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Disciples of Flight is a concept, of constant growth and improvement in the world of aviation.
Disciples of Flight is a concept, of constant growth and improvement in the world of aviation.

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Are you interested in becoming an airshow pilot? The path to making a name for yourself in competitive aerobatics is long and arduous. Using first person accounts, we describe what the greats went through to get where they are today.

https://disciplesofflight.com/professional-airshow-pilot/

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Some people meet expectations while others defy them. Beryl Markham was of the latter. And it was with such defiance of expectation that piloted her into a life of adventure, eventually becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.

Born Beryl Clutterbuck on October 26, 1902, in the village of Ashwell, Central England, she moved with her father to Kenya when she was four years old...
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https://disciplesofflight.com/review-understanding-aviation-weather/

We Review Rod Machado’s latest eLearning Course, “Understanding Aviation Weather.”

I don’t know about you, but when I was first studying for the private pilot written exam, it was weather, not navigation or anything else, that I dreaded the most. I clearly remember reading the same page on fronts four or five times without retaining any of it. Now that I passed my written and I’m starting to study aviation weather for practical reasons (like not getting thrown out of the sky by a microburst or rolled over by mountain waves, as well as predicting which days will be good flying days), I figured I needed to find a way to make it all make sense...
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https://disciplesofflight.com/supermarine-spitfire-shadow-factory-ww2/

Supermarine Spitfires are one of the most famous planes of World War II, and renowned for the part they played in defeating the Luftwaffe. Built to match and outperform the German equivalent, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the Supermarine Spitfire still provides a nostalgic reminder of its role in halting Hitler’s plans to invade Blighty’s shores.

Hitler attempted to destroy Spitfire production during the war...
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https://disciplesofflight.com/aopa-asi-seminar-night-flying-safety/

Last night, a friend and I attended our first AOPA Air Safety Institute (ASI) Seminar on night flying, and I left with a very cool hat, so I believe you can consider the event a success.

All jokes aside, the ASI Seminar on “Fly By Night,” hosted by Wayne Phillips of Flight Training Magazine’s “Career Pilot” article series, was incredibly informative, and taught both pilots with thousands of hours, and student pilots like myself lots of surprising and interesting tips and tricks for remaining safe while night flying...
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https://disciplesofflight.com/heinkel-he-162-volksjager-aircraft-profile/

After the turning point called Stalingrad, the Luftwaffe became well aware that air supremacy was not on its side anymore. The classical piston-engined aircraft like Focke Wulf Fw 190 and the famous Messerschmitt BF 109, albeit brilliant fighters both of them, became less than enough to bear all the fighting effort. Something had to be done. The short supplies of complex materials, like aluminum, and the limited production capabilities seemed to put out of the question the high volume strategy, as the Soviets used it...
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https://disciplesofflight.com/grumman-goose-n703-part1/

On short final to runway 13 at Dutch Harbor (DUT), my mind flashed briefly to Commander (CC) U.S.N. Louis Haase, Naval representative of the Bureau of Aeronautics on Aug. 31, 1944. Assigned to approving JRF-5 aircraft at the Bethpage N.Y. Grumman Aircraft plant he might have been concentrating on the immediate adequacy of the aircraft for use by the Navy without thoroughly understanding what he was starting both in time and space....
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The F-86 Sabre and the MiG-15 are both swept wing, single-engine fighters whose silhouettes are very similar, except the MiG has a high “T” tail, whereas the F-86’s horizontal stabilizer is center-line fuselage. In the heat of an aerial battle, they can appear almost identical.

When in a dogfight, you are holding around 0.8 Mach, which equates to flying about 900 feet per second. Consequently, things happen incredibly fast. For example, if you spot a MiG at your altitude going the opposite direction...
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https://disciplesofflight.com/spitfire-pilots-of-dunkirk-movie/

Do the Pilots of Dunkirk Defy the Laws of Physics?

...When I was a wide-eyed teenager of 17, learning to fly in a canopy-cockpit Grumman TR-2, gussied up in military livery, the walls of my bedroom were adorned with airplane art. Paper posters of beautiful, mysterious airplanes, perhaps none more alluring than the British Spitfire. With exotic elliptical wings, its signature silhouette inspired awe in the heart of a young pilot.

And it is the Supermarine Spitfire that is at the heart of Dunkirk’s tour de force aerial sequences....
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https://disciplesofflight.com/flight-lesson-journal-14-piper-cherokee/

Over the weekend, I got a text from Bryan, founder of Disciples of Flight and the owner of the High Sierra Pilots Flying Club I recently joined. He was wondering if I’d like to take a lesson in Minden, NV, flying the Piper Cherokee, with Russ, one of the club instructors. Knowing my CFI Dave is on vacation, I obviously said yes. I don’t want to go a whole week without flying. The day came, and we headed down to Minden. I was excited to fly but somewhat nervous: new instructor, new plane- well, sort of. I’d flown 66R, the 1965 140-160 upgrade Piper Cherokee a couple times, but hadn’t done any serious maneuvering or takeoffs and landings in it at all...
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