The Legacy Continues

What a life, what a man, what a legacy. Our hero passed away in November of 2015.  I met Dr. Crenchaw through introduction by Willie Smith and Edmond Davis as a result of a Radio Show, Educational Perspectives, that I founded and was hosting on 88.3 KABF Community Radio in Little Rock.  We laid out a plan to interview Dr. …

Milton Pitts Crenchaw, one of the last Tuskegee Airmen instructors, dies at 96

Milton Pitts Crenchaw, a flight instructor who trained hundreds of the US military’s revered Tuskegee Airmen, has died in Georgia. He was 96. Crenchaw died Tuesday at Piedmont Henry hospital near Atlanta after battling cardiovascular disease and pneumonia, said his daughter, Dolores Singleton. Crenchaw, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, was among the last surviving instructors of the Tuskegee Airmen, …

HondaJet Is A Game-Changer For The Business Aviation Market

Even as the new HondaJet HA-420 was going through its paces for certification, the industry knew it would be a game changer. “It is the high performance sports car in the sky,” said AirInsight Partner Ernest Arvai, after the aircraft was granted Part 23 certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week. In addition to having a taller and …

High Profile Cloverdale Students

Eight Cloverdale Middle School students were chosen as the inaugural class of civilian cadets for Dr. Milton P. Crenchaw’s Training Academy and featured in the High Profile section of Sunday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. (Photos provided by Helaine Williams/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) The students were sworn in by Col. J. Dryjanski, USAF 314th Wing Commander; Col. K. Green, 314th Vice-Wing Commander; and Federal Judge …

Crenchaw memorialized at Arkansas Capitol

Crenchaw memorialized at Arkansas Capitol Arkansas lawmakers and officials are celebrating the legacy Milton Pitts Crenchaw, a flight instructor who trained the first African-Americans to fly combat airplanes in World War II. Dozens gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday for a memorial ceremony for Crenchaw. Crenchaw was an Arkansas native who died last month in Georgia after battling cardiovascular disease …

Air Force hires civilian drone pilots for combat patrols

The Air Force has hired civilian defense contractors to fly MQ-9 Reaper drones to help track suspected militants and other targets in global hot spots, a previously undisclosed expansion in the privatization of once-exclusively military functions. For the first time, civilian pilots and crews now operate what the Air Force calls “combat air patrols,” daily round-the-clock flights above areas of …

Google, Facebook in race to build high-altitude aircraft

Its visionary founder is in prison. Its most heralded invention crash-landed in the New Mexico desert this spring.  Titan Aerospace, bought by Google last year, is experiencing some turbulence on its way to the stratosphere. In its quest to build a solar-powered drone that can beam the Internet down to Earth from 12 miles above, Titan is racing to beat …