About Sarah Simonovich

Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. While she lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania, her heart is in New England. Currently her biggest travel achievement has been (accidently) getting up close and personal with 3 moose in Baxter State park. When she’s not at work writing and drinking coffee, you can find her hanging out with her dog.

The Montgolfier Brothers and the Rise of Balloonomania

On September 19, 1783, a duck, a sheep, and a rooster all made history as the first passengers to ever travel through the air in a balloon. While their names didn’t go down in the history books, the names of the balloon’s inventors certainly did. The Montgolfier Brothers Beginning in France during the late 18th [...]

By |July 24th, 2017|Aviation History|0 Comments

From Off the Ground to Out of this World: The Beginnings of NASA

Long before Neil Armstrong made one giant leap for mankind (or, you know, didn’t, if that’s your belief), NASA’s work was a lot closer to home. In fact, it had nothing to do with aerospace at all. At least, not technically. The NASA we know and love today grew out of a federal agency founded [...]

By |July 17th, 2017|General Aviation|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: de Havilland Vampire

Not all vampires suck, you know. Not all vampires can fly, either. In both American and European folklore, only some can. But Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Little Vampire, and The Lost Boys all could fly. So could this de Havilland Vampire. And fly it did. Britain’s Second Jet-Powered Aircraft Post-WWII In 1941, the de Havilland [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Lilian Bland: Ireland’s First Female Pilot Could Do It All

In reality, though, Lilian Bland was truly anything BUT bland. It’s true that Lilian Bland was the first woman to fly a plane in Ireland. But it’s also true that she was so much more than just a pilot. She was the first woman in the world to both design and build her very own [...]

By |July 3rd, 2017|Aviation History|0 Comments

This is Why Your Love of Aviation and Travel Increases Your Exposure to Radiation

When we think of radiation, we think scary. We think of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. We think of the Chernobyl disaster and radioactive boars running around Europe. Or we think of cancer—fatigue and hair loss. Do you think of bananas? Doubtful. Do you think of flying? Probably not. But there are doses of radiation thanks [...]

By |June 27th, 2017|General Aviation|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

When the United States Army Air Forces wanted an operational jet fighter of their own, the War Department's wish was Kelly Johnson's command. They sure wished upon this shooting star.    The Lockheed P-80 was the first jet fighter used operationally by the USAAF. The aircraft was designed and built by Lockheed in [...]

By |June 23rd, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

What Does a Serial Killer and the First Airplane Have in Common?

Did a killer unintentionally change the course of aviation history as we know it?  In 2015, famed historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough released a new book, “The Wright Brothers.” Early in his text, he recounts an event that ultimately changed the course of Wilbur’s life—and arguably the history of aviation as we know [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Aviation History|0 Comments

Pigeons of War: How Ordinary Birds Took to the Skies for An Extraordinary Purpose

When you think of warbirds, you're probably not thinking of war birds (or the "The Gang Wrestles for the Troops" episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia). There are a lot of reasons why former military aircraft that are still airworthy are revered. One thing that's for certain is the major role all forms of aircraft played in war. [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|Aviation History|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Stipa-Caproni

Experimenting--it's a perfectly normal phase in every aircraft's life. Some just never quite grow out of it. If ugly ducklings could fly (they can't until 12 weeks of age, by the way), they might be called Stipa-Caproni. At least if they were Italian ducks. What's a little more certain is for many, this aircraft is [...]

By |June 2nd, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

How to Bring Your Love of Aviation Into Your Home

Fill your life with what you love  If you consider yourself an avgeek, you probably love all things aviation. I mean, that’s why you read The Flight Blog, right? To immerse yourself in the wonderful world of aviation and its rich history. Given the chance, I’m sure you’d much rather be up in the air [...]

By |May 22nd, 2017|General Aviation|0 Comments