Airbus Building Electric Plane Factory

May 01, 2015 No Comments by

Airbus Group today announced plans to build a factory in southwest France where it will manufacture the E-Fan 2.0, a two-seat electric airplane that is due to hit the market about two and a half years from now. Airbus will break ground next year on the final assembly plant in the town of Pau near [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 29, 2015 No Comments by

1918 – Flying a Nieuport 28 fighter, the top-scoring American ace of World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory by shooting down a German Pfalz D.III fighter near Baussant, France. 1945 – The Royal Air Force begins Operation Manna; an “airdrop” of 11,000 tons of food into the still-unliberated western part of the Netherlands, with the acquiescence of the [...]

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New Chinese Seaplane Nearing Completion

Apr 29, 2015 No Comments by

China will be able to use its first domestically developed amphibious plane to enhance its operational capability at sea and safeguard its maritime interests, according to the aircraft’s chief designer. “The primary uses of the AG-600 will be forest fire control and maritime search and rescue,” Huang Lingcai told China Daily on Monday. “But it [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 28, 2015 No Comments by

1919 – Death of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace, killed in the crash of his Bristol F.2. 1933 – First flight of the Fiat CR.32 (shown), Italian biplane fighter used in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. 1947 – A Trans-Canada Air Lines Lockheed 18-08A Lodestar crashes on [...]

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Resto Team Prepping Second Bobcat

Apr 28, 2015 No Comments by

“If you’re going to go through all the trouble of fixing up an airplane…let it fly!” So says Jack Kosko, the leader of his team of volunteer aircraft restorers, sometimes referred to as “Kosko’s Krew” or the “Fawn Grove Crew.” And Jack Kosko has certainly lived up to his words. Tucked away in a hangar [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 27, 2015 No Comments by

1897 – Birth of Elsa Andersson, Sweden’s first female aviator and stunt parachutist. 1910 – Frenchman Louis Paulhan takes off his Farman III in the London to Manchester air race, marking the first long-distance aeroplane race in England, the first take-off of a heavier-than-air machine at night, and the first powered flight into Manchester from [...]

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Graceland to Keep Jets

Apr 26, 2015 No Comments

The Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II aren’t going anywhere. After a nearly year-long fracas over the future of Elvis’ old airplanes left The King’s fans all shook up, Graceland officials in Memphis, Tenn., announced Sunday that they were buying the planes. And that the jets would stay right where they are. Lisa Marie [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 24, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of René Leduc, French engineer and aircraft designer who becomes acclaimed for his work on ramjets. 1917 – Lt. Col. William “Billy” Mitchell becomes the first U. S. Army officer to fly over German lines. 1946 – First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-15 (shown), a first-generation Soviet turbojet fighter. 1984 – Death of Philip Fletcher Fullard, British World War I [...]

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