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Air-Minded: Bitchin’ Betty

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: PASM Photoblog II

In lieu of solving the nation’s problems and revealing brilliant new insights on life, I’ll share a few photos I took today while wandering around the outdoor exhibits at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, where I work as a volunteer docent.

I’d heard the restoration team would be moving several aircraft […]

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Air-Minded: Douglas F3D Skyknight

There’s a Skyknight on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, where I work as a volunteer tour guide. It catches my eye every time I walk past it, maybe because it’s so different. I decided to take some photos, do some research, and write about what I learned. Turns out […]

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Air-Minded: Get Your Motor Runnin’

I’ve been thinking about the different methods of starting aircraft engines ever since I saw a video of an early jet performing a cart start. But I’ll get back to that.

Today you start almost all aircraft piston engines the same way you start your car: by turning on the ignition and engaging an electric […]

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