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Ex-Red Bull Pilot Killed in Crash

Dec 06, 2015 No Comments

The pilot killed in a Apple Valley, Calif., plane crash has been identified as 60-year-old Michael ”Mike” Mangold, a world-famous aerobatics champion for Red Bull and resident of Victorville. The crash occurred today at about 2:20 P.M., according to the Apple Valley Fire Protection District. The aircraft is described as an Aero L-39 Albatros. Witnesses say, that [...]

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Transport Canada Grounds Buffalo Airways

Dec 04, 2015 No Comments

Transport Canada has grounded Buffalo Airways, the Northwest Territories airline made famous for the past six seasons on TV’s “Ice Pilots: NWT.” In a press release, the regulator said it is suspending Buffalo Airways’ operating certificate because of its “poor safety record.” The suspension took effect Monday at 11:59 p.m. “The department will not allow [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 04, 2015 No Comments

1908 – Englishman John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon (later Lord Tara of Brabazon) makes a flight of 1,350 feet in a Voisin biplane at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France. 1938 – First flight of the Miles M.18 (Mk.2 model shown), a British single-engine, low-winged monoplane. 1952 – Birth of Ronald “Ron” Michael Sega, American engineer, U.S. Air Force [...]

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Kansas Museum Debuts Rare Stearman

Dec 03, 2015 No Comments

On the second floor of the Kansas Aviation Museum’s west wing sits the world’s newest restored Stearman Model 4D. Forty of the planes were built in Wichita from 1929 through 1931, and only 14 still exist. This one was built in 1931 and sold to Texaco. On Tuesday night, the “Texaco 11” was scheduled to be [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 03, 2015 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Jerry Cox Vasconcells, American World War I flying ace and commercial pilot. 1968 – First flight of the Anahuac Tauro (shown), a Mexican agricultural low-wing monoplane. 1972 – Death of Friedrich Christiansen, German World War I seaplane fighter ace. 1995 – Cameroon Airlines Flight 3701, the Boeing 737-200 “Nyong,” crashes after losing control on its second [...]

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Chinese Research Plane Reaches South Pole

Dec 02, 2015 No Comments

Following the icebreaker “Xuelong” and the all-terrain vehicle of the same name, China has for the first time sent a fixed-wing aircraft to the South Pole. The “Xueying,” a Basler BT-67 conversion of a Douglas DC-3, will be tested in the next few days. According to the State Marine Office, China’s first polar fixed-wing aircraft, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 01, 2015 No Comments

  1898 – Birth of Indra Lal Roy, first Indian World War I flying ace. 1943 – More than 100 Junkers Ju 88 bombers of the Luftwaffe bombs the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinking numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard [...]

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Ex-Army Ute Arrives in Florida

Dec 01, 2015 No Comments

WarbirdsNews recently reported on progress with the 138th Aviation Company Memorial in Florida and their efforts to create a fitting monument to the service and sacrifice of the men and women of their unit from the Viet Nam War through the Gulf War. Two weeks ago, they transported a former U.S. Army Beech RU-21A Ute from the donor, Dynamic Aviation in [...]

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