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Off Midway Atoll, a Famous Flying Dud

Jan 02, 2013 1 Comment

In the generally upbeat annals of American military aviation, the plump, snub-nosed little fighter called the Brewster Buffalo stands out as a turkey. The plane had its day of ignominy in the epic Battle of Midway in June 1942, when 19 Marine pilots valiantly engaged Japanese Zeroes in dogfights above Midway Atoll, a strategic speck [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 02, 2013 No Comments

1914 – Frank A. Kappeler, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, was born in San Francisco. He was the navigator aboard one of the North American B-25 Mitchells used by the Doolittle Raiders to bomb Tokyo, Japan in 1942. 1918 - The U.K. forms its air ministry, appointing Lord Rothermere as secretary of state for [...]

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Airman Shows Skills as New F-22 Demo Pilot

Jan 02, 2013 1 Comment

The serenity of a sleepy, morning sky broke as a dark form rose from the ground and blotted out the sun. An F-22 Raptor maneuvered through the dawn, banking and rolling, rising and falling at impossible angles. Through the cockpit window, a faceless visor disguised the pilot’s exertion. He angled the Lockheed Martin jet into [...]

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Kenyan Airliner Returns to Sudan After Fire

Jan 02, 2013 No Comments

A Kenya Airways plane with 56 passengers on board made an emergency landing in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, after an engine caught fire, witnesses said on Wednesday. Nobody was hurt, but the incident on Tuesday night left passengers stranded in a country difficult for travel because credit cards do not work in Sudan due to [...]

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Two Airliners Damaged at Fort Lauderdale Airport

Jan 01, 2013 No Comments

Authorities say no one was injured when two airplanes got into a sort of fender-bender at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says a taxiing Spirit Airlines Airbus A-320 clipped a US Airways Airbus A-320 that was parked Monday night in a remote area away from the gate. Authorities say the left wing of [...]

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Boeing Becomes No. 1 Airplane Maker in ’12

Jan 01, 2013 No Comments

Boeing is ending 2012 on a high note. For the first time in a decade, the Seattle-based company is ending the year as the world’s No. 1 airplane manufacturer, outselling and delivering more jets than its closest competitor, the French company Airbus, the Seattle Times reports. Boeing’s tally for commercial jet deliveries this year is 585. It’s [...]

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Aviation Education Group to Give Away Cessna 172

Jan 01, 2013 No Comments

WinnAero, a non-profit aviation education group in Gilford, N.H., is giving away a 1966 Cessna 172G four-place aircraft plus $1,200 in cash during the group’s fundraiser raffle drawing at the Laconia Airport Terminal this Saturday.  The ceremony will start at noon with the actual drawing at 1 p.m. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Bob Fortnam of [...]

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Four Survive Chopper Crash in Brazil

Dec 30, 2012 No Comments

Four people have survived a helicopter crash after the aircraft plunged into the ocean off Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach on Saturday. Amateur video captured the fire department helicopter splash-down after it suddenly lost altitude and dipped into the waves while trying to rescue a stranded swimmer. The footage shows the helicopter being submerged by [...]

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