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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments

1908 – Death of Thomas Etholen Selfridge, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane, while Orville Wright, who suffers severe injuries but later recovers, was demonstrating the Flyer at Fort Myer, Va. 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the “Red [...]

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Latest 787 Variant Poised for First Flight

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments

The first flight of the 787-9, the larger and potentially most popular version of Boeing’s Dreamliner family, could come Tuesday morning, weather permitting. Rain is okay, provided visibility is good. Boeing requires at least a 1,500-foot cloud ceiling for the test flight, which will take off from Everett’s Paine Field and land at Boeing Field in [...]

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B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’ to Visit Houston

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments

It has been nearly 70 years since the last Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress lifted into the air during World War II to join the largest air armada ever to fill the skies, but this Saturday, the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of “Texas Raiders,” a fully restored B-17, will be roaring over Houston’s Hobby Airport. Of [...]

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Stearman Started Seeding Service

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments

When the Mitchell family shows up at their corporate headquarters, a small collection of tin-roofed buildings on Texas 124, they’re continuing a nearly 70-year tradition responsible for seeding the roots of a multimillion-dollar industry. Two former fighter pilots, one military surplus training plane and a pair of rice-farming brothers revolutionized how growers on the Texas [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 16, 2013 No Comments

1883 – Birth of Frederick Erastus Humphreys, American aviator; he becomes one of the original three military pilots trained by the Wright brothers and the first to fly solo. 1914 – The Canadian Aviation Corps is authorized to be formed; it is the beginning of Canada’s military air force and is composed of two officers and [...]

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Civil Air Patrol Raising Profile

Sep 16, 2013 No Comments

When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state’s coastline, a team of New Jersey’s Civil Air Patrol pilots flew hundreds of flights to photograph destruction from the air and give government agencies and homeowners a glimpse of the storm’s toll. The mission is just one example of the work performed by the nonprofit organization, an auxiliary of the [...]

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CSeries Makes First Flight

Sep 16, 2013 No Comments

It’s official: the long-delayed Bombardier CS100, the latest product from the world’s third-largest commercial jet manufacturer, took to the air Monday morning from Montreal-Mirabel International Airport in Quebec, Canada. The twin-engined, 125-seat jet gives airlines another choice in the narrow-body category now dominated by Boeing and Airbus. For additional coverage by Ross Marowits of The Canadian [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Marcel Emile Haegelen, a French World War I fighter ace, test pilot for Hanriot, record setter and World War II fighter pilot. 1906 – Alberto Santos-Dumont successfully flies his Santos-Dumont 14-bis aircraft at Château de Bagatelle, for the first time. 1935 – First flight of the Hughes H-1, an American racing aircraft [...]

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