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Catalina Takes to London Skies

Aug 21, 2013 No Comments

A 70-year-old amphibious aircraft flew along the River Thames on Wednesday morning as it set off to trace the route of the 1913 Circuit of Britain Race. PBY Catalina G-PBYA, operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd. and built in Canada in the 1940s, took off from its base at IWM Duxford on Wednesday morning [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments

1832 – Birth of Thaddeus Lowe, American Civil War aeronaut. 1910 – First U.S. Army experiments with firing a rifle from an airplane takes place when Lt. Jacob Earl Fickel conducts firing trials from a Curtiss biplane piloted by Glenn Curtiss himself. 1935 – Boeing’s prototype B-17 Flying Fortress, designated the Model 299 (shown above), [...]

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B-1B Crashes in Montana, Crew Escapes

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments

A Rockwell B-1B Lancer bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana on Monday, but its four U.S. Air Force crew members survived after ejecting from the South Dakota-based aircraft, Air Force officials said. Two pilots and two weapons system officers ejected before the bomber crashed about 9:30 a.m. near Broadus, Mont., said Col. [...]

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Aussie Catalina Set for Resto

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments

A restoration effort has begun at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach in central-west Queensland, Australia, to convert a vintage Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat into a historical display. The museum has secured a $50,000 grant to help restore the plane. It bought the plane in Spain four years ago and flew it home to Longreach [...]

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Psst! Wanna Buy an Airbus?

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Army is looking to offload a used and abused Airbus A300 in China Airlines livery from its Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The Army notes that the aircraft was used for “Government testing” and as the result of the testing, it “is not a functional plane.” It’s not kidding. The A300, in a [...]

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Nebraska Museum Features Military Might

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments

The American heartland has as rich an aviation history as any region on Earth. And it should, given that the Wright brothers were from Dayton, Ohio. Over five weeks this summer on Road Trip 2013, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman visited many of the region’s most important aviation hotspots. Among them was the Strategic Air & Space [...]

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Flying Magazine’s 51 Heroes

Aug 19, 2013 No Comments

Throughout its history, aviation has generated some of the most remarkable figures that ever lived, including those brave pilots who made the first forays into the air and who courageously pushed the bounds of flight in ways previously unimaginable. At the same time, aviation has produced a number of people whose heroism rises above the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 19, 2013 No Comments

1871 – Birth of Orville Wright, co-inventor, with his brother Wilbur, of the first airplane to achieve powered, sustained, and controlled flight and the first fully practical powered airplane. 1917 – Heinrich Gontermann, a German World War I fighter ace, shoots down a SPAD fighter and later, on a single mission, downs four balloons in [...]

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