Motivation, inspiration, and big ol’ dreams

I’ve just returned from a beautiful morning chat on my friend Ben’s front porch. Ben’s 87 years old. As a solid member of that group known as the greatest generation, he fills the bill well.

A southern boy born into hard work and low expectations, he went off to war as a young man in his teens. He found himself in the Pacific where he did things and saw things most of us would rather not know about.

But he soldiered on, did his duty, came home, went to college, and made quite a success of himself. In fact, he’s something of an institution in my neck of the woods.

Among Ben’s great contributions to the world is the love of flight a handful of middle-aged men share. [Read more…]

Father’s Day special from The Gathering Foundation

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In September 2007, more than 150,000 visitors traveled to “The Gathering of Mustangs and Legends” in Columbus, Ohio, for a journey through aviation history. People of all ages and backgrounds came to explore the largest collection of Mustangs and World War II aircraft brought together in over 60 years.

“The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends: The Final Roundup” is a 260-plus page book that takes readers back to the event, capturing the passion and history of the Legends, Mustangs, and aircraft in attendance.

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New book prompts search for Wright factory workers’ descendants

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DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) will use the launch of a new book about the Wright brothers to connect with descendants of the Wright Company’s factory workers.

NAHA is inviting descendants of men and women who worked in one of the two factory buildings to attend the launch of the new book by Timothy R. Gaffney, The Dayton Flight Factory, at Books and Co. at the Greene at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.

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New children’s book published

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New to bookshelves this spring is “Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse,” a suspenseful yet inspiring story of a little mouse who conquered a big challenge.

An avid reader, this mouse learned about and then longed to find the distant land called, America. In order to do so he had to survive mousetraps, cats, owls, humans and best of all gravity.

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New book: Area 51 – Black Jets

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Area 51, until recently, was the worst-kept U.S. government secret. We all knew it existed, but the mystery of the place remained, and still does.

Bill Yenne’s book, “Area 51 Black Jets – A History of the Aircraft Developed at Groom Lake, America’s Secret Aviation Base,” does much to unveil the mystery.

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