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Air-Minded: Air Tanker Photoblog

Last week, during a break between tram tours at the Pima Air & Space Museum, I spent an hour exploring a seldom-visited back lot where we keep retired air tankers and water bombers. These are civil and military aircraft converted to carry and drop water or retardant on forest fires. Most of the aircraft on […]


AIr-Minded: The Museum of Flight

During our recent road trip to California and the Pacific Northwest, Donna and I spent a couple of days with our niece Rebecca in Bremerton, Washington. While there, we visited The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle.

Museum of Flight’s Lockheed Super Constellation & Boeing B-47 Stratojet

To me, any visit to […]


Air-Minded: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

We spent a weekend in Portland, Oregon and while there I visited the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in nearby McMinnville. The Evergreen museum is the current home of the Hughes H-4 Hercules, better known as the Spruce Goose.

Hughes H-4 Hercules

I’ll say this about the Spruce Goose: it has presence. When […]


Air-Minded: Contrails, Summer/Fall 2015

The summer/fall 2015 issue of Contrails, Pima Air & Space Museum’s volunteer newsletter, contains an article I wrote on the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star.


Air-Minded: the Curtiss Condor

You could fly coast to coast in 1930, but such the trip entailed a succession of short day flights and overnight train rides. Your flight from New York City to Los Angeles might take four to five days. With the introduction of the Condor in 1933, you could do it in two days and dispense with trains altogether — the Condor’s 12 pull-down sleeper berths meant you could fly by night as well as by day. Of course only the wealthy, untouched by the Depression, could afford air travel of any kind. […]


Air-Minded: Escaping the Fall of Saigon

One of the volunteers I work with at the Pima Air & Space Museum is a young University of Arizona aeronautical engineering student. His family is originally Vietnamese and I have the impression his father or maybe grandfather immigrated to the USA after the communist takeover. I’m sure there’s a fascinating story behind that, and […]


Burning and Turning

The controversial and over-budget F-35 fighter is under almost constant attack. Some of the shortcomings identified by critics are no doubt real, but the story of a previously-unidentified F-35 glitch that emerged last week was, at least to this former air-to-air pilot, a bit of a shock: a report out of Edwards AFB stating that […]


Thursday Bag o’ Nukes

It’s been extremely hot in southern Arizona. Every day we hear about electric power outages in different sections of Tucson. Are these intentional rolling blackouts? Sure looks like it. So far no power interruptions in our hood, but since our air conditioner crapped out last week and we had to spend a night and a […]