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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Adriano Bacula, World War I Italian pilot; he later became a test pilot for Savoia-Marchetti. 1913 – The 1st Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army Signal Corps is formed; it remains the U.S. military’s oldest flying unit (now known as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron). 1928 – Wilmer Stultz, O. Le Boutilier, and Mabel [...]

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Fantasy of Flight Closes, Changes Mission

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

The Polk County aviation attraction whose iconic DC-3 aircraft has been a landmark for Interstate 4 motorists since 1998 — particularly when it was displayed nose-down as if it had crash-landed — will close to the pubic after April 6, but continue to stage private events. Fantasy of Flight, which opened in 1995, is preparing [...]

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Boeing MSA Demo Makes First Flight

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness, an important milestone toward providing a low-risk and cost-effective maritime surveillance solution designed for search and rescue, anti-piracy patrols and coastal and border security. Boeing teammate Field Aviation conducted the successful testing during a four-hour flight on Feb. 28 from Toronto’s [...]

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Republic of China to Get More Apaches

Mar 04, 2014 No Comments

A new batch of Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters bought from the U.S are scheduled to arrive in Taiwan later this month, the R.O.C. Army said yesterday. The latest batch of six choppers is expected to arrive at Kaohsiung Harbor on March 17, an Army source told the Central News Agency yesterday. Army pilots will be [...]

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Bombardier Adds Third CSeries Test Plane

Mar 04, 2014 No Comments

Bombardier has achieved the first flight of the third CSeries airliner flight test vehicle on Monday. The take-off of FTV-3 from Bombardier’s factory in Mirabel, Canada, comes two months after FTV-2 joined the flight test programme and nearly six months after first flight of FTV-1. Two more aircraft assigned to the 110-seat CS100 variant are scheduled to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 03, 2014 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Josef Mai, German World War I fighter ace and World War II flight instructor. 1911 – U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin D. Foulois, navigating a course with Phillip Parmelee at the controls of a Wright Type B on loan from Robert F. Collier, makes the first official military reconnaissance flight while looking [...]

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TICO Airshow to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

Mar 03, 2014 No Comments

The Valiant Air Command will host the 37th Annual TICO Warbird Airshow next weekend in Titusville, Fla. This year’s program, to be held March 14-16, will be a special tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and the missions they flew in their “Red Tail” North American P-51 Mustangs protecting U.S. bombers in Europe during World War II. Loaded [...]

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Ohio Group Assembling B-17

Mar 03, 2014 No Comments

They got one part for the World War II-era bomber from under an elderly woman’s porch in the next town, and another was bought from someone who had it hanging in a bar in Colorado. One chunk was a prop in a 1960s TV show, and the tail section was salvaged from a wreck deep [...]

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