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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1803 – Frenchman André-Jaques Garnerin takes off from Paris to Clausen, Germany, with his Montgolfière balloon; he covers the distance of 245 miles by the next day. 1889 – Birth of Frank Widenham Goodden, chief test pilot for the Royal Aircraft Factory. 1935 – Italy invades Abyssinia, using aircraft during the invasion, beginning the Second Italo-Abyssinian […]
Bellanca Lands on San Jose Street

Bellanca Lands on San Jose Street

A small plane landed safely Thursday morning on a city street in the heart of Silicon Valley. The plane reportedly made the emergency landing on San Jose’s Capitol Expressway. San Jose Officer Albert Morales tells the Mercury News there were no injuries. Television news footage showed the plane around 8:40 a.m. at the corner of a […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Air Race Winners Recount Epic Event

Air Race Winners Recount Epic Event

A Boise, Idaho, emergency physician won the Silver Heat of the Formula One class at the Reno Air Races in mid-September in his rookie year as a race pilot. Matt Conklin had been interested in racing since the late Caldwell crop duster Gary Hubler started winning his five straight Gold Heat Formula One Championships 10 […]
North Texas Hosts CAF AirPower Expo

North Texas Hosts CAF AirPower Expo

More than 20 World War II bombers, fighters, trainers and other aircraft are visiting Collin County Regional Airport this week as the Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour makes a stop in McKinney, Texas. Among the warbird stars attending the four-day event, which starts today, is “FIFI,” the world’s only Boeing B-29 Superfortress still in […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1916 – Zeppelin LZ72 (L31) is shot down by a British fighter over Potter’s Bar, near London, killing Heinrich Mathy, Germany’s foremost airship captain. 1921 – Birth of Albert Scott Crossfield, American naval officer and test pilot; he became the first man to fly at Mach 2. 1939 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-2, […]
F-35C Rolled Out in Eglin Ceremony

F-35C Rolled Out in Eglin Ceremony

The Lockheed Martin F-35C Lighting II, an aircraft affectionately dubbed “Charlie” and also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, was rolled out in a special ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base on Tuesday. The fifth-generation jet is the latest in defense machinery and it’s what some call “the future” of naval aviation. “The F-35 is truly […]

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Brisbane Gets Daily A380 Service

Brisbane Gets Daily A380 Service

Hundreds of aviation enthusiasts have welcomed the first commercial flight into Brisbane by the world’s largest airliner. The daily Airbus A380 Dubai-Brisbane-Auckland return service by Emirates touched down for the first time this morning. It is estimated the service will be worth about $23 million (Australian) to the local tourism industry. Emirates says the airliner offers an […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1881 – Birth of William Edward Boeing (born Wilhelm Edward Böing), American aviation pioneer who founded The Boeing Co. 1910 – Hendon Aerodrome, the present day site of the Royal Air Force Museum, in Middlesex (North London), is opened by Louis Blériot. 1947 – First flight of the North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the […]

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Aviation Museums Victim of Fed Shutdown

Aviation Museums Victim of Fed Shutdown

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located in Dayton, Ohio, as well as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., are temporarily closed, effective today, due to the federal government shutdown. All museum events and activities have been suspended until an appropriation bill or continuing resolution is enacted. Also closed […]
American Airlines: Come Fly for Us

American Airlines: Come Fly for Us

American Airlines plans to hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years as it expands international flying and takes delivery of new planes, the carrier said on Monday. The AMR Corp unit, which has been operating under Chapter 11 protection since late 2011 and is looking to emerge from bankruptcy by merging with US Airways Group Inc, said it will post open […]
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