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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments

1935 – Wiley Post, the first pilot to fly solo around the world, and his passenger Will Rogers are killed in a crash in Alaska. 1959 – Birth of Scott Douglas “Scooter” Altman, U.S. Navy test pilot and NASA astronaut; he also “flipped off” a Soviet pilot in the movie “Top Gun.” 1976 – Death of Norman MacMillan, Scottish World [...]

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Marines to Retire Huey Novembers

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Marine Corps will say goodbye to a long-serving utility helicopter type in September as it retires its last UN-1N Iroquois, almost universally known as the “Huey,” after 43 years of service. The UH-1N is being replaced by the UH-1Y Venom, a highly upgraded version of the UH-1N. The last UH-1Ns, built by Bell [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 04, 2014 No Comments

1840 – A hot air balloon took to the air for the first time in Canada when the “Star of the East,” piloted by American aeronaut Louis Anselm Lauriat, rose into the sky over Saint John, New Brunswick. 1914 – The United Kingdom enters World War I, declaring war on Germany. 1943 – Death of Augustus [...]

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RC-135 Avoids Russian Jet, Flies To Sweden

Aug 04, 2014 No Comments

The Cold War aerial games of chicken portrayed in the movie “Top Gun” are happening in real life again nearly 30 years later. A U.S. Air Force spy plane evaded an encounter with the Russian military on July 18, just a day after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed by a suspected surface-to-air missile that [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 01, 2014 No Comments

1872 – Birth of George Augustine Taylor, Australian artist, journalist, and aviation pioneer; he becomes the first person in Australia to fly in a heavier-than-air craft. 1915 – Lt. Max Immelmann (shown) shoots down his first aircraft, a Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c, with his Fokker E.I; it is the beginning of his career as an [...]

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10 Reasons Oshkosh 2014 Rocks

Aug 01, 2014 No Comments

With two-thirds of AirVenture 2014 in the books, this year’s Oshkosh cavalcade of aviation goodness is inarguably the best that we’ve seen in many, many years. The economic signs are good. Many companies have reported improving sales, and in some cases those improvements are dramatic. That’s not all, either. This gathering has been host to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 30, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Roderic Stanley “Bréguet” Dallas, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1910 – First flight of the Bristol Boxkite (replica shown), the first aircraft produced by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Co. (later known as the Bristol Aeroplane Co.). 1924 – Two Japanese airmen, Yukichi Goto and flight engineer Minezo Yonezawo, return to Osaka after completing the [...]

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A-10 Slated for Weather Duty

Jul 30, 2014 No Comments

Oklahoma’s Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport is playing host to a very special aircraft. Right now it’s a fighter jet, but it’s being modified to do something very different. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a fighter jet currently used in places like Afghanistan and Kuwait. However, the one sitting in Guthrie is training to be a storm chaser. [...]

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