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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

FedEx’s first black female pilot reflects on her journey

In 1992, a 20-year-old African-American woman stepped into an aeroplane’s cockpit for the first time. Recently, she recalled the day as “exhilarating.” Tahirah Lamont Brown said after that flight, she felt the “world had no limits.” Twenty years later, she made history as the first black female pilot for FedEx. …

Read More »

Aanchal Thakur’s ski win praised by PM Narendra Modi; her father taught him paragliding

Early Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Aanchal Thakur from Himachal Pradesh for winning India’s first medal at an international skiing event. At the 21-year-old’s home in Manali, Aanchal’s father Roshan Lal Thakur was left wondering if the Prime Minister knew who she really was. In November, …

Read More »