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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

1909 – First flight of the Blériot XI, light and sleek monoplane constructed of oak and poplar. The flying surfaces were covered with cloth. One of the most successful monoplanes designed and built before WWI. 1929 – Clennell Haggerston “Punch” Dickins delivered the first airmail to Canada’s Northwest Territories on a flight into the high Arctic, travelling through [...]

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Greatest Generation Group to Host Charity Auction

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

Greatest Generation Aircraft,  a Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation that operates a pair of World War II aircraft, will host a charity auction on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at 505 NW 38th Street. Among the many unique items set to roll across the auction block is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 22, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Douglas Corrigan, an American pilot later known as “Wrong Way” for his New York-Ireland flight in a Curtiss Robin, is born. 1926 – Spanish Dornier Do J Wal flying boat “Plus Ultra” takes off from Palos de la Frontera, in Huelva, Spain, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the first trans-Atlantic flight between Spain and South America. 1943 – Death [...]

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94-year-old WWII Vet Flies P-51 Mustang

Jan 21, 2013 1 Comment

At 94, Urban Rahoi is still flying airplanes, and he doesn’t plan to quit anytime soon. Rahoi’s latest exploit is piloting a P-51 Mustang, a World War II fighter plane he never had the chance to fly while serving as an Army Air Corps pilot during the war. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Rahoi [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

1903 – Birth of Maximilien “Max” Conrad, known as the “Flying Grandfather”, American record-setting aviator. 1911 – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Ward Beck sends the first wireless-telephonic message from an airplane, a Wright biplane flying over Selfridge Field northeast of Detroit, Mich. 1930 – First complete airport lighting system online at Calgary Municipal Airport in Refrew, Alta., [...]

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Archaeologists: No Spitfires Buried in Burma

Jan 18, 2013 No Comments

Archaeologists hunting for World War II Spitfires in Burma believe there are no planes buried at the sites where they have been digging, the BBC understands. The archaeologists have concluded that evidence does not support the original claim that as many as 124 Spitfires were buried at the end of the war, the BBC’s Fergal Keane [...]

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American Airlines Unveils New Logo, Look

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

American Airlines revealed its new logo and plane concept on Thursday morning. “With the inaugural flight of the Boeing 777-300ER just weeks away and nearly 60 new aircraft coming this year, now is the time to unveil the new, more modern look,” the Fort Worth-based company said in a media advisory. Photos of the new logo [...]

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Stunt Pilot Fred Cabanas Dies in Mexico Plane Crash

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

Key West stunt pilot Fred Cabanas, who has entertained hundreds of thousands of people around the world with his daredevil aerobatics at air shows, died Tuesday in an aviation accident near Cozumel, Mexico, according to a report from a Spanish website El Comercio.com. He was 60. Passenger Jorge Lopez Vives, host of an extreme sports [...]

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