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Opportunity of a lifetime

Participating in Historical V-J Day Aerial Parades in Hawaii, marking the end of WWII On July 26,...

 

Local aviation duo headed to Historical V-J Day Commemoration

Our friends Dustin Mosher and Diane Barney own a 1942 Stearman "Felix," and it was chosen to be...

 

Kitty cats and airplanes

My life is full of kitty cats and airplanes! Since my son Douglas passed away, I have been taking...

 

Remember what our World War II Vets fought to save – freedom

As California hit its highest daily count of confirmed cases of coronavirus over the past week and...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    July 4, 2020

Mojave Air & Spaceport's CV-990 Gate Guard

An interesting program was on the History Channel back in 2004 and it involved Mojave Airport's...

 

Douglas DC-3, also known as C-47 and R4D

The Douglas Aircraft Company's DC-3 is probably the most famous aircraft ever built. A. E. Raymond a...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    June 6, 2020

Emails from MCAS Mojave Vets

During the past few days, I have been going through some of my old emails and aviation articles...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 9, 2020

Wen Painter taught Superman to fly!

Weneth "Wen" Dwane Painter passed away in Pleasanton, California on April 21 at the age of 84. Wen...

 

MISTY Super FAC's in Vietnam

I highly recommend reading the book, "Misty: First Person Stories of the F-100 Fast FACs in the...

 

Test pilots – George Welch and Al Blackburn

I want to give recognition and great appreciation to George Welch, a U.S. Army Air Corps Second...

 

Pat Weiland – WWII Mojave Marine

Isn't it interesting how enjoyable it is to hear or read historical stories about flying,...

 

Charlie Plumb – POW in Vietnam and Navy Hero

Recently we have been going through some of our book and video collections. I ran across a book...

 

Inspirational women in Aerospace

Nearly twenty years ago, (2001) I was asked to help with a special Air & Space Exploratorium at...

 

Remembering the achievements of Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, USAAC

I received an email from my son, Mark, recently: "Hey Mom, I had no idea that Jimmy Doolittle did...

 

One of my favorite airplanes – the Lockheed Constellation

The Lockheed Constellation will always be one of my favorite airplanes, for it was one of those...

 

XB-70 and Fitz Fulton

I want to share a photo of Fitz Fulton and Bob Hoover that was taken by Mike Owen at the retirement...

 

Aviation Anniversaries in December

Aviation enthusiasts everywhere know there are some very important dates to remember in the month...

 

Captain Guy Gruters – Vietnam POW

I often receive emails that have familiar names attached and I am careful not to forward their...

 

Commitment and attitude creates heroes

The annual Veterans Day ceremony was sponsored by Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation, Mojave...

 

Rutan Brothers and Mike Melvill honored at Mojave Air & Spaceport

On Oct. 19, a special gathering of Rutan fans and Long-EZ builder/pilots landed at Mojave Air &...

 

Celebrating epic Rutan designs at Mojave

On Oct. 19 at Mojave Air & Spaceport, the Mojave Transportation Museum will feature a special...

 

Dick Rutan attends 2019 Reno Air Races

Life is so different for me now since the passing of my youngest son, Douglas. Not only do I try to...

 

A Spitfire at Mojave in 2007 and 2019

The aircraft in the photo is a rare Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IXc/e that underwent flight testing...

 

Rare showstopper XP-82 Twin Mustang at AirVenture 2019

It is important to have dreams at every age in your life. Tom Reilly, master warbird aircraft...

 

Rutan Brothers at 50th Anniversary of EAA AirVenture

Burt and Dick Rutan still have a "rock star" following at Oshkosh, the annual gathering of...

 

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