Here’s Why Pilots Say “Roger That”

Communication is key, especially in aviation. It can be used to warn someone of danger and achieve goals as a team. It can also be used to help avoid huge disasters and call for help in dire circumstances. If you’ve ever seen a military-related movie or television show, you may have noticed pilots talking over [...]

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The Guinea Pig Club: RAF Pilots and the Advancement of Plastic Surgery

We are incredibly lucky to presently live in a world with advanced medical technology. It wasn’t all that long ago, really, when commonplace surgeries today would have been nothing more than a pipe dream. World War II changed the world in many ways. During this time, aircraft advanced, weapons advanced, and numerous technologies advanced—because they [...]

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2017 Blog Roundup: Looking Back at our Favorites

Nearing the end of the year always brings a certain type of nostalgia. As we look towards the future, it's always good to reflect on past accomplishments, too. By doing so, we can measure our growth. It's kinda like time travel that way--a blast from the past! We've grown a lot over the past year [...]

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Britain’s First Female Pilot: Hilda Hewlett

Hilda Hewlett has the title of Britain’s first female pilot, the first woman in Britain to earn her pilots license, and the owner of the U.K.’s first flying school. Known as “Grace Bird,” that doesn’t include all of the accomplishments she’s made during her life. A woman ahead of her time: a budding aviatrix [...]

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How Charles Lindbergh Became TIME’s First Man of the Year

For nearly a century, Time magazine has annually selected people—man, woman, group or concept—that had the most influence on the world during the past 12 months. The criterion for the person of the year is the following: “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied [...]

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Pilot Profile: Katherine Stinson

A Pioneering American Aviator As one of America's Early aviators, Katherine Stinson set numerous flying records, including ones for distance, endurance, and aerobatic maneuvers. In July 1912, she became the fourth woman in the United States to obtain a pilot’s certificate. Katherine Stinson was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, on February 14, 1891. It would be twelve [...]

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Pilot Profile: Jeana Yeager

We’ve mentioned Jeana Yeager before in our Rutan Voyager Plane of the Week feature, but we’re thrilled to be bringing her back in this Pilot Profile! Known as the first women to fly a plane nonstop around the world without refueling, Jeana is truly an inspiration. By Ray Kamm, SDASM Archives - Ray Kamm [...]

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Pilot Encounters with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons

Picture this: you’re a pilot, cruising through the air when suddenly an unknown object appears in your peripherals. What is that?! you scream to yourself, trying your best to keep it cool. You’ve heard about pilots having close encounters with UFOs before, and you’ve even read about WWII pilots experiencing pesky gremlins. But never in [...]

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The First Airliner to Disappear: The Avro Ten Southern Cloud

The story, and occasional mystery, surrounding airline disappearances capture international attention with each occurrence. Experts claim the most common causes of such crashes are mechanical error, weather, and pilot error. A few well-known flights caused by mechanical failures are Delta Flight 191 in 1945, United Airlines Flight 232 in 1989, and Air France Flight 447 [...]

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The Mystery of the Goodyear Ghost Blimp

Between 1942 and 1945, the U.S. Navy received more than 150 airships for the war effort. The military used these blimps, produced by the Goodyear Corporation, as convoy escort vessels. The Navy used them to spot enemy submarines and drop depth charges on those they encountered. But of all the airships utilized during World War [...]

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