Mini Pilot Reports

Douglas C-47: A Gooney by any Other Name is Still a Gooney

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson Supreme Commander-Europe, General Dwight Eisenhower, didnít hesitate when ask to list the Allied weapons that most helped end the war. In no particular order he said, ìThe bazooka, the jeep, the atom bomb and the C-47.î The bazooka made the lowly GI into a feared tank killer. The Jeep gave his commanders [...]

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Extra 300S: Patty Wagstaff and her Magic Machine

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson If youíve seen her fly, youíll never forget it. Sheís razzle-dazzle personified. If you meet her and spend a few moments with her, youíll come away with much the same feeling. Itíll be obvious that the pilot fits the airplane. Or is it the other way around? Patty exudes confidence laced with [...]

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F/A-18 Hornet: a Dynasty in the Making

Jan 30, 2007 1 Comment

by Budd Davisson The Hornet has been a highly controversial airplane from the day it was initially proposed. Hornet detractors point at their hero, the massive F-14, and say the Hornet isnít worthy of following in that great airplaneís steps. No range, no load, no nothiní. Well, folks, guess what? Right or wrong, the Tomcatís [...]

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The Fabulous Ford Trimotor

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson When you climb on board some airplanes, thereís a feeling that can only be described as passing through a portal into history. As I worked my way between the rows of seats up to the cockpit of the Ford 4AT Trimotor, that was one of those momentsóthere was no doubt that what [...]

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J-3 Cub: Piper’s Gift to Mankind

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson Like most pilots, Iím not certain I can remember a time before I flew a J-3. Thatís probably because I too started out in a Cub. I was fifteen years old and even then found one of the biggest hurtles to flying a Cub to be simply getting in it. The dance [...]

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Jon Sharp and Nemesis: The Unbeatable Combination

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson In Formula One racing there are fast airplanes, there are really fast airplanes, and then there is (was) Nemesis. Itís now resting in the Smithsonian, buyt not a racing pilot on the planet doubts that should pilot/designer Jon Sharp decide to pull his now-dusty racer out of the display case to challenge [...]

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deHavilland Comet Wooden Artistry

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

by Budd Davisson In 1934 the public still viewed aviation as something special. In fact, air racing had become a worldwide obsession, which, like NASCAR many years later, offered great publicity opportunities for the sponsors and the participants. Australian millionaire Sir MacPherson Robertson, recognized the public relations value of air racing and announced he was [...]

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Travelair Mystery Ship: Model “R” for Racing

Jan 30, 2007 No Comments

Dawn of a New Era by Budd Davisson It was September 2nd, 1929 and before the day was over, the world of military airplanes had been changed forever. As Doug Davis roared across the finish line and took the checkered flag at Cleveland that afternoon, he had done more than win a race. He and [...]

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