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Kansas Mechanics Rebuild Electra 10A

Mar 29, 2015 No Comments

Mechanics from Wichita Air Services at the Newton City/County airport put pieces of history back together, restoring a classic 1930s airplane. The plane “went through a lot of owners,” Don Stancer, lead mechanic at Wichita Air Services, said. ”It’s been around,” Leeb Vonfange, shop manager, said. Along with several other mechanics, they restored a 1937 Lockheed Electra [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 27, 2015 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Elizabeth Muriel Gregory “Elsie” MacGill, known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes;” she becomes the world’s first female aircraft designer. 1936 – First flight of the Fokker D.XXI (shown), a Dutch low-wing monoplane fighter. 1945 – Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan’s ports and waterways, begins. The mining runs are [...]

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Germanwings Crash Deliberate

Mar 27, 2015 No Comments

Andreas Lubitz was breathing, steady and calm, in the final moments of Germanwings Flight 9525. It was the only sound from within the cockpit that the voice recorder detected as Mr. Lubitz, the co-pilot, sent the plane into its descent. The sounds coming from outside the cockpit door on Tuesday were something else altogether: knocking and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 25, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Romolo Ticconi, Italian World War I flying ace. 1931 – First flight of the Hawker Fury (Mk.1 shown), a British biplane fighter. 1950 – A Mandated Air Lines Lockheed Hudson IVA crashes into a house while trying to make an emergency landing at Law-Nadzab Airport in Papua New Guinea. 1956 – [...]

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Mystery Surrounds Germanwings Crash

Mar 24, 2015 No Comments

Just over a year after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean without making a distress call, the aviation world faced a new mystery Tuesday: the crash of a Germanwings jetliner in the French Alps with 150 passengers and crew members aboard. But European investigators should have a far easier time unraveling the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 23, 2015 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Martin Schempp, German glider pilot and founder of Schempp-Hirth, a major manufacturer of gliders. 1914 – The Royal Siamese Flying Corps, which later becomes the Royal Thai Air Force, is formed. 1936 – Imperial Airways begins scheduled flights between Hong Kong and Malaysia. 1948 – First flight of the Douglas F3D [...]

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Palm Springs Museum Nabs F-102

Mar 22, 2015 No Comments

The Palm Springs Air Museum recently took possession of a Cold War-era Convair F-102A Delta Dagger, a single-seat interceptor aircraft built as part of the backbone of the U.S. Air Force’s air defenses in the late 1950s. These aircraft also saw some limited service in the Vietnam War in bomber escort and ground-attack roles. Many [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 19, 2015 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Ernst Freiherr von Althaus, German World War I flying ace. 1910 – Orville Wright begins training students in Montgomery, Ala., at a site that later becomes Maxwell Air Force Base. 1954 – First flight of the Auster AOP.9 (shown), a light British military observation aircraft. 1976 – Death of Aldo Bocchese, [...]

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