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Airbus A350 Test Birds Make First Flight

Airbus A350 Test Birds Make First Flight

Two Airbus A350 XWB test planes took to the skies for the first time Wednesday, doubling the size of the fleet that will log 2,500 flight hours before the new jetliner is delivered to any customers. The A350 XWB, in the works for nearly a decade, is an effort to push the envelope in passenger comfort, aerodynamics, and fuel efficiency. […]
Qantas to Retire 747s, 767s Amid Woes

Qantas to Retire 747s, 767s Amid Woes

Qantas will bring forward plans to retire some Boeing 747 aircraft and defer deliveries of Airbus A380s, A320s and Boeing 787s as part of its A$2 billion ($1.8 billion) three-year cost-cutting plan. “To reach $2 billion in cost cuts over three years, we have to work our assets harder, become more productive, retire older aircraft, and make sure that our fleet and […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Chauncey Milton Vought (shown), American aviation pioneer and engineer. 1937 – First flight of the Fiat G.50, a World War II Italian fighter aircraft; it is Italy’s first single-seat, all-metal monoplane with an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear to go into production. 1941 – Eastern Airlines Flight 21, a Douglas DC-3, crashes outside of Atlanta, […]
Evergreen Museum’s P-38L Up for Sale

Evergreen Museum’s P-38L Up for Sale

A buyer has snapped up a gem in the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum’s collection, a Ford Trimotor plane flown in 1929 on the first transcontinental passenger route between San Diego and New York. Other potential buyers are eyeing a Grumman TBM-3 Avenger in the McMinnville museum’s collection, a restored torpedo bomber with a $250,000 asking price. And now another plane […]

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Aviation Meet Takes Fans Behind Scenes

Aviation Meet Takes Fans Behind Scenes

Sprawled out before us sits the exterior of the world’s biggest building by volume. They make airliners here. Big ones. “Let’s go see some airplanes!” says our Boeing VIP tour guide. I remind myself: This doesn’t happen very often. Yeah yeah yeah, Boeing offers public tours of this 98.3-acre airliner factory north of Seattle every day. This ain’t that. […]
MD 530G Armed Scout Debuts at Show

MD 530G Armed Scout Debuts at Show

New models, new orders and of course, deliveries are what the excitement is all about at Heli-Expo 2014, an annual industry trade show being held this year in Anaheim, Calif. MD Helicopters could celebrate a little of all that this week. Company CEO Lynn Tilton unveiled not just the existence of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter, but […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1784 – The first balloon flight made in Italy takes place from the grounds of a villa owned by Chevalier Paul Andreani near Milanand uses a modified hot air design built by brothers Charles and Augustin Gerli. 1897 – Birth of Samuel Marcus Kinkead, South African World War I fighter ace; he would later serve […]
Gallery: Boeing’s Incredible Dreamlifter

Gallery: Boeing’s Incredible Dreamlifter

Boeing’s Large Cargo Freighter, also known as the Dreamlifter, is the primary means of transporting the wings, fuselage sections and other major assemblies of the 787 Dreamliner from Boeing’s global partners to the 787 final assembly sites in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston, S.C. As 787 production increases, the four Dreamlifters in the fleet are […]

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Flight Review: Quest Kodiak

Flight Review: Quest Kodiak

In 2010, I traveled to Haiti to deliver medical supplies in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that leveled much of the area in and around impoverished Port-au-Prince. It was no surprise that the crew of a Quest Kodiak beat me there. After all, the Kodiak was created to serve as a primary workhorse for […]
A-10s, U-2s May be Grounded Under Plan

A-10s, U-2s May be Grounded Under Plan

The U.S. government will delay procurement of Lockheed Martin F-35Cs by two years and ground its aging fleets of Fairchild Republic A-10s, Lockheed U-2s and Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warriors under the US Department of Defense’ fiscal year 2015 budget proposal. The changes, which must be approved by Congress, were announced by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during […]
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