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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,...

 

A Hero for All Time – Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I – Ace of Aces!

Thirty years ago, before computers, iPhones and Google, I was a stay at home Mom who enjoyed helping my two sons and their friends with school homework and special projects. Graduation time was...

 

NASA's Super Guppy is still flying!

I wrote this article back in August 2001 about the X-47A Pegasus and the story continues today with the X-47B UCAS. One Saturday afternoon Al and I walked out of a movie theater before the movie...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    July 4, 2015

Encroachment on Airports

I support keeping Santa Monica Airport open, as a matter of fact, I support keeping all airports open that are being threatened by encroachment. Santa Monica and other airports have received grant...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    June 6, 2015

Steam trains to space dreams

In 2012, Mojave Desert Bank, now Mission Bank, commissioned artist Art Siordia to paint a mural that depicted the history of Mojave from the early days of steam trains and the Twenty-Mule-Teams to...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 23, 2015

Remembering our greatest generation

The month of May has some significant anniversaries for our World War II Veterans, The Greatest Generation. The 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe), was on the 8th of May. The unconditional...

 

Flora Belle (Smith) Reece World War II WASP

Flora Belle Reece, passed away at UCLA Medical Center on Dec. 1, 2014 after complications from a brain aneurysm. She was a wonderful role model, with a high spirit of adventure, love of aviation and...

 

The Orbital "Stargazer" Steals the Show

Orbital Sciences 'Stargazer' L-1011 launch aircraft was the star of the show at the Aerospace in California Plane Crazy Saturday event held by the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation on August...

 

Mojave Chamber Caboose Moves to Storage

After decades of sitting on Reno's Restaurant parking lot, with permission from Reno Riccomini, the classic 1950 Southern Pacific caboose owned by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce has been temporarily...

 

Bob Hoover – A Pilot's Pilot

I have met so many people through the years who talk about the history of Mojave – the L.A. Aqueduct, Southern Pacific Railroad, the gold and silver mines and of course, Mojave Airport. It is always...

 

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