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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Christian Frank Schilt, one of the first U.S. Marine Corps aviators who served in World War I, World War II and the Korean War. 1910 – Orville Wright begins training students in Montgomery, Ala., at a site that later becomes Maxwell Air Force Base. 1954 – First flight of the Auster [...]

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USAF Begins Training Sorties in Poland

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, began off-site aerial training for the first time since their arrival at Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group here, March 18. The training enhances interoperability, allowing pilots to take advantage of a unique opportunity to operate across the range [...]

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RCAF Brings Last Canadian Troops Home

Mar 19, 2014 No Comments

The Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III, escorted by two Boeing CF-18 Hornet fighter jets from 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec, Canada, circled gracefully and in perfect formation around the Department of National Defence’s headquarters building in Ottawa and then turned south towards the Ottawa airport. Onboard the Globemaster, which is operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 18, 2014 No Comments

1874 – Birth of Adolphe Aloys Marie Hubert duBois d’Aische, Belgian World War I flying ace. 1906 – Traian Vuia, Romanian inventor and aviation pioneer, flies his early own designed and built aircraft “Vuia 1″ about 40 feet at Montesson, France. This is the first well-documented unassisted takeoff and landing on a level surface by [...]

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Thai Military Radar May Show Malay Airliner

Mar 18, 2014 No Comments

New information from the Thai government bolsters the belief that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took a sharp westward turn after communication was lost. The Thai military was receiving normal flight path and communication data from the Boeing 777-200 on its planned March 8 route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing until 1:22 a.m., when it [...]

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News Chopper Crash Kills 2

Mar 18, 2014 No Comments

Two people were killed and one was critically injured when the KOMO News helicopter crashed and burned on takeoff Tuesday morning on Seattle’s Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle. Emergency personnel immediately rushed to the scene. Three vehicles were struck in the crash. Witnesses said a man could be seen running from [...]

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Flying Magazine’s Top 20 Airplanes

Mar 18, 2014 No Comments

We as pilots love airplane types. Most of us, in fact, have a favorite airplane, be it a Piper Cub or a Lockheed SR-71. There are plane types, and then there are planes. Specific planes. The history of aviation is punctuated with the arrival on the scene, sometimes very publicly and sometimes in top secret, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 17, 2014 No Comments

1871 – Birth of Carlo Piazza, early Italian aviator; he later flies the world’s first aerial reconnaissance mission in a Bleriot XI. 1924 – A quartet of Douglas World Cruisers, built for the U. S. Army Air Service, leave Santa Monica, Calif., on the first leg of a flight around the world. The DWC is a modified [...]

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