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Former NASA flight test engineer, general aviation icon has 'flown west'

Weneth "Wen" Dwane Painter passed away in Pleasanton, California, April 21, 2020, at the age of 84....

 

Memories of Rufus Cook

I remember speaking at a funeral for a dear friend from Navy League nearly twenty years ago. Another...

 

North American F-86 – a beautiful aircraft

My parents were married in 1927 and lived through the Great Depression. My father learned at an...

 

Russian Biplanes at Mojave

The Ukrainian AN-2 was initially developed as an agricultural aircraft and the first prototype flew...

 

12 years of Plane Crazy

Plane Crazy Saturday (PCS) continues to be successful at Mojave Air & Space Port. Mojave...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    July 3, 2021

Two very special residents of Tehachapi – Sally and Mike Melvill

Sally and Mike Melvill are two of the finest people on planet Earth! Mike Melvill was born in...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    June 5, 2021

Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial engine

The Mojave Transportation Museum saluted radial engines at the May 15 Plane Crazy Saturday and Mike...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 22, 2021

'Yellow Peril' at Mojave!

Al Hansen's little N3N-3"Yellow Peril" two-hole, biplane flew away to a new home in Lake Tahoe...

 

Memorial Day at Mojave Cemetery

The East Kern Cemetery District and Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation are joining together to...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 8, 2021

Roc flies again!

After days of waiting for high winds and bad weather to clear on April 29, the colossal six-engine S...

 

Battle of Britain veteran at Mojave Airport

So many historical aircraft have been tucked away in hangars at Mojave Airport through the years....

 

Remembering our Veterans and the aircraft they flew

Sixteen years ago, my husband Al and his son Dor helped set up a UH-1B "Huey" for a Vietnam Veteran...

 

Mike Nixon restores a second BMW 801 for a World War II Fw 190

My husband Al and I had a special opportunity last week to visit with Mike Nixon at Vintage Radials...

 

The Sierra Wave and gliders

You know how you feel when the wind is howling and you see the standing lenticular clouds, (the...

 

Dr. Rich Sugden's FJ Fury

Twenty years ago, in 2001, our friends Larry and Joan Mockford owned a very rare North American Avia...

 

New directors installed at Mojave Air & Spaceport

On December 4, 2020, Mojave Air & Spaceport Director Jim Balentine presided over the swearing-in...

 

Famous people who served America

Happy New Year to everyone! Praying for a bright, joyful and healthy 2021 for you and yours! I have...

 

December is an important month in aviation history

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

 

Mojave Air & Spaceport Veterans Day Ceremony

Beautiful November weather with light winds greeted Veterans and supporting citizens at the Veterans...

 

Keynote Speaker Tech Sergeant Peck

Tech Sergeant James Curtis Peck will be the Keynote Speaker at the Veterans Day Ceremony at the...

 

Messerschmitt Bf 109 at Mojave

There have been many unusual airplanes at Mojave Airport. In 2001, when Bruce Lockwood had the...

 

It's important to have dreams

Isn't it amazing when you can experience a lifelong dream? When I was in my early 20s, I loved...

 

Dick Lawyer, Mojave Airport aviation legend

Dick Lawyer, one of our very good friends and a big part of Mojave Airport's flying history, passed...

 

Brian Binnie and SpaceShipOne

On October 4, 2004, Brian Binnie flew SpaceShipOne for the second Ansari X Prize flight. He soared...

 

Opportunity of a lifetime

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

 

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