Category Archives: Aviation

Tanker 121 lurks at the Gulch

This PB4Y, formerly known around the slurry tanker business as Hawkins&Powers Aviation’s Tanker 121, is now parked at the Casa Grande Airport in Arizona. In years gone by, I pumped a fair amount of gas, oil and fire-retardent slurry into … Continue reading

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“A Hundred Feet Over Hell” is a helluva good read

I recently finished reading the book A Hundred Feet Over Hell written by war correspondent Jim Hooper. It’s a good read that I recommend for the well-told flying stories and the history of these pilots. The book is recollections told … Continue reading

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Remembering aviation heros

Battle of Britain This week marks 70 years since the German Luftwaffe came within a day of destroying Britain’s air defenses in the Battle of the Blitz. A tactical error by Nazi Herman Goering and the dogged efforts of outnumbered … Continue reading

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Time to pick a tanker

            Unrelenting domestic and international chicanery by governments, business and politicians continues to delay a government contract to procure urgently required aerial tankers for the military. Boeing and the European Aerospace Defense Systems, builder of Airbus aircraft are the primary … Continue reading

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Swiss airplane soaring on sunbeams

            Unable to abandon a fascination with all things that fly, I call your attention to a Swiss airplane that is flying on a 24-hour hop as I type—and using zero fossil-based avgas. The airplane is an ultralight, single pilot … Continue reading

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Make room in your garage for a flying car

            Flying cars have been coming off designer’s draw boards since shortly after the Wright brothers demonstrated practical, powered flight. Designs by Glen Curtiss, Robert Fulton and Molt Taylor have been novelties and a commercial failures because cars that fly and … Continue reading

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Feature photo

In honor of D-Day and the veterans of all this county’s military branches.

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