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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Edwin Harris Dunning, who later flies for Britain’s Royal Naval Air Service and becomes the first pilot to land an aircraft on a moving ship. 1914 – First flight of the Vickers F.B.5 (Fighting Biplane 5 and known as the “Gunbus”), a British two-seat, World War I military biplane. It is the first aircraft purpose-built for […]
Women Pilots Stand Out at Texas College

Women Pilots Stand Out at Texas College

Cara Martinez is used to the stunned reaction from strangers who learn that she is working to earn her flight wings. “You get the same face, when someone mentions that you’re (studying to be) a pilot, and they go, ‘Oh, really?’ ” said Martinez, an aircraft pilot training student at Texas State Technical College in Waco. Her […]

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Electric Kit Plane Gets German Certification

Electric Kit Plane Gets German Certification

The German government has given the nod to what appears to be the first certification of an all-electric airplane, the eSpyder. While the certification was completed last February, the announcement was just recently made. The eSpyder is an ultralight design with a single-seat cockpit held up by a fuselage boom onto which the small electric […]
Lark of Duluth Replica Crashes

Lark of Duluth Replica Crashes

A rough landing in the harbor off Park Point in Duluth, Minn., yesterday severely damaged a replica of a Benoist XIV flying boat that has generated a lot of buzz in the area. But officials say it was the best-case scenario because no one was hurt. “In the words of the pilot, he said we had […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – The LZ 10 Schwaben, a German rigid airship, enters commercial service; it will go on to become the first commercially successful passenger aircraft. 1918 – Awdry Morris “Bunny” Vaucour, British World War I flying ace, dies in a “friendly fire” incident when an Italian Hanriot pilot shot down Vaucour’s Sopwith Camel. 1923 – Birth of Ralph Dayton Albertazzie, U.S. Air […]
British Airways A380 Arrives at Base

British Airways A380 Arrives at Base

Manston Airport’s role as a contender in the South East England aviation debate has been reinforced after the Kent airport welcomed British Airways’ first Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, on Monday. The new addition to British Airways’ fleet will be based at Manston Airport as part of the airline’s training for its […]

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World War I Ace Not Forgotten

World War I Ace Not Forgotten

Bill Martin takes exception with the title of a book about Lt. Col. William Lambert of Ironton, Ohio, that labels the aviator as America’s “forgotten” aviation ace of World War I. Lambert, who passed away in 1982, flew the Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a for the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps. “I don’t think people really forgot […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Frederick Libby, first American ace of World War I. 1927 – Death of Paul Wilhelm Bäumer, German World War I ace, who dies in a crash near Copenhagen while test flying a Rohrbach Rofix fighter. 1941 – Luftwaffe ace Werner Mölders shoots down two Soviet aircraft, raising his victory total to 101. He becomes the first […]

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Warbird Maintenance Full-Time Job at Museum

Warbird Maintenance Full-Time Job at Museum

The space inside the cockpit of the Beechcraft T-34A Mentor trainer belonging to the Cactus Air Force Wings and Wheels Museum is about the same as inside as a standard refrigerator shipping box. Maybe a foot or two shorter. And narrower. There are 20 or so gauges and dials on the dashboard, some with familiar […]
Boeing 787 Woes Return

Boeing 787 Woes Return

A fire and “technical issue” aboard two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Friday raised new safety concerns for the long troubled airliner. The fire ignited on an empty 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines that was parked at London’s Heathrow airport. No one was hurt and the incident shut runways for about an hour before operations resumed, the […]
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