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Betty Strofus, WW2 W.A.S.P. pilot

Update: Betty Wall Strohfus died on March 6, 2016. Her obituary can be found here. One of the highlights of my experience has been meeting Betty Wall Strohfus, WWII W.A.S.P pilot, at the Global Girls in Aviation Day at St. Paul Downtown Airport last September.  We served on a panel of women aviation legends together […]

The Johnson Family loses its Matriarch

The Johnson Family loses its Matriarch

Merry Jo, fondly known as “Jo” Johnson died on February 12 in Cannon Falls, Minn. at the age of 90. Jo was born in Grand Rapids Minn. and was an entertainer, once performing with Red Skelton, before becoming a Northwest Airlines stewardess in 1949. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Cannon […]

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 […]

It's a bird . . . It's a plane . . . It's a Super Triple-Tail DC-4E!

It’s a bird . . . It’s a plane . . . It’s a Super Triple-Tail DC-4E!

This all started a week ago when my brother John Billingsley, my son Rick Kerr and I were engaged in a favorite pastime, discussing aviation history.  John asked me, “Did Northwest Airlines fly any triple-tailed DC-4s?”  I asked him to repeat the question, and when he did I admit I was quick to cast aspersions […]

Reunited with Old flying buddies at 2015 RNPA Holiday Lunch

Reunited with Old flying buddies at 2015 RNPA Holiday Lunch

I capitalized “old” because we all date back to the 1950s; worked on the B-377 Stratocruisers and had to resign when we got married. What fun to see Pat (Allen) Tennyson, NWA 1959-60; Pat Elliott Olson NWA 1956-59 and Kathy Atkinson (married to NWA pilot Neal Atkinson). Anne flew from 1956-60. We share another bond […]

Just in time for the Holidays . . . inexpensive gifts for your NWA friends!

Now available:  Six note cards feature selected images from my book, Fujiyama Trays & Oshibori Towels and the legendary NWA B-377 Stratocruiser during the “Golden Age” in the 1950s! These vintage 1950s scenes are perfect for sharing airline memories with personal notes to friends. All cards 6-1/4″ x 4-5/8,” semi-gloss outside with matte finish inside […]

Minnesota T-6 Thunder in Jan. 2016 Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine

Minnesota T-6 Thunder in Jan. 2016 Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine

Today I received the January, 2016 issue of Air & Space Smithsonian magazine.  The cover story is “The Best-Built Airplane That Ever Was: The worldwide cult of the T-6.” Read more: http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/best-airplane-that-ever-was-t6-texan-180957294/#vzewUl1VZDVUI7zx.99 What fun is is to read this story, AND to see a beautiful color shot of a couple of T-6 Thunder airplanes flying over Lake […]

Terrific Day at Minnesota Blogger Conference Nov. 14

Terrific Day at Minnesota Blogger Conference Nov. 14

Look who’s sitting at a table in the front row, second from left: Happy to share the 7 Trends we learned about: The Minnesota Blogger Conference, now in its 6th year, is a full-day educational conference for professional and hobbyist bloggers. Keynote speakers, featured guests and panelists elevate the local blogging community by sharing industry […]

Chicagoland Airline Collectible Show Nov. 7, 2015

Chicagoland Airline Collectible Show Nov. 7, 2015

It was a great day, today.  Met many folks who still keep Northwest Airlines in their hearts!           These shows are becoming habit forming.  I’m seriously considering Michigan next April at historic Willow Run Airport!  Haven’t been back there for about 50 years.  Not to mention the possibility of seeing Detroit […]

Chris Bidlack turns his attention to propellers for a change!

Chris Bidlack turns his attention to propellers for a change!

The MSP Airline Collectible Show and Sale was proud to host the launch of widely anticipated new airline and airport art by artist Chris Bidlack.  Self proclaimed “head honcho” of  Jet Age Art, he sells original Art Print posters celebrating the classic aircraft, airlines and airports of the 50s and 60s.  His new designs feature […]