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Tailwheel: The mascot of War Eagle Field

Posted September 21, 2018 by Bob Alvis

As the saying goes, if you’re performing, never follow a child or animal act for you will surely fail! My apologies to anyone who has ever fallen victim to that, because this issue’s story is a yarn of a beloved pet that sure goes a long way in bringing a smile to one’s face.

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2018 Gathering of Eagles slated for Oct. 13

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The Flight Test Historical Foundation cordially invites you to attend the 2018 Gathering of Eagles – “Breaking Barriers, Expanding Horizons – Celebrating the Women of Flight Test.” The 2018 Eagles are: Dr. Eileen Bjorkman, U.S. Air Force, SES Dr. Sandy Miarecki, Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force retired, Air Force Academy Kelly Latimer, Lt. Col., U.S….

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NASA selects three ideas to pursue that could help transform aviation

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Like a collection of savvy entrepreneurs gathered to hear new business proposals in a “shark tank,” NASA’s aeronautical innovators always are looking for the “next best thing.”

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Barbecue brings test pilots together

Posted September 21, 2018 by Diane Betzler

What started as a friendly gesture more than 20 years ago has become a family tradition for the Hansen family as, Antelope Valley, Calif., residents Al and Cathy Hansen celebrate with the men and women who graduate from local test pilot schools.

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Monday Night Football

Posted September 21, 2018 by

Courtesy photograph The American Legion Riders, Chapter 311 stopped by the Pete Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster Sept. 17 for Monday Night Football bringing the pizza, wings and beer while the Seattle Seahawks took on the Chicago Bears. Chapter 311 is part of the American Legion Antelope Valley Post 311, in Lancaster, Calif. Membership is…

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HT September 21

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U.S. Air Force Airman Nicholas R. McQueen graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward…

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McCain Legacy Eulogized at Weekly Coffee4VETS

Posted September 10, 2018 by Alisha Semchuck

LANCASTER, Calif.—In the week before Labor Day, the nation mourned the death of U.S. Sen. John Sidney McCain, 81, R-Ariz. McCain’s passing was also paid tribute by Juan Blanco, president of Coffee4Vets, at the organization’s weekly gathering early Tuesday morning Sept. 4 at CRAZY OTTO’S on West Avenue I. There veterans of all ages, but…

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New vet bus service to VA picking up

Posted September 10, 2018 by

LANCASTER, Calif.–The Antelope Valley Transit Authority is working on providing the most convenient bus schedule to accommodate veterans who need a lift down to the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center. “We are really working to work out the schedule that is most convenient for our veterans,” AVTA Outreach spokeswoman Kelly Miller said at a recent breakfast…

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High Desert Hangar Stories: The Flying Greek, Part Two

Posted September 7, 2018 by Bob Alvis

This week, we pick up again with the story of Steve Pisanos, a Greek national who trained at Lancaster’s War Eagle Field before heading over to England to fly for the Allies during World War II.

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First Flights & Other Sorties at Mojave Airport

Posted September 7, 2018 by Cathy Hansen

Ralph ‘Buzz’ Sawyer received his nickname from the comic strip character “Buz Sawyer and Bomber 13” that was created by Roy Crane during World War II. The comic strip had a run of nearly 50 years, with the first strip appearing on Nov. 1, 1943. The character was a Navy pilot who flew the Douglas SBD dive-bomber Dauntless.

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