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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of James Joseph Wellwood, Australian World War I flying ace. 1933 – First run of the Rolls-Royce Merlin, a British V-12 piston engine; initially known as the PV-12, the 1,650-cu. in. liquid-cooled powerplant became known as the Merlin when the company began naming its piston aero engines after birds of prey. 1946 – Death […]
Florida Air Show Promises Variety

Florida Air Show Promises Variety

Attack helicopter flights? Balloon rides? General admission to the formerly “invite only” Friday night air show? A 5K run? The 24th Annual Stuart Air Show, set for Nov. 1-2 at Witham Field in Stuart, Fla., promises several new and exciting attractions. Fly a warbird, balloon or chopper. See a balloon glow. See aerial stunts from […]

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Shutdown Postpones Georgia Air Show

Shutdown Postpones Georgia Air Show

The 21st Annual Boshears SkyFest scheduled for this weekend at Daniel Field in Augusta, Ga., has been postponed to next April due to the government shutdown, event organizers announced Monday. In order to have an airshow with aerobatic performances, such as dives, loops and barrel rolls, a waiver is required from the Federal Aviation Administration, […]
Aboard the World’s Longest Flight

Aboard the World’s Longest Flight

It is almost that time to board a Singapore Airlines Airbus A340-500 and be a part of the world’s longest flight. Okay, well I still have a few hours left. Before then, I will be checking out of my hotel, getting a short tour of the airport, probably relax in the lounge for a minute or […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of John Arthur Macready, American test pilot and aviator; he became the only three-time recipient of the Mackay Trophy, receiving the prestigious award for  three consecutive years. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his S.E.5a, his last victories of the […]
First Indian Regional Takes Off

First Indian Regional Takes Off

Just when the airline sector is staring at runaway operational expenses worsened by a weak rupee, a little-known business group from the Andhra Pradesh, India, town of Vijayawada has entered the money-guzzling business. Its regional airline – Air Costa, the first to be set up under the government of India’s regional airline policy in South […]

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USAF Colonel Recalls OIF Missions

USAF Colonel Recalls OIF Missions

When our country needed him, he answered the call. On April 8, 2003, U.S. Air Force Col. Ronald Wilson and his wingman climbed into Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, flew into southeast Baghdad and changed not only his life, but the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well. His mission that morning was to save 75 […]
Mooney Aviation to Restart Production

Mooney Aviation to Restart Production

Mooney Aviation will restart manufacturing of three airplanes beginning in January after a five-year hiatus, the company said. The company, based in Kerrville, Texas, will receive funding to revive the company and restart production from Soaring America Corp., based in Alhambra, Calif. Details of the financial arrangement are confidential, the company said. Mooney has gone bankrupt […]

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Sea MiGs: Indian and Russian Naval Aviation

Sea MiGs: Indian and Russian Naval Aviation

The Indian Navy and Russian Navy have been testing Russian Aircraft Corp. MiG MiG-29K and MiG-29KUB multirole fighters aboard the carriers Vikramaditya, which is set for commissioning on Nov. 15, and Admiral Kuznetsov. The MiG-29K is an advanced carrier variant of the MiG-29M, while the MiG-29KUB is a two-seat combat-capable trainer variant of the MiG-29K. For a slideshow featuring […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of Agustin Paral, Cuban aviation pioneer and the first Cuban pilot. 1933 – A Boeing 247 belonging to United Airlines is destroyed by a bomb over Chesterton, Ind., in the first proven case of air sabotage on a commercial aircraft; all seven on board are killed. 1949 – Death of Chikuhei Nakajima, Japanese naval […]
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