Paul Tibbets Interview »

Enola Gay pilot Paul Tibbets talks with Studs Terkel in 2002 about dropping the atomic bomb "Little Boy" on Hiroshima and reveals some startling facts about the mission. More

Charlie Summers »

Charlie Summers jokes that it takes two medical examiners for his exam -- each looks into one of his ears and if they can see one another he passes. Charlie flies a one-of-a-kind armor-plated T-28 into thunderstorms -- on purpose, for a living -- for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Institute of Atmospheric Sciences. In this month's Profile AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Charlie about the program, the airplane and what we can learn from the inside of a level-six cell. More

Col. Joe Kittinger »

AVweb had decided to Profile Col. Joe Kittinger long before current headlines had developed. But his trailblazing research on emergency escape and survival procedures for astronauts gives him a unique perspective on the Columbia disaster, and his 11 months in the Hanoi Hilton remind us what American pilots might face in the skies over Iraq. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Col. Kittinger -- the first man in space. More

Howard Fenton »

For 35 years, Howard Fenton's been telling airplane owners about the health of their engines by analyzing their oil. Howard has spotted everything from broken piston rings to excessive bearing wear to worn valve guides. Once he tracked down an airplane he was convinced was about to throw a jug -- and it was. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Howard about additives, what your oil's trying to tell you, and how your oil can help you get to TBO. More

Rick Adam »

Air Force Captain Rick Adam was colorblind, so instead of flying fighter jets he ran the Real Time Computer Center at Cape Kennedy. He was there for Apollo missions 8 through 14, then left the Air Force for a career in computer technology. When he learned to fly in the early '90s he was so disappointed at the state of the trainer fleet that he decided to design and build a certificated centerline-thrust carbon fiber twin. In this month's Profile Rick talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about computers, Wall Street, and the path that led to Adam Aircraft's A-500 Carbon Aero. More

Betty Darst »

Which Wright brother suffered from depression? Which was fastidious and which was messy? Which parent got them interested in engineering? Why were they pressured to fly in mid-December? Betty Darst can tell you. A lifelong educator, Betty is an Adjunct Professor at Wright State University, and has spent the last 17 years entertaining audiences with her living biography as Katharine Wright, Orv and Wil's younger sister. In this month's Profile Betty talks with AVweb 's Joe Godfrey about the influence of mom, dad, the brothers and Katharine on the two men who changed history on December 17, 1903. More

Bruce Bohannon »

How high can Bruce Bohannon go? Last month he shattered the time-to-climb record for 12,000 meters and the Exxon Flyin' Tiger still had plenty of tiger in its tank. Bruce wants to go higher, and he's got his eye on a cross-country trip, too. In this month's Profile, AVweb 's Joe Godfrey talks with Bruce about crop dusting, competitive aerobatics, pylon racing, canards, turbos, climbing fast, setting records and getting over mental blocks. More

Bill Kershner »

In 1958 Bill Kershner was a student looking for a project to blend his interests in aeronautical engineering and journalism. He took a look at the Civil Air Manual 105 , decided it was poorly written, and decided to write his Student Pilot's Flight Manual . It's now in its ninth edition with over 800,000 copies sold. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Bill about his books, his aerobatic school, and lessons learned over 57 years of flying. More

Jim Tucker »

Tragically, Oklahoma City showed us the damage a Ryder truck full of fertilizer in evil hands can do to a building. On April 7, 1994, we came dangerously close to finding out what a DC-10 full of jet fuel and a man with nothing to lose could do to a corporate campus in Memphis. That's the day a disgruntled employee attacked the crew of FedEx Flight 705 with the intention of crashing the airplane into company headquarters. Jim Tucker had taught air combat maneuvering in the Navy and after being severely wounded in the attack, he fought back with the only weapon he had: the DC-10. The "Heroes of Flight 705" subdued their attacker, saved the airplane, and probably saved FedEx. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Jim about flying, family and faith, before and after Flight 705. More