On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 28, 2016 No Comments by

1895 – Birth of William Tinsley, British World War I flying ace. 1919 – Leslie Leroy Irvin makes the first free-fall parachute jump in the U.S. at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, from an Air Service DH-9. The parachute was designed by pilot James Floyd Smith. 1947 – A Trans-Canada Air Lines Lockheed Model 18 Lodestar [...]

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Historic Boeing Airliner Makes Final Flight

Apr 27, 2016 No Comments by

With the final flight of the oldest flyable twin-engine Boeing airliner, the world has witnessed a little bit of aviation history. Pilots Mike Carriker and Chad Lundy wrote the final chapter Tuesday in the story of Boeing’s 247D.  They touched down for a smooth landing at Boeing Field outside Seattle’s Museum of Flight in Washington. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 26, 2016 No Comments by

1899 – Birth of George Edgar Bruce Lawson, South African World War I flying ace. 1942 – First flight of the North American XB-28 (shown), an American medium bomber prototype. 1971 – Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird 61-7968, crewed by U.S. Air Force Majors Thomas B. Estes and Dewain C. Vick, flies over 15,000 miles in just [...]

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Airbus Delivers First US-Built A321

Apr 25, 2016 No Comments by

Airbus has delivered the first US-assembled Airbus A320 family aircraft to JetBlue Airways. The A321, named “BluesMobile,” was handed over today to the New York-based carrier in a ceremony at Airbus’ A320 family manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala. Airbus chief operating officer customers John Leahy says the milestone fulfills an important ambition of the airframer, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 25, 2016 No Comments by

1917 – Death of Sebastian Festner, German World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Albatros D.III. 1955 – First flight of the FFA P-16 (shown), a Swiss ground attack jet fighter. 1961 – Birth of Frank, Viscount De Winne, Belgian Air Component officer and European Space Agency astronaut. 1978 – The Aerospatiale [...]

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After Delay, Solar Impulse 2 Crosses Pacific

Apr 24, 2016 No Comments by

An experimental plane flying around the world without a single drop of fuel landed in California after a two-and-a-half day flight across the Pacific. Piloted by Swiss explorer and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Mountain View just before midnight on Sunday. “It’s a new era. It’s not science fiction. It’s today,” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 22, 2016 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Karl Deilmann, German World War I flying ace and industrialist. 1934 – Death of William “Bill” Thaw, II, American World War I flying ace. 1939 – First flight of the Aeronautica Umbra Trojani AUT.18, an Italian prototype fighter. 1948 – Introduction into service with the U.S. Air Force of the North [...]

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Work Begins on Japanese ‘Kate’

Apr 20, 2016 No Comments

The Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber was the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy and was considered the most effective aircraft of its kind at the beginning of World War II. She caused most of the battleship damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. Seventy-five years later, the Type 97 Carrier Torpedo [...]

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