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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Victor S. Chapman, French-American World War I pilot and the first American pilot to die in that conflict. 1920 – Death of Walter Alfred Southey, British World War I fighter ace. 1942 – Twelve Avro Lancaster bombers – six each from No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron and No. 97 Squadron – carry […]
Replica Caproni CA.3 Makes Test Flight

Replica Caproni CA.3 Makes Test Flight

The Caproni Ca.3R has flown! Although technically speaking, it just made a short hop to test the response of the flight controls and engine behavior, this is a major milestone on the road to the real flight tests, which will surely take place soon. As WarbirdsNews reported last year, Giancarlo Zanardo has been building the replica WWI-era, […]

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New Zealand’s Super Seasprite Takes Wing

New Zealand’s Super Seasprite Takes Wing

Kaman Aerospace has begun production flight-testing of the first of 10 refurbished SH-2G(I) Super Seasprites that were previously delivered to Australia, but have now been bought by the Royal New Zealand Navy. The milestone opens another chapter in the story of a design that made its first flight (as the HU2K-1) on July 2, 1959, and which […]
Boeing Delivers 8,000th 737 to United

Boeing Delivers 8,000th 737 to United

Boeing’s 737 aircraft just marked an aviation first: The 8,000th model has rolled off the assembly line, a round-number milestone for the best-selling airplane of all time. Boeing delivered the aircraft, a 737-900ER, on Wednesday to United Airlines, the buyer of the first 737 sold in the U.S. For an idea of just how popular the 737 is […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Giles Noble Blennerhasset, Irish World War I fighter ace. 1922 – Taking advantage of the Treaty of Rapallo, a flying school for German pilots is set up at Lipetsk; by 1933, 450 German military pilots will have trained here. 1943 – Believing they had sunk a cruiser, two destroyers and 25 transports and shot down 175 Allied aircraft, […]
Meet the Pilots of Solar Impulse 2

Meet the Pilots of Solar Impulse 2

Their CVs combined look like the envy of all bona fide air adventurers. Pioneering ultralight aircraft? Been there. Setting world records by circling the globe nonstop in a balloon? Done that. Commanding the first ever 24-hour flight on a plane powered just by the sun? Yep, you’ve guessed it. And now, following 12 years of […]

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X-47B Makes Night Flight, Wins Award

X-47B Makes Night Flight, Wins Award

A Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned air vehicle completed the type’s first night flight last week – the same day the UAV’s development team won the Robert J Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association. The aircraft, developed by Northrop as a demonstrator for the U.S. Navy’s unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) programme, conducted the night […]
HAL Tejas Navy Jet Goes Supersonic

HAL Tejas Navy Jet Goes Supersonic

Just days before the second anniversary of its maiden flight, the naval variant of India’s Light Combat Aircraft-LCA Navy (NP-1) has successfully completed its first super sonic flight signaling that the aircraft is now able to fly faster than the speed of sound. The Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency for the development […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Gerhard Fieseler, German World War I flying ace, aerobatics champion, aircraft designer and manufacturer. 1941 – Two hundred bombers of the Luftwaffe attack the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland; about 900 people die and 1,500 are injured. In terms of property damage, half of the houses in Belfast are damaged or […]
‘Aluminum Overcast,’ Vets Take Special Flight

‘Aluminum Overcast,’ Vets Take Special Flight

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Boeing B-17G “Aluminum Overcast” has made many memorable flights throughout the country, but one would be hard-pressed to come up with one more special than what occurred yesterday in Oshkosh, Wis. Ten World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veterans – representing all 10 Flying Fortress crew positions from pilot to tailgunner […]
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