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On This Day in Aviation History

May 22, 2014 No Comments

1931 – First flight of the Berliner-Joyce XFJ (shown), a U.S. prototype carrier-based biplane fighter. 1930 – Death of Alfred William Saunders, Irish World War I fighter ace, in the crash of his de Havilland Gipsy Moth in Auckland, New Zealand. 1957 – A U.S. Air Force Convair B-36J Peacemaker, ferrying a Mark 17 nuclear bomb from Biggs AFB, Texas to [...]

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Latest Earhart Prepares for World Voyage

May 22, 2014 No Comments

Contemporary aviatrix Amelia Rose Earhart stopped at EBACE 2014, the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, this week in Switzerland, one month before she takes off from Oakland, Calif., on The Amelia Project, attempting an aerial circumnavigation of the earth that her namesake never completed. Unlike her namesake, she will be flying a modern Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop equipped with [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 20, 2014 No Comments

1909 – French Paul Tissandier sets the first world airspeed record with a Wright biplane by achieving 34 mph. 1925 – Birth of Alexei Andreyevich Tupolev (son of famed Soviet aircraft pioneer, Andrei Tupolev), Soviet aircraft designer who led the development of the first supersonic passenger jet, the failed Tupolev Tu-144; he also helped design [...]

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Honda Unveils Production Version of Biz Jet

May 20, 2014 No Comments

The HondaJet aircraft remains on pace for its long-awaited debut in the first quarter, with Honda Aircraft Co. revealing its first production model on Monday. The company announced several achievements and milestones for the jet at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. HondaJet is a light business jet designed to carry [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 19, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Oswald Boelcke, German World War I German flying ace and one of the most influential patrol leaders and tacticians during the early years of air combat. 1918 – South African World War I fighter ace Andrew Frederick Weatherby “Proccy” Beauchamp-Proctor scores five victories with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. 1924 – The first aerial [...]

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Laos An-74 Crash Kills Officials, Others

May 19, 2014 No Comments

A Lao air force Antonov An-74 TK-300 crashed while on final approach to Laos’s Xieng Khoang Airport on Saturday. Media reports indicate that all 20 passengers and crew died in the crash. A statement by the official Lao News Agency confirmed that four high-ranking officials were among the casualties, including the nation’s deputy prime minister, who was [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 16, 2014 No Comments

1918 – The Imperial German Navy recommissions the light cruiser Stuttgart after her conversion into a seaplane carrier; she is the only German seagoing aviation ship capable of working with the fleet commissioned during either world war. 1923 – Birth of Lars Paul Erich Hattinen, Finnish World War II flying ace and airline pilot. 1957 – [...]

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Ukraine Under Fire for UN-Painted Mi-24s

May 16, 2014 No Comments

The United Nations expressed concern Wednesday over footage purporting to show Ukrainian troops using a helicopter painted with the organization’s colors and insignia. Russian news website Life News reported that three U.N.-painted Mil Mi-24 combat helicopters and one Mi-8 transport helicopter had been spotted assisting government troops in eastern Ukraine. The footage could not be independently [...]

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