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Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville
Thurlow Dam on the Tallapoosa River, one of Alabama Power's four dams on the river
Finlayson Works, Tampere, Finland

Hello. I've been on Wikipedia since April 2006. I spend my time here on aviation and related articles (WP:Aviation, WP:Mil history aviation), some WP:Spaceflight related, some ships, some military ground vehicles, some highways, some sports, some TV series, etc. I generally prefer to work on stub, start, C- and B-class articles, which I feel are the types that need more help. I don't care to use userboxes. ;) If you want to help with or have suggestions for the articles listed below, please bring up on the article's talk page, or other relevant talk page. Thanks for any help with these. Lately I have not had the time to devote to detailed work here because of family obligations and work.

To Do list & notes[edit]

Scratch pads[edit]

  • /fighters - Text for F-15, F-4, MiG-29, An-112KC, etc.
  • /helos - Text for various helicopters, Joint Heavy Lift/Joint Future Theater Lift program(s)

Others: User:Fnlayson/common.js, User:Fnlayson/rollback.js


Aerospace and defense news sites[edit]

Aerospace and defense related print media[edit]

Here's my main aviation and aerospace related sources.

  • Sutter, Joe and Jay P. Spenser. 747, Creating the world's first jumbo jet.... Smithsonian Books, 2006. ISBN 0060882417.
  • Becher, Thomas. Douglas Twinjets, DC-9, MD-90, MD-90 and Boeing 717. Marlborough, UK: Crowood Press, Aviation Series, 2002. ISBN 1-86126-446-1.
  • Frawley, Gerald. The International Directory of Civil Aircraft, 2003/2004. Fyshwick, ACT, Australia: Aerospace Publications, 2003. ISBN 1-875671-58-7.
  • Frawley, Gerald. The International Directory of Military Aircraft, 2002/2003. Fyshwick, ACT, Australia: Aerospace Publications, 2002. ISBN 1-875671-55-2.
  • Spick, Mike, ed. Great Book of Modern Warplanes. Osceola, Wisconsin, USA: MBI Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-7603-0893-4.
  • Donald, David and Daniel J. March, eds. Modern Battlefield Warplanes. Norwalk, Connecticut, USA: AIRtime, 2005. ISBN 1-880588-76-5.
  • Donald, David, ed. Warplanes of the Fleet. Norwalk, Connecticut, USA: AIRtime, 2004. ISBN 1-880588-81-1.
  • Spenser, Jay P. Whirlybirds, A History of the U.S. Helicopter Pioneers. Seattle Washington, USA: University of Washington Press, 1998. ISBN 0-295-97699-3.
  • Donald, David, ed. The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1997. ISBN 0-7607-0592-5.
  • Markman, Steve and Bill Holder. Straight Up: A History of Vertical Flight. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-7643-1204-9.
  • Apostolo, Giorgio. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Helicopters. New York: Bonanza Books. 1984. ISBN 9780517439357.
  • Williams, Mel, ed. Superfighters, The Next Generation of Combat Aircraft. Norwalk, Connecticut, USA: AIRtime, 2002. ISBN 1-880588-53-6.
  • Harding, Stephen. U.S. Army Aircraft Since 1947. Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA: Schiffer Publishing, 1997. ISBN 0-7643-0190-X.
  • Norris, Guy and Mark Wagner. Modern Boeing Jetliners. Osceola, Wisconsin, USA: MBI Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0-7603-0717-2.
  • Eden, Paul, ed. Encyclopedia of Modern Military Aircraft. London: Amber Books, 2004. ISBN 1904687849.
  • Knaack, Marcelle Size. Post-World War II Bombers, 1945–1973. Washington, DC: Office of Air Force History, 1988. ISBN 0-16-002260-6. online copy
  • Donald, David, ed. Black Jets. Norwalk, Connecticut, USA: AIRtime, 2003. ISBN 1-880588-67-6.
  • Thomason, Tommy H. Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft from Skyraider to Super Hornet, 1948-Present. North Branch, Minnesota, USA: Specialty Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-58007-132-1.
  • Several Warbird Tech series books, and various other books.


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— Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9

On Caladan, we ruled with sea and air power. Here, on Arrakis, we need desert power.

— Duke Leto Atreides in Dune

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.

I happen to like to shoot first, Rekkon. As opposed to shooting second.

— Han Solo (Stars' End)

You won't get wise with sleep still in your eyes
No matter what your dreams might be...

— Rush, Something for Nothing

Biggs, Wedge, let's close it up. We're going in... we're going in full throttle, that oughta keep those fighters off our back.

— Luke Skywalker from Star Wars: A New Hope

... We're going to hit them with the Empire.
They're not going to like the Empire.

— Wedge Antilles and Tycho Celchu from Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream

What is thy bidding, my master?
It's the disaster, Skywalker we're after.
What if he could be turned to the dark side...?
Yes! He'd be a powerful ally... another dark Jedi...

— Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Gangsta Rap


Rocket City Appreciation[edit]

Air Medal front.jpg Aviation Enthusiast Award
As a fellow Huntsvegas dweller, I enjoy your inputs and diligence in filtering out bad and/or poorly cited information. I hope to work with you more. Jason.r.newell (talk) 17:22, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

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The Tireless Contributor Barnstar for Fnlayson for your numerous contributions to Wikipedia. Truly tireless work! --Bangabalunga 20:12, 9 November 2006 (UTC)
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I, Eurocopter Tigre, award you this Wikiwings for your outstanding efforts and precious help in improving aviation-related pages, especially the Sukhoi Su-25 article. You truely deserve them! Keep up the good work!! --Eurocopter tigre 19:37, 11 July 2007 (UTC)
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Thanks for the help on Qantas. Sparrowman980 04:32, 19 September 2007 (UTC)
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Jeff, thanks for your help in editing that Bell 533 sandbox article!
Citation: For finding all my silly mistakes when I've been editing while tired and long after I should've been writing anything, as well as for your general willingness to help other editors to solve problems and improve articles. You are a credit to what it means to assume good faith and an example of what an editor should be on Wikipedia. (i.e. not me) --Born2flie (talk) 19:22, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
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Awarded to Fnlayson for his outstanding effort and cooperation with others in improving the Boeing 747 article daily over a period of several weeks as well as overall contributions to aviation related articles. These wings exemplify Fnlayson's teamwork approach. --Archtransit (talk) 21:19, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
I award you the Aviation Barnstar in recognition of your knowledgeable contribution to aviation articles. -Bzuk
I am awarding you this WikiCookie for your constructive edits on Wikipedia--LAAFan 17:18, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
I award Fnlayson this barnstar for his wonderful work on aircraft and aerospace articles. Keep up the good work! Prodego talk 01:05, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
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The Citation Barnstar The Citation Barnstar
I award you the Wikiwings with citation barnstar device, for your irreplacable assistance developing the AH-56 Cheyenne article! --Born2flie (talk) 12:28, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
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Fnlayson, awarded this barnstar for being a good guy and editor. Chergles (talk) 19:41, 2 December 2008 (UTC)
Wiki-stripe1.svg Military history reviewers' award
By order of the coordinators, for your good work helping with the WikiProject's Peer and A-Class reviews, I hereby award you this Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award.  Roger Davies talk 14:04, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
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Jeff, it is that time again!

Citation: For ceaseless wikignoming, tweaking, copyediting, formatting, citing and finding references, and promoting articles, I hereby award you these Wikiwings...umpteenth award (or should be something like that by now!). --Born2flie (talk) 04:29, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

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Because of your constant monitoring of articles, and attention to quality and accuracy THE FOUNDERS INTENT PRAISE 14:46, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
For maintaining the integrity of Wikipedia articles. THE FOUNDERS INTENT PRAISE 14:51, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
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For extraordinary contributions to Aircraft in fiction, thus improving hundreds of aircraft type articles along the way! - Ahunt (talk) 15:20, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

The Cleanup Barnstar The Good Guy Barnstar
The Multiple Barnstar
For substantially cleaning up the KC-X article, and for being a good guy. User name one (talk) 16:43, 6 February 2010 (UTC)
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For your endless work and support on the Boeing 747-8 article. Cheers! C628 (talk) 03:51, 16 February 2010 (UTC)
Wiki-stripe1.svg Military history reviewers' award
By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your good work helping with the WikiProject's Peer and A-Class reviews for the period Jan-Jun 2010, I hereby award you this Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award. Ian Rose (talk) 02:15, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Keep track of upcoming reviews. Just copy and paste {{WPMILHIST Review alerts}} to your user space

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Here's a beer for your fine efforts on improving Wikipedia! Cheers! For continually maintaining the integrity of Aviation articles. --THE FOUNDERS INTENT PRAISE GOOD WORKS 16:06, 23 October 2010 (UTC)
A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Many thanks for helping me out with various articles, most recently Sukhoi Su-35. I am very grateful for your effort, and I do hope we can get something out of this. Here, enjoy my home-made pie! Face-wink.svg Sp33dyphil "Ad astra" 23:37, 14 July 2011 (UTC)
CRM.png The Content Review Medal of Merit  
By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your devoted work on the WikiProject's Peer, A-Class and Featured Article reviews for the period Apr–Jun 2011, I am delighted to award you this Content Review Medal. AustralianRupert (talk) 09:03, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
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Thanks for helping me out with GANs and cleaning up some mistakes after myself. You truly deserve praise. Sp33dyphil "Ad astra" 11:22, 3 August 2011 (UTC)
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Thank you for helping make Wikipedia better. I don't have enough bandwidth to do much these days but I used to do so and I hang in there. Ex nihil (talk) 22:12, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Wiki-stripe1.svg The Military history reviewers' award
By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your devoted contributions to the WikiProject's Peer, A-Class and Featured article reviews for the period October–December 2011, I am delighted to award you the Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award. Buggie111 (talk) 17:11, 14 January 2012 (UTC)
Tireless Contributor Barnstar Hires.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For your endless efforts keeping pages up to snuff, cleaning up after other's edits, and just being the "Wiki-Janitor." You definitely deserve this; it's about time I give you this award! Compdude123 (talk) 04:54, 20 January 2012 (UTC)