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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,...

High Desert Hangar Stories: The loss of the XB-70 Valkyrie: Seconds...

Sitting here, looking at the calendar and seeing “6/8/2020” staring at me instantly takes my mind back to the tragic loss of the XB-70...

High Desert Hangar Stories: Pride, bragging rights on the line during...

Back in the 1950s, flight test looked a lot different than it does today. Even though it was highly technical, it still had a...

V-E Day: 75th anniversary reflection from a Baby Boomer

This past week we marked an important date on the calendar, as V-E Day, the remembrance of the end of the war in Europe...

High Desert Hangar Stories: America Strong, a chance to give Americans...

In my column here every couple of weeks, I share stories and projects as they relate to military and aviation history and current doings....

Coffee4Vets delivers to Lancaster Veterans Home

Coffee4Vets typically meets every Tuesday morning at Crazy Otto’s Diner in Lancaster. With the current coronavirus lockdown restrictions in place, Coffee4Vets has not been meeting. That...

High Desert Hangar Stories: Keeping a promise at the Veterans Home...

Last time, I shared the story of the F-100 jet display that never showed up at the Pete Knight Veterans Home, and my belief...

High Desert Hangar Stories: Keeping a promise at the Pete Knight...

Sometimes great, passion-filled ideas can find themselves bogged down in the realities of logistics and bureaucracy. The passage of time can become an adversary...

High Desert Hangar Stories: LA County Air Show 2020, and when...

All my life I’ve fancied myself a struggling storyteller and I’ve been blessed that people find value in the stories I share. The range of...