Patrick W. Smith

North, to the Past: Flying the Douglas DC-6 across Alaska’s Final Frontier

It’s three o'clock in the morning, Central Daylight Time. Our shuttle bus bounces deliberately along the airport roadway, navigating a seemingly

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Into the Silent Sunset: a Story for My Friend

I gazed listlessly out the side of my airplane, impatiently rubbernecking like an interstate road tripper caught in a long

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Preparedness, United 328, and the Trust We Hold Sacred

What does an incident like that of United 328 mean to airline pilots, and how does it relate to the

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Reflecting on a Life in Aviation

“United 1 Heavy, contact departure!” Banking gracefully left, the mighty Boeing 777 climbed skyward, roaring out the bedroom door into

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