WW2

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 […]

We're diverting to Shemya?* Over Christmas?

We’re diverting to Shemya?* Over Christmas?

I guess that’s not so bad . . . .  Shemya’s closer to Santa!  What and Where is Shemya, you ask? Shemya is a frozen, windswept, barren rock of an island, four miles long by two miles wide – near the end of the Aleutian chain and located 1,461 miles southwest of Anchorage between the […]

Black Sheep Squadron Flying Again!

Black Sheep Squadron Flying Again!

In real life, on September 16, 1943, Gregory “Pappy” Boyington and his hand-picked squadron of fighter pilots made a name for themselves on their very first mission, during which Pappy shot down six Japanese Zeros. U. S. Marine squadron VMF 214, nicknamed the “Black Sheep,” had quickly become legends of World War II. This group of […]

D-Day Pilot Dick Brown Remembers . . .

D-Day Pilot Dick Brown Remembers . . .

l-r Dick Brown and Joe Farrell with their Martin B-26 Marauder bomberPhoto courtesy Richard Brown June 6, 1944, retired Northwest Airlines Captain Dick Brown participated in the D-Day invasion, a significant turning point for Allied forces in WW II. Today, 70 years later, his memory of that day is crystal clear. “We knew something was […]