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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

1909 – First flight of the Blériot XI, light and sleek monoplane constructed of oak and poplar. The flying surfaces were covered with cloth. One of the most successful monoplanes designed and built before WWI. 1929 – Clennell Haggerston “Punch” Dickins delivered the first airmail to Canada’s Northwest Territories on a flight into the high Arctic, travelling through [...]

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Families Still Await Closure of 1952 Alaska Glacier Crash

Jan 23, 2013 1 Comment

When news came last summer that old airplane wreckage discovered on Colony Glacier belonged to a massive C-124 Globemaster that crashed in 1952 with 52 members of the armed services aboard, it offered closure to some family members who had spent decades wondering about the fate of their lost loved ones. Now, six months after the [...]

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FAA: Military Plane, Not UFO, to Blame for Sightings

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says a military aircraft was flying over Amherst, Mass., Jan. 8 when residents reported seeing a mysterious object flying silently overhead. However, a spokesman for an area military base said descriptions from town residents don’t match what he knows of the aircraft. Residents in the Amherst and Pelham area reported that between [...]

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Greatest Generation Group to Host Charity Auction

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

Greatest Generation Aircraft,  a Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation that operates a pair of World War II aircraft, will host a charity auction on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at 505 NW 38th Street. Among the many unique items set to roll across the auction block is [...]

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The Hun Hits the Big 60

Jan 22, 2013 No Comments

By Steve Pace The supersonic North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was a follow-on to its subsonic F-86 Sabre. But more importantly, it gave the U.S. Air Force, specifically its Tactical Air Command, the first turbojet-powered fighter cable of supersonic speed in level attitude flight, and this was proved during its very first test flight [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 22, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Douglas Corrigan, an American pilot later known as “Wrong Way” for his New York-Ireland flight in a Curtiss Robin, is born. 1926 – Spanish Dornier Do J Wal flying boat “Plus Ultra” takes off from Palos de la Frontera, in Huelva, Spain, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the first trans-Atlantic flight between Spain and South America. 1943 – Death [...]

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94-year-old WWII Vet Flies P-51 Mustang

Jan 21, 2013 1 Comment

At 94, Urban Rahoi is still flying airplanes, and he doesn’t plan to quit anytime soon. Rahoi’s latest exploit is piloting a P-51 Mustang, a World War II fighter plane he never had the chance to fly while serving as an Army Air Corps pilot during the war. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Rahoi [...]

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One of a Kind: Boyd Flying Craft Model C

Jan 21, 2013 5 Comments

By Jay Miller During the heart of the Depression, a stunning number of one-offs and prototype aircraft were designed, and in many cases, built and test flown, under the most humble of circumstances. There were hundreds of these experimental, often homemade, flying machines created not only in hangars, but also in barns, tin sheds, wooden [...]

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