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WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

A German World War II bomber was raised from the bottom of the English Channel on Monday. The Dornier Do 17, a twin-engined airplane known as the “Flying Pencil,” was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Believed to be the only intact example of its kind [...]

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Waterbombing: the French Celebrate 50 Years

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

At the beginning of June, the French Securite Civile marked 50 years of aerial water bombing. The agency, which is part of the country’s interior ministry, held four days of celebrations including an airshow at the little airfield of Aix-le-Milles, near Marseille on June 2 providing a great opportunity to the agency’s fixed-wing assets in action. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Walter George Raymond Hinchliffe, British World War I flying ace, pioneering military and civilian aviator. 1919 – American aviatrix Ruth Bancroft Law (Oliver) sets an altiture record of 14,700 feet. 1965 – First automated landing by a civil airliner in scheduled passenger service is done by a Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident. 1990 – British Airways Flight 5390, a [...]

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Classic Plane a Unique Ride

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

Jackson Wit took a short trip back in time at the Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport in Ontario, Canada, on Sunday. The 13-year-old took a flight in a Beech 18 that dates from the 1940s that was offering tours at the fifth annual Wings and Wheels put on by the Owen Sound Rotary Club [...]

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Helicopters Critical Part of New Mexico Wildfire Fight

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

Apart from the billowing clouds of smoke that loom on the horizon and the smell of campfires, the clearest evidence that fire season has arrived is the sudden increase in air-traffic over Santa Fe, N.M. Helicopters towing tanks of water and fire-retardant chemicals constantly crisscross the city’s airspace, providing air support to the ground crews [...]

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Community Invited to Airplane’s ‘Rebirth’

Jun 08, 2013 No Comments

After a lengthy restoration process, the historic Fairey Gannet airplane known as XT752, housed at Wisconsin’s New Richmond Regional Airport, is ready for its official unveiling. The public is invited to Hangar 11-12 today from 6 to 9 p.m. to see the newly restored British warplane, nicknamed “Janet the Gannet.” Owned by Shannan Hendricks from the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 07, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer, World War I flying ace, inventor and influential advocate of strategic air power. 1912 – First machine gun fired from an airplane; U.S. Army Capt. Charles Chandler fired a prototype Lewis Gun from the foot-bar of a Wright Model B Flyer. 1933 – The last Ford Trimotor (also called [...]

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NASA Flights to Target How Pollution, Storms, Climate Mix

Jun 07, 2013 No Comments

NASA aircraft will take to the skies over the southern U.S. this summer to investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate. NASA will conduct its most complex airborne science campaign of the year from Houston’s Ellington Field, which is operated [...]

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