Category Archives: Aviation History

What Are the Best Aviation Museums in the United States (for Enthusiasts to Visit)?

The US has a long and distinguished history when it comes to aviation and space travel. For this reason, it makes sense that our country has a good number of museums dedicated to the history and science of flight. That being said, if you're the type who is fascinated and amazed by the history behind the planes, pilot uniforms, and other aircraft-related memorabilia on display, then you might want to visit some of the best aviation museums the United States has to offer. Here are our choice recommendations for the top must-visit aircraft museums in the country. 1. The Smithsonian National ...

What Do I Need To Know About Helio Aircraft?

The remaining airworthy Helio aircraft in operation today are as popular as ever. Knisley Welding caters to the aircraft exhaust system for some of these iconic planes.  Helio airplanes have an excellent track record of reliability and performance, having seen action in some of the harshest environments all around the world. Aircraft from the historic Helio production line are widely known for their remarkable longevity, reliability, and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities, which means they don’t need much in the way of runway for taking off and landing. Let’s take a look into the brief history of ...

Aircraft Boneyard: Where “Dead” US Military Planes Get a Second Life

When US military and government planes have served their purpose, they are brought to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group or 309 AMARG, which earned the moniker the "Boneyard." The aircraft boneyard is located in Tucson, Arizona, specifically in the Sonoran Desert, a perfect storage facility with low humidity (only 10%-20%), meager rainfall, and relatively high altitude that prevent or at least postpone metal corrosion.  The Sonoran Desert also has a hard alkaline soil, so there is no need to pave the surface to store and move around the aircraft.    The Fate of the Airplanes As of this writing, ...

History of Mooney Aircraft

Knisley Welding caters to the aircraft exhaust systems of some of Mooney International Corporation’s aircrafts. Let’s take a look into the brief history of Mooney and how it has come about, how it has contributed to the aircraft industry, and how it is doing now. Mooney Aircraft: Its Foundation Mooney started out as Mooney Aircraft Corporation in 1929. It was founded by Albert Mooney together with this brother Arthur with financing from the Bridgeport Machine Company in Wichita Kansas. In 1930, Mooney went bankrupt and the Mooneys had to work for other aircraft companies. Albert reopened Mooney as Mooney Aircraft, ...

Former Beech and Cessna chief dies at 91

As an engineer, Max Bleck has always been fascinated with machines and this passion brought him places including the seat of the president in the four biggest aircraft manufacturing companies in the world – Beech, Cessna, Piper Aircraft and Raytheon Co. With nearly fifty years on his sleeve in the aircraft industry, Black was the most sought-after leader- trusted by his peers, respected by his companions, and acknowledged by the industry. Related article:  History of Cessna In 1961, Bleck began his journey as a chief engineer for Cessna’s Wallace division and climbed his way up until he was named vice president ...

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