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Tom Wilson

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Tom Wilson is a professional magazine writer and nurtures an ongoing affair with all things internal combustion. His writing is most often found in automotive magazines, but aviation is his first love. Working as a line boy, he learned to fly while in high school, but still hasn't mastered the art of keeping a paper chart in an open cockpit.
Starduster too on the ramp

Rear Cockpit: The Other Guy’s Plane

In a parallel life of mine—auto journalism—shop talk occasionally got around to just how few cars the average person probably drives in their lifetime. Who knows what the average is, 20 perhaps, for a person who may not travel much and thus doesn’t rent too many of Hertz’s finest. But for an old-school journalist who […]
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Tom Aberle said he looked at Phantom daily for a couple of years trying to decide if it was ugly or beautiful, and while its combination of angles and curves is unique, its 12 championships make it beautiful in our eyes.

Biplane Gold

Phantom dominates biplane pylon racing by harnessing traditional homebuilding talent.
light gun signals

Rear Cockpit: Light Gun Signaling

Silent running.

Tom Aberle 1943 – 2019

Noted biplane racing champion Tom Aberle passed away on June 15, 2019.

Rear Cockpit

Twice the angst and what a cost!
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Rear Cockpit

Old airplanes, new pilots.
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BIG: Mojave Experimental Fly-In 2019

If the Mojave Experimental Fly-In had a theme in 2019 it turned out to be "big." The planned part of big was Mike Patey arriving...

Indoor Aviating at Mojave

It's taken seven years for us to attend the Friday night glider build and free-flight soaring competition at the Mojave Experimental Fly-In, but this...

Rear Cockpit

Youthful ignorant that I was, it took a few years for me to realize just what a disappointment I presented to my definitely older friend and neighbor when he blurted out mid-conversation, “You’re a dreamer! That’s what you are, a dreamer!” A Greatest Generation pilot, he rightfully wasn’t impressed by my lingering schoolboy imagination, especially […]
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Mojave Tonight & Tomorrow!

Experimental aircraft and their builders are what the Mojave Experimental Fly-In is all about, and it's starting today. Tonight the family-oriented indoor Build &...