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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

Roger Keeney has finished another one of his stories. He tells them with a twinkle in his eye, adding, "this was good" to emphasize a gently made point.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

One day soon — say, in 24 to 36 months — you'll ride into suborbital space in a Learjet. True or false? Calvin Burgess knows your answer because he is building the modified Learjet in his hangar at Guthrie, Oklahoma, under contract to Rocketplane Kistler, an Oklahoma City-based firm.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Given that she didn't start to fly until age 41, you might not expect Ruby Wine Sheldon to have been a pioneering helicopter pilot. A professional photographer, she had moved to Phoenix in 1949 at age 32 to soothe her respiratory problems.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

KITTY HAWK, DECEMBER, NINETEEN-THREE "They read the work ofLilienthal, Langley, and ChanuteBut the theories of these pioneersIn test did not computeSo they cleaned the table to the woodAnd started in again To answer twisting riddlesSo the sky would let them in." So go the lyrics of the song Kitty Hawk, December Nineteen-Three, by Livingston Taylor. Raised in North Carolina, the poignantly poetic 55-year-old singer/songwriter/aviator has an understandable draw to the Wright brothers and their work, which put his home state on the map.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

Van Nuys Airport might be the centerpiece of Brian J. Terwilliger's remarkable general aviation film One Six Right: The Romance of Flying, but Van Nuys was hundreds of miles to the southwest from where the idea for the film was born.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

After more than 28,000 spins and thousands of hours in the air, Rich Stowell still recalls his first flight lessons nearly 25 years ago as a less-than-pleasant experience. He was a bit of a late bloomer, learning to fly while working as an engineer, designing heating and air-conditioning systems three floors underground in New York City.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Most pilots can recall a memorable day of flying, but few share a day like that of Tony Sanseverino. And with some certainty, few share any memories of flying at the time that sticks out in Sanseverino's mind.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

A show of hands here: Who hasn't rolled his eyes when a news anchor attributes an airplane crash to an engine stalling on takeoff? You'll never have to worry about that kind of gaffe coming from CNN's garrulous, infinitely quotable Miles O'Brien because he has connections in high places: flight instructors, airline transport pilots, aeronautical engineers. Those kinds of connections.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

How fast does a North American T-6 go? Ask Mary Dilda and she'll tell you 239 mph. That's the qualifying record she set in 2003, at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, so let's be exact: 239.398 mph.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

On the surface, Doug Shane's taste in airplanes seems a bit...incongruous. Standing in his hangar, he's faced with a sleek, composite Long EZ that looks fast even though it's standing still.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

Marilyn Elizabeth Thompson knew she wanted to fly when she was 9 years old. Touring the crash site of a downed Vanguard aircraft with her father, an electrician and building inspector in Ottawa, Canada, Thompson stood inside the cockpit and looked at the gauges.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

What started as a pleasant day at his construction work site became a nightmare for 30-year-old Jon Lion of California. Like so many times before, Lion climbed up the ladder to the roof to pound nails and make a straight line in the roof tiles that were being laid.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

My grandfather's story started in a Velie-powered Monocoupe on a grass field in Butler, Pennsylvania, in August 1936. A private pilot license followed five months later.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006

It was two hours until the airshow would begin. Spectators were pouring into little Sussex Airport in the lush green hills of northwestern New Jersey, creating a festive atmosphere and a growing air of anticipation.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

At airshows up and down the East Coast, folks walk past Charlie Kulp unaware that he is a well-known, almost legendary airshow performer. There's nothing about him or his 1946 Piper J-3 Cub that screams for attention or notice.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

The hangar that now houses Signature Flight Support at San Francisco International Airport used to belong to Butler Aviation. Before it housed Butler, the hangar stood on the grounds of the old airport (Mills Field Muncipal, renamed San Francisco Municipal in 1931).

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Freeway Airport is arguably the national capital area's most visible general aviation field: Thousands of commuters race by daily on U.S. Route 50 near Bowie, Maryland, making their way to Washington, D.C.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

Kate Board never really wanted to be a blimp pilot — at least not at first. "I didn't even know what a blimp was," she admits.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

BY PHIL SCOTT --> What should you do in an emergency? A pilot who has made 50 successful emergency landings and handled dozens of in-flight emergencies has some advice. "Watch your hands," says Skip Holm, five-time Reno Air Races Unlimited winner, Stealth F-117A test pilot, and much-decorated U.S.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

In Skip Stewart's world there are three steps in a pilot's education: takeoffs, landings, aerobatics. "Why everybody doesn't do that baffles me," he says.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

Eli "Babe" Krinock has more than 15,000 hours instructing and has taught more than 1,000 students to fly. After serving in the Marines, graduating from then-Embry-Riddle Flight School in Opa Locka, Florida, and a short stint with Eastern Airlines (he was furloughed), he took a flight instructor's job in 1948 at Latrobe Airport in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (now Arnold Palmer Regional Airport).

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

J. Lloyd Huck had owned eight airplanes in his lifetime, but he thought the Piper Super Cub seemed to fill all his needs, although it was not popular with his wife, Dorothy.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Iris Critchell began a 65-year-long exciting and successful career in aviation in 1939. She was one of the few women, nationwide, accepted into the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) at the University of Southern California.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

Every pilot knows the difficulty of capturing the beauty of flight on film — yet pilot-photographer Adriel Heisey takes your breath away time and again with amazing aerial images. Heisey began professional pilot training in Pennsylvania.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

Alexander Jefferson was a graduate of Clark University in Atlanta when World War II came. Drafted black men served in the quartermasters' corps — a dirty, filthy buck-private job paying $21 a month.

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