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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, Soviet aircraft designer who, in partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, founded the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau and the mind behind many MiG military planes. 1918 – The first American night patrol of World War I takes place when a Felixstowe F.2 A flying boat takes off from RAF Killinghome, England. 1950 – A […]
Museum Attempts Saving Rosie’s Plant

Museum Attempts Saving Rosie’s Plant

The historic Michigan factory where the iconic Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built Consolidated B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II could face the wrecking ball two months from now. A modest nonprofit is trying to raise enough money to salvage some of the massive plant, which Ford sold to General Motors […]

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

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Ex-Military Pilot Gets EAA Award

Ex-Military Pilot Gets EAA Award

Lowell Farrand of Ligonier, Ind., has lived a life of quiet satisfaction, concentrating on the activity that makes him the happiest: flying. Now at age 80, Farrand has been honored by the aviation industry for his many decades of dedication to aviation safety and research. He flew last week to Oshkosh, Wis., where Thursday night he […]
Delta Starts California Shuttle

Delta Starts California Shuttle

Delta Air Lines said it will begin hourly, nonstop Delta Shuttle service between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports beginning in September. The Delta Shuttle introduces 14 daily flights and a product tailored to business travelers while adding a California perspective to its popular New York-based shuttle. Flights depart beginning at 7 a.m. […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Zeppelin Takes to Paris Skies

Zeppelin Takes to Paris Skies

Tourists seeking an original way to take in France’s famed countryside have a new way to do it – in a helium-filled Zeppelin. On Sunday Airship Paris’ 250-foot-long, 5-story airship began flights over the forests and villages northwest of Paris. The company says it’s received “lots” of reservations for flights. It says it’s the first […]
10 Electric Airplanes to Watch

10 Electric Airplanes to Watch

Solar Impulse, a one-seater solar-powered plane,completed a 5695-kilometer bunny hop across the United States on 6 July. The feat deservedly got a lot of attention, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg: Electric flying has been a reality for quite some time, and it’s never been more practical. Aviation is a slow-moving industry, but […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Cyril Frank Uwins, a British record-breaking test pilot for Bristol Aircraft; he would eventually fly 58 different types of airplanes before the end of his career. 1909 – The first flying machine purchased and put into service by a government is a Wright Flyer; the U.S. Army accepts its first airplane, as “Signal Corps (S.C.) […]
Coast Guard Rescues Downed F-16 Pilot

Coast Guard Rescues Downed F-16 Pilot

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer saved a Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot who ejected from his plane after a midair crash with another jet about 35 miles southeast of Chinconteague, Va., Thursday night. Two 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard F-16C Falcon jets collided, with one pilot ejecting and the second able to nurse […]

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France Gets Long-Delayed A400M

France Gets Long-Delayed A400M

France has become the first country to receive an A400M Atlas military transport from Airbus, bringing to fruition a long-troubled program. The delivery Thursday culminates “a long, complex and thorough process” between Airbus Military and the seven European nations behind the program, France’s DGA military procurement agency said in a statement. Civil and military flight […]
Beluga Fleet Vital to Airbus Production

Beluga Fleet Vital to Airbus Production

Airbus SAS’s record aircraft output relies increasingly on a fleet of transport planes named after an arctic whale that help ferry large parts across Europe. The European manufacturer plans to operate its fleet of five Belugas at 10,000 hours annually by 2017. That’s twice their usage in 2011, as the hunchbacked jets carry more components […]
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