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Canadian Air Show to Feature Jets, Warbirds

Aug 16, 2013 No Comments

A celebration of 70 years of Canadian Air Force History in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island will take place Saturday as the Comox Armed Forces Day and Air Show takes flight. “We have planned carefully to welcome thousands of Comox Valley residents and visitors from across British Columbia to 19 Wing, CFB Comox, to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 15, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Langley Frank Willard Smith, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1935 – Death of Wiley Post, famed American aviator and the first pilot to fly solo around the world. His hybrid Lockheed Orion, which had the wings of a wrecked experimental Lockheed Explorer, crashes in Barrow, Alaska, killing him and Will [...]

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Golden State Gets Wildfire Help

Aug 15, 2013 No Comments

Two Bombardier 415 Super Scoopers and an Erickson S-64 Air-Crane Helitanker arrived in California Wednesday at Van Nuys Airport from Quebec to bolster Los Angeles County Fire Department’s efforts against wildfires. The county annually leases the aircraft from the Canadian province of Quebec, where the wildfire season customarily ends in August. The fixed-wing Super Scoopers skim [...]

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NASA Takes to Houston Skies for Study

Aug 15, 2013 No Comments

A multi-year NASA science mission soon will be airborne over Houston to help scientists measure and forecast Texas air quality. A pair of NASA aircraft equipped with scientific instruments will be stationed at Ellington Field in Houston on Tuesday, Sept. 3 as the planes are being readied for a month-long series of flights over the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 14, 2013 No Comments

1881 – Birth of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh (born Welcher), a Russian-born Jewish-American aviator who became the first flight instructor for the Wright brothers. 1914 – The first true bomber, the French Voisin III, is used in combat for the first time in an attack on German airship hangars at Metz-Frascaty, Germany. 1937 – Beginning of [...]

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USAF to Resume HH-60G Flights on Okinawa

Aug 14, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. military informed Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday that it will resume training flights using Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters Friday after one of the choppers crashed at Camp Hansen on Okinawa Island on Aug. 5, claiming the life of a crewman. The news immediately sparked criticism in Okinawa as the prefectural assembly [...]

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Two Dead in UPS Crash

Aug 14, 2013 No Comments

A large UPS cargo plane crashed early Wednesday morning near the airport in Birmingham, Ala., killing the pilot and co-pilot, in the latest in a series of aviation accidents in the U.S. this year. “I can confirm they were killed in the crash,” Birmingham Mayor William Bell said of the pilot and co-pilot, who were [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Edwin Charles Musick, chief pilot for Pan American World Airways and pioneer of many of Pan Am’s transoceanic routes, including the famous route across the Pacific Ocean on the China Clipper. 1930 – Frank Hawks with a Travel Air Type R “Mystery Ship” named “Texaco 13″ (shown above) sets a transcontinental [...]

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