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Jeanette Remak and Joe Ventolo Jr. from Phoenix Aviation Research tell the story behind the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan. In the news, we look at FAA reauthorization bills and the battle shaping up in Congress, this year’s Paris Air Show, the Catalina Flying Boats’ DC-3 aircraft, the youngest pilot in Australia, and an Israeli court ruling on reseating women in the airplane.
Jeannette Remak is the owner of Phoenix Aviation Research. She’s a military aviation historian, a writer, author, artist, and photographic engineer. Her books include XB-70 Valkyrie: The Ride to Valhalla and A-12 Blackbird: Declassified.
In the mid-1990s, Jeannette worked as the volunteer Aircraft Historian for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan. She performed research for maintenance and restoration, and worked on the aircraft under her control at the museum, including many U.S. Naval and U.S. Air Force aircraft on loan. Jeannette restored sheet metal, she controlled airframe titanium corrosion, and she appropriated parts and specialized equipment for work on A-12 aircraft.
Working with the US Navy’s Curator office, Jeannette is responsible for the rescue of the Sikorsky RH-53D that is the lone survivor of the failed United States hostage rescue mission in Iran. The CH-53D is now restored and on display at the JFK/ US Navy Seal Training School in North Carolina.
Jeannette has a degree in Commercial Photographic Engineering and obtained her Master’s Degree in Aviation Science in 2000. Jeannette also has a degree in Commercial Photography from the NY Institute of Photography.
Joseph A. Ventolo, Jr. is the former curator of the National Museum of the US Air Force. His career started in November 1959 when Joe joined the 269th Combat Communications Squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard. In 1965, he received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant as a communications officer. He left the Ohio Air National Guard in 1966 and transferred to the Air Force Reserve where he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1970.
In 1962, Joe joined the staff of the U.S. Air Force Motion Picture Film Archives at Wright-Patterson AFB as a Motion Picture Archivist. In 1979, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force Museum’s Research Division as the Museum’s Historian. Two years later he became a Curator of Aeronautics. Joe has co-authored articles that appeared in such periodicals as Air Enthusiast, WW I Aero, and Friends Bulletin. In 1993 he was appointed Curator of the U.S. Air Force Museum and named Curator of the United States Air Force. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1995.
Joe is currently a co-owner/consultant with Phoenix Aviation Research. He has co-authored articles in the Atlantic Flyer, and written three aviation books, all with Jeannette Remak.
Their first book, XB-70 Valkyrie: The Ride to Valhalla was published in December 1998. Their second book, A-12 Blackbird: Declassified, was published in December 2000. And a third book, The Archangel and the OXCART: The Lockheed A-12 Blackbirds and the Dawn of Mach III Reconnaissance was published in 2008.
Jeannette and Joe previously appeared in Aviation Xtended #59 talking about the XB70 Valkyrie. Jeannette talked about the shuttle disaster in Aviation Xtended #54.
Phoenix Aviation Research Facebook page with all the photos.
Phoenix Aviation Research business page.
Jeannette Remak books on Amazon.com.
The United States Air Force Art Collection paintings by Jeannette Remak.
From the Paris Air Show
2017 Paris Airshow Highlights
Airbus secured 326 orders with Boeing getting 571. Boeing debuted the 737 Max 10 and offered some insights into the 797 model. Airbus presented the A321neo and the A350.
Qatar Airways wants to buy 10% of American Airlines
In a statement, American Airlines said: “Qatar Airways indicated that it has an interest in acquiring approximately a ten percent stake.”
The world’s biggest commercial plane just got more impressive
Airbus unveiled the A380plus, with 4% lower fuel cost. The plane features winglets and seating for 575 in four classes.
Boeing planning on hypersonic jets for commercial flights, though the Concorde’s memory lingers
Boeing says we could see hypersonic jets in commercial use in the next decade or two.
Pratt & Whitney Expands PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ Engine MRO Network
Eagle Services Asia (a JV between Pratt & Whitney and SIA Engineering Company Ltd.) will provide maintenance services for the PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine.
