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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – The U.S. Army forms the 1st Aero Squadron under Capt. Charles Chandler at Texas City, Texas, to scout for Mexican incursions along the border. 1932 – Alan Bean, American astronaut and fourth man to walk on the moon (shown above), was born. 1941 – Philippine Airlines, the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name, begins service with a Beechcraft Model 18 with […]
Aussie F-111 Highway-Bound to Final Resting Place

Aussie F-111 Highway-Bound to Final Resting Place

A retired Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-111C aircraft will depart RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland today, highway-bound for the South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM) at Port Adelaide. The convoy, transporting aircraft serial number A8-134, was set to depart RAAF Base Amberley, near Ipswich, at 2 a.m. It is scheduled to arrive at SAAM at 7 […]

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Airbus Delivers 100th A380

Airbus Delivers 100th A380

Malaysia Airlines received the 100th Airbus A380 Thursday at the manufacturer’s Henri Ziegler Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the sixth A380 for MAS. “We are delighted that our 100th A380 delivery is to Malaysia Airlines as this gives us an early glimpse into the future shape of aviation,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus […]
Replica Me 262 Makes Air Tour Debut in Texas

Replica Me 262 Makes Air Tour Debut in Texas

A replica of the legendary Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter of World War II makes its first public appearance Friday as the Collings Foundation’s Wing of Freedom tour visits Tyler Pounds Regional Airport this weekend in East Texas. Sixty years after the birth of the Me 262, the influence of this revolutionary jet can still […]

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Video: The Southwest Swap

Video: The Southwest Swap

From The Dallas Morning News aviation writer Terry Maxon: I love to see videos that show how airplanes are built, modified, repaired or dismantled, and Southwest Airlines has put out a video showing an engine swap on a Boeing 737. Thanks to Southwest’s Mike Nutting, we know from the Nuts about Southwest blog that the changes take […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Paul Engelhard makes the first flight in Switzerland, flying a Wright biplane from a frozen lake at St. Moritz. 1914 – Edward O’Hare, American pilot, is born; he was an aviator of the U.S. Navy who became the service’s first flying ace in 1942 and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. 1928 – The first Canadian woman to become a […]

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Kansas B-29 Being Restored to Fly

Kansas B-29 Being Restored to Fly

A Boeing B-29 Superfortress is being restored back to flying condition in Kansas. “Doc” was moved to Wichita in 2000 from a California desert and a group called Doc’s Friends is now hoping to get the plane back in the air. “This was the place that it really needed to be and the fact that […]
Dyess AFB Receives New C-130J Super Hercules

Dyess AFB Receives New C-130J Super Hercules

U.S. Air Force Maj. General Richard C. Johnston has flown every variant of the Lockheed Martin C-130 tactical transport in the last 31 years, but none soared through the clouds more efficiently than the newest C-130 J-model plane. “I actually have flown the 1961 (E-model) when I first started flying C-130 (aircraft) back in 1982,” […]

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FAA Approves Boeing Plan to Fix 787 Batteries

FAA Approves Boeing Plan to Fix 787 Batteries

A Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner’s fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries won approval Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration, moving the cutting-edge planes a step closer to flying passengers again. The plan includes changes to the internal battery components to minimize the possibility of short-circuiting, which can lead to overheating and cause a fire. Among […]
Aviation Bible: Whitehead First to Fly

Aviation Bible: Whitehead First to Fly

The upcoming 100th anniversary edition of Jane’s All the World Aircraft will credit Connecticut’s Gustave Whitehead as the first man to build an operational heavier-than-air aircraft, a move that for many will shatter the widely held view that the Wright brothers were the first to fly. Jane’s has been long considered the bible of just about every human-made object […]
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