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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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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Someone had to fly down to Antarctica, in the winter down there, and rescue an American member of the research team based at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station — as far south as you can possibly go. Chief pilot Sean Loutitt, copilot Brian Crocker, and flight engineer Kevin Riehl of Kenn Borek Air Ltd., of Calgary, British Columbia, fueled and loaded the company's de Havilland Twin Otter and took off heading south.

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Article | Jan 01, 2005

It is nice to put a face to a name. After writing checks bearing his last name every month for more years than I care to remember, it was especially nice to meet John Nils Nordstrom, whose flying career was late in blooming.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

The whole thing started out looking like that scene from the movie Apocalypse Now. Except Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries wasn't blasting from loudspeakers.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

Jim Hagedorn grew up as one of six kids. Although his father was a prosperous entrepreneur — Horace Hagedorn launched Miracle-Gro fertilizer with a partner in the early 1950s — the senior Hagedorn wanted to instill in his children the same work ethic that led him to success.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Don't tell John Ball he's unstable. He's heard it all before.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

Things just aren't the same around Danbury Municipal Airport in Danbury, Connecticut. When you speak to the locals they eventually get around to it: It's Ray.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Joe F. Edwards' former business card bore one word after his name, Astronaut.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

When the Boeing B-17G Yankee Lady leaves its home at the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan, to tour the East Coast each summer, it is one of "six or seven B-17s still flying," according to Gen. Richard Bodycombe, a pilot lucky enough to sit at the controls.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

Joseph Ceo knows that a properly tuned oboe resonates its middle A at precisely 440 Hz. He also knows that his particular 1966 Cessna P206A cruises happily at 135 knots.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

Pilots from six states have trained with Arthur A.C. (Tony) Markl in Marydel, Maryland.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

For most pilots, flying FA2 Harriers for Britain's Royal Air Force would be adventure enough for one lifetime. And Tim Ellison, who amassed 2,500 hours of military jet time and served as a weapons instructor during 11 years in the RAF, concurs that the Harrier is "the ultimate pilot's machine: tons of power, seven different ways to take off, and 14 different ways to land." But an engine failure in May 1992 while hovering at 120 feet agl — too low for Ellison to eject — left him paraplegic, and at the cusp of a new challenge.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Keith Darrow walks out of a cavernous hangar on the edge of the Patuxent River and makes a beeline for what most of us know as a Beechcraft King Air. But unlike most King Air pilots, Darrow and his only passenger wear the dark green Nomex flight suits of military aviators.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

Author and pilot James Fallows admits he's thrown up three times in an airplane. The third time he was doing some spin training in a Cessna 152.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2004

Capt. Joe Kittinger didn't consider himself a skydiver and he certainly wasn't a paratrooper.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2003

Johnny Miller defines the term do-it-yourselfer. He mows his own lawn (no mean feat for someone closing the book on his ninety-eighth year), he taught himself how to repair and time a magneto in his late teens (among other mechanical tasks), and he hasn't had a cold in 25 years.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

Compared to Scott Crossfield the laconic seem positively chatty. The impassive are overemotional.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

Sometimes you take a roundabout way to get to where you want to be. For Bill Adler Jr.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

His résumé doesn't tell the whole story. It indicates he went here, did that, then went elsewhere.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

The dream was fading. Like so many kids all over the world, Aaron Singer had desperately, passionately wanted to fly.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

When asked about Gerry Molidor Jr., just about anyone who knows him will reply, "He's such a nice guy." Molidor can always find time to give a short aerobatics demonstration or a quick aerodynamics lesson. Molidor has experienced just about everything civilian aviation has to offer.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

In 1933, Joe Tolley soloed an Aeronca C-3 and fell in love with aviation. He bought a piece of land in 1934 in Pence Springs, West Virginia — a grass strip mowed out of a cozy river valley and shaded with trees and the ridgelines of the Appalachians.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

No one knows the Wright brothers like Tom Crouch, and he never met either of them. Crouch is the senior curator of aeronautics at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and his specialty is, yup, the Wrights.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

I had known Lynn Karlin of Belfast, Maine, for several years when she rang me up and said she had an idea for a collaborative article. Many people pitch you story ideas, or want you to help them write their memoirs, when they know you work as a writer — but this was different.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

As we approach the 100-year commemoration of the Wright brothers' epic flight at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, it is only appropriate that we honor individuals who have contributed to keeping the dream of aviation alive. One such person is Oliver Boyd Clow, known as "Boyd," whose passion for and contribution to aviation has spanned five decades.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

Fourteen-year-old Sergei Sikorsky just barely missed being an eyewitness to history — his father Igor's first tethered flight in the very first helicopter, the VS-300, on September 14, 1939. "But I was there probably a week later when he made his first untethered hops and jumps," says Sikorsky.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2003

On a Saturday morning, Bill Honan pilots a bright-yellow Stearman across the sky near Warrenton, Virginia. Fifteen hundred feet below and a mile away, the grass airstrip of the Flying Circus Aerodrome is in the midst of an aviation frenzy.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2002

At 81, Dr. Forrest M.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

"You haven't lived until you've put a seat belt on a naked man," says Tim Johnson, an Arlington, Washington, pilot who has lived through that experience in the jungles of Brazil. The adventure occurred in the 1960s after Johnson, now 65, started his first job as a pilot and mechanic for a missionary group.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2002

In 1980 Ed Hommer was flying the Alaskan bush in a Cessna 185. On this December day he had picked up three tourists from the airport at Talkeetna, Alaska, for a round-robin trip to Denali, or Mount McKinley as it used to be called.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2002

It wasn't working with Marilyn Monroe or Clark Gable or even Montgomery Clift. It was the hot coffee, always fresh.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2002

Jim Younkin can be described three ways: among the best at aircraft metalworking; builder of antique aircraft who has restored or replicated some of the most famous planes of aviation's Golden Age; and, oh yes, pioneering developer of autopilots for small aircraft and holder of 20 patents. Younkin, the 73-year-old father of airshow performer Bobby Younkin, is enshrined in two aviation halls of fame, one sponsored by his home state of Arkansas and the other by the antique and classic aircraft section of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2002

Eddie Franco — commercial pilot, multiengine and instrument flight instructor, Antarctic explorer, former professional blackjack player, and chief operating officer of one of the nation's largest professional electronic trading firms — doesn't think of his Piper Malibu Mirage as just transportation; it's also his office and his turbocharged tour bus. Granco spends as many as 23 days every month on the road traveling among his company's 35 offices across the United States.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2002

Richard Bach doesn't have the stern, clipped voice of an ex-jet jock. He has a soothing voice, a kindly voice, kind of like the one your father gets when he becomes a granddad.

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