Introduction

Art is now a volunteer Ambassodor at Boeing’s Future of Flight Gallery at Everett’s Paine Field and is submitting these articles for the volunteer newsletter. They are meant to explain flight in the simplest way. Visit www.futureofflight.org for more...

What is Flight-Simply Speaking

We will start with a definition which is often debatable, but I will use the following for a starting point: Flight is the process by which an object moves through an atmosphere (or beyond it, as in the case of spaceflight) without...

AFROTC Gross Insubordination-Jay Hansen

As juniors, we had AFROTC classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the second floor of OregonStateUniversity’s Gill Coliseum. Before class began the seniors inspected us in an open ranks inspection. These were nose-to-nose, one-on-one events where the seniors shouted...

A Shocking Crash

This is an excerpt from “Hijacked, A Critical Change of Plans” ¬†A true story! I entered primary jet training at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio Texas in September of 1967. I made it through the T-41 ‘Wash Out’ program but was still not sure I was meant...

T-37 Spins

My job was to demonstrate some incorrect recovery techniques that the new instructor might encounter from his students. The normal recovery from a T-37 spin was; -Throttles idle -Rudder and aileron neutral -Stick abruptly full aft (elevator) and hold (if inverted this...

Almost Lost My Stinson

A true life story form our friend Glenn H. In April 1968 I pulled my Stinson 108, with a 150 horsepower Franklin engine, out of the hangar and did a preflight inspection. Prior to my solo flight I did a ground run-up checking the magneto’s for appropriate mag...

World War One Flying

Reminiscing about USAF T-37 basic training brings back many memories but one has stuck with me my whole life. I was doing well and knew I would make it as a young confident Air Force pilot. We broke for the Holidays and, my wife and I, returned to Seattle and my...

The Hijack

The alarm sounded early to start my second day of a four day rotation. I was in Atlanta Georgia and scheduled to fly to Hartford Connecticut, back to Atlanta then to LaGuardia Airport in New York to spend my second night but those plans would soon change. The date was...

50 Years Ago, Riding the “Boom Bucket!”

We were given ejection seat training early in the T-37 flying phase. We had academic classes on the components of the seat, the controls, how to fire the seat, and what to expect should we use it in flight. The seat was powered by a 37mm shotgun-like cartridge that...