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Aviation History

Category Aviation History

A Few Words With Gregory W. “Wired” Colyer – T-33 Airshow Performer

By: Category: Air Show PerformersAirshowsAviation HistoryUncategorizedWarbird

Good morning Gregory,
Ok I’ve seen you perform at a few air shows in New England. Before that I’ve only seen T-33s in books. I understand you are from California and took your first flight at 7 years old.
You got your pilot’s license while in the Army in 1982. It seems you had a plan but things didn’t exactly happen the way you expected. Can you explain what happened? Knee injury kept me from flight school, then I wanted to be airline pilot, but my son was born and could not afford $9 an hour to fly for regional airline, so I became a controller instead. But I kept flying.

What got you hooked on the T-33? The T-33 was always my favorite plane as a kid. I flew a friends and had to have one. Bought my first T-33 in 2008.

How is the T-33 as a cross country ride? Great! Long legs, fast but ha...

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Fokker Turboprop Airliners

By: Category: AirlinersAviation HistoryMilitaryTransports

Fokker was a Dutch aircraft manufacturer which operated in various forms from 1912 through 1996. Anthony Fokker’s company began its life in Germany before World War I, and ended up in The Netherlands, headquartered in Amsterdam before closing in bankruptcy.

Fokker built a series of very successful turboprop airliners, with their FK-27 Friendship twin engine airliner’s first flight taking place in 1955. The final airframe was delivered in 1987, after 581 aircraft were built. The large Rolls Royce Dart engine and a pressurized cabin were noteworthy innovations in the world of airliners. Seven variants of the basic airframe were produced, and the U.S. Fairchild Hiller aircraft company built an additional 128 F-27s. A stretched U.S...

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Airbus Aircraft Identification Guide

By: Category: Air FreightersAirbusAirlinersAviation HistoryAviation PhotographyTransports

Airbus is a giant conglomerate of aviation businesses which, over time, were all rolled into one through mergers and purchases. As the company’s website states:

“Airbus is an international reference in the aerospace sector. We design, manufacture and deliver industry-leading commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transports, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as providing data services, navigation, secure communications, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global scale. With a forward-looking strategy based on cutting-edge technologies, digital and scientific excellence, we aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.”

We’ve put together a limited look at Airbus’s history in the commercial airframe market along with multiple military transports w...

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