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The Latest on ‘Columbine II’ Resto Efforts

Feb 20, 2015 No Comments

Recently, there was quite the buzz on the internet about the possible return to flight of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential transport, the Lockheed C-121A Constellation known to the world as “Columbine II.” News reports stated that Dynamic Aviation, a global aeronautics solutions company based in Bridgewater, Va., is evaluating “Columbine II” with the hopes that they can return [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Edmond Eugene Henri Caillaux, French World War I flying ace. 1941 – First flight of the Grumman XP-50 (shown), American twin-engine fighter prototype; it is the land-based development of the shipboard F5F-1 Skyrocket. 1957 – After 12 years of production, Douglas delivers the last of 3,180 AD Skyraiders to the Navy. 1958 [...]

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Stratolaunch Aircraft Nearly Half Done

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s dream to build the world’s largest airplane based on the remains of two used Boeing 747s is 40 percent complete. Scaled Composites President Kevin Mickey confirmed the progress in an email Tuesday from that company’s headquarters in Mojave, Calif., where the aircraft is being built. The aircraft is the centerpiece of Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems company, which is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 17, 2015 No Comments

1909 – Birth of Gerald “Gerry” Bell (shown), Royal Canadian Air Force pilot during World War II and Canada’s first African-Canadian airman. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale in the German state of Jutland. 1930 – First flight of the Farman F-301, a French tri-engine airliner; it is the production version of [...]

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Rafales Notch First Export Sale

Feb 17, 2015 No Comments

Thales has confirmed that Egypt has ordered 24 Dassault Rafale multirole aircraft, following a selection announcement for an undisclosed number of the type on February 12. Dassault had previously announced that the aircraft had been selected by Cairo, but an order was not specifically announced, and nor was the number of required aircraft disclosed. This will mark the first export [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 16, 2015 No Comments

1912 – Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his airplane with his feet and knees. 1922 – Birth of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, German Luftwaffe night fighter pilot and highest-scoring (121) night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. 1962 – Death of Radul Milkov Mikhailov, Bulgarian World War [...]

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Army Unit Says Farewell to OH-58s

Feb 16, 2015 No Comments

It’s the end of the flightline for a U. S. Army scout helicopter that’s flown out of Hawaii’s Wheeler Army Airfield for at least 15 years. The 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, flew its 25 Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam last week as the Army continues its divestiture of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 11, 2015 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Lewis Hector “Hec” Ray, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1905 – Arthur Charles Hubert Latham accompanies his cousin, balloonist Jacques Faure, on a night crossing of the English Channel (from London to Paris) in a gas balloon. 1932 – First flight of the Couzinet 70, a French three-engined commercial monoplane. 1944 – A Wellington [...]

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