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High Desert Hangar

Bob Alvis stories

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....

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...

High Desert Hangar Stories: A memory of old Lancaster – the...

For generations it has stood at the corner of Lancaster Boulevard and Cedar Street. It was built years ago at what was then considered...

Pancho and Amelia: A clash of personalities at the birth of...

In today’s world, we see women involved in every aspect of society. It’s no stretch of the imagination to see that ladies are just...

High Desert Hangar Stories: The case for preserving WWII-era nose art

By Bob Alvis, special to Aerotech News Some time back, I met a graphic novel author at a local air show who wanted me to...