1956: It Was a Very Cold Place to Land, But Whatever Will Be, Will Be

October 31, 1956

[Photo courtesy of McDonnell Douglas.]

The first-ever aircraft landing at the South Pole took place as a key part of Operation Deep Freeze II, the codename for a series of U.S. missions to Antarctica during 1956-57. The U.S. Navy plane used for this touching down at Earth’s southernmost point was a ski-equipped R4D-5L Skytrain commanded by Rear Admiral George J. Dufek; the aircraft was nicknamed “Que Sera Sera” after a popular song that had been introduced earlier that year in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. The purpose of the flight was to survey the South Pole for the construction of a scientific research station there.

Dufek and his all-Navy crew took off in their plane from what was then a naval air facility at McMurdo Sound on Ross Island near Antarctica. Those on the flight with Dufek were Lieutenant Commander Conrad S. “Gus” Shinn, pilot; Captain William M. Hawkes, co-pilot; Lieutenant John R. Swadener, navigator; John P. Strider, AD2 (aviation machinist’s mate petty officer 2nd class), crew chief; William A. Cumbie, Jr., AT2 (aviation electronics technician petty officer 2nd class), radioman; and Captain Douglas L. Cordiner, observer.

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Forty Percent on Kool-aid

Did you notice, we have 40% on kool-aid.

They either retire, or in denial.

It seems these 40% have decided to give up the constitution, patriotism, and humanity.

I often wonder, why someone would place their trust on a draft dodger, sleezbag, bully and narcissist. And so much more.

Character defines human society.

Do you want:

Luke SkyWalker or Darth Vader?

Avengers or Thanos?

Spider-Man or Green Goblin?

Character or Iniquity?

Take your pick.

1911: Cromwell Dixon, the Fearless “Boy Aviator,” Achieves a Major Milestone in Flight Just Two Days Before His Tragic Death — Transportation History

September 30, 1911 Cromwell Dixon became the first person to fly across the mountainous Continental Divide. The 19-year-old Dixon, who received his air pilot license only the previous month, had well-established credentials when it came to transportation pursuits. As a boy, for example, he constructed a rollercoaster for the kids in his neighborhood. Dixon was […]

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National Hispanic Heritage Month: Maria Esperanza Garcia Roach, US Army Nurse and Pilot — Transportation History

As a nurse, Maria Esperanza Garcia Roach was one of an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 Hispanic Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. Her own lifesaving role in this global conflict very much depended on airborne transportation. Maria was born on July 16, 1915, in the city of Piedras Negras […]

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Happy Anniversary

I received this message yesterday from WordPress:

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 9 years ago.
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
I loved the “flying” touch!
While I couldn’t quite track down my first post on WordPress, here is some information I posted previously.

I moved my blog to WordPress sometime in 2010 with 30 prior posts. This week I reached 1000 posts!

It wasn’t until some time in late 2012, that WordPress started to track visitor statistics. It wasn’t also until 2012-2013 that I increased the frequency of posts. So it is reasonable that as the frequency of posts increased, the number of views increased, steeply initially, more gradually this past year.

The top 5 posts continue to be:

GA Flying over Niagara Falls

Flying to the Bahamas in a C172

Point-to-Point Navigation

Oshkosh Flyin Rock your Wings

Indian Women Pilots

Thanks for visiting … and Happy Blogging!

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Adventurer circumnavigates world in gyrocopter


James by the Golden Gate bridge

Source: Adventurer circumnavigates world in gyrocopter

An adventurer has become the first person to fly solo around the world in an open-cockpit gyrocopter.

James Ketchell, 37, from Hampshire, has covered 24,000 nautical miles over 175 days since starting his challenge in March.

The adventurer, who landed in Basingstoke on Sunday afternoon, said the experience had been “magical”.

His flight path took him over Europe, Asia, and North America, during 122 separate flights.


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