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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Cyril Frank Uwins, a British record-breaking test pilot for Bristol Aircraft; he would eventually fly 58 different types of airplanes before the end of his career. 1909 – The first flying machine purchased and put into service by a government is a Wright Flyer; the U.S. Army accepts its first airplane, as “Signal Corps (S.C.) […]
Beluga Fleet Vital to Airbus Production

Beluga Fleet Vital to Airbus Production

Airbus SAS’s record aircraft output relies increasingly on a fleet of transport planes named after an arctic whale that help ferry large parts across Europe. The European manufacturer plans to operate its fleet of five Belugas at 10,000 hours annually by 2017. That’s twice their usage in 2011, as the hunchbacked jets carry more components […]

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Seafair to Feature Patriots Jet Team

Seafair to Feature Patriots Jet Team

The way Mojo tells it, a tail slide sounds harrowing. “The jet goes vertical,” he says, demonstrating with his hand angled up at the sky. “Then the engine stops, and the plane starts flying backward” in a free fall. Mojo, also known as Jeff Jess, is a support pilot and ground-crew member for the Patriots Jet […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – Harriet Quimby, a drama critic, becomes the first woman in the U.S. licensed as a qualified pilot. 1913 – Birth of Hiromichi Shinohara, known as the Richthofen of the Orient and the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. 1943 – Operation Tidal Wave, a large-scale air attack by bombers of […]

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Ohio Medal of Honor Recipient Remembered

Ohio Medal of Honor Recipient Remembered

It was a bold mission in the middle of World War II: fly into Romania to destroy oil refineries that fueled the German Army. Seventy years ago on Wednesday, U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. Addison Earl Baker, then a 36-year-old pilot from Akron, Ohio, and a large armada of American planes flew over Ploesti, Romania, […]
CAF Releases Short List of Future HQ

CAF Releases Short List of Future HQ

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is pleased to announce the eight final locations under consideration for the home of the new CAF National Airbase. The search for a new headquarters began in May of 2013 with more than 25 interested and viable locations. After careful consideration of each potential location, the CAF Board of Directors […]

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American Eagle Debuts New E-175

American Eagle Debuts New E-175

As the bankrupt American Airlines continues to revitalize its fleet and prepare for a merger with US Airways, the carrier on Wednesday introduced a new airplane into its livery: the Embraer E-175. The Brazillian-made small regional jet will be operated as American Eagle by Republic Airways and will initially fly out of Chicago to New Orleans, Pittsburgh […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Karl Odebrett, German World War I fighter ace. 1913 – Alys McKey Bryant (shown above) becomes the first woman pilot to fly in Canada when she takes a Curtiss-type pusher biplane over Vancouver. 1944 – Death of Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, aviator and World War II pilot; he is […]

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Flying Car Makes First Public Flight

Flying Car Makes First Public Flight

A car that will likely cost close to $300,000 and won’t roll off the assembly line for a couple of more years must be pretty special. The Terrafugia Transition offers a few bells and whistles for the sky-high price tag — it’s a car that flies. Or a plane that can be driven on the interstate. […]
Earhart Namesake to Fly Doomed Route

Earhart Namesake to Fly Doomed Route

America’s fascination with legendary pilot Amelia Earhart is never-ending. Her flying accomplishments and her baffling disappearance have intrigued Americans for nearly 80 years. She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, a feat she accomplished in 1932 before demolishing other flying records and writing best sellers about her adventures. She […]
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