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JAL 787 Grounded by Battery Woes

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

A Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787 Dreamliner remained grounded at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Wednesday as regulators demanded checks to see if the aircraft was fit to fly, a day after white smoke vented from the plane and a battery cell showed signs of melting. The incident comes a year after JAL and ANA Holdings grounded their Dreamliner fleets [...]

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Ohio Aviation Museum Two Showcases in One

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

Liberty Aviation Museum, located in picturesque Port Clinton, Ohio, is actually two museums in one. As you walk into the gallery, you are struck by telling two stories. As you enter the main gallery, traditional World War II items are on display. Anything from flight suits to instrument panels and even a piece of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

1906 – First air exhibition of the Aero Club of America opens for eight days in the U.S. Army’s 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in New York City. 1917 – Capt. C.F. Collet of the Royal Flying Corps becomes the first British service flyer to make parachute jump when he uses a Calthrop “Guardian Angel” parachute [...]

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Avro Anson Found After 1942 Disappearance

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

The wreckage of a military plane that disappeared after taking off from an air force base near Victoria, B.C., Canada in 1942 has been discovered near Lake Cowichan. “It’s still early in the investigation but we have identified the plane,” said Laurel Clegg, a forensic anthropologist with the Department of National Defence. She and her [...]

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Southwest Flight Lands at Wrong Airport

Jan 13, 2014 No Comments

For passenger Hunter Poole, the landing of Southwest Airlines flight 4013 was “crazy.” The jet, carrying 124 passengers, landed at the wrong airport in Branson, Mo., Sunday, seven miles away, on a runway about half the size of the intended destination. A steep drop-off lurked beyond the Taney County Airport runway. ”[It was] very shocking when we exited the plane [...]

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StarShipTwo Continues Supersonic Tests

Jan 10, 2014 No Comments

Virgin Galactic continues to test its SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave desert in preparation for flights from New Mexico’s Spaceport America, which are likely to happen later this year. On Friday, the company completed its third rocket-powered supersonic flight of the ship over the Mojave. All of Virgin’s test objectives were successfully completed, the company said in a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 09, 2014 No Comments

1793 – The first balloon flight in North America is made by Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard, ascending from Philadelphia, Pa., and landing in Deptford, Gloucester County, N.J. 1900 – Birth of Richard Halliburton, American traveler, adventurer, and author; he would later fly around the world (Flying Carpet Expedition) in a Stearman C-3B. 1918 – Death of Max Ritter [...]

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On the Spitfire Mystique

Jan 09, 2014 No Comments

When Hermann Goring, head of the Luftwaffe, the German air force, met some senior officers during the Battle of Britain, he asked if there was anything he could give them to improve the Luftwaffe’s performance. Adolf Galland, Germany’s leading fighter pilot of the Second World War, answered: “Give me a squadron of Spitfires.” Nothing sums [...]

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