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747 Only for President as Jumbo Era Ends

Jun 04, 2014 No Comments

Boeing’s iconic 747 jumbo jet is gliding deeper into its twilight years, with a new Air Force One fleet offering the strongest sales prospect for a passenger model that no longer fits most airlines’ needs. Even as Boeing talks with Emirates about an order for the upgraded 747-8, the carrier played down the chances of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 03, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Igor Sikorsky makes a 12-second first flight in his Sikorsky S-2 (B.I.S.I or S-1 rebuilt), a biplane with a pusher engine. 1923 – Birth of Jean Dabos, French World War II fighter pilot, test pilot and aircraft designer. 1936 – Death of Godwin Brumowski, most successful fighter ace of the Austro-Hungarian Air Force [...]

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Serbian Air Force Falling Short of Mission

Jun 03, 2014 No Comments

During the recent floods, doubts appeared in public whether the Army of Serbia has enough capacity to fulfill its third constitutional mission to help the population during natural disasters, but the actual condition of the combat equipment raises the question of whether the Army of Serbia can perform its first duty – defense of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 02, 2014 No Comments

1849 – First air raid in history takes place when Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice. 1892 – Birth of Albert Desbrisay Carter, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1958 – First flight of the Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III (shown), a U.S. aircraft developed by Chance Vought as a successor to the [...]

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Montana Museum Gets Historic Bell 47

Jun 02, 2014 No Comments

Missoula’s aviation museum in Montana has itself a whirlybird. Maybe you’ve seen Bell 47 helicopters like this, on “M*A*S*H” reruns, if nowhere else. Ron Gipe has been on the inside looking out of their bubble cockpits for more than four decades, logging 30,000-plus hours in them and counting. “The best of the best,” a fellow pilot called [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 30, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Clive Wilson Warman, American World War I flying ace and sole American winner of the British Distinguished Service Order. 1942 – Launch of Operation Millennium, the first Allied 1,000-bomber raid; Cologne, Germany, is the target and is struck with 1,455 tons of explosives, two-thirds of which are incendiary. 1948 – First flight [...]

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Indianapolis Makes Up for Air Show Loss

May 30, 2014 No Comments

With the Indianapolis Air Show grounded after a 16-year run in Indiana, aviation enthusiasts have two airworthy substitutes to look up to over the next two weekends. An Indy fly-in this Saturday will feature hundreds of private pilots gathered at Indianapolis Regional Airport (formerly Mount Comfort Airport) in Hancock County. On June 7, the Commemorative Air [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 29, 2014 No Comments

1902 – Birth of Henri Guillaumet, French pioneer aviator. 1919 – Agustin Parla, the first Cuban pilot, performs the first commercial flight to the U.S. with a Curtiss flying boat named “Sunshine.” 1934 – Highland Airways commences the first regular airmail service within the UK, between Inverness and Kirkwall, with a de Havilland DH84 Dragon. [...]

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