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High Desert Hangar Stories: From Flying Circus to Hybrid Airshow

By Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News The week of Oct. 5-10, 2020 saw a first that only Edwards AFB has ever attempted, when it comes...

The best of America and our Valley

By Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News Media day at this year’s Edwards Hybrid Air Show was itself full of firsts at a military base...

High Desert Hangar Stories: The miracle — and the mystery —...

by Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News Thumbing through an old copy of Bulaero, the base paper for Lancaster’s War Eagle Field in World War II,...

High Desert Hangar Stories: Eyewitness to history: The Red Baron’s final...

by Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News Back in the 1970s, there was a large group of aviation enthusiasts, test pilots and Barnstormers that held yearly...

High Desert Hangar Stories: B-24s in the South Pacific, and the...

by Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News This issue I was kicking around subject matter for my column, and I sure had a bunch of...

Bell D-188A: The first elevator with wings (and an X-Plane that...

by Bob Alvis special to Aerotech News   The current F-35 Lightning II has a variant — the F-35B — that offers the short takeoff and vertical...

The final reckoning: Howard Hughes and the XF-11

by Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News When we left off our last installment of Howard Hughes and the crash of the XF-11, Hughes had...

High Desert Hangar Stories: Part III — Howard Hughes pays his...

by Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News When I last left you at the end of part two, Howard Hughes was knee-deep in trouble in...

Beset by Gremlins: Howard Hughes and the first flight of the...

by Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News Last issue, we got up to speed on the events of the day leading up to Howard Hughes’...

Howard Hughes tempts fate: The story of the XF-11

by Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News July 7 dawned clear over Los Angeles. It started out as just another day in the year 1946,...