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 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 12, 2018 

Flying B-17s in World War II

Doug Clipperton, Mojave Chamber of Commerce President, has shared some exciting war stories about his father, Eldred N. Clipperton, U. S. Army Air Corps B-17 pilot. Recently, Doug's brother came...

 

This year marked the 76th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raiders

Morale in America was low after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and something needed to be done to raise the spirits of the people who found themselves plunged into World War II. A U.S....

 

Dan Yost USAF Pilot and C-7 Caribou in Vietnam

Retired U.S. Air Force veteran, Dan Yost gave a presentation about flying the DeHavilland Canada, DHC-4 or C-7 Caribou in Vietnam at Plane Crazy Saturday, held at Mojave Air & Spaceport on March...

 

U.S. Naval Test Pilots at Mojave Airport

For the past 21 years, in March and September, we have invited the graduating class of the Navy Test Pilot School from Patuxent River, MD, over to the hangar for a barbecue when they are in the area...

 

Carl 'Ben' Eielson, Father of Alaskan Aviation

Whenever my husband Al and I visit Anchorage, we head to the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum next to Lake Hood and become lost in the vintage aircraft and wonderful old photographs of the pioneering...

 

Phantoms at Mojave!

I'm sure that many readers remember seeing F-4s parked at Mojave Airport to be transformed into full-scale aerial target drones for the Department of Defense. This transformation process produced a mo...

 

Recollections of the 1970 California 1000 Air Race at Mojave

The California 1000 Unlimited Air Race was held at Mojave Airport Nov. 13-15, 1970. The North American P-51 Mustang pictured actually belonged to Dave Zeuschel, but race pilot Dr. Cliff Cummins was...

 

Memories of Marine Corps Auxiliary Air Station Mojave

I have been thinking a lot about the Marines and the aircraft they flew, when they served here during World War II. I sense their presence every time I walk into the Administration Building or...

 

Great Air Race Memories at Mojave Airport

Have you ever heard a Hawker Hunter streak by on a low pass? Well, my husband Al and I always took great pleasure in that sight and sound! Sixteen years ago at Mojave Airport we saw not only a Hawker...

 

Douglas DC-3 still flying!

The most widely used military transport during World War II was the Douglas Aircraft Company's DC-3. It is probably the most famous aircraft ever built. A. E. Raymond and E. F. Burton designed this...

 

Two important dates in aviation history

Aviation enthusiasts everywhere know there are two very important dates to remember in the month of December. At 10:35 a.m., on Dec. 17, 1903, Orville Wright made history by flying a powered machine...

 

Lockheed F-104 and the GE J-79 Jet engine that powered it

My husband Al and I review our old photos on a regular basis and are always happy to see the pictures that jar our memories into remembering the exciting projects we have worked on in years gone by....

 

Douglas Skyraider, a favorite aircraft in Vietnam

The Douglas A-1 was originally designed in 1944 to meet World War II requirements to replace the SBD dive bomber. It was to be a carrier-based, single place, long-range, high-performance,...

 

The Flying Greek

My husband, Al and I had the rare opportunity to attend a special gathering of World War II fighter pilots who were combat Aces in August 2009. We met William Hardy, U. S. Navy Ace; Clarence 'Bud'...

 

P-47 Thunderbolt!

This photo was taken at Mojave Airport nearly twenty-two years ago. Alan Preston was taxiing a Republic P-47 into one of the original hangars built by the Marines in 1942. The Santa Monica Museum of...

 

The legendary XB-70 Valkyrie

We miss our family friend, Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton Jr., who passed away Feb. 4, 2015. He was born in Blakely, Ga. on June 6, 1925. I feel privileged to have a copy of his autobiography, "Father of the...

 

Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

Most people recognize movie stars that are human; I tend to recognize movie stars that are airplanes. Back in 2005, Gene Powers, of Hawkins & Powers, Greybull, Wyoming, made several passes down ru...

 

Consolidated Globemaster II – Ruben Fleet's Rugged Bomber

Reuben H. Fleet founded Consolidated Aircraft Corporation (later Convair) in 1923, and the company became one of the most significant aircraft manufacturers in American history. For roughly 60 years,...

 

Sailplanes on Labor Day weekend

On Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-3, Mountain Valley Airport and Skylark North Gliderport will be hosting the Experimental Soaring Assn. Western Workshop. On Saturday and Sunday, the group will be...

 

Great USAF cargo planes of yesterday

The U.S. Air Force was formed in 1947 and there was a need for a larger cargo aircraft. At the time Douglas Aircraft Co. had produced the C-74 Globemaster, which was also ordered as a commercial airli...

 

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,...

 

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