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Patriots Jet Team Headline Oregon Air Show

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

Organizers made sure that the 2013 Oregon International Air Show would be known for what appeared in the sky above Hillsboro Airport, more than what didn’t appear. Sequestration, otherwise known as federal budget cuts, forced the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to cancel their scheduled appearance, but the air show quickly added the Patriots Jet Team, a [...]

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Thunderbirds Return to Skies Over Vegas

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

Next week, Las Vegans will be the first to catch a glimpse of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird aircraft up in the sky for the first time since April 5, when the precision flying team stood down for lack of money. The Thunderbirds expect to take to the air again, starting Monday, for a limited [...]

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Berlin Airlift Pilot Recalls Missions

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

During the Berlin Airlift, one U.S. pilot threw candy from his aeroplane for the kids in West Berlin. Since then, children have honored him for his work. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle met the Candy Bomber. In the summer of 1948, the young American pilot, Gail S. Halvorsen, ran across the landing strip at Tempelhof airport in West [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Edwin Harris Dunning, who later flies for Britain’s Royal Naval Air Service and becomes the first pilot to land an aircraft on a moving ship. 1914 – First flight of the Vickers F.B.5 (Fighting Biplane 5 and known as the “Gunbus”), a British two-seat, World War I military biplane. It is the first aircraft purpose-built for [...]

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Women Pilots Stand Out at Texas College

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

Cara Martinez is used to the stunned reaction from strangers who learn that she is working to earn her flight wings. “You get the same face, when someone mentions that you’re (studying to be) a pilot, and they go, ‘Oh, really?’ ” said Martinez, an aircraft pilot training student at Texas State Technical College in Waco. Her [...]

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Electric Kit Plane Gets German Certification

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

The German government has given the nod to what appears to be the first certification of an all-electric airplane, the eSpyder. While the certification was completed last February, the announcement was just recently made. The eSpyder is an ultralight design with a single-seat cockpit held up by a fuselage boom onto which the small electric [...]

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Lark of Duluth Replica Crashes

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

A rough landing in the harbor off Park Point in Duluth, Minn., yesterday severely damaged a replica of a Benoist XIV flying boat that has generated a lot of buzz in the area. But officials say it was the best-case scenario because no one was hurt. “In the words of the pilot, he said we had [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 16, 2013 No Comments

1911 – The LZ 10 Schwaben, a German rigid airship, enters commercial service; it will go on to become the first commercially successful passenger aircraft. 1918 – Awdry Morris “Bunny” Vaucour, British World War I flying ace, dies in a “friendly fire” incident when an Italian Hanriot pilot shot down Vaucour’s Sopwith Camel. 1923 – Birth of Ralph Dayton Albertazzie, U.S. Air [...]

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