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Film Highlights Spitfire Pilot, Crash Landing Footage

May 28, 2013 16 Comments

Imagine you flew a Supermarine Spitfire out of an Allied base during World War II. Easy enough for most guys, even some gals, right? Now imagine you did a belly landing in one of those famous fighters and a flight surgeon from base captured the event on film. After the war, you and Doc visit, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 28, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Carlo Romagnoli, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1924 – Adrienne Bolland wins the women’s record for looping from Laura Bromwell, performing the feat 212 times in just over an hour in her Caudron 127 in Paris. 1939 – Hiromichi Shinohara, the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army Air [...]

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Spirit of Goodyear Floats Over North Carolina

May 28, 2013 No Comments

If you looked up into the sky Monday, you may have seen the Goodyear blimp navigating the skies of Hickory, N.C. Ashton Leonard, a 17-year-old junior at Bandys High School and one of the lucky riders on the blimp, said his experience was “amazing.” “I’m kind of speechless,” said Leonard, who also said he had never [...]

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Aviation History Returns to Australian Town

May 27, 2013 No Comments

A piece of Australia’s aviation history flew into Warrnambool, Victoria, Monday carrying descendents of the first chairman of Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) onboard. The flight of the heritage Douglas DC-3 airliner (VH-AES “Hawdon”) was to include Nancy Duncan, who was 22 when the plane first travelled from Melbourne to Sydney with 24 passengers more than [...]

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Ohio Pilot Part of Indy 500 Flyover

May 25, 2013 No Comments

When the national anthem is playing before the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Salem, Ohio, pilot Don Stamp will be aimed right down the main straightaway of the famous 2.5-mile oval, home to the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, as it concludes. He will be part of a six-plane wing that includes North [...]

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UK Fighters Intercept Pakistani Flight

May 25, 2013 No Comments

Britain scrambled fighter jets Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two British passengers who allegedly threatened to destroy the plane. A British security official said the situation involving the Pakistan International Airlines [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 24, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock, British World War I fighter ace and one of the highest-scoring British Empire aces of all time; he also is regarded as one of the greatest fighter pilots of World War I. 1912 – Anthony Fokker crashes his Goedecker-built B1912 monoplane at Berlin, just 10 days after demonstrating it to the [...]

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National Warplane Museum Returning to New York

May 24, 2013 No Comments

The National Warplane Museum is coming back home to Geneseo, N.Y. The Geneseo-based 1941 Historical Aircraft Group announced at a Thursday morning news conference that it had reacquired the name of the National Warplane Museum, which will make its headquarters at 3489 Big Tree Lane in Geneseo. “Today is a very special day for us. It [...]

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