There’s an old engineer’s joke when something gets dropped. They say “gravity check, still on.” Now I’m not going to distinguish between whether that’s an old joke or a joke for old engineers, but either way, aviation is all about...
In 1999, Al Blackburn wrote a book, Aces Wild: The Race for Mach 1, and from it an article for the Smithsonian Air and Space magazine. Both are clearly the culmination of a lot of research into a fascinating subject, and I don’t want to steal his work, so what...
Nigel Blackwell was born in rural Oxfordshire in England. He has a love of books, a PhD in Physical Chemistry, and a black belt in pointing out the obvious. As a teenager he toured Europe, and hasn't stopped traveling since. He loves seeing the wonders of the world and meeting the people in it, and hasn't been anywhere that doesn't have the potential for a story.
He now lives in Texas with his wife and daughter, where they enjoy the sunshine and listen to the coyotes howl at night.
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