Guest Julie Filucci manages the Cessna Pilot Centers program for Cessna, but she’s also written the book, Together We Fly: Voices From The DC-3. Published by Aviation Supplies & Academics, the book tells the story of the Douglas DC-3 through the voices of the people involved with it, from its design and production to the present day. Julie had completed her type rating in the airplane several years ago, and did an article for AOPA Pilot on the airplane for its 70th anniversary in 2005. “The feedback from that article was the most I’d ever received for a piece during my time at AOPA. And not just pilots wrote to tell their stories, but also engineers, mechanics, stewardesses, soldiers, and regular folks who had taken their first airline trip in the airplane. Capturing their voices became a quest for me, as so many of the people from the airplane’s early days have passed on.”
The week’s aviation news:
- Some F-22s cleared to fly, to escape Irene
- Bases in Irene’s path scramble to move aircraft
- New rules for airlines kick in this week to protect fliers
- New Rules Aim For More Passenger-Friendly Skies
- Delta Said to Plan Order of 100 Boeing Jets in Airbus Rebuff
- Emirates’ Clark still unsure about A350-1000
- New Mexico Governor Sells the State’s Biz Jet
Steve and Grant discuss a variety of aviation topics in the Australia Desk Report. Find them on the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast, and follow the show on Twitter at @pcdu. Steve’s at @stevevisscher and Grant at @falcon124.
This week on Across the Pond, Pieter Johnson talks to Phil Wallis, Chief Engineer for the Anglo American Lightning Organisation who has the task of getting English Electric Lightning XS422 back into the air. Its a rivetting insight into how to get a 1300 mph interceptor aircraft capable of 20,000 fpm climb airworthy after sitting around in a container for many years. The AALO Team can be found at www.XS422.com, on Twitter Twitter as @EELightning, and on Facebook. You can find Pieter Johnson on Twitter at
XS442 in flight during her RAF service with the ETPS in the 1980’s. Photo credit: AALO / Crown.
- American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum
- Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant in Ponca City, Oklahoma
- Benet Wilson is the Aviation Queen
- David Neeleman Profiled: Bloomberg Risk Takers
Opening and closing music is provided by Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at http://www.brotherloverocks.com/.