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Pan Am is hardly forgotten by its former employees who are remarkably proud as well as loyal — quite a thing to say in this day and age. Although retiring as an airline in 1991 the Pan Am operation continues in Miami FL as a flight training facility, the Pan Am International Flight Academy — continuing Pan Am’s legacy of training in airliner piloting :) There is also Pan Am Aware with its excellent Pan Am related merchandise :)
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This Sea Dart was not meant to fly but, instead, was used for taxi testing and test frame — it is exhibited on the grounds of the Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum. The Sea Dart, along with the Seamaster and a variety of surface vessels as well as submarines, was part of the U.S. Navy’s Sea Surface Force (SSF) initiative. SSF came about directly after WW II when nuclear weapons were so large only massive aircraft (e.g., the B-36 Peacemaker) could carry the most powerful of them. Certain generals in USAF then, and quickly, moved to have the U.S. Navy’s role (and budget) severely curtailed (the USAF presumably getting the funds which has been cut). Admirals in the U.S. Navy saw the danger in only one service projecting power for the USA and developed the SSF initiative — having water borne aircraft distributed almost anywhere in the world which would be mobile in the extreme — therefore having a deterrent force which was difficult to target sufficiently to negate its strategic value. The impetus driving the SSF initiative vaporized with the development of smaller, but just as powerful, nuclear weapons in parallel with submarine launched missiles which became today’s IRBM’s. Other posts have addressed the SSF and Sea Dart in detail, please use the search window to read further about them. The Sea Dart was completely successful as a design since it was fast as well as maneuverable. It would have been formidable as an interceptor defending Seamaster bases or as escort fighters on a Seamaster strike — but parallel technological events overtook, then greatly surpassed, the Sea Dart (as well as the other purpose-built SSF craft) which relegated Convair’s successful jet powered water borne fighter to a tantalizing niche in aviation’s history.
A wonderful summary of the Anson as well as reporting on the famous recent Anson restoration — plus a bonus :)
Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
In March 2013 I shared the progress of a grass-roots community based Avro Anson restoration project being completed by the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre in Nhill, a small town in country Victoria, Australia (in the Wimmera region, not far from the towns where I grew up). This particular World War Two era, British designed Avro Anson Mk.I (serial number W2364) was a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) twin-engined maritime patrol, air crew training and liaison aircraft built in 1941 and operated in these various roles and then as an instructional airframe, until sold as surplus in 1953.
This was a restoration project being conducted in the home workshops of various contributors around the town (one for the airframe, one for the engines and another for the tail plane – I visited these workshops in December 2012 and February 2013 to get a first hand…
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The Aerie: Air Strip on Weeks Mountain, Marjorie Irish Randell, 2013, ISBN 1466999683, 396 pp.
Best fiction authors write about what and who they know. Marjorie Randell has lived in fly-in communities (residential air parks) and knows many people who live in them, as well. She has written a complete book of the making of the mythical residential air park called “The Aerie” and its inhabitants — 24 (12 couples in as many houses) plus two neighboring town folk. Amazingly, and believably, life at the Aerie gets complicated with medical emergencies, a murder and an affair. Her book goes to show there are often strong currents below a calm surface, especially as people strive to keep up appearances. Aircraft and flying are mentioned on occasion but the strength of this book lies with Randell’s love of people as well as her special interest in “flying people” who often have little in common except for their flying practices. Kudos also for creating the character L.J. Letson, geologist :)
The Aerie is the perfect read to take on a long airline flight or a low key weekend retreat.
As is the custom, a copy of this book was provided by Trafford Publishing for an objective review.
How to Build a Plane: a soaring adventure of mechanics, teamwork, and friendship, Saskia Lacey, 2015, ISBN 9781633220416, 64 pp.
This marvelous children’s book is as joyful for adults as it is for children. The story is subtly and expertly educational (Lacey is an experienced teacher) with regard to working within a team, engineering and building. The artwork is simply warm, charming and lovely in its depiction of our intrepid trio of animals going about designing an airplane. Sodomka uses colors which are luminescent where emphasis is desired and low-key for effect elsewhere — resulting in rich pages which will delight the eyes of younger children and feed the eyes of eager minds.
Details in the illustrations are exacting and labeled with specifity beyond the usual rudder, wing, propeller norm of many books — and refreshingly so. Lacey’s writing and Sodomko’s art work complement one another to the point of harmony. Lacey’s text is written in a more adult sized font, which eager children often prefer as they strive to leave childhood in their wake. Adults reading to younger children will easily adapt their narrative as their children gleefully explore Sodomko’s visual work. Older children will revel in learning of wing construction, aircraft design, 3-D like illustration of aerial maneuvers and more. Everyone will learn the value of a team working to meet a challenge, avoiding disaster and enjoying the adventure of it all.
Get this book for its intelligent approach treating children as young adults and its eye pleasing illustration — but mostly get this book to give a chance to kindle a young mind to pursue science, technology or engineering (STEM).
Get the de Havilland Mosquito 2016 calendar now!
Originally posted on The People's Mosquito:
We are pleased to announce that our brand new 2016 calendar will be available from this Saturday and will be on sale at our stand at Duxford this weekend and on eBay from week commencing 5th October, priced at £8.
The combined talents of Airpower Art and aviation photographer Neil Hutchinson enable us to bring you a unique calendar featuring thirteen distinct action views of the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito. If you love the Mosquito as much as we do, we think you’re going to like it. And it goes without saying that profits from sales will go towards returning a Mosquito to British skies.