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On This Day in Aviation History

May 08, 2015 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Viktor von Pressentin von Rautter, German World War I fighter ace. 1919 – A U.S. Navy flying boat, NC-4, begins an Atlantic crossing, flying by short stages from Long Island, N.Y., to Lisbon, Portugal; it will arrive 19 days later on May 28. 1935 – American aviatrix Amelia Earhart makes a non-stop flight from Mexico City to Newark, N.J., in 14 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 07, 2015 No Comments

1915 – Birth of Hidaka Hatsuo, Japanese Russo-Japanese War and World War II flying ace. 1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace Alfred Clayburn Atkey and his observer, British fighter ace Charles George Gass, score five victories on a single mission with their Bristol F.2b. 1940 – A Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber of the [...]

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D.C. Warbird Flyover Taking Shape

May 07, 2015 No Comments

More than 50 World War II aircraft will fly in formation over restricted airspace in Washington Friday in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe. But if you look overhead in Manassas, Va., on Thursday, you can get a sneak preview. The planes and pilots, organized by the Arsenal of Democracy, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 05, 2015 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Charles Richard Fairey, English aircraft manufacturer. 1941 – Death of George Putnam Moody, early American air force pioneer; he is killed in the crash of a Beechcraft AT-10 Wichita, an advanced two-engine training aircraft, during testing. 1993 – Jet Airways, India’s second-largest airline, begin operations. 2005 – First flight of the Dassault Falcon 7X (shown), [...]

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Apache-Shadow Unit Headed Overseas

May 05, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Army’s first heavy attack reconnaissance squadron is busy training and preparing for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East this summer. The 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division became the first Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter unit to make this conversion and add AAI RQ-7 Shadow drones to its [...]

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Airbus Building Electric Plane Factory

May 01, 2015 No Comments

Airbus Group today announced plans to build a factory in southwest France where it will manufacture the E-Fan 2.0, a two-seat electric airplane that is due to hit the market about two and a half years from now. Airbus will break ground next year on the final assembly plant in the town of Pau near [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 29, 2015 No Comments

1918 – Flying a Nieuport 28 fighter, the top-scoring American ace of World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory by shooting down a German Pfalz D.III fighter near Baussant, France. 1945 – The Royal Air Force begins Operation Manna; an “airdrop” of 11,000 tons of food into the still-unliberated western part of the Netherlands, with the acquiescence of the [...]

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New Chinese Seaplane Nearing Completion

Apr 29, 2015 No Comments

China will be able to use its first domestically developed amphibious plane to enhance its operational capability at sea and safeguard its maritime interests, according to the aircraft’s chief designer. “The primary uses of the AG-600 will be forest fire control and maritime search and rescue,” Huang Lingcai told China Daily on Monday. “But it [...]

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