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AIA&F Museum
      06/02/04 11:11 AM

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The History of AVSIG ... Since 1981
Everything we know so far ...

1905 Wright Flyer James Peters and John Cooper
1905 Wright Flyer Sequence. This aircraft is currently hangared near Denison, OH.

The Space Shuttle Enterprise 134k Tom Tyson
The Space Shuttle Enterprise mounted atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft stopped here at Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs enroute from Edwards AFB to the Paris Air Show, circa 1981. Note the engine fairing on the tail. I believe this was the last time Enterprise was seen with this fairing in place.

1971 Schleicher ASW-17 186k Tom Tyson
This is a photo of my old faithful 1971 Schleicher ASW-17 (N111BG) open-class sailplane taken in New Mexico. Wing span is 20 metres (66') and best glide has been measured at 49.6:1 (which works out to just under one mile of glide per each hundred feet of altitude).

Four Naval Aviators 63k John H. Cooper [X68]
Four Naval aviators standing in front of an F4U (?). I believe these are members of Squadron VF-8 onboard the USS Bennington in the South Pacific in 1945. My father, John R. Cooper, is on the left. Any help identifying the other three pilots appreciated.

Curtiss C-46D 719k Marty Hall
Newest addition to the Air Cargo Express fleet.

Julian Nott: World's First Known Portrait Upload via Iridium Phone from a Balloon Gondola @ 10,000 feet 33k Julian Nott
This picture was uploaded to AVSIG by Julian Nott using an Iridium telephone while in flight. It shows Julian Nott during a two-day, 749 mile helium balloon flight from Albuquerque, NM to Clinton, MO. This picture was taken over the Texas/New Mexico border at about 10,000 feet -- and uploaded to AVSIG moments later. Flight dates October 6 to 8 2001. This photo was uploaded to AVSIG on October 7, 2001

Boeing Supersonic 2707 Remains 77k Eugene C. Box
The remains of America's supersonic dreams. The mockup of the Boeing 2707 in a storage yard outside the south gate of the Kennedy Space Center on Florida Route A1A. This is on private property. It is disassembled, but all of the parts look to be there. It is in reasonably good condition as of January 1995.

1944 Certificate for Army Instrument Course. 106k Greg Schneck [5W5]
1944 Greenville Army Air Field certificate issued to my father for completion of a "course of instrument flying"

Classic Cessna 170 Ad 104k Steven P McNicoll
Cessna 170 ad from 1956 Flying Magazine

Clay Tice Lands in Japan before MacArthur 72k Jimmy Johnson [ATL]
NITTAGAHARA, KYUSHU, JAPAN 25 AUGUST 1945: AVSIG member Lt. Col. Clay Tice, Jr. (Left Kneeling) F/O Douglass C. Hall (Right) RB-17 Crew (in between) Two Japanese Army officers (one on left surrendered sword to Tice) MacArthur landed in Tokyo 30 August 1945

Crashed CH-47 in Vietnam, 1968 82k Andy Dulay
My CH-47 crash in Vietnam. This photo also showed up in an issue of Look magazine, Circa 1968. The cause of the crash was a dual hydraulic failure at low level and high speed. We were inverted and traveling backward at about 50 knots by the time we hit the ground. Amazingly, nobody was killed, but everyone in the crew was injured. Photographer unknown.

Crew Rest Area 57k Colin L Mitchell (LIRF)
New crew rest area proposed for the Boeing 767. Your's Truly getting a few hours' rest on trans-Atlantic sector.

FBI Composite Sketch of D. B. Cooper 24k John Rich/Texas
Anybody seen this guy already?

Say, Look what you can do with this PhotoShop Software ... 73k Dagley M. Reeves
From the days when you did this kinda stuff just because you could.

Even *more* Fun with Photoshop 105k Dagley M. Reeves
Another humiliated F-16 driver left in the propwash.

Proudly Flying the Green & Yeller 57k Dick Merrill
And, yes ... even *more* Photoshop fun ...

Aircraft Restoration 217k Horst Zoller (FRA)
WWI Aircraft Restoration Project

European Commercial Airline Logos 103k
Commercial Airline Tail Markings for European Airlines circa 1991.

US Commercial Airline Tail Markings 105k
Tail markings of US airlines circa 1994.

Sunset Parachute Jump with the U.S. Flag 43k John Rich
AVSIG member John Rich making a sunset parachute jump with the U.S. flag, on Independence Day, 2001.

GA Aircraft Sold vs. Influential Events 549k Larry Simpson [X16-TPA]
A chart depicting general aviation aircraft sold from 1939 through 1993 by year with significant political and legal events noted. The chart was created by Tim Coons of Mod Works using information from several sources, including the AGATE program being conducted by NASA for the revival of the GA industry. First published in MAPA LOG, July, 1994. Uploaded with permission of the author.

First Visible Image from GOES 8 119k George Sambataro
A collector's item!

Six Pilots at JAX, 1944 87k John H. Cooper
This photo was taken in the fall of 1944 at the Jacksonville, FL NAOTC. My father, John R. Cooper, is second from the right. His logbook indicates that the pilots in this photo were members of the VF-5 squadron, and were taking advanced training in the F4U-1. Any help identifying the other five people in this photo would be appreciated.

Kansas Air National Guard 35k Jim Good
Defending the prairies, the Kansas Air National Guard is on constant vigil -- except for harvest and calving seasons.

Zeppelin L54 - Pour Le Merit 34k Horst Zoller
L54 and its commanding officer.

Cover Art: Memphis Belle 83k
This is the cover of a brochure on the new Warner Bros. movie "Memphis Belle." Some great B-17 footage in the movie!

Dallas Aviation School 52k Wayne Bates
Just clip this coupon and start your career!

Confirmed Space Alien Loading Northweast Airlines Plane Turns & Smiles for Photo 32k John H. Cooper
Circa 1936.

PanAm 337 Ditching 339k Doug Ranz
PanAm Boeing 377 ditching At Ocean Station

Philadelphia Airport 1941 47k Thomas Schlaeger
From an old postcard.

Say Cheese! 51k Mark L. Feiden
Even in the changing light conditions of this cockpit I can set the white balance by taking a reading off your shirts, pressing this button ... and presto ...

Airport Engrish 25k
Spotted at Da-Nang airport 1995.

AVSIG I First Known File Upload, 12/9/1981
The first known file upload on the AVSIG I forum platform, "Table of contractions for Av weather reports." Uploaded by User ID 700015,42 as CONTRA.DAT on December 9, 1981.

AVSIG II First Message, 4/10/2001
The first test message on the AVSIG II forum platform, posted 4/10/2001 during development.

AVSIG I Last Message, 5/14/2004
The last message exchange on the AVSIG I forum platform. The last message posted was by Dan Barclay @ 17:40 ET.

AVSIG I Last Chat, 5/14/2004
The last known chat exchange on the AVSIG I forum platform. Unplanned, but destined: between AVSIG co-founder Andy Dulay and AVSIG HRw/B Mike Overly.

AVSIG I Last Screen, 5/14/2004
The last AVSIG I screen.





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