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Sukhoi Unfazed by Latest Superjet Crash

Sukhoi Unfazed by Latest Superjet Crash

The crash of a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 during a test flight in Iceland has no bearing on the jet’s commercial use because the type of landing involved is not currently performed by airlines operating the plane, the aircraft’s manufacturer said Monday. The plane made a belly-landing at Rekjavik’s Keflavik International Airport early Sunday morning […]
Ex-Pilot Reunited with Vietnam-Era Helmet

Ex-Pilot Reunited with Vietnam-Era Helmet

James Randall was shot down almost 48 years ago during a bombing run over North Vietnam. In the decades that followed, the retired U.S. Air Force pilot often replayed the crash in his mind: Parachuting into enemy territory, tearing off his chute and helmet, then running to the cover of the jungle where he hid […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1867 – Englishmen James William Butler and Edmund Edwards make the first delta-wing airplane designs. They take out patents for both monoplanes and biplanes to be propelled by jets of steam, compressed air or gas. 1895 – Birth of Robert Alexander “Bob” Little, Australian WWI fighter ace. 1918 – The first attack by aircraft flying from a carrier flight deck is […]
Fuel Pump Worries Detour 787

Fuel Pump Worries Detour 787

A Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo’s Narita Airport returned to Boston’s Logan Airport on Thursday because of a possible fuel pump issue on the Boeing 787 aircraft. It’s the latest trouble for the new Dreamliner aircraft after a lithium ion battery problem grounded the fleet in January and a fire erupted on an empty Ethiopian […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1823 – Birth of Félix du Temple de la Croix, a French naval officer and an inventor, who developed some of the first flying machines. Better known as Félix du Temple, he is credited with the first successful flight of a powered aircraft of any sort, a powered model plane, and is sometimes credited with the first manned […]
Patriots Jet Team Headline Oregon Air Show

Patriots Jet Team Headline Oregon Air Show

Organizers made sure that the 2013 Oregon International Air Show would be known for what appeared in the sky above Hillsboro Airport, more than what didn’t appear. Sequestration, otherwise known as federal budget cuts, forced the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to cancel their scheduled appearance, but the air show quickly added the Patriots Jet Team, a […]

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Berlin Airlift Pilot Recalls Missions

Berlin Airlift Pilot Recalls Missions

During the Berlin Airlift, one U.S. pilot threw candy from his aeroplane for the kids in West Berlin. Since then, children have honored him for his work. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle met the Candy Bomber. In the summer of 1948, the young American pilot, Gail S. Halvorsen, ran across the landing strip at Tempelhof airport in West […]
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 […]

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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 […]
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 […]
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