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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Clyde Edward Pangborn, also known as “Upside-Down Pangborn;” he was an American aviator, stunt pilot and the first person to fly non-stop across the Pacific Ocean along with Hugh Herndon, Jr. 1931 – Royal Air Force Squadron Leader O.R. Gayford and Flight Lt. D.L.G. Bett land their Fairey Long-range Monoplane after […]
New Zealand Gets 787 Service

New Zealand Gets 787 Service

The first commercial Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly to New Zealand landed at Auckland International Airport on Monday afternoon. The China Southern Airlines plane will now fly daily from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to Auckland. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner replaces the Airbus A330 currently used on the daily Guangzhou to Auckland route, and […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Birth of Karl Hermann Gotthard Handrick, German gold-medal Olympian and flying ace during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. 1937 – Hanna Reitsch sets a world record for helicopters when she flies a Focke-Wulf Fw 61 67 miles from Stendal, Germany, to Berlin. 1951 – Japan Airlines flies its first post-World War […]
C-17 Flight Nostalgic for Father, Son

C-17 Flight Nostalgic for Father, Son

Story and photo by U.S. Air Force Sr. Airman Tom Brading, Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs For one family, the term “like father, like son” has never been more true. Any father would be proud to watch their son be a part of the arrival of the last Boeing C-17 Globemaster III to Joint Base […]

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British Airways: Concorde Stays Grounded

British Airways: Concorde Stays Grounded

Ten years ago today, our ever-shrinking world got a little bit bigger again. Three Concordes, built by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), landed in a procession at London Heathrow airport, while thousands of emotional fans looked on. After 27 years, the world’s most famous plane had been pensioned off – first by Air France and then by British […]
Air Serbia Begins Service

Air Serbia Begins Service

By The Associated Press Air Serbia, the Balkan country’s new national carrier partly owned by Etihad Airways, formally starts flying this weekend, spelling the end for the old loss-making JAT Airways. Air Serbia’s chief manager, Dane Kondic, said Friday the company’s inaugural flight will take place Saturday to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He says […]

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Iconic Firepower: Bomber Turret Developments

Iconic Firepower: Bomber Turret Developments

By Frederick A. Johnsen Once airplanes became viable weapons, they became tempting targets. Bombers, often single-engine biplanes with an observation capability during World War I, were targeted, prompting defensive armament intended purely for destroying attacking aircraft. The Scarff ring, a Royal Flying Corps contribution to bomber longevity during the Great War, was a mechanical mount […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Harry Hawker wins the British Empire Michelin Cup for endurance and Altitude . He flies for 8 hours and 23 minutes in a Burgess-Wright airplane. 1919 – Birth of Frank Piasecki, American engineer and helicopter aviation pioneer; he later pioneers tandem rotor helicopter designs and creates the compound helicopter concept of vectored thrust […]

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Swiss F/A-18 Crashes, Crew Killed

Swiss F/A-18 Crashes, Crew Killed

Swiss military officials said Thursday that they expected to recover the body of one of the two-man crew from a crashed McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet by the end of the day. The man’s body, which has not yet been identified, and the flight data recorder have both been located but had not yet […]
Aviation Insider: Technology vs. Basic Flying Skill

Aviation Insider: Technology vs. Basic Flying Skill

By Anonymous Is automation killing people? That’s the question that keeps on giving. But what’s the answer? As with everything else, there are plenty of opinions. For the sake of clarity, let’s group them into three categories. The first opinion, typically held by older, more experienced, aviation types is the belief that today’s aviation is […]
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