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Final North American A318 Retired

Final North American A318 Retired

The Airbus A318 can be thought of as the black sheep of the Airbus family. With a grand total of only 79 airframes built, the A318 program was simply not meant to be. Earlier this month, the final A318 based in North America, belonging to Frontier Airlines, has been retired at the young age of […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1879 – Birth of Claude Grahame White, English aviation pioneer and the first to make a night flight; he also founded Grahame-White Aviation Co. 1929 – Nicholas B. “Nick” Mamer and and Arthur Walker lands in Spokane, Wash., after a 120-hour flight using inflight refueling to make the distance from Spokane to San Francisco, New […]

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Chinese Aerobatic Team to Perform in Russia

Chinese Aerobatic Team to Perform in Russia

The August 1st Air Demonstration Team, China’s first and best-known aerobatic flight display team, will stage its first overseas show in Moscow with Chengdu J-10 jet fighters, which will fly outside China for the first time. An unidentified number of J-10s from the aerobatic team, part of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, left an […]
First Production AT-6 Makes Smooth Flight

First Production AT-6 Makes Smooth Flight

Beechcraft Corp. completed the inaugural flight of the first production AT-6 multimission light aircraft Tuesday morning in Wichita, Kan., as employees, dignitaries and others watched. Pilots Lionel Alford and J.D. O’Malley started the engine, taxied to the runway and took to the skies. “It is a fantastic airplane to fly,” Alford said after landing. “We call […]

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Catalina Takes to London Skies

Catalina Takes to London Skies

A 70-year-old amphibious aircraft flew along the River Thames on Wednesday morning as it set off to trace the route of the 1913 Circuit of Britain Race. PBY Catalina G-PBYA, operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd. and built in Canada in the 1940s, took off from its base at IWM Duxford on Wednesday morning […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1832 – Birth of Thaddeus Lowe, American Civil War aeronaut. 1910 – First U.S. Army experiments with firing a rifle from an airplane takes place when Lt. Jacob Earl Fickel conducts firing trials from a Curtiss biplane piloted by Glenn Curtiss himself. 1935 – Boeing’s prototype B-17 Flying Fortress, designated the Model 299 (shown above), […]

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B-1B Crashes in Montana, Crew Escapes

B-1B Crashes in Montana, Crew Escapes

A Rockwell B-1B Lancer bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana on Monday, but its four U.S. Air Force crew members survived after ejecting from the South Dakota-based aircraft, Air Force officials said. Two pilots and two weapons system officers ejected before the bomber crashed about 9:30 a.m. near Broadus, Mont., said Col. […]
Aussie Catalina Set for Resto

Aussie Catalina Set for Resto

A restoration effort has begun at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach in central-west Queensland, Australia, to convert a vintage Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat into a historical display. The museum has secured a $50,000 grant to help restore the plane. It bought the plane in Spain four years ago and flew it home to Longreach […]

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Psst! Wanna Buy an Airbus?

Psst! Wanna Buy an Airbus?

The U.S. Army is looking to offload a used and abused Airbus A300 in China Airlines livery from its Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The Army notes that the aircraft was used for “Government testing” and as the result of the testing, it “is not a functional plane.” It’s not kidding. The A300, in a […]
Nebraska Museum Features Military Might

Nebraska Museum Features Military Might

The American heartland has as rich an aviation history as any region on Earth. And it should, given that the Wright brothers were from Dayton, Ohio. Over five weeks this summer on Road Trip 2013, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman visited many of the region’s most important aviation hotspots. Among them was the Strategic Air & Space […]
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