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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 19, 2014 No Comments

1902 – The first flight over London is made by Stanley Spencer in his airship “Mellin,” a 75-foot-long dirigible powered by a 3-hp water-cooled engine; he makes a trip of 30 miles. 1924 – First flight of the Junkers G 24 (shown), a German three-engine, all-metal, low-wing passenger plane. 1925 – Birth of Masajiro “Mike” [...]

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IAF Gifts Dakota to Bangladesh

Sep 19, 2014 No Comments

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has gifted a Dakota aircraft from its museum to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) following a formal request. This is also to further strengthen historical ties between neighbours, the IAF said in a media release on Thursday. Air Marshal SS Soman, air officer commanding-in-chief Western Air Command, handed over the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 18, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Hubert Cecil Hunt, British World War I flying ace. 1928 – Juan de la Cierva makes the first rotorcraft crossing of the English Channel with his autogyro Cierva C.8L, from Croydon, England, to Le Bourget, France. 1948 – First flight of the Convair XF-92, the first American delta-wing prototype jet aircraft [...]

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Fix for JSF Engines Could Revive Test Fleet

Sep 18, 2014 No Comments

Retrofitting a fix to the F135 propulsion systems in the 21-aircraft-strong Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II test fleet could begin in November and be complete as soon as early next year, according to Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt & Whitney military engines. This would finally get the program back into a solid pace of flight testing, which has been [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 17, 2014 No Comments

1901 – Birth of Sir Francis Charles Chichester, British aviator and sailor. 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, scores his first victory, with an Albatros D.II over a Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b over Cambrai, France. 1941 – First operational sortie by a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is made by a [...]

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Airbus Beluga Turns 20

Sep 17, 2014 No Comments

Airbus’ distinctive “Beluga” aircraft made its first flight 20 years ago this past weekend. The Airbus A300-600ST, a transport aircraft often referred to as “the Beluga” for its uncanny resemblance to the whale of the same name, made its first-ever flight on Sept. 13, 1994. The aircraft, dubbed by at least one media outlet as “the world’s strangest-looking airplane,” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments

1910 – In her homemade flyer at Hempstead Plains, N.Y., Bessica Medlar Raiche makes the first solo airplane flight by a woman in the U.S. to be accredited by the Aeronautical Society of America. 1932 – Cyril Frank Uwins set a world altitude record when he reaches a height of 43,976 feet in a modified [...]

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USAF Plans Major Step in LRS-B Program

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force plans to award a contract to build its new bomber to a single vendor by next spring or summer as part of its ongoing effort to engineer a stealthy long range bomber that can evade advanced air defenses, service leaders said Sept. 15 at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference at [...]

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