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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly the English Channel. 1913 – First contest for the Schneider Trophy. Maurice Prévost wins in a Deperdussin monoplane, completing the 28 circuits of the 6.2-mile course with an average speed of 45.75 mph. 1935 – A Pan Am Sikorsky S-42 makes the first airline flight from the continental U.S. to Hawaii; it takes two days. 1956 – U.S. Navy […]
Cessna Rolls Out First New Citation X

Cessna Rolls Out First New Citation X

Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production copy of the new Citation X Monday at its Wichita, Kan., manufacturing facility, to the applause of some 200 Cessna employees. The upgraded twinjet was first announced at the 2010 National Business Aircraft Association Convention. At the event, CEO Scott Ernest crowned the new Citation X, with a top speed […]

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California Pilot Aims to Set World Record Flight

California Pilot Aims to Set World Record Flight

Jack Wiegand is not your typical 20-year-old. It’s safe to say the Bullard High (Fresno, Calif.) grad has loftier goals than most people his age. “Starting May first I’m going to attempt to be the youngest person to solo an airplane around the world,” Wiegand said. In a little more than two weeks Jack is hoping […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot. is born. He would become one of only a few pilots to score victories in both wars. 1916 – Royal Flying Corps and Royal Navy Air Service aircraft deliver 13 tons of stores into Kut el Amara, Mesopotamia, while it was besieged by the Turks. This was the […]

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SpaceShipTwo: Powered Launch Soon?

SpaceShipTwo: Powered Launch Soon?

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane successfully glided through a test on Friday that sent oxidizer flowing through its engine — a sight that led observers to speculate that the suborbital spacecraft’s first powered flight could be imminent. SpaceShipTwo has been tested in the air for more than three years. Its hybrid rocket engine has undergone extensive […]
‘Gimli Glider’ Not Sold at Ontario Auction

‘Gimli Glider’ Not Sold at Ontario Auction

The highest bid wasn’t high enough to nab a piece of Canadian aviation history. The former Air Canada Boeing 767, known as the Gimli Glider, was on the auction block this afternoon in Mississauga, Ont. The Gimli Glider was being auctioned off by Collector Car Productions and spokesperson Terry Lobzun said it was hoped the plane would […]

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Investigators Probe Lion Air Crash in Bali

Investigators Probe Lion Air Crash in Bali

Indonesian investigators on Sunday began working to determine what caused a new Lion Air passenger jet to miss a runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 on board. The National Transportation Safety Committee is examining the wreckage of the Boeing 737-800 that […]
X-48C Research Aircraft Completes Flight Testing

X-48C Research Aircraft Completes Flight Testing

Boeing’s X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time on Tuesday, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept. All 30 flights were conducted at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California. The X-48C typically flew for […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – John Howard Umney, an English flying ace from World War I, is born. He flew as a gunner-observer in the rear seat of Bristol F.2 Fighters, and was credited with 13 official aerial victories. 1911 – The U. S. Army sets up its first permanent flying school at College Park, Md. 1934 – Renato Donati sets an altitude record of […]
Video: First F-35B Vertical Landing at Night

Video: First F-35B Vertical Landing at Night

Amid all the controversy surrounding Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, better known as the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF, the test force at Patuxent River, Md., recently distributed a great video of a B model doing the first JSF vertical landing at night. Thanks to DoDLive.mil, you can check out the video, below. 
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