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Videos: A Year of Pilot Reports

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments

This year Aviation Week’s chief test pilot, Fred George, buckled up in the left seat of a number of business jets, including Gulfstream’s G650, Dassault’s Falcon 2000S and Bombardier’s Learjet 75.  Fred is senior editor for Business & Commercial Aviation magazine, and in addition to flying business jets, he was also the first aviation journalist to fly [...]

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Scorpion Prototype Makes First Flight

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Textron AirLand engineering test pilot Dan Hinson couldn’t quit smiling Thursday afternoon. Neither could others working on the Scorpion intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strike aircraft under development at a Cessna facility in east Wichita. Hinson, a former Navy pilot, and co-pilot David Sitz successfully flew the Scorpion for the first time on what was a beautiful [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Grigory Eduardovich Suk, Russian World War I flying ace. 1917 – Canadian World War I flying ace William Wendell Rogers shoots down a Gotha G bomber piloted by German Blue Max order of merit winner Hauptmann Rudolf Kleine, killing Kleine and his three crew members. 1937 – While anchored upstream from [...]

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Events Planned for Wright Flight Anniversary

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Next week, the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., will be celebrated with several events at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The First Flight Society is hosting a public ceremony on Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, with a band concert, a flyover of military and civilian aircraft, and various [...]

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Living Legends Ceremony Set for January

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx, will be honored next month at the 11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Smith is due to receive the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award, while Bruce Whitman, chairman and CEO of FlightSafety International, will receive the Lifetime Aviation Industry [...]

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Weeks Revs Up for Re-Enactment Flight

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Kermit Weeks’ goal has been to create an authentic version of the Benoist airboat flown by legendary pilot Tony Jannus in his historic New Year’s Day hop across Tampa Bay almost a century ago. For Weeks, founder of the Fantasy of Flight attraction in Polk County, where vintage and rare aircraft attract thousands of visitors, [...]

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Blue Angels, Thunderbirds Set ’14 Schedules

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

OK, air show fans, the 2014 season is just around the corner and the top military teams in the world, the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, have released their schedules! Check out the Blues show dates here and the Thunderbirds here, then go see ‘em at a show near you. Photo by U.S. Navy

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 11, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace and founder of the  Maryland Air National Guard; he would also serve in World War II. 1924 – Frenchman Florentin Bonnet, in the Bernard SIMB V.2,  sets a world speed record of 279 mph. 1958 – Death of Charles Godefroy, French aviator [...]

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