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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 02, 2016 No Comments

1873 – Death of Charles Ferson Durant, the first successful American aeronaut. 1915 – Birth of Kaj Birksted, Danish World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force and Danish high-ranking officer post-WWII. 1955 – Trans-Canada Airlines introduces the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use [...]

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NASA Sets Sights on Supersonic Jet

Mar 02, 2016 No Comments

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA’s award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft. This is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. NASA Administrator [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 01, 2016 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Dan Able Kimball, American World War I pilot, executive of rocket engine producer Aerojet Engineering Co. and secretary of the U.S. Navy. 1926 – A quartet of Royal Air Force Fairey IIIDs commanded by Wing Commander Conway Walter Heath Pulford begin a long-distance flight from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South [...]

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SR-71 Pilot Recounts Career

Feb 29, 2016 No Comments

Brian Shul was burned so horribly after his aircraft crashed in the Vietnam jungle that doctors in Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, expected him to die. But Shul’s body refused to give in. He was shipped to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where he underwent 15 surgeries by doctors who told him [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 26, 2016 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Saint Cyprian Churchill Tayler, British World War I flying ace. 1931 – Frenchmen Lucien Bossoutrot and Maurice Rossi take off in the Blériot 110 “Joseph Le Brix” to attempt a closed-circuit world distance record. 1935 – Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be reformed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles. [...]

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Restored Speed Wing Built for Final Flights

Feb 26, 2016 No Comments

When the time comes, there is something to be said for going out in style. Richard Zeiler has just the ride for that. Zeiler, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who flew a Cessna L-19 Bird Dog in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, spent the better part of a quarter century leading a team of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 24, 2016 No Comments

1899 – Birth of George Raby Riley, British World War I fighter ace. 1921 – American James Herbert Knight, part of a relay team that flew 2,629 miles across the U.S., lands his de Havilland DH-4B in Chicago, completing the first overnight transcontinental air mail delivery. 1929 – First flight of the Breguet 27 (model [...]

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‘Winkle’ Brown, Record-Setting Pilot, Dies

Feb 22, 2016 No Comments

Eric “Winkle” Brown, a British pilot who flew more kinds of aircraft than anyone in history and was the first person to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, has died. He was 97. Brown’s family said he died Sunday at a hospital in southern England after a short illness. Often dubbed Britain’s greatest pilot, [...]

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