Bob Robbins »

During World War II, in more than 1,000 hours of engineering and experimental flight testing, Boeing test pilot Bob Robbins made major contributions to the combat effectiveness of B-17s and B-29s. After WWII his contributions continued, first as test pilot for the initial flight testing of the then-radical experimental XB-47 and later as B-47, B-52 and KC-135 project engineer or program manager for those vitally important programs at Boeing's Wichita plant. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Bob about flying Boeing B-314 Clippers over the Atlantic for Pan Am, his 37 years at Boeing testing and managing programs on B-17s, the XPBB-1, the #1 XB-29, XB and B-47s, B-52s and KC-135s, and the day he outran [then Major] Chuck Yeager. More

Chuck Perriguey »

Chuck Perriguey figured his days of taking fire in a helicopter were over when he finished his Vietnam tour in 1969. But on February 27, 1997, two escaping bank robbers in full body armor fired armor-piercing rounds from their AK-47s at his LAPD helicopter over North Hollywood. He spent the next 40 minutes helping position SWAT teams on the ground while dodging bullets and news helicopters in the air, and earned LAPD's Medal of Valor. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Officer Perriguey about flying Hueys in Vietnam, his 25 years in the air support division of the LAPD, and his six years as president of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association. More

Dick Rossi »

Months before Pearl Harbor, Dick Rossi gave up his commission as a U.S. naval aviator to fly P-40s over Asia. He joined the First Pursuit (Adam and Eve) Squadron of Chennault's American Volunteer Group which became known to history as the Flying Tigers. When the Tigers stopped flying in 1942, Dick flew more than 700 missions "over the hump" from India to China in C-46s and -47s . After the war he helped fellow AVG Ace Bob Prescott establish the Flying Tiger Line, which flew "anything, anytime, anywhere" until FedEx bought the line in the late '80s. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Dick about his 25,000+ hours and 60 years of flying. More

Rich Stowell »

Rich Stowell grew up near the airport at Sussex, N.J., watching his neighbors Leo Loudenslager, Betty Stewart and other aerobatic champions. He had a dream to fly, and when his career path landed him three floors underground in a room full of drafting tables, he chucked mechanical engineering to pursue his dream. Now he teaches aerobatic and emergency maneuvers in Santa Paula, Calif., just northwest of L.A. In this month's Profile Rich talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about aerobatic competition and instruction, the correct way to teach spin training, and offers suggestions for pushing your own envelope. More

Bob Rasmussen »

Bob Rasmussen is still surrounded by airplanes. When he flew the slot with the Blue Angels in the late '50s he had them front, left and right. Now they surround his office at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. In his 13 years as director of the museum, he has tripled the museum's size and collection, and now has his eyes on some unique airplanes that Mother Nature has been storing at the bottom of Lake Michigan for over 50 years. In this month's Profile, Capt. Rasmussen, who is also an accomplished aviation artist, talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about life as a Naval aviator, flying with the Angels, running the museum, and the interesting medium he uses for his paintings: watercolors. More

Walt Troyer: The Art and Science of Airshow Announcing »

Walt Troyer has been the disembodied voice in the air during AirVenture's warbirds shows for 18 years, and he brings a sense of history and a flair for the dramatic to each performance. AVweb's Matt Paxton spent some time one afternoon in the announcer's booth while Troyer did his thing. Here's his report. More

Barbara Erickson London »

In 1939 Barbara "B.J." London was studying to be a Home Economics teacher when she took a Civilian Pilot Training (CPT) course and learned to fly. During WWII she trained other CPT students, delivered fighter and bomber airplanes as one of the original 25 pilots in the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, and is the only woman pilot to receive the Air Medal during WWII. Since then she has been an airplane dealer, executive secretary for the Powder Puff Derby, an aviation consultant, a community advocate for Long Beach Airport, and a mentor to other aviators in the family, including her two pilot daughters. In this month's Profile, B.J. talks with AVweb's Joe Godfrey about 60 years of adventures in and around airplanes. More

Col. Charles McGee »

Charles McGee, who hadn't been in an airplane when he arrived at Tuskegee Institute in 1942, just wanted equal opportunity and the chance to be graded on his performance. Thirty years later he retired as a Colonel, holding the highest three-war total of combat missions in U.S. Air Force history. In this month's Profile, AVweb's Joe Godfrey talks with Colonel McGee about his love of flying, and how the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. honor the past and shape the future. More

Paul Soderlind »

Paul Soderlind didn't invent smooth air, but he can tell you where to find it. Northwest Airlines still uses the "Turbulence Plot" system he developed as Director of Flight Operations there. Pilots who use his critical-airspeed "Bug System" find it easy to transition from one type to another. Paul has spent his life studying, improving and simplifying how to fly. In this month's Profile AVweb's Joe Godfrey interviews Paul about his many accomplishments. More