Jim Patton in the NASA AA-1X

Our guest this episode is life-long test pilot James Patton. He was the Chief Test Pilot & Head of Flight Ops at NASA Langley, a naval aviator, an FAA test pilot, and an expert at spin testing. Jim was just inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.

David Vanderhoof has another This Week in Aviation, Steve Visscher and Grant McHerron from the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast have their Australia Desk report, and we have some listener mail.

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4 Responses to “Episode 76 – Flight Testing With James”

  1. [blue747 sent this link in from Max Trescott’s Trends Aloft blog. Trescott was our guest back on Episode 59…]

    Here is a interview on the nwa incident..

    Keep up the great work.. The show gets better all the time.. I do
    miss court and dan.

    December 9th, 2009 | 2:44 am
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    December 9th, 2009 | 10:36 am
  3. Hi Guys,

    OK David, that was definitely the sound of a rather heavy gauntlet being thrown to the floor. If you’re going to talk about First Flights and ignore location, then those down home bicycle boys are right out of the picture ‘cos Richard Pearse first flew in New Zealand some 9 months before they did.

    Sadly, he didn’t get the official verification of the event and neither did he continue on with development as the demand wasn’t quite there like it was for the Wrights.

    Either way, the South Island of New Zealand is *way* closer to Australia than the USA, so Richard wins for me :)

    Anyhow, this still isn’t resolving the issue of NSW vs VIC here down under. David & I have been emailing with John M (an aviation history guy living down here in Melbourne) and we’ll see how it all pans out :) :) :) :)



    December 12th, 2009 | 4:17 pm
  4. Whoops – forgot the obligatory links to info about Richard Pearse:




    December 12th, 2009 | 4:17 pm