Boeing launches MAX 10 at Paris Air Show to challenge Airbus neo jet
Boeing said it has 240 orders and commitments. Some orders are conversions from earlier orders for other MAX models. The MAX 10 is a stretch of the MAX 9 that seats up to 230 passengers and is designed to compete with the Airbus A321neo.
PAS17: The Revolution Will Be Data-Driven, Airbus Looks Skywise
Airbus launched a new open aviation data platform called Skywise to support digital transformation of the industry. The Skywise aviation data platform was developed in collaboration with Palantir Technologies. See the video: Airbus launches new open aviation data platform, Skywise.
Watch the F-35 pull mind-bending aerial tricks at the Paris Air Show
Test pilot Billie Flynn told Aviation Week, “After 10 years since first flight, with our first opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities and the maneuverability of the F-35, we are going to crush years of misinformation about what this aircraft is capable of doing,”
Video: F-35 Aerial Demonstration Debut at 2017 Paris Air Show
Japan trio to develop small-jet engines with Pratt & Whitney
P&W signed an MOU with Japanese Aero Engines, a consortium of Japanese manufacturers. The partners will spend more than 100 billion yen ($898 million) to create small-aircraft engines.
CAE Outlook Says Half of Future Pilots Haven’t Yet Begun Training
CAE announced that the industry will need more than a quarter of a million cockpit crewmembers over the next 10 years. The CAE Outlook says:
- 85,000 will be needed in the Americas,
- 50,000 in Europe,
- 30,000 in the Middle East and Africa and
- 90,000 in the Asia-Pacific region.
Other Aviation News
Airline Bumping Protection, Easier Drone Permits Aim of Bill
Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. introduced a proposed FAA reauthorization bill in the House. The Bill prohibits passengers from being removed from a flight after they’ve boarded, privatizes ATC, and requires airlines to post resources for stranded passengers online when the airline is disrupted by a computer outage. It also calls for the faster development of a traffic management system for small drones, faster approval process for commercial drone operators, and a new certification system for small-drone commercial operators.
Catalina Flying Boats’ DC-3 aircraft make an aerial farewell before final departure
Catalina Flying Boats is retiring its historic DC-3 aircraft for a pair of single-engine turboprop Cessna Caravans.
Canberra 16-year-old Jade Esler Australia’s youngest pilot
Teenager Jade Esler has become Australia’s youngest licensed recreational pilot. She funded the training by selling about 20,000 cupcakes.
Israeli Judge Says Airlines Can’t Reseat Women At Request Of Men
Jerusalem’s Magistrate Court ruled that it was discrimination to ask a female passenger to change seats because an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man said he did he not feel comfortable sitting next to her.
After the 2017 Innovations in Flight event at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum, Jonathan Baron took David up in his Shark LSA. Jonathan was our guest in Episode 442 Shark Aero.
Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner and 737 MAX 9 Fly Together in Dramatic Display
Intro music courtesy Brother Love from his Album Of The Year CD. Outtro by Bruno Misonne from The Sound of Flaps.
I am so impressed with this post. I follow all of the posts by Phoenix Aviation Research and am so impressed with several parts. The fotos are so well done. Image quality and cropping. The information is excellent and I am always wondering who treats us with these images. Now with the revalation regarding Jannette’s photograph education every thing comes in focus.
I can not thank You enough for the treats that you reveal about Habu.
I did banquets in Portland, Oregon for people that race on the Bonneville Salt Flats. One speaker that I had was BC Thomas. No, not a racer, but of great interest to the mechanical audience. He was excellent and I have remained in touch with him.
I also have presented a photo story of the building of a car designed to run 550 MPH. Bonneville is no longer adequate as a racing surface so we are planning to run in Australia next Feb-March. If You check the photo gallery section you can have an idea of the project. At a presentation in Pomona CA. in 2014 I had several people tell me the construction quality exceeded that of the shuttles. Coming from unrelated people I accepted that compliment in total awe.
But just seeing a foto of the two of You was exciting to me. Now, people instead of just a name. Thank You for all You contribute.