They’ve Done It Again!

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

You may remember the Greatest Generation Aircraft folks here in Fort Worth, Texas, from a previous post here awhile back. The occasion that warranted such a mention was an auction the group organized as a fundraiser to continue their warbird preservation efforts. Well, GGA did another on Friday night and yours truly was able to [...]

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Hallelujah for Hawaii

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

I’m not a jealous person by nature, but how could any self-respecting airplane buff not envy Anne Murata? Don’t know her? Well, you may have heard of her employer, the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Anne’s the director of marketing and business development, but judging by the latest arrivals on Hawaiian shores, her job should [...]

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Time Running Out for Tokyo Raiders Medals

Aug 19, 2013 No Comments

Here is an Generic Petition for the CGM. You all know that we are trying to get the Congressional Gold Medal for the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders before we lose any more of them as we are down to the last 4 out of the 80 brave airmen who took off so long ago from the [...]

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Email to Brady Kress, CEO, Dayton History

Jul 07, 2013 No Comments

Dear Mr. Kress, I saw you on WDTN “2 News” just now http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/local/dayton/first-in-flight-title-up-in-the-air#.Uc0bzE3wC70and heard you say, Gustave Whitehead’s claim to having made the first powered airplane flight in 1901 is “bogus” and “there’s no evidence that proves it”. I invite you to examine the evidence I gathered on my Website, www.gustave-whitehead.com. It was peer-reviewed and [...]

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The Fourth of July: Celebrating The Original “Greatest Generation”

Jul 03, 2013 No Comments

To most, the Fourth of July is a montage of red-white-and-blue images: warm days, fireworks, patriotic words, barbeques and bright and hopeful celebrations. Only a few remember the men behind the day. Only a few celebrate the real “Greatest Generation.” I’m not the first to recognize that the much-heralded WW II vets are definitely not [...]

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Dr. Crouch Responds to John Brown

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

John Brown: This is in reply to your widely distributed, ”Open letter to Tom Crouch,” posted on March 24, 2013. I will make this as clear and concise as I can, addressing what seem to be your major points. With regard to access to the Hammer Collection: If I ever told you that I was [...]

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The Flight Claims of Gustave Whitehead

Mar 27, 2013 No Comments

By Tom Crouch, Courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum John Brown, an Australian researcher living in Germany, has unveiled a website claiming that Gustave Whitehead (January 1, 1874-October 10, 1927), a native of Leutershausen, Bavaria, who immigrated to the United States, probably in 1894, made a sustained powered flight in a heavier-than-air machine [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 07, 2013 No Comments

1915 – The first British tactical bombing raids in support of ground troops made in Menin and Courtai, Belgium. 1932 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 52/3m, a tri-motor transport that flew into the 1980s. 1956 – Dan Perkins, engineer at Britain’s Royal Aircraft Establishment, makes his first flight in an inflatable airplane in Bedfordshire, England. It takes 25 minutes to inflate [...]

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