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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Lucien Eugene Cayol, French World War I flying ace. 1912 – The aeronautical division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps receives the first “flying boat,” a Curtiss Model F (shown), capable of takeoff from water. 1940 – Death of Henri Guillaumet, French pioneer aviator; he is shot down in his Farman […]
CAF Members Vote to Move HQ

CAF Members Vote to Move HQ

A vote by members of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will allow the organization’s board to move its headquarters from Midland, Texas, the CAF announced Friday. The CAF Airpower Museum will remain in Midland, and Midland International Airport will continue to host CAF’s annual Airsho. In an election held to consider a proposed amendment to the CAF’s bylaws, 75.1 […]

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Irish Helicopter Unit Turns 50

Irish Helicopter Unit Turns 50

The Irish Air Corps celebrated the 50th anniversary of helicopter aviation on Tuesday. The pioneering pilots of the Air Corps introduced rotary aviation to Ireland when they flew two Alouette III helicopters from France to Ireland, landing in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, on Nov. 26, 1963. The arrival of these helicopters, callsigns “A195” and “A196,'” signaled the […]
Video: X-47B Continues Sea Trials

Video: X-47B Continues Sea Trials

The U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt returned to port last week after hosting the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle for more at-sea trials. The goal was to test the aircraft’s interaction with the ship in off-nominal wind conditions. Nominal conditions are winds up to 25 knots right down the runway on deck. Testers were looking […]

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B-52s Fly Through China Defense Zone

B-52s Fly Through China Defense Zone

Tensions are running high in the skies between China and Japan — and the United States is refusing to stay on the sidelines. After Beijing upset the region by declaring a new air defense zone over a large part of the East China Sea, Washington responded by flying two unarmed Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers through […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Oliver “Stewpot” Stewart, British World War I flying ace and aviation journalist. 1929 – After taking off from Hal Far, Malta, a Fairey Flycatcher of the Royal Air Force Fleet Air Arm lands aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, achieving the first night carrier landing by a fleet fighter. 1943 – Death […]

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Concorde: 10 Years Later

Concorde: 10 Years Later

Today marks ten years since a landmark event in aviation history, the last flight of the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde. British aircraft enthusiast John Mason takes a look at the ground-breaking plane, her links to England’s West Country and her legacy. Given the turbulent start to the Concorde programme and the magnitude and nature of the challenges to be […]
Volocopter: Man-Carrying Multi Rotor

Volocopter: Man-Carrying Multi Rotor

This emission-free, environmentally friendly helicopter may be the rotorcraft of the future! Designed by German company e-Volo, it has 18 electric motors and can carry two people. After its ground-breaking test flights, the e-Volo managing director commented, “Rich and incredibly quiet sound, absolutely no noticeable vibrations in the flight, convincing structure with a great, new […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1906 – Birth of Joaquín Collar Serra, a Spanish military aviator who took part in the historic flight of the Cuatro Vientos from Seville, Spain, to Camagüey, Cuba, a trip of more than 4,500 miles, in 1933. 1920 – U.S. Army Lt. Corliss Champion Moseley flies a Verville-Packard 600 132 miles at 156.54 mph to […]
Caudron C.460: Ancient Speed Demon Reborn

Caudron C.460: Ancient Speed Demon Reborn

By Budd Davisson Speed has always been a drug, of sorts. It has captivated mankind for as long as he has stood on two legs and nowhere has the urge to see who is the fastest been stronger than in aviation. And at no time has that competition been more fierce than during the 1930s, […]
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