Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Round trip…

Tower: Have a good trip. Pilot: Make that a round trip . . . — Lloyd Lace, USAAF, 1944. Said before departing on C-46 missions, flying...

Shot down by mosquito

I wanted to go back for another 50 missions, but they ruled it out because I had a case of malaria that kept recurring....

First Fokker ever built

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the very first Fokker airplane built in the world. The Dutch call it the mother Fokker. — Custodian at...

Prop plane or warp nacelle?

Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? — Captain Picard, from "Star Trek: The...

Pushing the envelope

When it comes to testing new aircraft or determining maximum performance, pilots like to talk about "pushing the envelope." They're talking about a two dimensional...