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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments

1885 – Birth of Blanche Stuart Scott, also known as Betty Scott, possibly the first American woman aviator; she became an exhibition and test pilot. 1931 – Amelia Earhart climbs to a record altitude of 18,415 feet in a Pitcairn PCA2 autogyro at Willow Grove, Pa., near Philadelphia. 1943 – On his first mission, U.S. [...]

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Tulsa Museum Display Highlights MD-80

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium has dubbed its new MD-80 exhibit a “Discovery Center.” Museum officials hope the McDonnell Douglas commercial jetliner now on display can help inspire a new generation to continue Tulsa’s aerospace legacy. “It’s exhibits like this that might spark the interest of a future pilot, mechanic or engineer,” [...]

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Inside the Presidential Osprey

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments

A sharply painted hunter green Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey taxies up near a hangar at the sprawling Marine Corps Base Quantico in central coastal Virginia. It has been pouring down rain and the sky is a gray soup of fog. Yet in the time it takes to walk 100 yards to the awaiting hybrid aircraft, [...]

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B-17 ‘Champaign Lady’ Resto Progressing

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments

WarbirdsNews has received the latest installment from the restoration team working to return “Champaign Lady” back to flying condition. The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, based around the remains of Golf model serial 44-85813, is coming together in leaps and bounds now, following nearly a decade of hard work repairing/remanufacturing the various components and subcomponents. The team has chronicled [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 07, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Erich Löwenhardt, third-highest German fighter ace with 54 victories during World War I (behind only Manfred von Richthofen and Ernst Udet). 1916 – Flying his new fighter Nieuport 11, World War I Italian ace Francesco Baracca scores his first victory, holing the fuel tank of an Austrian Hansa-Brandenburg C.I and wounding [...]

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B-25 Visits Future Home of Aviation Museum

Apr 07, 2014 No Comments

A gigantic iron bird the color of gunmetal is causing quite the squawk at the Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville, Calif., and folks behind the Jimmy Doolittle Center, for one, are enthused. More than likely because they’ve got an impressive warbird, a World War II B-25 Mitchell nicknamed “Tondelayo,” nesting just inside the Copart hangar [...]

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USMC Uses Tablet to Land Helicopters

Apr 07, 2014 No Comments

U.S. Marines recently landed Kaman K-MAX and MD Helicopters MH-6 Little Bird helicopters autonomously using an iPad-like mini-tablet device during a demonstration at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Navy and Corps officials said. “With one touch of a mini-tablet in their hand, they have been able to autonomously land a full-size helicopter onto an unprepared [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 04, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of William James Alexander Weir, Australian World War I flying ace. 1913 – Death of Emmanouil Argyropoulos, Greek pioneer aviator, in a captured Ottoman Blériot XI during the Balkan Wars; apart from being the first Greek aviator who performed a flight over his homeland, he also became the first casualty in Greek [...]

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