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A Spitfire at Mojave, a decade ago

The aircraft in the photo above is a rare Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXc/e that underwent flight testing here at Mojave Airport over a decade ago before it was shipped to the TAM Air Museum Americana...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    July 8, 2017

A Dragon at Mojave

This World War II vintage twin-engine bomber was developed and test flown by Douglas Aircraft at Clover Field, now known as Santa Monica Airport and was designated as the B-23 Dragon. It was first...

 

Great men and planes who helped change history

I remember a gentleman who came up to me just after the Memorial Day Ceremony held at Mojave Cemetery on May 28, 2007, and asked if he could say a few words. He apologized for being so emotional, but...

 

Two dates in June that changed history!

There are two important dates in the month of June that changed world history. June 6, 1944 D-Day, the Invasion at Normandy, France and June 5-10, 1967, The Six Day War when Israel launched Operation...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 27, 2017

Pat Weiland – Above and Beyond

As Memorial Day approaches, I find it interesting how enjoyable it is to hear or read about historical stories about flying, especially if it occurred in our local skies? My late friend Bruce Porter,...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 13, 2017

Shuttle Pilot and Shuttle Commander Pamela Melroy

Retired Air Force Col. Pamela A. Melroy, commanded the STS-120 Space Shuttle mission that delivered the Node 2 connecting module to the International Space Station (ISS). She was an active member of...

 

General Jimmy Doolittle – 75th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid

This year, 2017, marked the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid and I make a point to remember the 80 brave men who flew the B-25s off of the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942. I have wonderful...

 

Book signing with Barbara H. Schultz

Mark your calendar and come to a special Barnes & Noble book signing with my friend, Barbara H. Schultz. Will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 12 noon until 4 p.m., 39228 10th Street...

 

Wiley Post and his airplane Winnie Mae

My father, M. G. Hellwig, worked for TAT Airlines (Transcontinental Air Transport), predecessor to TWA (Trans World Airlines). TAT was an airline founded in 1928 by Clement Melville Keys. In 1930, TAT...

 

Charlie Hudson, most decorated bombardier of World War II

On July 13, 2001, my husband Al and I flew over to Taft to hear Lt. Col. Charles S. "Combat" Hudson, U.S. Army Air Corps, the most decorated bombardier of World War II, give his last presentation in C...

 

Clay Lacy and his DC-3

When I think of all the wonderful people we know in the aviation world, there are a few who truly stand out and Clay Lacy is one of those exceptional people. His name is well known in aviation...

 

Clyde Cessna's 195 Skymaster

I love the lines and sound of a Cessna 195! Our friends, James 'JB' Brown, (former Lockheed test pilot and this month's speaker at Plane Crazy Saturday!) and Jere Calef and his wife, Heather Benes hav...

 

Korean War fighter pilot, John Lowery

Like so many people today, I communicate with friends via email. Often I receive letters and speeches that have been forwarded to me by my friends and they are from people I don't know. After awhile...

 

Noel Dees, Mojave resident and WWII Navy Veteran

Our friend, Noel Dees, was the middle child of five children. He was born November 3, 1918 – eight days before the end of WWI, in Wirt, OK, an oil boom town. His father worked in the oil fields and...

 

30th Anniversary Celebration of the Epic Flight of Voyager

Voyager aircraft designer, Burt Rutan and Voyager pilot, Dick Rutan, gathered with many of the Voyager project volunteers and supporters on Saturday evening, Dec. 17, 2016 to honor the 30th anniversar...

 

The Voyager story

The Voyager story is one of great emotion, courage, vision and adventure and is often referred to as "aviation's last first." The aircraft and idea of flying around the world non-stop was first discus...

 

Missing Skyraider Bob

I remember communicating with our dear late friend, Bob Grondzik, also known as, "Skyraider Bob" about the incredible Douglas AD Skyraider. Bob suffered a heart attack and passed away in October...

 

Farewell – Col. Jesse P. "Jake" Jacobs Jr., US AF (ret.)

Short Flights – We just received the sad news that another one of our dear aviation test pilot friends has passed away. Col. Jesse P. "Jake" Jacobs Jr., USAF (ret.) lived in Las Cruses, NM and was...

 

Memories of Al Hansen's DeHavilland Vampire Mk. III

Over 40 years ago, my husband, Al Hansen and his good friend, Al Letcher, both owned de Havilland (English Electric) Vampire Mk IIIs. The two Vampires flew around the pylons at the 1978 Mojave Air...

 

The Genius of Charles H. Kaman – Part 2

In 2006, I photographed this odd looking helicopter sitting on the ramp at Tehachapi Airport. It was a Kaman K-Max. This odd looking "heavy-lift" helicopter in the photograph was developed by Charles...

 

The Genius of Charles H. Kaman – Part 1

This specialized Kaman K-MAX helicopter operated by Rainier Heli-Lift of Kirkland, Washington was based at Tehachapi Airport ten years ago in 2006. The K-MAX is powered with a Lycoming T-53-17A gas...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    July 9, 2016

10 Tanker Air Carrier Flights Erskine Fire Near Lake Isabella

As the Erskine fire rages on near Lake Isabella, we are all so thankful for the Kern County Firefighters, Cal Fire and all of the aerial tankers working on this horrible fire. One large aerial tanker...

 

Glenn Curtiss – Little known facts of an aviation legend!

I must confess that although I was born in Dayton, Ohio, and I certainly respect the Wright Brothers accomplishments, my true admiration and devotion goes to the aviation genius of Glenn Hammond...

 

Rarely seen aircraft from the past

My husband, Al, and I always enjoy learning something new about little known aircraft from the past. Recently I came across a photo that I took at the September 2012 Plane Crazy Saturday Two at...

 

Where there's a will, there's a way – Building a de Havilland Mosquito from scratch!

This restored Mosquito DH.98 was essentially built around the data plate by Glyn Powell and Mike Tunnicliff who run Mosquito Aircraft Restoration in Drury, Auckland. The first flight was Sept. 28,...

 

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