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Warplane Mystery Solved in Everglades

May 01, 2014 No Comments

Hidden in the dense sawgrass or buried in the deep muck of the Everglades in Florida are the mysterious wrecks of numerous aircraft. Some were drug planes that fled federal agents, others were private aircraft that ran into trouble or vintage warplanes that crashed during exercises. No one knows for sure how many remain out there. Estimates range [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

1919 – First flight of the Avro Baby, a British single-seat light sporting biplane. 1957 – Birth of Duane Gene “Digger” Carey, a U.S. Air Force strike, fighter and test pilot and former NASA astronaut. 1969 – The first woman airline pilot in the West, Turi Widerose of Norway, makes her first scheduled flight as a first officer for Scandinavian [...]

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Vulcan, C-17, Voyager to Appear at Cosford

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and Airbus Voyager planes are currently in operation from RAF Brize Norton and will be coming to RAF Cosford for the first time on June 8. Air show organizers also confirmed that Avro Vulcan XH558 would be returning for the second year in a row. The Vulcan is the only aircraft of its [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

1918 – Flying a Nieuport 28 fighter, the top-scoring American ace of World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory when he downs a German Pfalz D.III fighter near Baussant, France. 1932 – Birth of Dmitri Alekseyevich Zayikin, Soviet fighter pilot, Cosmonaut, instructor and lead engineer at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center. 1959 – Death of Harold Blackburn, British [...]

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Commemorative Air Force Moves to Dallas

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

Prospects are looking up for Dallas Executive Airport. The city’s long-languishing airport will become the new home of the Commemorative Air Force. The nonprofit’s move to southern Dallas, which will include its national headquarters and “a major new visitor attraction” and air show, is expected to be announced Tuesday at a news conference with a dozen [...]

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Shuttle Transport Heads to New Home

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will soon be calling the Space Center Houston home. As parts of the Boeing 747 makes their way from Ellington Field to the space center, the move will cause several road closures. Throughout the day Monday, people came to take pictures and to see the 747 before it left Ellington Field. ”It gives [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

1919 – Death of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace, killed in the crash of his Bristol F.2 after an engine failure on take off. 1928 – First flight of the Bristol Bullpup (shown); only the prototype of this British biplane, derived from the company’s Bulldog, is built. 1956 – Birth [...]

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Airbus E-Fan Makes First Public Flight

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

The successful first public flight of the electric E-Fan experimental aircraft was the highlight of Airbus Group’s E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux, France, on Friday. The electric E-Fan training aircraft is a highly innovative technology experimental demonstrator based on an all-composite construction. Airbus Group and its partners are aiming to perform research and development to construct [...]

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