aviation history

The "Art" of Skywriting

The “Art” of Skywriting

On May 14, 1915, aviator Lincoln Beachey, the official stunt flyer at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, died after crashing into the bay. “Art” Smith (who was racing his “Baby Cars” at the fair) was hired to take Beachey’s place and flew stunts in his own airplane for spectators for the duration of […]

NWA Martin 202 Crash 65 years ago memorialized today at Almelund, Minnesota

NWA Martin 202 Crash 65 years ago memorialized today at Almelund, Minnesota

Dennis Brown contacted Lady Skywriter last Thursday to introduce himself and tell me he had been doing research on the Northwest Airlines Martin 202 crash at Almelund MN for years.  On the website he found my article about Northwest’s dark chapter with the Martin 202s during the 1950s. Dennis was planning a memorial observation of […]

2nd Edition of Fujiyama Trays & Oshibori Towels Just Published

Wondering what Bob Reardon is up to these days?  Why wasn’t there an organist on the Stratocruiser flight from IDL to MSP?  Some questions raised in the first edition of Fujiyama Trays & Oshibori Towels are finally answered in the Second Edition, now available!  Plus many new stories and 83 more photos!  Order your copy […]

Northwest Airlines Facebook pages

It has been pointed out to me that I have been remiss in not linking NWA facebook pages to my blog/website.  Let me correct that inadvertent omission. The following are current Facebook pages for Northwest Airlines devotees: Northwest Airlines (NWA) Employees – Red Tail Forever Northwest Airlines Friends and Family Group ALWAYS A REDTAIL Northwest […]

Robert Reardon Website

Received a nice note from Richard Lee asking if I would put Robert Reardon’s Facebook page on my website. You bet I will, Richard. I was happy to set the story straight as to when Bob’s Facebook profile photo was taken.  It was taken by me nearly 60 years ago, on a Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser […]

Welcome to Lady Skywriter’s Newly Expanded and Improved Website

These things don’t happen overnight!  The ideas have been brewing for a couple of years, the actual work has been progressing for the past 3-1/2 months. When this website and blog appeared in 2008, Northwest Airlines was still alive and kicking. There were signals of impending changes, but the red tail still graced the skies. […]

Tonight's The Night! NWA History Centre on Public Television

Tonight’s The Night! NWA History Centre on Public Television

Norm Midthun and Red Sutter being filmed for “Lost Twin Cities 4” A reminder…. Lost Twin Cities 4 will premiere tonight, Wednesday, August 13th at 8:00 pm on tpt Channel 2. It will feature a segment about NWA in the 1950’s – the “luxurious” days of flying,  and how it transitioned into the jet-age of the l960’s and early 1970’s.  It will be a […]

Lost Twin Cities 4 Preview

TPT-2 Lost Twin Cities IV, featuring Northwest Airlines, will premier Wednesday, August 13 at 8 p.m.

TPT-2 Lost Twin Cities IV, featuring Northwest Airlines, will premier Wednesday, August 13 at 8 p.m.

Fay Kulenkamp and Anne (Lady Skywriter) Kerr being interviewed. Way back in April, as we filmed this segment about Northwest Airlines at the NWA History Centre, we were told it would probably air in August.  That seemed such a long wait.And in the flash of an eye, here it is upon us.Those of us who […]

Northwest Airlines: Remembered and Celebrated

Bruce Kitt stars in this week’s segment of Bloomington Today, a City of Bloomington, MN cable network feature about the NWA History Centre.  Good job, Bruce! Happy July 4th, everyone!