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The Daedalian Story

  When war broke out in Europe in 1914, the airplane was hardly more...

Charles D’Olive: Ten Fun Facts

                          He was the last WWI aviator to be declared an...

Operation Christmas Drop: Daedalians Give Back

In addition to the great work done by our Foundation, Daedalians around...

Passing the Baton Across Generations

LTC Arthur Trujillo and CWO Jess Findley looking at the hole ripped in...

Summer Vacation in an L-39

What do pilots and Peter Pan have in common? They are forever young in...

A Conversation with 1stLt Paige McFarland

Interview Conducted by Taylor E. Watson on 13 September 2021 1stLt Joe...

Extreme Search

by Col. William J. Moran, Jr., USAF (Ret.), Daedalian Member #9091 Civil...

Matter of Experience

by Col. Harry C. “Steve” Stevenson, Daedalian Life Member...

A Renaissance Man Who Always Pushed the Envelope: Col. Norman Phillips, USAF (Ret.)

By Peter D. Lennon, Federal Gov’t (Ret.), Granite Flight #53 Norm...

History & Heritage: Planophere Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

By Dr. Dick Hallion, Daedalian Honorary Member #50043 Thursday August 18,...

Aviator Newsletter

Old and Bold Pilots

Founder Story by Kip Cooper reprinted from The San Diego Union Newspaper,...

Grandfather of the Preflight Checklist

Maj. Ployer P. Hill, Founder #891       On. Oct. 30, 1935, an...

War Story: Hero Medals for Mixer and I

by MAJ Robert Nelson, USA (Ret.), Daedalian Life Member #4970 Whenever...

Unanticipated Connections: The Rivera Family and the Daedalian Network

by Lt. Gen. Nick Kehoe, USAF (Ret.), Previous National Commander Emily...

Early Encounters with the C-6: Bill Sievert Founder # 272

Amigos del Ciel: The cover picture of a C-6 powered Curtiss Oriole on the...

Jet Fighters for Thailand

by Col. John L. Wagner, USAF (Ret.) Perhaps the idea to bring the Thai...

Fly-By-Wire, Old Style

by Lt.Col. Ted Fite, USAF (Ret.), Daedalian Life Member #4069 Some of my...

Hard Landing

by Col. Bill Sweeley, Founder #6566 Another unusual “incident” that...

77th Flight Honors a Centenarian

Maj. Larry Sabourin, USAF (Ret.), Daedalian Life Member #5519 and 77th...

23rd Flight Supports Students Taking the Oath

23rd Flight Daedalian Brigadier General William H. “Bill” Lawson...

Daedalus Flyer

Our Link to Communication

Low Earth orbit satellite to enhance situational awareness By: 1st Lt....

A Pilot’s View: The U.S. Space Force

Commentary By: Lt. Col. Ron Davis, USAF (Ret), Daedalian Life Member #238...

A Sit Down with a NASA Solar System Ambassador

By: Ms. Autumn Bernhard, Daedalus Flyer Editor & Order of Daedalians...

2022: The Year of Space

By: Ms. Autumn Bernhard, Daedalus Flyer Editor & Order of Daedalians...

Daedalians In Space

Celebrating the pioneers of the final frontier By: Ms. Taylor E. Watson,...

‘The Best Kept Secret of WW2’ — A conversation with WASP Nell Bright

Interview by: Ms. Errin Phou      Errin Phou: Can you tell me a little...

9 Days, 4 Men, 1 Plan: The path to the creation of AWPD-1 and the importance placed on airpower

By: 1st Lt. Nick Nowland, USAF Daedalian Member #4921 On rare occasions...

Keeping a Founder’s Memory Alive

By: Mr. John C. Mozena Daedalian Hereditary Member #1207 My grandfather,...

From Mon Valley to the Moon: A Life Well Lived

By: Lt. Col. Bill Ercoline, USAF (Ret), Daedalian Life Member #5981 Born...

PTSD in UAV Operators

By: Miss Taylor E. Watson, Order of Daedalians Operations Officer On...

Recommended Reading

The Department of Defense (DOD) Budget: An Orientation

This report uses the FY2022 budget request for the Department of Defense (DOD) to provide a general orientation to the composition and...

Emerging Military Technologies: Background and Issues for Congress

Members of Congress and Pentagon officials are increasingly focused on developing emerging military technologies to enhance U.S. national...

Report to Congress on Air Force Tanker Strategy

As discussed in the CRS report Air Force KC-46A Pegasus Tanker, the Air Force is in the process of replacing its fleet of 396 KC-135...

Report to Congress on F-15EX Eagle II Fighter

On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Air Force took delivery of its first F-15EX Eagle II fighter. The Eagle II program is intended to deliver 144...

Navy Aviation Vision 2030-2035

The National Defense Strategy (NDS) identifies a complex global security environment characterized by overt challenges to the current...

Defense Primer: Geography, Strategy, and U.S. Force Design

Most of the world’s people, resources, and economic activity are located not in the Western Hemisphere, but in the other hemisphere,...

Private Security Contractors:DOD Needs to Better Identify and Monitor Personnel and Contracts

Published via GAO and accessed via Defense News The Department of Defense has made significant use of private security contractors in the...

SIGAR: Quarterly Report for the United States Congress – July 30, 2021

Report released by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John F. Sopko I am pleased to submit to Congress, the...

Ending Innovation Tourism: Rethinking the U.S. Military’s Approach to Emerging Technology Adoption

By Melissa Flagg and Jack Corrigan via Center for Security and Emerging Technology As dual-use technologies transform the national...

HASC Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces: NDAA FY22 Markup

Published by the House Armed Services Committee, accessed via The Hill Seapower and Projection Forces Mark Summary for H.R. 4350 National...

In Remembrance

Brig Gen Robert L. Cardenas, USAF (Ret), Daedalian Life Member #3230

Brig Gen Robert L. Cardenas, USAF (Ret) March 10, 1920 – March 10,...

Maj Charles F. Overstreet, USAF (Ret), Daedalian Member #12728

Maj Charles F. Overstreet, USAF (Ret) October 30, 1937 – February...

COL Robert E. Blount, USAR (Ret), Daedalian Life Member #6973

COL Robert E. Blount, USAR (Ret) December 22, 1923  – October 21,...

Lt. Gen. Robert “Bob” D. Springer, USAF (Ret), Daedalian Life Member #2262

Lt. Gen. Robert “Bob” D. Springer, USAF (Ret) January 17,...

Col. William J. Gregory, USAFR (Ret), Daedalian Life Member #8856

Col. William J. Gregory August 5, 1920 – October 7, 2021 Colonel...

Maj. Gen. George A. Edwards, USAF (Ret), Daedalian Life Member #61

Maj. Gen. George A. Edwards, USAF (Ret) March 8, 1929 – September...

A Renaissance Man Who Always Pushed the Envelope: Col. Norman Phillips, USAF (Ret.)

By Peter D. Lennon, Federal Gov’t (Ret.), Granite Flight #53 Norm...

Captain Maurice C. Hartle, USN (Ret.), Daedalian Life Member 6749

Maury Hartle made his final “take-off” from his home at Manzano del Sol...

Lt.Col. John J. Kane, USAF (Ret.) – A Quiet Hero

By Peter D. Lennon, Federal Gov’t (Ret.), Granite Flight #53 February 1,...

From Mon Valley to the Moon: A Life Well Lived

Colonel Thomas J. Tredici, USAF (Ret.): August 27, 1922 to April 28, 2021...