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Golden Hill

Mark Hrutkay People love to look inside things, inside a locked closet.  In the attic.  Inside a locked safe.   For fliers and aviation historians for some reason closed hangars are more interesting than open...

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John C. Evans discusses the development of the P&W J-58 engine used in the A-12 and SR-71 Aircraft

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft J-58 (JT11D-20) Characteristics’. Maximum Thrust           34,000 Lb Military Thrust              23,900 Lb Weight                         6,250 Lb Length                         215.940 In Maximum Diameter      55.43 In Sea Level Air Flow        326 Lb/Sec Compression Ratio       8.5:1...

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Patty Wagstaff’s Second Act – Fire Fighting

When Patty Wagstaff rolls the OV-10A Bronco into a smooth right turn to look at the white smoke below her, she is not above a runway. There are no cheering spectators, no crowd lines, and no ribbon cutting poles. Instead, there are tall trees, rocky hills, and flames. Often, she and her backseater, an air tactical group supervisor, who acts as an air controller, are the first people at a wildfire. Wagstaff will circle well above so her air controller can

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