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Flying Tigers: How They Got That Name

Nov 15, 2013 2 Comments

Here at the office, we love warbirds! One of our all-time favorites is the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. Forever connected with the name “Flying Tigers,” it remains a famous icon for the years just before the U.S. entered World War II. When it comes to WWII aviation history, one of the most often asked questions we [...]

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Museum Not Affected by Airline Shutdown

Nov 15, 2013 No Comments

Officials at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum say the Yamhill County, Ore., facility will remain open, despite the pending closure of its sister organization, Evergreen International Airlines. “The Evergreen Aviation Museum has been and remains a separate entity from Evergreen International Airlines,” said spokeswoman Melissa Grace. “The museums would not be here without the financial [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

1922 – Death of Godfrey DeCourcelles Chevalier, pioneering U.S. Navy aviator, as a result of injuries sustained in an airplane crash two days before. 1930 – Birth of Edward White, American astronaut and Purple Heart and Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient; he was the first American to conduct a spacewalk. 1932 – Amy Johnson begins an attempt [...]

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FLASHBACK: First Successful Carrier Takeoff

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

By Budd Davisson It was Nov. 14, 1910, and excited sailors were hanging from every inch of the forward part of the USN cruiser Birmingham. They were even high in the rigging, hands wrapped tightly around cables and masts. All eyes were focused on a fragile bamboo and fabric contraption that was perched high over [...]

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Military Charter Airlines Enter Chapter 11

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

The largest provider of air charter service for the U.S. military has filed for bankruptcy protection a mere nine months after its last court-supervised restructuring. Global Aviation Holdings operates two charter brands: World Airways, which has flown U.S. soldiers since the Korean War in 1951, and North American Airlines. Global blamed its latest financial difficulties [...]

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B-17 Pilot Remembers Downing, Capture

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

Optimism in the face of overwhelming odds tells a lot about a man — especially a wide-eyed 20-year-old lieutenant fighting the controls of a crippled bomber over the heart of World War II Germany. Hiram resident Keylon Clarke, now 90, started Sept. 28, 1944, at a U.S. Army Air Corps airfield in Glatton, England, as [...]

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Jetstar Flies First 787 Low-Cost Route

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

Jetstar has operated its inaugural Boeing 787 Dreamliner revenue flight, with its first 787-8, VH-VKA, operating flight JQ432 between Melbourne and the Gold Coast on Wednesday. More than 250 passengers, including Jetstar CEO Jane Hrdlicka and representatives from Boeing and General Electric, were aboard the flight, which departed a wet Melbourne Airport at just after [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 13, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Hazel LeRoy Wallace, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1907 – The first free flight of a rotary-wing aircraft takes place when the Cornu helicopter, a French experimental craft, lifts inventor Paul Cornu (shown above) a foot above the ground for 20 seconds. 1942 – A U.S. Navy Vought OS2U Kingfisher [...]

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