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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

1867 – Birth of René Hanriot, French racing driver, early aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1912 – Death of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh, a Jewish, Russian-born American pioneer aviator and the first flight instructor for the Wright Brothers; he is killed in the crash of his Wright Model C along with Leighton Wilson Hazelhurst, Jr., another pioneer in U.S. [...]

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‘Yankee Lady’ B-17 Bomber Quite a Sight in N.J.

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Dan Mullin had a curt answer when somebody at New Jersey’s Naval Air Station Wildwood questioned the effectiveness of the tail guns on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. “We won the war,” said Mullin, 94, of Ocean City. That was the short answer Monday as the World War II veteran, who flew bombers during missions [...]

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British Army Squadron Celebrates 70 Years in the Air

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A British Army aviation squadron now based in Suffolk, England, has celebrated 70 years of flying, half of which has been spent on operations. The 656 Squadron, part of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, was formed during the Second World War to fly artillery observation missions in Auster AOP observation aircraft and is now at the [...]

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WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

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A German World War II bomber was raised from the bottom of the English Channel on Monday. The Dornier Do 17, a twin-engined airplane known as the “Flying Pencil,” was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Believed to be the only intact example of its kind [...]

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Waterbombing: the French Celebrate 50 Years

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

At the beginning of June, the French Securite Civile marked 50 years of aerial water bombing. The agency, which is part of the country’s interior ministry, held four days of celebrations including an airshow at the little airfield of Aix-le-Milles, near Marseille on June 2 providing a great opportunity to the agency’s fixed-wing assets in action. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Walter George Raymond Hinchliffe, British World War I flying ace, pioneering military and civilian aviator. 1919 – American aviatrix Ruth Bancroft Law (Oliver) sets an altiture record of 14,700 feet. 1965 – First automated landing by a civil airliner in scheduled passenger service is done by a Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident. 1990 – British Airways Flight 5390, a [...]

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Classic Plane a Unique Ride

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Jackson Wit took a short trip back in time at the Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport in Ontario, Canada, on Sunday. The 13-year-old took a flight in a Beech 18 that dates from the 1940s that was offering tours at the fifth annual Wings and Wheels put on by the Owen Sound Rotary Club [...]

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Helicopters Critical Part of New Mexico Wildfire Fight

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Apart from the billowing clouds of smoke that loom on the horizon and the smell of campfires, the clearest evidence that fire season has arrived is the sudden increase in air-traffic over Santa Fe, N.M. Helicopters towing tanks of water and fire-retardant chemicals constantly crisscross the city’s airspace, providing air support to the ground crews [...]

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