Air-Minded: San Diego Air & Space Photoblog

My friend John is a former Navy flight surgeon and Navy pilot, which makes him a member of a very small community. He flew F-4 Phantoms and F-14 Tomcats at the same time I flew F-15 Eagles for the Air Force. We’ve been friends since the early 1990s, when we were both on active duty […]

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Air-Minded: Air Force One Folklore & Fact

I’m a docent at Pima Air & Space Museum, where I conduct hour-long tram tours of 150 outdoor display aircraft. When welcoming visitors at the start of the tour, I ask if anyone wants to know more about a particular airplane. Nine times out of ten, the one people want to hear about is our […]

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Air (& Space) Minded: Any One You Can Walk Away From

Having done one or two of these in my day:

I think I’m qualified to give a passing grade to Elon Musk and SpaceX on their first attempt at a formation landing.

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Air-Minded: Bitchin’ Betty (Updated 2/5/18)

When Sexy Sally started warning B-58 Hustler crews about engine fires in the 1960s, it was a major innovation, and using a woman’s voice was considered a brilliant stroke: human factors researchers thought a woman’s voice—rarely heard on the radio and never on the intercom—would cut through other chatter and get the crews’ attention. […]

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Air-Minded: Cold War Nightmare Reawakened

Note: the photos from the original post (April 15, 2011) succumbed to web rot. I have replaced them, and have added the post to the Air-Minded category.

Thursday, as part of my Pima Air Museum volunteer training, I took a tour of the affiliated Titan Missile Museum south of Tucson. I’ve now audited each of […]

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Air-Minded: Air Museum News

That’s my friend and fellow air museum volunteer Loc Ho, departing this week for his first aeronautical engineering job at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. I’ll miss this sharp young man.

When he first started volunteering at Pima Air & Space, Loc Ho was an engineering student at the University of Arizona. He looked me up […]

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Air-Minded: Flying Chainsaws (Updated)

McCulloch: it’s not the first name to spring to mind when you think of aviation, but it’s not a name you should ignore, either. […]

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Air-Minded: True Story, Fake Video

This is an older post, originally posted in March 2008, updated to correct some details I got wrong the first time around. —Paul

A friend sent me a link to this History Channel video, which has been circulating on the internet for several years:

He wanted to know if the video was for real […]

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