In Memoriam: Thomas MacLean, Jr. (1932-2017)

Thomas MacLean (1932-2017) exceeded his wildest dreams by becoming a USAF F84 Thunderjet pilot right before the end of the Korean War. The Warwick native joined the RI Air National Guard, where he was active from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s. He initially flew the C-46 Commando and the SA-16A …

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Increased activity at RAF Wittering to mark 100th anniversary

Royal Air Force Wittering is well known for training tomorrow’s RAF pilots in elementary flying and for teaching qualified pilots to become instructors. The Grob Tutor Aircraft has become a familiar sight in the skies of north Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland. Chinook helicopters are regular visitors and the station, with …

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In Memoriam: Roland Stumpff (1924-2018)

Roland Stumpff was inducted into RIAHOF in the class of 2011 (held in early 2012). He is still fondly remembered within RIAHOF as giving one of the funniest and most entertaining awards speech we have ever heard. Our condolences go out to his family, we are thankful we got to know …

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters involved in 3 other deadly incidents in 20 years

A tour helicopter crashed on Saturday, under “unknown circumstances,” during a tour of the west side of the Grand Canyon, officials said. It’s not the first time authorities have investigated a deadly helicopter crash involving the tour operator, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, the company that touts itself as being “the world’s largest aerial sightseeing …

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