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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 22, 2016 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Joseph Marie Le Brix, French raid aviator. 1932 – During the Shanghai Incident, three Imperial Japanese Navy Nakajima A1N2 fighters from the aircraft carrier Kaga score the first air-to-air kill in Japanese history, shooting down a Nationalist Chinese Boeing fighter piloted by an American volunteer. 1954 – First flight of the Convair R3Y Tradewind [...]

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Italian Bird Dog Back in the Air

Feb 22, 2016 No Comments

A former Italian Army Cessna O-1E Bird Dog took off on her first post-restoration flight into the crisp winter skies over Montagnana airfield near Padova, in northeastern Italy, earlier this month after a thorough rebuild by owner Andrea Rossetto. Save for a minor radio problem, the initial sortie was a complete success. Vintage military aircraft are rare on the Italian civil [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 18, 2016 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II. 1923 – The Canadian Air Force is granted the prefix “Royal.” 1933 – First flight of the Vultee V-1 (shown), an  American single-engined airliner. 1942 – The “Pearl Harbor of Australia” takes place when nearly 250 [...]

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First 727 to Make Last Flight

Feb 17, 2016 No Comments

With the flick of a switch it’s alive once again. “Still doing its thing,” said former Boeing engineer Bob Bogash. In 1963, this Boeing 727 prototype set the stage for a new age of air travel. ”We built 1832 of them, and this is the very first airplane,” Bogash said. It was retired after three decades of service [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 16, 2016 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Ronald Cory Berlyn, British World War I flying ace. 1912 – Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his Wright Flyer Model B  with his feet and knees. 1944 – First flight of the Curtiss SC Seahawk (SC-1 shown), an American scout seaplane. 1962 – [...]

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New Film Chronicles Secret WWII Training

Feb 16, 2016 No Comments

Heroes on Deck, a one-hour documentary featuring secret World War II pilot training missions on Lake Michigan, will have its world premiere today in Kalamazoo, Mich. The film, written, executive produced, and directed by Emmy Award-winning and Kalamazoo College alumnus John Davies, will show at 7 p.m., in Dalton Theatre in the Light Fine Arts Building, 1140 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 10, 2016 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh, British Royal Air Force officer who commanded British air operations during Operation Torch; he also was a World War I Royal Naval Air Service pilot. 1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout breaks the record for the first all-night flight by a woman as well as sets [...]

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Frigate Ecojet to Stun Single-Aisle Market

Feb 10, 2016 No Comments

The design and manufacture of large commercial aircraft is one of the world’s most challenging industries. Two aviation giants dominate the field: U.S.-based Boeing and European consortium Airbus. So can a Russian upstart succeed in its goal of redefining the market with a new aircraft concept whose unique characteristics place it in a category of its [...]

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