14 February 1979 – This Day in Aviation

This is a rather unique story from my point of view. I have been thinking about getting a glider pilot ticket as there are fields in the area that have glider operations, including California City Municipal Airport.

I had never heard of this lady at all. She was an accomplished individual for sure. I thought it was worth a post here. I hope all enjoy it.

The full story is at the link.


Grob G102 Astir CS N75SW at Black Forest Gliderport, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The mountain at the upper right of the image Pikes Peak. (Jim Freeman via “Abandoned & Little Known Airfields”)

14 February 1979: Flying her Grob G102 Astir CS glider from the Black Forest Gliderport, north of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sabrina Patricia Jackintell soared to an altitude of 12,637 meters (41,460 feet) over Pikes Peak, setting a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record and Soaring Society of America National Record for Absolute Altitude.¹ This record still … Continue reading 14 February 1979 →

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A Debt That Cannot Be Repaid

This one gets the point across.

The Lexicans

I read this yesterday, and a number of us thought it should be re-posted here.

adebtthatcannotberepaidIn a country that most would struggle to find on a map, in a compound that few possess the courage to enter, men from my previous life took the fight to our enemy.

In that compound, they found men that pray five times a day for your destruction.  Those men don’t know me, they don’t know you, and they don’t know America.  They don’t understand our compassion, our freedoms, and our tolerance.  I know it may seem as if those things are currently missing, but they remain, and I know they will return.  Our capacity for them is boundless, and is only dwarfed by their hatred for you.  They don’t care about your religious beliefs; they don’t care about your political opinions.  They don’t care if you sit on the left or the right, liberal or…

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In Memoriam of Apollo 1

I believe it was yesterday that marked the 50th anniversary of the tragedy of Apollo 1 that took the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. It is still vivid in my mind.

An old shipmate of mine from days in the Argonauts of Attack Squadron 147 now works at NASA at Cape Canaveral. He was kind enough to send me some pictures of the launch pad from that day that is now abandoned in place.

Without further ado, here they are.


24 December 1968 16:40:07 UTC, T plus 75:49:07 – This Day in Aviation

Does anyone remember this? I know I do. I saw it on CBC when we lived in Alberta, Canada out on the lonesome prairies.

William Anders: “For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you.” In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved … Continue reading 24 December 1968 16:40:07 UTC, T plus 75:49:07 →

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Aerosucre Colombia Boeing 727 Overran Runway on Takeoff at Puerto Carreno

This one was ugly. Only one survivor out of six individuals on board.

The World of Aviation

A 41 year old Aerosucre Colombia Boeing 727-2J0F (Adv) HK-4544 (c/n 21105) was destroyed when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Puerto Carreño Airport in Colombia. One of the six crew members survived the accident.

The aircraft, powered by 3x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15 (HK3) Engines, took off from Runway 24, a 1780m long runway about 17:20 local time (23:20Z). Videos are circulating online, showing the accident aircraft on takeoff.

The fiery remains of HK-4544:

Impressions from the crash site (Photo: Aviación Comercial en Colombia) ©Aviación Comercial en Colombia

The airplane failed to lift off the runway and crossed the airport perimeter fence (96m from the runway) and road in a nose up attitude. At this point, afterburner flames can be seen leaving the exhaust for Engine No.2, indicating a compressor stall in the engine.

The right wing of the 727 then impacted trees (visible in the video above) before becoming airborne 3 minutes later, the aircraft began to lose height…

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3 December 1945 – This Day in Aviation

3 December 1945: The first landing and takeoff aboard an aircraft carrier by a jet-powered aircraft were made by Lieutenant-Commander Eric Melrose Brown, MBE, DSC, RNVR, Chief Naval Test Pilot at RAE Farnborough, while flying a de Havilland DH.100 Sea Vampire Mk.10, LZ551/G. The ship was the Royal Navy Colossus-class light aircraft carrier, HMS Ocean … Continue reading 3 December 1945 →

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