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‘It just couldn’t be so’

Article | Sep 10, 2012

Robert Odegaard gained acclaim across the country both as a pilot, and an expert in the restoration of vintage aircraft. The North Dakota native was killed Sept. 7 while practicing for an airshow near his home.

Pilots: Nick Baker

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

Meet Capt’n Nick. A business-jet captain for NetJets Aviation, who flies affluent clients to destinations in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, Nick Baker also transports less well-heeled passengers to a place they’ve never been before—the aviation world of yesteryear.

Wild weekend with Sean Tucker

Article | Aug 29, 2012

It's your first aerobatic routine, and you're performing for an audience of one - airshow performer and aerobatic champion Sean D. Tucker. No pressure.

YouTube accident pilot: ‘I was going to abort’

IFR Fix | Aug 10, 2012

The June 30 crash of a Stinson 108-3 in Stanley, Idaho, has been viewed--from an inside-the-cockpit perspective--a million times since one of the passengers posted video on Aug. 4. Pilot Les Gropp, who suffered a broken jaw (his passengers walked away), said a gust of wind lifted him into the air as he was about to abort the ill-fated takeoff.

Reconciliation of former combatants inspires, heals

Article | Aug 09, 2012

Retired Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry shot down one MiG during his combat tours in Vietnam, and wondered as he watched the parachute deploy (narrowly missing it) what would become of the pilot. Amid the intense tempo of aerial combat, such thoughts were pushed aside until a chance encounter 36 years later with the F-4 Phantom he flew in Vietnam sparked a search. What Cherry found has led to healing and reconciliation for many veterans on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

MT breathes new life into old propellers

Article | Jul 31, 2012

MT-Propeller will begin producing two-blade ground-adjustable aluminum propellers for the vintage market.

Flight of 75 Cubs marks 75th

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Piper Cub pilots and their passengers in Hartford, Wis., were up before dawn July 22, eating breakfast and getting an updated briefing before 75 vintage Piper J-3s began launching just after sunrise--heading for EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh and continuing their celebration of the iconic airplane's seventy-fifth anniversary.

Cubs 2 Oshkosh deadline approaching

Article | Jul 05, 2012

The registration deadline for Cubs 2 Oshkosh - the mass arrival of Piper Cubs at EAA AirVenture on July 22 to commemorate the iconic airplane's seventy-fifth anniversary - is fast approaching.

Former gang member helps save a piece of Air Force history

Article | Jul 03, 2012

A decade ago, Hualdo Mendoza was in trouble, mixed up with the gang life and kicked out of school. Today, he is a leading expert on a highly specialized aviation art: the restoration of fabric aircraft skins. That skill recently landed him a seat in a U.S. Air Force supersonic trainer, a thank you from the Hat in the Ring squadron.