Meet, 1910
Fans attended the first major International Air Meet at Reims, France, in August 1909, with close to 500,000 spectators. It set the standard for all future air shows of the time, and inspired a group of American aviators to stage their own Air Meet. Here is the story.