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Inside Microsoft Mogul Paul Allen’s WWII Airplane Collection

Inside Microsoft Mogul Paul Allen’s WWII Airplane Collection

Paul Allen is staring up at the barrel of an enormous gun – more like a cannon and more than twice his height. In the newly opened second hangar of his Flying Heritage Collection, the billionaire Microsoft cofounder points at an 88mm Flak 37, Nazi Germany’s most feared piece of artillery during World War II. Allen owns […]
90-Year-Old Pilot Completes 90 International Crossings

90-Year-Old Pilot Completes 90 International Crossings

It’s not surprising that John G. Lawton fulfilled his dream of making 90 aerial crossings of the U.S.-Canadian border when he turned 90. He’s a high school dropout with a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from Cornell University. He emigrated from Austria in 1940 to avoid the horrors of the Nazis, was turned down when he tried […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Gilbert Jean Uteau, French World War I flying ace. 1935 – Brothers Fred and Algene Key fly twenty-seven days without landing, setting a world record for sustained flight in a Curtis Robin J-1 named “Ole Miss.” 1942 – The Battle of Midway, a face-off between four Japanese aircraft carriers and three U.S. carriers, begins with a predawn […]
Alaska Airlines Debuts 737 in Student-Designed Livery

Alaska Airlines Debuts 737 in Student-Designed Livery

A specially painted Alaska Airlines jet adorned with a Honolulu high school student’s winning design honoring the culture of the Aloha State touched down Monday in Honolulu before a crowd of students, educators and travelers. The unique paint theme, dubbed the “Spirit of the Islands,” was created by 17-year-old Aaron Nee. Nee’s design was selected from among more than 2,700 […]

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Avro Vulcan to Headline Scottish Air Show

Avro Vulcan to Headline Scottish Air Show

The 2013 Leuchars Airshow in northeast Scotland will offer the general public the chance to see the mighty Avro Vulcan V bomber in Scottish skies one more time when it joins the flying display on Sept. 7. Tickets for the show, which are already available online, went on sale at selected VisitScotland outlets at the weekend. […]
Solar Impulse Completes Third Leg to St. Louis

Solar Impulse Completes Third Leg to St. Louis

A solar-powered airplane made a smooth trip on Monday from Texas to a stormy part of America – St. Louis, where the Solar Impulse team put a portable, inflatable hangar to its first real-world test. The third leg of Solar Impulse’s “Across America” odyssey may not have been a record-setting trip like last week’s flight from […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Francis Thomas Evans, Sr., one of the earliest U.S. Marine Corps aviators, the first person to perform a loop in seaplane and a pioneer of stall and spin recovery techniques. 1936 – The British Air Ministry awarded a contract to Hawker for 600 Hurricane Mk. 1 fighters, the first of a new breed of […]
B-25 Rides Available in New Mexico

B-25 Rides Available in New Mexico

We’ve all seen Hollywood movies about World War II where American bomber pilots suit up for their dangerous bombing missions over Europe and in the Pacific, returning in shot-up planes and landing on a wing and a prayer. Others have heard stories first-hand from the family members who were bomber pilots and bombardiers and lived […]

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Plans Taking Flight for Kansas Aviation Museum

Plans Taking Flight for Kansas Aviation Museum

Men known for their prowess in flight, coupled with rich military heritage, form “boulders” for the Wings Over Salina Aviation Experience that is gathering nuggets for a multimillion-dollar project in Kansas. The idea snared Randy Hassler’s fancy years ago. “It’s been on my bucket list since I’ve been on the (Salina Airport Authority) board,” said […]
Ford Tri-Motor Available for Flights at Indiana Airport Next Week

Ford Tri-Motor Available for Flights at Indiana Airport Next Week

South Bend, Ind., area residents will have an opportunity to see a circa 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane up close next week at Elkhart Municipal Airport. And for a fee, they’ll have a chance to fly in the historic aircraft. The Tri-Motor was a transport aircraft produced by the companies of auto pioneer Henry Ford from 1925 […]
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