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B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’ to Visit Houston

B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’ to Visit Houston

It has been nearly 70 years since the last Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress lifted into the air during World War II to join the largest air armada ever to fill the skies, but this Saturday, the four giant Wright-Cyclone engines of “Texas Raiders,” a fully restored B-17, will be roaring over Houston’s Hobby Airport. Of […]
Stearman Started Seeding Service

Stearman Started Seeding Service

When the Mitchell family shows up at their corporate headquarters, a small collection of tin-roofed buildings on Texas 124, they’re continuing a nearly 70-year tradition responsible for seeding the roots of a multimillion-dollar industry. Two former fighter pilots, one military surplus training plane and a pair of rice-farming brothers revolutionized how growers on the Texas […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Frederick Erastus Humphreys, American aviator; he becomes one of the original three military pilots trained by the Wright brothers and the first to fly solo. 1914 – The Canadian Aviation Corps is authorized to be formed; it is the beginning of Canada’s military air force and is composed of two officers and […]
Civil Air Patrol Raising Profile

Civil Air Patrol Raising Profile

When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the state’s coastline, a team of New Jersey’s Civil Air Patrol pilots flew hundreds of flights to photograph destruction from the air and give government agencies and homeowners a glimpse of the storm’s toll. The mission is just one example of the work performed by the nonprofit organization, an auxiliary of the […]

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CSeries Makes First Flight

CSeries Makes First Flight

It’s official: the long-delayed Bombardier CS100, the latest product from the world’s third-largest commercial jet manufacturer, took to the air Monday morning from Montreal-Mirabel International Airport in Quebec, Canada. The twin-engined, 125-seat jet gives airlines another choice in the narrow-body category now dominated by Boeing and Airbus. For additional coverage by Ross Marowits of The Canadian […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Marcel Emile Haegelen, a French World War I fighter ace, test pilot for Hanriot, record setter and World War II fighter pilot. 1906 – Alberto Santos-Dumont successfully flies his Santos-Dumont 14-bis aircraft at Château de Bagatelle, for the first time. 1935 – First flight of the Hughes H-1, an American racing aircraft […]

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Canadian Astronaut Arrives in F-86 Style

Canadian Astronaut Arrives in F-86 Style

Jeremy Hansen’s arrival on Canada’s Gatineau airstrip in Quebec is nothing if not dramatic. The former Canadian Forces fighter pilot turned astronaut looks every bit the military hero as he taxis up the runway in a gold Canadair F-86 Sabre, the vintage aircraft known as Hawk One he piloted Thursday morning to promote the Wings […]
Tri-Motor Heads to Show Me State

Tri-Motor Heads to Show Me State

The 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is considered to be the world’s first true passenger airliner, and this weekend, visitors to Lee’s Summit, Mo., will have the opportunity to take a flight as travelers did more than 80 years ago. The flight lasts about 15-20 minutes with pilot John Maxfield at the controls. Maxfield has been a […]

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Louisiana’s Navy Hornets Squadron Hangs On

Louisiana’s Navy Hornets Squadron Hangs On

When the U.S. Navy considered moving two flight squadrons from Belle Chasse in 2003, Louisiana’s elected officials rallied to challenge what they saw as a threat to the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base’s survival. The crippling effect of losing two of the three Navy squadrons would have left the air station vulnerable to closure, officials said, at the time when […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – The first military passenger in an airplane, U.S. Army Major Gen. George Owen Squier, flies just over 9 minutes with Orville Wright. 1918 – More than 1,200 French and U.S. fighter planes are brought together for the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. At the time, it is the largest force of aircraft assembled for a single operation. […]
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