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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 07, 2013 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Hubert William Godfrey Jones (Penderel), a Welsh World War I flying ace, Royal Air Force display pilot, air racer and World War II officer; he later undertakes a number of expeditions to explore the Gilf Kebir plateau in Egypt and one of his expeditions with Count László Almásy loosely forms the [...]

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Popular Chinese Airliner Posing Danger

Oct 07, 2013 No Comments

A Chinese airline manufacturer has been selling, and in some cases giving away, an airplane that was rejected by the country’s own aviation industry for safety fears. The first sign of trouble took place on June 22, 2000, when a plane called the Y-7 suffered a disastrous accident at an airport in the central Chinese [...]

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CAF AirSho Celebrates 50 Years

Oct 07, 2013 No Comments

Nine vintage military aircraft took to the skies above Harlingen’s Rebel Field in 1963, marking the Commemorative Air Force’s first warbird show dedicated to air stunts and flight aerobics. The tradition continues five decades later in the Permian Basin’s backyard with the CAF’s 50th annual AirSho on Oct. 12-13 at Midland International Airport. This year’s milestone [...]

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Learjet Success Began with Crash

Oct 07, 2013 No Comments

Fifty years ago today, Bill Lear stood on a runway and watched his life savings lift off from an airport in Wichita, Kans. He was 61, and had amassed a fortune in the consumer electronics age. But the jet age was upon us, and the serial entrepreneur saw a chance to build a business around [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 04, 2013 No Comments

1877 – Birth of François Victor Denhaut, early French aviator and aircraft designer; he also was known as the inventor of flying boats. 1909 – More than a million New Yorkers watch as Wilbur Wright makes a flight at New York City’s Hudson-Fulton celebrations, circling the Statue of Liberty and making a 33-minute flight up [...]

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Canadian Museum Debuts Grumman TBM

Oct 04, 2013 No Comments

The Shearwater Aviation Museum in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, unveiled its latest exhibit Thursday in Canada. It’s a vintage torpedo bomber, one that used to bomb forests in New Brunswick with water. It’s the last of the Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft. They were originally built as torpedo bombers, but converted by the Royal Canadian Navy for [...]

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Miramar Air Show Canceled

Oct 03, 2013 2 Comments

The air show planned for this weekend at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego has been canceled, U.S. Marine Corps officials announced Thursday. While it wasn’t immediately clear whether the move was tied to the partial shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday, Marine officials confirmed later Thursday the show was canceled as a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 03, 2013 No Comments

1803 – Frenchman André-Jaques Garnerin takes off from Paris to Clausen, Germany, with his Montgolfière balloon; he covers the distance of 245 miles by the next day. 1889 – Birth of Frank Widenham Goodden, chief test pilot for the Royal Aircraft Factory. 1935 – Italy invades Abyssinia, using aircraft during the invasion, beginning the Second Italo-Abyssinian [...]

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