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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 22, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Douglas Corrigan, an American pilot later known as “Wrong Way” for his New York-Ireland flight in a Curtiss Robin, is born. 1926 – Spanish Dornier Do J Wal flying boat “Plus Ultra” takes off from Palos de la Frontera, in Huelva, Spain, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the first trans-Atlantic flight between Spain and South America. 1943 – Death [...]

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94-year-old WWII Vet Flies P-51 Mustang

Jan 21, 2013 1 Comment

At 94, Urban Rahoi is still flying airplanes, and he doesn’t plan to quit anytime soon. Rahoi’s latest exploit is piloting a P-51 Mustang, a World War II fighter plane he never had the chance to fly while serving as an Army Air Corps pilot during the war. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Rahoi [...]

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Gladiators Soar in F/A-18 Super Hornets

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

No doubt you’ve seen them overhead. Or, at the very least, heard them. U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-106, also known as the Gladiators, are busy right now training the best fighter pilots of the Navy and Marines for war. Facing the Gladiators in the air is one of the last training regimes in a pipeline of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

1903 – Birth of Maximilien “Max” Conrad, known as the “Flying Grandfather”, American record-setting aviator. 1911 – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Ward Beck sends the first wireless-telephonic message from an airplane, a Wright biplane flying over Selfridge Field northeast of Detroit, Mich. 1930 – First complete airport lighting system online at Calgary Municipal Airport in Refrew, Alta., [...]

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F-35Bs Grounded After Fueldraulic Failure

Jan 18, 2013 No Comments

The Defense Department office in charge of the Joint Strike Fighter suspended flight operations on the F-35B (STOVL) variant Friday for precautionary reasons after a problem was discovered with the fueldraulic system in the jet, officials confirmed for Defense News. All STOVL variant aircraft operating at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Marine Air Station Yuma, [...]

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Archaeologists: No Spitfires Buried in Burma

Jan 18, 2013 No Comments

Archaeologists hunting for World War II Spitfires in Burma believe there are no planes buried at the sites where they have been digging, the BBC understands. The archaeologists have concluded that evidence does not support the original claim that as many as 124 Spitfires were buried at the end of the war, the BBC’s Fergal Keane [...]

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American Airlines Unveils New Logo, Look

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

American Airlines revealed its new logo and plane concept on Thursday morning. “With the inaugural flight of the Boeing 777-300ER just weeks away and nearly 60 new aircraft coming this year, now is the time to unveil the new, more modern look,” the Fort Worth-based company said in a media advisory. Photos of the new logo [...]

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Stunt Pilot Fred Cabanas Dies in Mexico Plane Crash

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

Key West stunt pilot Fred Cabanas, who has entertained hundreds of thousands of people around the world with his daredevil aerobatics at air shows, died Tuesday in an aviation accident near Cozumel, Mexico, according to a report from a Spanish website El Comercio.com. He was 60. Passenger Jorge Lopez Vives, host of an extreme sports [...]

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