Pilot Encounters with UFOs

Do You Want to Believe? Planes aren’t always the only things flying in the sky. We’ve got helicopters, blimps, weather balloons, lost kites… and every once in a while, some eye spies something that’s not so easily identifiable. These are known as UFOs: unidentified flying objects. For some, UFOs are as American as baseball, apple [...]

By |September 18th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|0 Comments

Blanche Stuart Scott: One of America’s Earliest Aviatrixes

In 1910, a woman set out in an automobile across the country to prove that women were well-equipped to drive automobiles. This feat made her the second woman to drive across the United States. Several months later, she also became the first American woman to take a solo hop into the air. Blanche Stuart Scott [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Aviation History|0 Comments

The Women’s Land Army of WWI and WWII

While troops were fighting in the air and on the land of foreign countries, groups of women worked on farmlands to replace them. These women played an important role during the war, and so many things might have been different if it weren’t for their hard work and service. Upon discovering the BBC show Land Girls, [...]

By |August 28th, 2017|Aviation History|0 Comments

Model Planes: The Gateway to Aviation for All Ages

Model airplanes allow children and adults to get up-close and personal with aviation without becoming a pilot or buying a plane ticket. Models made to scale can mark the beginning of a journey into aviation through its history and fascinating stories associated with real life versions of a plane. Assembling model airplanes requires patience, skill, [...]

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Pilot Profile: James Stewart

When we hear James Stewart’s name, we often think of his acting career; we particularly think of his role in It’s a Wonderful Life. I mean, who doesn’t love that movie? But did you know that he was the first Hollywood star to wear a military uniform during World War II? James Stewart is one [...]

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The Making of Modern Day Air Shows

Air shows have a rich history. Since man first learned to fly, airplanes--and aerial stunts--have wowed crowds of people on the ground. For many people in the early 20th century, flying was unreal. It didn't seem possible and seeing was believing. If you don't believe something is possible, witnessing it en masse is something truly [...]

By |August 9th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|Comments Off on The Making of Modern Day Air Shows

G-Forces: A Matter of Acceleration

If you’ve ever ridden a roller coaster, you may have felt a sense of weightlessness followed by abrupt heaviness. Going over bumps, through corkscrews, and around loops nearing a speed of 100 mph contributes to all those sensations—it’s also why you may feel a little queasy after getting off the ride. Roller coasters cause you [...]

By |July 26th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|Comments Off on G-Forces: A Matter of Acceleration

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 [...]

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Marilyn Monroe Was Discovered Working at a Radioplane Factory

When we think of Marilyn Monroe, we think of a seductive superstar of the 1950-60s. We think of Joe DiMaggio. We think of John F. Kennedy. We think of… airplanes? Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, this forever famous actress and model’s career came to be from her time working in an airplane factory. The Rise of [...]

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From Letters to Luxury: The Revolution of Flying First Class

With how popular commercial flying is today, it's hard to believe the multi-billion-dollar industry ever served anyone other than its passengers. Airplane development in World War 1 encouraged officials to consider the potential of using planes for fast commercial and mail transportation. By early 1918, Congress approved $100,000 to experiment with an air mail route. [...]

By |July 10th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|Comments Off on From Letters to Luxury: The Revolution of Flying First Class