There’s No Business Like Air Show Business (Part 4)

We’ve sung the praises of serendipity—that chance occurrence that connects a single, unanticipated event to our larger projects—on a number of occasions (HERE and HERE and HERE). But we’re also big believers in preparation, doing the research, and being ready to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Our recent trip to the Eighth Annual Jacqueline Cochran Air Show provided just such an opportunity. We’ve already … Continue reading There’s No Business Like Air Show Business (Part 4)

Interview: Daniel Lockney

When we were at Kennedy Space Center in July for the last-ever space shuttle launch, we sat down with Daniel Lockney to talk about some of the spinoffs from NASA’s space program. Lockney is a Program Specialist in NASA’s Office of Innovative Partnerships, and he deals with technology transfers off all sorts. In other words, when the United States decided to build the space shuttle … Continue reading Interview: Daniel Lockney

Last Flight of the Concorde

Supersonic passenger flight ended on November 26, 2003, the day a Concorde made its last flight, this time back to its birthplace in Bristol, England, where it was put on outdoor display. The Concorde’s last transatlantic flight had occurred roughly a month earlier (see video below). The Concorde, a joint venture between the United Kingdom and France was riddled with problems right from the start, … Continue reading Last Flight of the Concorde

There’s No Business Like Air Show Business (Part 3)

On this date in 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a bill that “the Women Airforce Service Pilots as having served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States for purposes of laws administered by the Veterans Administration.” After the Navy decided in the mid-1970s that women could fly government planes, this legislation picked up a bill that had fallen by the wayside … Continue reading There’s No Business Like Air Show Business (Part 3)

Guest Blog: Bryson Thill

Today’s guest blogger is Bryson Thill, a computer science major at Chapman University who recently interned at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. We lived in Maryland for three years and occasionally visited Goddard, several times for their model rocket days when kids and adults gathered for dozens of little launches. Because we’re educators, we’re especially proud to share Bryson’s story, and we think his … Continue reading Guest Blog: Bryson Thill

There’s No Business Like Air Show Business (Part 2)

As we wrote on Wednesday (click HERE for that), air shows are unusual events, in that they represent a confluence of American history: they’re political, they’re technological, and they’re commercial. Today, we’re focusing on the technological history. One amazing outcome of the air show is the possibility of seeing in person artifacts representing the arc of aviation history, from the Stearman biplane heavily used in … Continue reading There’s No Business Like Air Show Business (Part 2)

There’s No Business Like Air Show Business (Part 1)

Two Saturdays ago, we made our first trip to Palm Springs and Palm Desert to attend the 8th Annual Jacqueline Cochran Air Show (actually held near Palm Desert in Thermal, California). We’ve already posted two photo essays of our visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum that weekend (click HERE and HERE for those). Here at Lofty Ambitions, we’ve made no secret of our affection … Continue reading There’s No Business Like Air Show Business (Part 1)

Interview: Andrew Allen

Today’s video interview is with three-time space shuttle astronaut Andrew Allen. We met Andy Allen last November when we were at Kennedy Space Center for Discovery‘s not-launch. Allen became an astronaut in 1988 and flew his first mission, STS-46, in 1992 on Atlantis. He calls that shuttle Hotlantis. Less than two years later, he was aboard Columbia flying STS-62, a science mission. Roughly two years after that, … Continue reading Interview: Andrew Allen

Palm Springs Air Museum (Part 1)

Inspired by the 102nd birthday of Evelyn Bryan Johnson last week, we packed a suitcase and headed into the desert this past weekend. We were pleasantly surprised that it took less than two hours to reach our destination, that parking and admission to the air show were free, and that the view was spectacular, with clear skies, warm sun, and mountains. We spent Saturday at … Continue reading Palm Springs Air Museum (Part 1)