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The 1990 Pratt and Whitney 65th Anniversary Air Show

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The year was 1990, sixty-five years after the Pratt and Whitney company began their work on aircraft engines in East Harford, Connecticut. Frederick Rentschler and six others moved into an empty shop space in 1925, and developed the Wasp radial - an air cooled aircraft engine. This was the first in a long line of radial designs, and the company was just one of the brands that would ultimately merge to become the 1990’s United Technologies Corporation, a major Connecticut employer and world leader in aviation engine and systems manufacturing.

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WHAT A YEAR IT WAS.

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As we begin to say goodbye to 2017, and welcome 2018, I pause to reflect on the photos and memories attached to them. This is one of my favorite times of the year, while the airshows and exercises are over it is time to pick my favorite photos from this past year. What makes a favorite photo? I am sure the answer differs for all of us, for me it is just that a “favorite”. It could be as simple as the angle or the light, it doesn’t always have to be a rare type or airline. It could be one aircraft in the shot or many different types in the shot. The Afterburners could be lit, or Beacons and Anti-Collison lights lit for that matter. It could an incredible amount of vapor during a high-g maneuver or vapor trails at altitude. Read more »

What Do Floyd Bennett, A Boeing C-97, and the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation Have in Common?

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On November 7, 2017, Floyd Bennett Field (KNOP) in Brooklyn, New York witnessed its last scheduled fixed wing flight departure fly off into history. Floyd Bennett Field has seen the likes of famous aviators such as Howard Hughes, Amelia Earhart, Major Jimmy Doolittle, Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan, Jaqueline Cochran, Wiley Post, James Haizlip and now Tim Chopp. In the age of stealth, electric jets, super cruise and new engine options, it was four Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major 28-cylinder four-row radial piston engines that powered the final fixed wing flight out of Floyd Bennett Field.

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You Can Go Home Again, Sort Of – Robert F. Lindley’s Fifty Second Anniversary Flight

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Written by Harry Ballance, photos by Gerhard Frenz

December 7 means different things to a lot of people. For those of a certain age it is most often associated with Pearl Harbor Day; the seminal event that drew the United States into the Second World War. For Bob Lindley,it means more than that. It was the date he first flew a Navy airplane.

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