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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 15, 2015 No Comments

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 15-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet, no. 15. 1945 – First flight of the North American F-82 Twin Mustang (prototype shown), the last American piston-engine fighter; it is based on the P-51 Mustang. 1946 – The U.S. Navy’s new Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, gives its first public performance [...]

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Airbus Medium Helo Makes First Flight

Jun 15, 2015 No Comments

Airbus Helicopters has completed the first flight of its H160 twin-engined medium helicopter. The company quietly passed the milestone on June 12, at its facility at Marseille’s Marignane Airport, and photos of the occasion appeared on social media websites on June 13. Airbus is yet to comment on details of the flight, which follows the beginning of ground [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 12, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Henry George “Hal” Crowe, Irish World War I flying ace, who served with the Royal Air Force until the end of World War II. 1929 – First flight of the Vickers Type 143, or Bolivian Scout, a British single-seat biplane fighter designed for Bolivia. 1931 – The 40-passenger Handley Page HP-42, a [...]

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Modernized An-2 Bipe Takes Flight

Jun 11, 2015 No Comments

A Siberian aerospace research center has achieved first flight of a highly modified Antonov An-2 biplane with redesigned, winglet-like braces and carbonfibre wing structures, Sukhoi announced on Wednesday. The Siberian Research Institute of Aviation (SIBNIA) produced the “light multipurpose aircraft” to demonstrate the aerodynamic and structural changes planned for an An-2 replacement, Sukhoi says. The aircraft involved in the flight [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 08, 2015 No Comments

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub (shown), Ukrainian World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1934 – First flight of the Ryan ST, an American two-seat, low-wing monoplane. 1944 – Off Normandy, a German Heinkel He 177 badly damages the USS Meredith, a U. S. Navy destroyer; it breaks in half and sinks the [...]

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France’s Top Ten Flyers

Jun 08, 2015 No Comments

To coincide with Dassault’s glitzy roll-out of the wide-body Falcon 5X business jet last week, and as the aerospace industry prepares to travel to Le Bourget for the Paris air show, Flightglobal’s Top 10 feature looks at some of the most significant and iconic French aircraft of the post-Second World War era. For photos and the complete story by [...]

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CAF Starts Fund for ‘That’s All, Brother’

Jun 05, 2015 No Comments

Story by the Commemorative Air Force The transport aircraft that led the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, more than 70 years ago has been rediscovered in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin. Believed lost to history, the airplane, a Douglas C-47, was slated to be cut apart and remanufactured as a modern turbo-prop. The Commemorative Air [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 04, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Gilbert Jean Uteau, French World War I flying ace. 1942 – The first live test of a nylon parchute is made by Adeline Gray at Brainard Field near Hartford, Conn. 1967 – Death of Zeus Soucek, record-setting U.S. Navy aviator. 1969 – Mexicana Flight 704, a Boeing 727, crashes on approach to [...]

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