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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1922 – Death of Godfrey DeCourcelles Chevalier, pioneering U.S. Navy aviator, as a result of injuries sustained in an airplane crash two days before. 1930 – Birth of Edward White, American astronaut and Purple Heart and Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient; he was the first American to conduct a spacewalk. 1932 – Amy Johnson begins an attempt […]
FLASHBACK: First Successful Carrier Takeoff

FLASHBACK: First Successful Carrier Takeoff

By Budd Davisson It was Nov. 14, 1910, and excited sailors were hanging from every inch of the forward part of the USN cruiser Birmingham. They were even high in the rigging, hands wrapped tightly around cables and masts. All eyes were focused on a fragile bamboo and fabric contraption that was perched high over […]

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Military Charter Airlines Enter Chapter 11

Military Charter Airlines Enter Chapter 11

The largest provider of air charter service for the U.S. military has filed for bankruptcy protection a mere nine months after its last court-supervised restructuring. Global Aviation Holdings operates two charter brands: World Airways, which has flown U.S. soldiers since the Korean War in 1951, and North American Airlines. Global blamed its latest financial difficulties […]
B-17 Pilot Remembers Downing, Capture

B-17 Pilot Remembers Downing, Capture

Optimism in the face of overwhelming odds tells a lot about a man — especially a wide-eyed 20-year-old lieutenant fighting the controls of a crippled bomber over the heart of World War II Germany. Hiram resident Keylon Clarke, now 90, started Sept. 28, 1944, at a U.S. Army Air Corps airfield in Glatton, England, as […]

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Jetstar Flies First 787 Low-Cost Route

Jetstar Flies First 787 Low-Cost Route

Jetstar has operated its inaugural Boeing 787 Dreamliner revenue flight, with its first 787-8, VH-VKA, operating flight JQ432 between Melbourne and the Gold Coast on Wednesday. More than 250 passengers, including Jetstar CEO Jane Hrdlicka and representatives from Boeing and General Electric, were aboard the flight, which departed a wet Melbourne Airport at just after […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Hazel LeRoy Wallace, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1907 – The first free flight of a rotary-wing aircraft takes place when the Cornu helicopter, a French experimental craft, lifts inventor Paul Cornu (shown above) a foot above the ground for 20 seconds. 1942 – A U.S. Navy Vought OS2U Kingfisher […]

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Long Beach Airport Hosts Fly-In

Long Beach Airport Hosts Fly-In

Southern California skies will fill with pilots heading to Long Beach Airport (LGB) for the 90th Anniversary Fly-In on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. The public is also welcome to attend this free event where local pilots display their planes to the community. “Long Beach has 90 years of rich aviation history, and […]
Finnish Hawks Collide in Midair, Pilots Eject

Finnish Hawks Collide in Midair, Pilots Eject

By The Associated Press The Finnish defense force says that two BAE Systems Hawk jets have collided in midair during a training flight and that both pilots ejected. The air force says officials have been in contact with one of the pilots but gave no details in a brief statement on its website. It declined […]

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Military Drones in NY Grounded After Crash

Military Drones in NY Grounded After Crash

Officials of the Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing suspended all General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper drone flights in Central New York Tuesday after one of the unmanned aircraft crashed into Lake Ontario about 12 miles from the eastern shore during a routine training flight. A Coast Guard helicopter and search vessel were unable to recover […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Harold Anthony “Doc” Oaks, a Canadian World War I flying ace and bush aviation pioneer. 1919 – First flight of the Sopwith Snark (shown above), a prototype British triplane fighter. 1941 – Alma Heflin, first American female test pilot for standard production aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper […]
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