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New Site Page: Kincheloe AFB Dedication

Call me weird, but a while back I watched a newsreel from 1959, talking about the dedication of Kincheloe AFB. I’ve been to what is left of Kincheloe AFB (aka Kinross AFB) in Upper Michigan a few times, but could never find the plack and boulder seen in the newsreel. So, when my dad said […]

Kincheloe Memorial – Cassopolis, Michigan

I just added a new page to the website for the Iven Kincheloe memorial in Cassopolis, Michigan, including Google Maps info. If you pass through southern lower Michigan, be sure to make a stop!

 

Sixty Years of the Bell X-2

It’s hard to imagine that it was 60 years since the Bell X-2 last flew. In September 1956, the Bell X-2 program flew higher and faster than anyone had ever gone before:

September 7: Capt. Iven Kincheloe rockets to a record altitude of 126,200 feet.

September 27: Capt. Milburn “Mel” Apt flys the perfect profile […]

Iven Kincheloe Mackay Trophy – Airman Magazine

Airman Magazine has an extensive collection of photography on Flickr.com for download. Recently, they posted an issue from August 1957, including a blub on Iven Kincheloe being awarded the Mackay Trophy. Kinch earned the trophy for his altitude breaking flight in the X-2 in September 1956 :

Full Page/Issue – Airman Magazine

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Iven Kincheloe in October Air Classics Magazine

Head to the magazine store and pick up the October issue of Air Classics magazine. The issue features a 10 page article on Iven Kincheloe by Mike Machat. Plenty of photos, many in color.

A Visit to Kincheloe/Kinross AFB

A trip to the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) isn’t complete without a visit to a cold war site. The UP, one of the last lines of defense from the Canadians (just kidding), is a smorgasbord of old SAC bases, radar sites and a one-time BOMARC sites. This June, our travels took us past the […]

Update: Searching for Life Magazine X-2 Photos

I received an email from Rick, who was kind enough to send along some additional details on the Life Magazine issue (June 18, 1956) that features photos from the previous blog post:

The article related to Edwards AFB and the X-2 is Robert Wallace’s “10,000 Men to a Plane: Vast Technological Force Supports Today’s Test […]

Searching for Life Magazine X-2 Photos

A few years back, Google began scanning the collection of Life Magazine images and posting them online. As long as the photos are not used for commercial use, download and print is free game. While I have not tried, rumor has it the images are such that you can print to 8×10 (but with a […]

New Iven Kincheloe Photo Added

Thanks to Mike Clemente, I just added a new Iven Kincheloe photo to the X-2 Photo Album.

Thanks, Mike!

I have another bunch of X-2 photos that I’m scanning and processing now…coming soon.

Kincheloe to National Aviation Hall of Fame

From the “about time” file, Iven Kincheloe will be be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame for 2011. Get more details on the NAHF web site.