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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 07, 2014 No Comments by

1894 – Birth of Austin Lloyd Fleming, Canadian World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1919 – French Air Force officer Charles Godefroy makes the first flight through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (shown) with a Nieuport 11 “Bébé.” The flight was made three weeks after the victory parade on [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 06, 2014 No Comments by

1918 – Death of Peter Strasser, chief commander of German Imperial Navy Zeppelins during World War I; he is killed while flying the war’s last airship raid over Great Britain in Zeppelin L-70. The airship is shot down by an Airco DH.4 reconnaissance biplane. 1945 – A U.S. Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay” drops “Little Boy,” the [...]

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Pilatus Rolls Out First Biz Jet

Aug 06, 2014 No Comments by

To great fanfare, Pilatus rolled out its new PC-24 “Super Versatile” jet on Friday at its home airfield of Buochs, near the town of Stans in central Switzerland. The prototype of the twin-engine business and utility jet was pulled across the runway by 24 horses before coming to rest on a giant Swiss flag painted on [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 05, 2014 No Comments by

1935 – Wiley Post, the first pilot to fly solo around the world, and his passenger Will Rogers are killed in a crash in Alaska. 1959 – Birth of Scott Douglas “Scooter” Altman, U.S. Navy test pilot and NASA astronaut; he also “flipped off” a Soviet pilot in the movie “Top Gun.” 1976 – Death of Norman MacMillan, Scottish World [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 04, 2014 No Comments by

1840 – A hot air balloon took to the air for the first time in Canada when the “Star of the East,” piloted by American aeronaut Louis Anselm Lauriat, rose into the sky over Saint John, New Brunswick. 1914 – The United Kingdom enters World War I, declaring war on Germany. 1943 – Death of Augustus [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 01, 2014 No Comments by

1872 – Birth of George Augustine Taylor, Australian artist, journalist, and aviation pioneer; he becomes the first person in Australia to fly in a heavier-than-air craft. 1915 – Lt. Max Immelmann (shown) shoots down his first aircraft, a Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c, with his Fokker E.I; it is the beginning of his career as an [...]

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10 Reasons Oshkosh 2014 Rocks

Aug 01, 2014 No Comments

With two-thirds of AirVenture 2014 in the books, this year’s Oshkosh cavalcade of aviation goodness is inarguably the best that we’ve seen in many, many years. The economic signs are good. Many companies have reported improving sales, and in some cases those improvements are dramatic. That’s not all, either. This gathering has been host to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 30, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Roderic Stanley “Bréguet” Dallas, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1910 – First flight of the Bristol Boxkite (replica shown), the first aircraft produced by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Co. (later known as the Bristol Aeroplane Co.). 1924 – Two Japanese airmen, Yukichi Goto and flight engineer Minezo Yonezawo, return to Osaka after completing the [...]

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