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Canadian Airport to Close Next Week

Nov 22, 2013 No Comments

When Chris Blower takes off from Edmonton’s City Centre Airport for the last time next week, he knows he’ll be leaving a piece of his heart behind. It’s the place that sparked his love of flying as a kid, where as a teenager he received his pilot’s licence before his licence to drive, and where [...]

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Dreamlifter Leaves ‘Wrong’ Airport

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

A Boeing Dreamlifter jumbo jet has taken flight after accidentally landing at Jabara Airport in Kansas late Wednesday. A team of pilots came in from New York to pilot the plane down the runway, which is normally too short to handle a plane of that size. No one was hurt and the plane and airfield were [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of John Joseph Seerley, Jr., American World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1916 – First flight of the Breguet 14, a French biplane bomber and reconnaissance aircraft; it is the first aircraft in mass production to use large amounts of metal rather than wood in its [...]

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Russia Set to Get More Combat Planes

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

The Russian military is getting a total of 67 new combat aircraft this year, an official from the United Aircraft Corporation said Wednesday. “Sixty-seven new aircraft were slated to be delivered in 2013, and they will all be delivered,” Vladimir Mikhailov, director of military aviation programs at the UAC, said at a roundtable conference on [...]

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A-10 May Be Slated for Chopping Block

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, a snub-nosed ground-attack plane nicknamed the “Warthog,” is the latest aircraft to find its way onto the Pentagon’s endangered weapons list. Outfitted with a seven-barrel Gatling gun the size of a Volkswagen Beetle in its nose, the Cold War-era plane has a reputation for tearing apart armored tanks and clearing [...]

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Boeing Company Jet Lands at Wrong Airport

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

A Boeing 747 jumbo jet used to haul parts of 787 Dreamliner jets around the world landed at the wrong Kansas airport Wednesday evening. Photos from a Wichita, Kan. local CBS affiliate show the heavily-modified, 235-foot long jumbo jet on the ground at Jabara Airport, a small area airport, about 8 miles north of the jet’s intended destination of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Birth of Miguel García Pardo, Spanish Nationalist flying ace of the Spanish Civil War; he is credited with the only victory flying a Heinkel He 112 in Spain. 1945 – First flight of the Saab 91 Safir, a Swedish single-engine trainer aircraft. 1953 – U.S. Navy pilot Scott Crossfield flies the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket (shown above) past [...]

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Navy P-3s Help Philippines Relief Efforts

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

With thousands dead, missing and injured in the wake of Typhoon Hiayan in the Philippines, two U.S. Navy patrol squadrons from Jacksonville, Fla., are doing their part to help. U.S. Navy Patrol Squadrons 26 and 62, based in Jacksonville and stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, are assisting in the relief efforts by surveying the [...]

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