The Guru — Pondering Poet Pilot


When the virus started, The whole world was on the brink. Didn’t like the sound of that, Decided I should drink. Started off with water, Hoped I’d wash those germs away. Then I made a bleachy mix ‘Cause He said, “That’s the way!” Shone UV light down my throat, Some other places too. Ended […]

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Jessica Cox, Aviation Pioneer — Transportation History


In 2008, 25-year-old Arizona native Jessica Cox became the world’s first licensed armless pilot. Cox, a Filipino-American, was born without arms due to a rare birth defect. This disability, however, has not prevented her from leading an active life filled with noteworthy accomplishments. Cox, who graduated from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a […]

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May Day, May Day, May Day


Five Years Ago: Partial Engine Failure

Thump!

“Did we hit a bird, ” I started to say…

There was no response from the cockpit. Barely a few seconds later I heard,

“Indy Center, Nxxxxx”.
“Go ahead, Nxxxxx, ” Indy Center responded.
“I want to declare an emergency. I am unable to maintain altitude, I want to land Parkersburg”
“What’s the problem,” queried Indy Center.
“I don’t have manifold pressure….I am losing engine power,” responded the pilot.

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Women in Transportation History – Raye J. Montague, US Navy Computer Programmer, Ship Designer — Transportation History


In the spirit of the female African-American mathematicians whose efforts to strengthen and advance the U.S. space program despite discrimination are depicted in the movie Hidden Figures, Raye Jean Jordan Montague played an important if often overlooked pioneering role when it came to military seacraft. Montague, who was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1935, […]

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Women in Transportation History – Marie Marvingt, Pilot, Cyclist, Canoeist — Transportation History


In 1910, transportation pioneer Marie Marvingt was formally recognized by the French Academy of Sports for her wide range of accomplishments in sporting activities. The gold medal that was presented to Marvingt on this occasion would be the only one ever given by the academy for more than one sport. “Swimming, cycling, mountain climbing, ballooning, flying, […]

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My mum, the pilot — Hey Loons


Once upon a time, a little girl was told that women shouldn’t fly airplanes … I grew up knowing ‘mum flew planes’. This was one of a series of simple facts in my childhood: my sister and I were born in London; our parents came from India; dad sang; mum flew. She told us stories […]

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World Women’s Day 2020 – Jessie Fawsitt first Civil Air Guard — solentaviatrix


Alice Jessie Fawsitt was an aviation pioneer in a quiet, unassuming way. She became Britain’s first Civil Air Guard in 1938. This was not planned by Jessie, more a case of serendipity, being in the right place at the right time. The right place – was Portsmouth Aerodrome, which just happened to be where Jessie […]

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1911: The Worlds First Air Mail Delivery Gets Off the Ground in India — Transportation History


February 18, 1911 The world’s first official mail delivery via airplane took place in the northern area of the present-day Republic of India. At the time, this region of India was under British rule as part of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh. French pilot Henri Pequet, who happened to be in the city […]

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Future flight — Airscape Magazine


The next 10 years Despite the large amount of historical content on ‘airscape’, there’s also an abiding interest in what’s coming next… If you want to see the future, hold a mirror up to the past. So when I was recently asked what I thought would be aviation’s biggest influencer in the coming decade, I […]

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National Native American Heritage Month: Madine Pulaski, Pilot — Transportation History


Madine Pulaski had a passion for airborne travel that took her from serving as a flight attendant to becoming a versatile pilot. A member of the Cherokee Nation, she was born as Etha Madine Waltrip in 1936 in the community of Eldon, Oklahoma. When Pulaski was in the eighth grade, she and her family moved to […]

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