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R.I.P. John Young

by Josh Patterson on January 6, 2018 in Uncategorized -- 8 Comments

Gemini III, Gemini X, Apollo X, Apollo XVI, STS1 & STS9. He was on the first manned Gemini mission, walked on the moon and the commander on the first Space Shuttle mission. In his more mortal duties he flew planes […]

Tom Hudner died today

by Tom Cleaver on November 14, 2017 in News -- 6 Comments

In 1969, then-Captain Hudner was ordered by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, to go to bases where race riots had occurred, take testimony and institute reforms to “establish justice.” He was able to do this because he was […]

RIP John Alcorn

by Tom Cleaver on August 30, 2017 in News -- 13 Comments

Noted scratchbuilt modeler John Alcorn died this past Sunday of complications of Alzheimers and congestive heart failure. I first met John 45 years ago, when he walked into a meeting of Golden Gate IPMS in Berkeley, California, at the behest […]

Last of the Dam-Busters

by Rob Pollock on January 25, 2017 in News -- 10 Comments

A quick dedication to the last surviving Dambusters pilot, Sqn.Ldr. Les Munro, who has died at the age of 96. The legendary ‘Dambusters Operation’ of RAF 617 Squadron flew from RAF Scampton, near Lincoln, in 1943 and successfully used “bouncing […]

RIP: Bob Hoover

by Tom Cleaver on October 25, 2016 in Aviation -- 16 Comments

Bob Hoover died last night, age 94. One of the best pilots ever, he flew “chase” for Chuck Yeager on 14 October 1947. Two years earlier, he’d escaped from POW camp and got out of Germany by stealing an Fw-190 […]

RIP Ed Maloney, 1928-2016

by Tom Cleaver on August 20, 2016 in News -- 4 Comments

My friend Ed Maloney died yesterday afternoon of complications from heart problems. Very few people can say that they changed things single-handedly, but Ed Maloney did. As everyone at every air museum around the world I have ever spoken to […]

RIP Robert F. Dorr 1939-2016

by Tom Cleaver on June 14, 2016 in Uncategorized -- 8 Comments

Damn! What a month this is! ROBERT F. DORR: SEPTEMBER 11, 1939 – JUNE 13, 2016 There is no writer who ever lived who did not become a writer except through the assistance of those who came before. When I […]

RIP Capt. Dan Bowling (1922-2016)

by Tom Cleaver on June 10, 2016 in Aviation -- 9 Comments

I was expecting this. On Friday, May 27, my friend Dan Bowling came down with pneumonia and was admitted to the ER. On June 3, he was transferred to a hospice. He passed away this morning (Thursday) at 10 am. […]

RIP Spiros “Steve” Pisanos (1920-2016)

by Tom Cleaver on June 7, 2016 in Aviation -- 11 Comments

Boy, the hits just keep on coming. I just learned that my friend of 30 years, Colonel Spiros “Steve” Pisanos, died yesterday. It’s a surprise but not really, since he was 96. I remember when I saw him last year, […]

R.I.P. Edgar “Mr. Spitfire” Brooks

by Tom Cleaver on November 20, 2015 in Uncategorized -- 6 Comments

Edgar Brooks died of cancer yesterday. He was only diagnosed with it recently, when it was terminal. He went immediately into hospital,. and was gone within days. There’s an argument to be made that was a blessing, but I’ll argue […]