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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 10, 2015 No Comments by

1920 – Birth of Rudolf Božík, Slovak World War II flying ace who served on the Eastern Front with the Axis forces. 1935 – The Bell Aircraft Co. is formed. 1940 – The preliminary phase of the Battle of Britain, the Kanalkampf or Channel battle, begins with German aerial attacks on convoys in the English [...]

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Photo: CS100 Tests in Kansas

Jul 10, 2015 No Comments by

Bombardier has disclosed details of the minimum-unstick testing on the initial CSeries variant which it conducted at a regional airport in Kansas. One of the CS100 prototypes, FTV4, performed the tests at Salina airport during May. The twinjet was fitted with a projecting bumper underneath the aft fuselage for the tests, which explore the minimum speed at [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 09, 2015 No Comments by

1898 – Birth of William Edwin Jenkins, British World War I flying ace. 1910 – Walter Brookins attains an altitude of 6,175 feet in a Wright biplane, becoming the first to fly a mile high and wins a prize of $5,000 for his feat. 1933 – Flying their Lockheed Sirius “Tingmissartoq” (shown), built in 1929 and [...]

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‘Green’ ATR Makes First Flight

Jul 09, 2015 No Comments by

ATR’s “green” ATR 72-600 flying technology demonstrator flew for the first time on Wednesday as part of Europe’s Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (CS JTI) test campaign. A measure adopted by the European Parliament to support the trend of public-private partnership initiatives in the field of research, CS JTI represents efforts to achieve major steps toward the environmental goals set by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 07, 2015 No Comments by

1911 – French Lieutenant de Vaisseau Jean Louis Conneau (pseudonym André Beaumont) wins the Circuit of Europe air race in a Blériot XI monoplane. 1921 – First flight of the Fairey Pintail (shown), a British single-engine floatplane fighter. 1960 – Birth of Kevin Anthony Ford, U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut. 1962 – Alitalia Flight 771, a Douglas DC-8, hits high terrain while [...]

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Airbus E-Fan Prepares to Hop Channel

Jul 06, 2015 No Comments by

It is more than 100 years since Louis Bleriot made the first cross English Channel flight from Calais to Dover ushering in a new era of aviation.  But next week Airbus will take the next giant leap in air travel when the company embarks on the longest-ever manned electric flight. Reversing Bleriot’s 1909 route, French [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 01, 2015 No Comments

1896 – Birth of George William Gladstone Gauld, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1923 – The first commercial flight is operated by SABENA between Brussels and London. 1962 – The Boeing Vertol 107 II (shown), an American medium-lift, tandem-rotor helicopter, enters scheduled service with New York Airways. 1968 – Death of Willi Gabriel, German [...]

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Vulcan Makes Last Flight Over RAF Base

Jun 29, 2015 No Comments

Hundreds of aircraft enthusiasts lined the A15 on Sunday to watch Avro Vulcan bomber XH558 fly over RAF Waddington for the last time. Police closed the section of the road by the viewing area so that the crowds could fill the road and enjoy the iconic aircraft’s final goodbye. The engine life of the 55-year-old aircraft, which was [...]

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