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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Walter von Bülow-Bothkamp, German World War I fighter ace. 1909 – Wilbur Wright makes five flights in Centocelle, Italy, with King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy present. During one flight, a Universal News Agency cameraman accompanies him and takes the first motion pictures from an airplane in flight. 1944 – The first Boeing B-29 Superfortress [...]

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Peterson AFB C-130s Prepare for Summer Wildfires

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

Ten crews of highly trained pilots shook off the rust and were retrained for Modular Air Fire Fighting Systems or MAFFS at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Lockheed C-130′s use in aerial fire fighting. The operators are volunteer air force reservists with the U.S. Air Force [...]

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Solar Impulse Makes Final Test Flight Above San Francisco

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

A solar-powered plane with a unique look that took off  Tuesday morning from Moffett Airfield in Mountain View passed over the Golden Gate Bridge just after 2 p.m. The lightweight plane known as the Solar Impulse, which has a wingspan of 208 feet, was about 3,000 feet in the air as flew above San Francisco and [...]

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Ethiopian Airlines First to Resume 787 Flights

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments

Ethiopian Airlines is set to become the world’s first carrier to resume flying Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, with a commercial flight on Saturday to neighbouring Kenya, two airline sources said. The Dreamliners have been grounded since regulators ordered all 50 planes out of the skies in mid-January after batteries on two of them overheated. U.S. regulators approved a [...]

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Newly Rebuilt Me 262 Loses Canopy at Texas Airport

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

An antique jet fighter lost its canopy Tuesday morning as it attempted to take off from Midland International Airport in West Texas, but the pilot and passenger escaped injury, according to a news release from the city of Midland. Midland police and firefighters responded to a report of the plane crash at 11:11 a.m. The cause [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

1908 – Birth of Charles “Chuck” L. Sharp, Jr., who led China National Aviation Corp. through turbulent times in China, Burma and India. He flew the first flight over the Hump (the name given by Allied pilots in World War II to the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains) for resupplying the Chinese war effort of Chiang Kai-shek and the units of the U.S. [...]

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70th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

  With a month to go to the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid, the Royal Air Force Museum London has unveiled the various activities that it has organized to commemorate this historic campaign and the men of 617 Squadron. From 13th to 17th of May the Museum will have on display  a selection of artefacts from the Dambusters [...]

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The Gathering of Warbirds and Legends – August 1-4, 2013

Apr 22, 2013 No Comments

 Never been done–at least not since World War II. For the first time since our nation’s heroes made history in the skies over Europe, the general public is now scheduled to see a dedicated team of skydivers jump from a formation trio of Douglas C-47s in “D-Day” invasion livery. And it’s going to happen at [...]

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