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 By Cathy Hansen    Community    March 28, 2020 

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...

 

Aviation legend, Bob Gilliland has flown west

Robert J. "Bob" Gilliland, call sign "Dutch 51," who has logged more experimental supersonic test...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    July 6, 2019

Losing Douglas Burdick, my multi-faceted son

At the end of May, my youngest son, Douglas Burdick, apparently died from a heart attack at the age...

 

15 years ago – SpaceShipOne makes history: First private manned mission to space

Can you believe that it was 15 years ago on June 21, 2004, that SpaceShipOne and Mike Melvill...

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 25, 2019

Memories of Rotary Rocket in the air

Sixteen years ago this month, you may recall seeing a Chinook (CH-47) helicopter at Mojave Airport....

 
 By Cathy Hansen    Community    May 11, 2019

Another World War II Veteran is gone – Dick Cole

Our nation lost another World War II veteran and member of the "greatest generation," on April 9....

 

Stratolaunch – A giant first test flight at Mojave

Saying Stratolaunch, the aircraft with a 385-foot wingspan, is huge is an understatement! I was...

 

Beechcraft Starship 1 at Mojave

In the early 1980s, Burt Rutan was the world's acknowledged expert in tandem wing, all-composite...

 

Memories of 'Air Wolf' at Mojave

I recently saw in the news that the good-looking star of the TV show "Air Wolf," Jan Michael...

 

VariViggen – Burt Rutan's first homebuilt aircraft design

In 1963, at the age of 20, Burt Rutan was inspired to design a homebuilt aircraft after seeing the...

 

Adding 'Rutan Field' to Mojave Air & Spaceport name under consideration

At a recent Mojave Air & Spaceport board meeting, General Manager/CEO Karina Drees announced...

 

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