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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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Alberta Museum Debuts Starfighter

Alberta Museum Debuts Starfighter

Canada’s Alberta Aviation Museum Edmonton unveiled its latest attraction, a Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, during a ceremony Saturday morning. The plane was one of the few surviving aircrafts involved in the Canadian program from 1961 to 1984. Member of Parliament Laurie Hawn said he had flown better planes but had a soft spot for the Starfighter, a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Minoru Genda, well-known Japanese military aviator and politician; he later plans the Pearl Harbor attack that led to U.S. military involvement in the Pacific Ocean. 1929 – German Fritz Morzik, flying a BFW M.23B low-winged monoplane, wins the first FAI International Tourist Plane Contest (Challenge 1929) conceived by the Aéro-Club de […]

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Chicago Air Show Fills Military Void

Chicago Air Show Fills Military Void

Government budget cuts mean there are no Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, or Golden Knights at this year’s Chicago Air & Water Show, but there will be plenty to see. The All-Veteran Parachute Team, which is made up of 10 active or retired military parchutists, will make its debut; as will the British Aerospace Sea Harrier jet; […]
Last Day to Enter DC-3 Pilot Contest

Last Day to Enter DC-3 Pilot Contest

Do you have an appetite for aviation? How about a taste for turbulence? If you have always had a fondness for fuselages and weakness for wings, then “Pilot-for-a-day” is probably for you! This month, John Sessions and the Historic Flight Foundation will give 12 people a free chance to become pilots for a day. What […]

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Wings Over Camarillo Set for Weekend

Wings Over Camarillo Set for Weekend

Gary Barber loved to make model airplanes as a boy. For Barber, the miniature fighter planes made him feel connected to his father, Stanley Barber, who was away from the family’s Michigan home to serve at an Army base in California during World War II. “It was quite a bit of fun being a kid […]
Canadian Air Show to Feature Jets, Warbirds

Canadian Air Show to Feature Jets, Warbirds

A celebration of 70 years of Canadian Air Force History in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island will take place Saturday as the Comox Armed Forces Day and Air Show takes flight. “We have planned carefully to welcome thousands of Comox Valley residents and visitors from across British Columbia to 19 Wing, CFB Comox, to […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Langley Frank Willard Smith, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1935 – Death of Wiley Post, famed American aviator and the first pilot to fly solo around the world. His hybrid Lockheed Orion, which had the wings of a wrecked experimental Lockheed Explorer, crashes in Barrow, Alaska, killing him and Will […]
Golden State Gets Wildfire Help

Golden State Gets Wildfire Help

Two Bombardier 415 Super Scoopers and an Erickson S-64 Air-Crane Helitanker arrived in California Wednesday at Van Nuys Airport from Quebec to bolster Los Angeles County Fire Department’s efforts against wildfires. The county annually leases the aircraft from the Canadian province of Quebec, where the wildfire season customarily ends in August. The fixed-wing Super Scoopers skim […]
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