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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 19, 2013 No Comments

1902 – The Wright Brothers begin testing their third glider at Kitty Hawk, N.C. 1918 – Birth of Viktor Vasilevich Talalikhin, Soviet flying ace during the Winter War and World War II; he was the first to perform aerial ramming at night. 1921 – The first regular scheduled airline service in Latin America commences when Colombian airline SCADTA, operating float-equipped Junkers F.13s, begins flying between Barranquilla and Girandot. 1962 – First [...]

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Seaplane Splash Slated for Sunday

Sep 19, 2013 No Comments

About 30 seaplanes will land on Indiana’s Lake James this weekend a part of the 11th annual Seaplane Splash at Pokagon State Park north of Fort Wayne. Randy Strebig of the Indiana Seaplane Pilots Association says many of the planes are from the 1940s and 1960s. The (Angola, Ind.) Herald Republican reports the planes will land and [...]

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Singapore F-15SGs Declared Operational

Sep 19, 2013 No Comments

By TODAYOnline.com Singapore’s new Boeing F-15SG Eagle multi-role fighter aircraft are now operationally ready, marking full operational capability status with a ceremony officiated by Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at Paya Lebar Air Base in central-eastern Singapore yesterday. The F-15SG, operated by 149 Squadron, is one of the most advanced variants of the F-15 strike [...]

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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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