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Harvards, Snowbirds Headline Canadian Air Show

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

David Martin learned to fly in the mid-1960s as a member of the South African Air Force, and one of the first planes he guided was a Harvard. Built by North American, Harvards were legendary ­training planes, and decades later the so-called “yellow birds” still awe Martin, 64. He still flies them as a member of [...]

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Mechanical Woes Divert Third United 787

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was diverted due to a mechanical problem, the third such incident for Dreamliners in six days. United Flight 94 was on its way to Denver early Sunday when it was forced to fly back to the Houston airport where the flight had originated, United Airlines said. The cause: an issue [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Bogart Rogers, American World War I flying ace, movie producer and writer. 1916 – Argentinian Angel María Zuloaga crosses the Andes with the balloon “Newbery Eduardo” from Santiago du Chili to Uspallata. 1927 – First flight of the Polikarpov Po-2 (also known as the U-2 and shown above), a general-purpose Soviet biplane used for a variety of [...]

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V-22 Ospreys Head to UK

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

The UK is among the countries that have been briefed on the V-22 as its maker, Bell Boeing, embarks on an export drive of the innovative aircraft that can transform from a plane into a helicopter. Also known as the Osprey, it has completed flight testing from a UK ship. A squadron of the U.S. aircraft [...]

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Skunk Works: 70 Years of Cutting-Edge Aircraft

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

Think aerodynamics in the animal world, and your mind may turn to the barn swallow and the peregrine falcon, the shark, and the sailfish, perhaps the greyhound. You probably won’t conjure up the image of the zaftig, waddling skunk. But think aerodynamic designs from hands and minds of humankind, and you can’t help but turn [...]

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Pilot, Wingwalker Killed During Air Show

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

A stunt pilot and a wing-walking performer were killed in a fiery crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday in Ohio. The pair was identified as Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker on the “Jane Wicker Air Shows” official Facebook page. “It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing [...]

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South American Air Force Chief Dies in Crash

Jun 22, 2013 No Comments

The head of Nicaragua’s air force is among 10 people killed when their helicopter crashed near Lake Managua. The Nicaraguan army said in a statement Friday that air force Chief of Staff Col. Manuel Lopez was traveling with nine other top air force officials, including the chief of intelligence and counter-intelligence, when their helicopter, a [...]

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FedEx and Those 727s

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

By now, everyone who follows the commercial aviation industry in the U.S. (or reads FlightJournal.com on a regular basis) undoubtedly knows what FedEx has been doing with its out-of-service Boeing 727s. In case you haven’t heard, the Memphis, Tenn.-based company that revolutionized air and ground express delivery is donating the jets to aviation schools, colleges and [...]

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