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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1834 – Birth of Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer and pioneer of aviation. 1909 – The first international aviation meeting begins in Bétheny, France; 23 European airplanes make 87 flights during one week and the meeting will have a strong influence on the technical and military aspects of flight. 1914 – […]
Final North American A318 Retired

Final North American A318 Retired

The Airbus A318 can be thought of as the black sheep of the Airbus family. With a grand total of only 79 airframes built, the A318 program was simply not meant to be. Earlier this month, the final A318 based in North America, belonging to Frontier Airlines, has been retired at the young age of […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1879 – Birth of Claude Grahame White, English aviation pioneer and the first to make a night flight; he also founded Grahame-White Aviation Co. 1929 – Nicholas B. “Nick” Mamer and and Arthur Walker lands in Spokane, Wash., after a 120-hour flight using inflight refueling to make the distance from Spokane to San Francisco, New […]
Catalina Takes to London Skies

Catalina Takes to London Skies

A 70-year-old amphibious aircraft flew along the River Thames on Wednesday morning as it set off to trace the route of the 1913 Circuit of Britain Race. PBY Catalina G-PBYA, operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd. and built in Canada in the 1940s, took off from its base at IWM Duxford on Wednesday morning […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1832 – Birth of Thaddeus Lowe, American Civil War aeronaut. 1910 – First U.S. Army experiments with firing a rifle from an airplane takes place when Lt. Jacob Earl Fickel conducts firing trials from a Curtiss biplane piloted by Glenn Curtiss himself. 1935 – Boeing’s prototype B-17 Flying Fortress, designated the Model 299 (shown above), […]
Aussie Catalina Set for Resto

Aussie Catalina Set for Resto

A restoration effort has begun at the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach in central-west Queensland, Australia, to convert a vintage Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat into a historical display. The museum has secured a $50,000 grant to help restore the plane. It bought the plane in Spain four years ago and flew it home to Longreach […]

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Psst! Wanna Buy an Airbus?

Psst! Wanna Buy an Airbus?

The U.S. Army is looking to offload a used and abused Airbus A300 in China Airlines livery from its Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The Army notes that the aircraft was used for “Government testing” and as the result of the testing, it “is not a functional plane.” It’s not kidding. The A300, in a […]
Flying Magazine’s 51 Heroes

Flying Magazine’s 51 Heroes

Throughout its history, aviation has generated some of the most remarkable figures that ever lived, including those brave pilots who made the first forays into the air and who courageously pushed the bounds of flight in ways previously unimaginable. At the same time, aviation has produced a number of people whose heroism rises above the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1871 – Birth of Orville Wright, co-inventor, with his brother Wilbur, of the first airplane to achieve powered, sustained, and controlled flight and the first fully practical powered airplane. 1917 – Heinrich Gontermann, a German World War I fighter ace, shoots down a SPAD fighter and later, on a single mission, downs four balloons in […]
Group Rallies Around Endangered Sabrejet

Group Rallies Around Endangered Sabrejet

Organizers of the “Save the Airplane” grass roots group continue to be on a mission to save the Korean War-era North American F-86L Sabre jet from leaving Monroe, N.Y. Like a pilot filing a flight plan for approval from its control tower, the group is developing plans it hopes will get approval from the Village of […]
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