Just Processed: Pakistan Releases Air Crew

Maybe I should be working with nothing but US aviation; maybe just what happened up to 2000, the last year of the 20th century,as we whose parents  celebrated not our zeroth birthday, but our first know. It’s not going that way here at AeroKnow Museum. At the end of each day, I walk the five steps from my downstairs office to the counter of the museum’s host FBO and ask if I may have one of their Wall Street Journals. If there are at least two of the three delivered daily and there’s just one aircraft scheduled to drop in for fuel, I am permitted one copy. Sometimes there is nothing on the schedule, and none come in, the staff slides an issue under my office door near the end of their day. The next day, I read each headline, even in the editorials, looking for aviation news. I clip what I find and set it aside to take upstairs for filing later. The clippings will go to the AKM files for United Airlines or Afghan War, Boeing Misc., Airbus A340, DFW Airport, or in the case of “Pakistan Releases Air Crew,” a fine report by Tom Wright, the general file for 2011. It is labelled WSJ Oct 24,11 and placed on a growing pile of clippings which will be distributed when I can, when volunteer support permits.

Wright’s fine story reminded me of the two wars Pakistan and India fought in 1947 and 1965 and the Kargil conflict in 1999. Even in “current events” there is history ready for follow-up research or simply knowing as is.

Also making “the cut” from the October 24 WSJ is a two-page story that leads the Marketplace section on B1 and concludes on B2. John Nicas explains how travel restrictions, part of the decades-long ban on US flights to Cuba are gradually disappearing. What this means for US airlines is promising. It’s an excellent report. It will go to the Airlines Miscellaneous file someday.

The point is that by the time information reaches AeroKnow Museum, via Wall Street journal, clips from the State Journal-Register, countless aviation periodicals that find their way to our door through contributions from good people at good businesses, history has been made, and there is a place for it here.

This is an enterprise that matters to me, and I hope it matters to you as well.

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About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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