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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Claire Lee Chennault, American military aviator and commander of the American Volunteer Group “Flying Tigers” during World War II. 1926 – The Wright XF3W-1 “Apache,” an American racing aircraft prototype (shown above), sets the world altitude record for seaplanes of 38,500 feet. 1952 – Death of John Douglas Derry, a British […]
Pilotless Planes: Are We There Yet?

Pilotless Planes: Are We There Yet?

“We’re ready to take control” confirms Bob Fraser, a well-seasoned pilot who has been flying for 37 years. “And proceed,” replies flight test engineer Duncan Casey. Fraser and Casey are looking at computer display screens, tracking the position of a BAe 146 aircraft flying north towards Scotland — but there is one vital difference. Casey is high […]

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Air Force Museum to Host Raiders’ Last Toast

Air Force Museum to Host Raiders’ Last Toast

The U.S. Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission […]
Red Arrows to Close Duxford Air Show

Red Arrows to Close Duxford Air Show

This weekend’s Duxford Air Show in England, which will feature an amazing array of aerial displays, from legendary historic aircraft to dynamic aerobatics beginning tomorrow, will conclude Sunday in splendid style with the inimitable Royal Air Force Red Arrows. There will also be spectacular flying by the Patrouille de France, the French Air Force demonstration team, on […]

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Pilot to Retire at Reno Flying ‘Ole Yeller’

Pilot to Retire at Reno Flying ‘Ole Yeller’

Rexburg, Idaho, pilot John Bagley says his next turn flying fast and low in a pylon air race will wrap-up his racing career. Flying in World War II-era North American P-51 Mustang called “Ole Yeller,” Bagley is one of the flyers in the National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nev. The event, which also includes airshows, […]
California Museum to Get Presidential Jet

California Museum to Get Presidential Jet

Castle Air Museum’s latest addition to its collection is a presidential one. The Atwater, Calif., museum’s staff is expecting the plane, which carried presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, within the next month. “This is a very rare and significant opportunity for the museum to have such an aircraft, with the history associated to it,” […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace. 1923 – U.S. Army bombers, in a demonstration conducted by Brigadier Gen. Billy Mitchell, carry out anti-shipping exercises and sink the obsolete battleships U.S.S. Virginia and U.S.S. New Jersey. 1931 – Robert L. “Bob” Hall, the engineer of the Gee Bee Model […]
First CAF Warbird to Visit Illinois

First CAF Warbird to Visit Illinois

Another World War II warbird will be joining “Maid in the Shade” for the Light Sport Aircraft Expo in Mt. Vernon, Ill. — “Red Nose.” “She’s a P-51 Mustang fighter made by North American Aviation,” said Dave Gross of the Commemorative Air Force. “She’s part of the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing and will be […]

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Not New Idea

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Not New Idea

In 1915, nearly two decades after patenting the world’s first radio-controlled boat, famed Serbian-America inventor Nicola Tesla imagined fleets of unmanned aerial combat vehicles being sent to war instead of pilots. Little did he know, the U.S. Navy was already hard at work on that very same vision. Between 1898, when Tesla first demonstrated remote […]
Semi-Happy Ending for Old Planes

Semi-Happy Ending for Old Planes

Images of the latest gleaming aircraft models regularly pepper websites (including CNN.com), but where do all of those dead airplanes go? The numbers are huge: approximately 12,000 aircraft are set to be decommissioned by 2020. In addition, 2,000-3,000 planes are estimated to have been abandoned around the world (primarily in developing countries) according to the Aircraft Fleet […]
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