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Space Shuttle Commander shares Upset Prevention and Recovery techniques with Flying Magazine

Space Shuttle Commander shares Upset Prevention and Recovery techniques with Flying Magazine
Flying Magazine recently visited Flight Research, Inc. to explore instructing commercial pilots in Upset Prevention and Recovery techniques. Rick Searfoss, Col. USAF retired and a Space Shuttle Commander, works with Flight Research, Inc. and said part of his duties there include instructing commercial pilots in in both the MB-326 Impala and the Sabreliner.
“Our instruction also includes spins, including my favorite, tailslide entry inverted spins in the Impala,” said Searfoss. “It has been interesting for me to observe that although I’ve flown with some very talented pilots, mostly from corporate flight departments, most of them have an exclusively civilian flying background and they have rarely if ever had the chance to fly a jet near the edges of its envelope.  Its very rewarding to give them that training.”
For more information on Searfoss, visit www.astronautspeaker.com.
To see more of the Flying Magazine coverage, visit http://www.flyingmag.com/videos/featured-videos/sabreliner-youtube-finaland http://www.flyingmag.com/videos/featured-videos/upset-prevention-and-recovery-training-aermacchi-mb-326-impala.



Oldest Boeing Airliner in Flying Condition is Restored

The 1928 airplane is in Spokane , WA , and is the oldest flying Boeing in the World.

After 8 years of repair and rebuilding and 8,000 hours of toil the Boeing 40C rolled out last winter as a finished airplane. They had to wait a few weeks for the snow to melt to fly this baby. They received their Standard Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA and completed the engine pre-oil and fuel flow tests for the first of the taxi tests.



Tuskegee Airman recalls the era of the ‘Lonely Eagles’

By Gary Walker

Their story is part of the fabric of American military history, acknowledged only after persistence by historians and their admirers relentlessly pushed the United States government to recognize their achievements.

Edward Tillmon and some his fellow Tuskegee Airmen were recently honored at Venice Beach nearly 70 years after their service in World War II. Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Their bravery during some of World War II’s most critical battles has been recognized by aviators and presidents, and some believe their actions in a time of war convinced President Harry S. Truman to desegregate the military in 1948.


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