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On This Day in Aviation History

May 14, 2013 No Comments

1884 – Birth of Claude Honoré Desiré Dornier, German airplane builder and founder of Dornier Flugzeugwerke. 1915 – The U.S. Navy contracts with the Connecticut Aircraft Co. for its first airship. 1940 – The Allies lose 110 aircraft – 70 British Fairey Battles and Bristol Blenheims and 40 French planes – on one day in a disastrous attempt to bomb bridges over the River Meuse. 1973 – Skylab, the United [...]

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TV Station Takes Rare Look at HondaJet

May 14, 2013 No Comments

WFMY News 2 of Greensboro, N.C., recently took a rare look at aviation innovation inside Honda Aircraft Co. The headquarters is home of what’s known as the fastest and most fuel-efficient business jet on the planet. Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino designed the seven-seat HondaJet. ”Every time I see this airplane, this is art,” he said. “I [...]

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Farming Looks to Drones as ‘Flying Tractors’

May 14, 2013 No Comments

Drones in the tens of thousands will be in the skies by 2030, the Federal Aviation Administration predicts. But where some may fear precision weapons or flying spy cameras, Steve Markofski sees flying tractors. Markofski, a new business planner for Yamaha, hopes to repeat in the United States the success that the company has had in [...]

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Flying Tigers Vet Honored at Georgia Middle School

May 14, 2013 No Comments

One of only four surviving members of the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force was honored Monday night with a concert performance by students of Lovinggood Middle School in Powder Springs, Ga., northwest of Atlanta. Maj. Edward Stiles Sr. is the honoree, is the grandfather of Lovinggood’s assistant band director Michelle Koenig. [...]

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Salute from the Shore Air Show to Go On

May 13, 2013 No Comments

Each year on the Fourth of July, a group from Columbia, S.C., organizes “Salute from the Shore,” a flyover of military aircraft along the entire South Carolina coast from the North Carolina border to the Georgia state line. The crowds on the beach are urged to display American flags, wave and cheer as a video [...]

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Plane Buffs Have Plenty to See in Washington, Oregon

May 13, 2013 No Comments

The world’s single largest building is located in Everett, Wash., a northern suburb of Seattle. And yet, if you didn’t make an effort to visit Paine Field, you might never know it was there. This structure is no high rise. It is 2.2 miles from one end to the other, sprawling across more than 98 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 13, 2013 No Comments

1883 – Birth of Charles Alexander Holcombe Longcroft, British World War I pilot and squadron commander in the Royal Flying Corps who went on to become a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. 1912 – A Flanders F.3 Monoplane crashed at Brooklands in England, killing the pilot and his passenger. The accident was investigated [...]

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Airline Museum to Begin Connie Resto Effort

May 12, 2013 No Comments

A year-long campaign to raise $3.2 million to fly a Lockheed Constellation on a special flight commemorating the birth of transatlantic and transcontinental passenger service is being launched Friday. The Constellation, part of the National Airline History Museum’s collection in Kansas City, Mo.,  is one of the only three historic aircraft of its kind in [...]

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