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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1881 – Birth of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh (born Welcher), a Russian-born Jewish-American aviator who became the first flight instructor for the Wright brothers. 1914 – The first true bomber, the French Voisin III, is used in combat for the first time in an attack on German airship hangars at Metz-Frascaty, Germany. 1937 – Beginning of […]
Two Dead in UPS Crash

Two Dead in UPS Crash

A large UPS cargo plane crashed early Wednesday morning near the airport in Birmingham, Ala., killing the pilot and co-pilot, in the latest in a series of aviation accidents in the U.S. this year. “I can confirm they were killed in the crash,” Birmingham Mayor William Bell said of the pilot and co-pilot, who were […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Edwin Charles Musick, chief pilot for Pan American World Airways and pioneer of many of Pan Am’s transoceanic routes, including the famous route across the Pacific Ocean on the China Clipper. 1930 – Frank Hawks with a Travel Air Type R “Mystery Ship” named “Texaco 13” (shown above) sets a transcontinental […]
Iraqi Airways Receives its First 737-800

Iraqi Airways Receives its First 737-800

Boeing delivered a Next-Generation 737-800 to Iraqi Airways, the first of 30 that the airline ordered in 2008, marking a milestone in its relationship with the airline, one of the oldest in the Middle East. “The Next-Generation 737-800 will play a key role in helping us modernize our fleet and integrate into the regional and […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of William “Bill” Thaw II, an American World War I flying ace who also was the first to fly up New York’s East River under all four Manhattan bridges. 1915 – Royal Navy Flight Commander Charles Edmonds becomes the first pilot to attack a ship with an air-launched torpedo;  flying a Short Type 184 from […]
Michigan Air Show Packs ‘Em In

Michigan Air Show Packs ‘Em In

The Thunder Over Michigan air show rumbled the heavens over Willow Run Airport during its final day Sunday. Preliminary estimates indicate up to 40,000 people attended the two-day event that kicked off Saturday — serving up excitement and American aviation history, which was not always airborne. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson knows […]

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Ohio ‘Thud’ to Be Restored

Ohio ‘Thud’ to Be Restored

The F-105B Thunderchief won’t ever fly again, but a small team of restorationists is hoping to make it look like it could. The group is restoring the F-105 that’s been sitting for years in front of Ohio’s Zanesville Municipal Airport. Right now, the Cold War-era plane is looking a little scraggly — corroded metal, holes […]
Warbirds Gather for Museum’s New Wing

Warbirds Gather for Museum’s New Wing

Some of the rarest aircraft in the world have landed at the Fargo, N.D., Air Museum for a big weekend and a big ground breaking. Ground will be broken Saturday at 10 a.m. on the new Beck-Odegaard Wing of the museum. The new building will be 100 by 150 feet and house a variety of aircraft, […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Norman MacMillan, Scottish World War I flying ace, test pilot and author who also served in World War II. 1918 – World War I flying aces James Keating, an American, and observer-gunner Edward Simpson, a Brit, shoot down four Fokker D.VII fighters with their Airco D.H.9, a biplane bomber. 1945 – […]
Red Arrows Begin Busy Weekend

Red Arrows Begin Busy Weekend

Touching down at England’s Bristol Airport today are the Royal Air Force Red Arrows and Typhoon aerobatic display teams for the 35th annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court, Europe’s largest ballooning event. It’s a spectacular, free, four days of fun for the whole family that began Thursday and ends Sunday. Estimated time of […]
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