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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Walter Richard Brookins, first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team and Wrights’ first pilot instructor. 1897 – Salomon August Andrée, Nils Strindberg and Knut Frænkel takes off in their hydrogen balloon “Eagle” for an Arctic expedition. 1942 – In the longest bombing raid of World War II, 1,750 Avro Lancaster […]
Czech Aircraft Still Looking for Buyers

Czech Aircraft Still Looking for Buyers

Lined up in a hangar and shrouded in silver, they make for a surreal, almost ghostly sight. These 30-odd mothballed L-159 training jets, covered in protective foil, never even see the sun, let alone take to the skies and tear across the countryside. Dormant for years and kept inside a specially made facility at the headquarters […]

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Post to Honor Mexican Aviation Pioneer

Post to Honor Mexican Aviation Pioneer

A brave young Mexican air force captain whose final solo flight ended in death 85 years ago still inspires veterans, and civilians, in South Jersey and beyond. Emilio Carranza’s story has everything: An idealistic hero, a daring adventure, a tragic ending. It’s about a gutsy aviator of 22 piloting a tiny Ryan B1 named “Excelsior” […]
Canadian Cadets to Fly in Warbirds

Canadian Cadets to Fly in Warbirds

Laura Matheson admits she was “absolutely giddy” when she found out she was going to be able to fly in a vintage airplane. Matheson, a sergeant in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, is one of 120 cadets from across Canada in North Bay for the next six weeks, and one of 50 who will be […]

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VIDEO: X-47B Makes Carrier Landing

VIDEO: X-47B Makes Carrier Landing

The Boeing X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first carrier-based arrested landing on board U.S.S. George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia today. “It isn’t very often you get a glimpse of the future. Today, those of us aboard U.S.S. George H.W. Bush got that chance as we witnessed […]
Hexacopter Films SpaceX Grasshopper

Hexacopter Films SpaceX Grasshopper

In this video, a hexacopter captures video footage of the SpaceX Grasshopper as it reaches 325 meters (1066 feet)–higher than Manhattan’s Chrysler Building–before smoothly landing back on the pad. Part of a program that intends to test how rockets could return to Earth intact for a vertical landing on the launch pad instead of burning […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Frank Granger Quigley, decorated Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1919 – British rigid airship R-34 takes off from Long Island, N.Y., for a trip back to Pulham, Norfolk, for the first Atlantic double-crossing (return flight). 1938 – Howard Hughes, along with Harry Connor, Tom Thurlow, Richard Stoddart and Ed Lund, begin a record-breaking round-the-world flight […]
Boeing Drone to Attempt Carrier Landing

Boeing Drone to Attempt Carrier Landing

The U.S. Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. If all goes as planned, a successful landing of the Boeing […]

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Flights to Survey New Madrid Seismic Zone

Flights to Survey New Madrid Seismic Zone

Beginning today and continuing for about a month, a Cessna 182 operating under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey will be making low-level flights over a 1,400-square-mile area over parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee to measure the earth’s magnetic field. Blytheville, Ark., Kennett, Mo., Piggott, Ark., and Qulin, Mo., along with other parts of […]
Group Hopes to Return Kiwi Catalina to Skies

Group Hopes to Return Kiwi Catalina to Skies

It is hoped former crowd favorite the Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A flying boat will make a return to next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, International Airshow after a wing refurbishment of the 70-year-old aircraft. One of only two in the southern hemisphere still flying, the Catalina was recently moved into a hangar at New Plymouth, […]
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