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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Johann “Hans” Baur, a German World War I flying ace who flew airliners and later became Adolf Hitler’s personal pilot. 1912 – Capt. Marcel Dubois and Lt. Albert Peignan of the French Army are killed near Douai in northern France when their planes struck each other; it is the first fatal [...]

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Wright B Flyer Group Offering Rides in Replica

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

You can find the new Wright Brothers at the Dayton (Ohio)-Wright Brothers Airport, a dozen miles south of Dayton in Miami Twp., from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. No, Wilbur and Orville have not come back to life, but they have found some very deserving replacements. Volunteers at the Wright [...]

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World’s First Flying Car for Sale

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

Does it come with cabin crew? A bidding-war is stirring among high flying millionaires in a desperate move to snap up the world’s first aeroplane car, which is up for sale for £600,000 (that’s nearly $1 million). With cars and congestion becoming too much for commuters in the 1940s, pioneering inventor Moulton Taylor developed a [...]

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Low-Flying NASA Jet Spooks LA-Area Residents

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

A NASA Douglas DC-8 flying laboratory conducting low-altitude research flights over California this week startled residents when it swooped low over Torrance Municipal Airport. The Monday afternoon flight over Zamperini Field was just 348 feet above sea level, said John Bailey, a Torrance resident who tracked the flight on the Internet and is a member [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 18, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Georges Pierre Blanc, French World War I flying ace. 1916 – First American pilot to be shot down, Horace Clyde Balsley of the Lafayette Escadrille, is wounded and survives the engagement. 1928 – A Latham 47 – a French twin-engine biplane flying boat piloted by René Cyprien Guilbaud – carrying Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and five others [...]

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Mexican Airline to Operate First Russian Regional Jet in West

Jun 18, 2013 No Comments

A ceremony scheduled for this morning in Le Bourget’s static park at the Paris Air Show marks delivery of the first example of a Sukhoi SSJ100 built to operate in the Western world to Mexican airline Interjet. The airplane, marketed by SuperJet International–the Venice, Italy-based Western sales and worldwide support provider for the Sukhoi SSJ100–arrived here in [...]

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Latest Astronaut Class Includes Pilots from 4 Services

Jun 18, 2013 No Comments

NASA has picked eight Americans, a mix of scientists and military pilots, to begin training for future space missions that may one day launch them all the way to Mars. The new class consists of four men and four women who will join the 49 active astronauts at the agency’s astronaut corps at the Johnson [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 17, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Inaugural flight of the first Italian airship “Italia.” 1912 – Death of Julia Clark, third woman to receive a pilot’s license from the Aero Club of America (though British) and first female pilot to die in an air crash in the U.S. 1922 – To mark the centennial of Brazil’s independence, Portuguese naval aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura [...]

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