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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1872 – Louis Blériot (shown above), the pioneer aviator who made the world’s first airplane flight across the English Channel, is born in Cambrai, France. 1915 – German Air Service Leutnant Kurt Wintgens achieves the first aerial victory by a true fighter plane in history when he downs a Morane-Saulnier two-seat observation aircraft with his Fokker M.5 K/MG production prototype of the Eindecker. He later becomes […]
Pilot Saves Family with Hudson River Landing

Pilot Saves Family with Hudson River Landing

A quick-thinking pilot safely landed a helicopter on the Hudson River Sunday morning after the aircraft’s engine failed midair during a routine sightseeing flight with a family of four Swedish tourists, authorities said. The pilot, Michael Campbell, 22 years old, said he was flying north roughly 1,500 feet above the Hudson at about 120 mph […]

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19-Year-Old Launched Everett’s Century of Flight

19-Year-Old Launched Everett’s Century of Flight

The first aircraft flight in Everett, Wash., which took place 100 years ago, went largely unseen. That’s a far cry from the masses of onlookers for the first flight of Boeing’s 787, assembled and flown at Paine Field. And the 1913 flight probably drew fewer people than Everett officials had planned. Everett leaders had watched […]
Alaska Aviation Centennial Gets Special Gift

Alaska Aviation Centennial Gets Special Gift

Alaska’s Centennial of Flight celebration now includes a particularly special aircraft, a Vultee BT-13B Valiant World War II training plane that was formally donated to the Commemorative Air Force Thursday by longtime Anchorage resident Howard “Mike” Hunt. The BT13B flew earlier this month in Kenai as part of aviation celebrations underway across Alaska all summer, culminating in Fairbanks on July […]

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Aviation Museum Owner: We’re Fine for Now

Aviation Museum Owner: We’re Fine for Now

A gleaming silver and banana-yellow Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a vintage bomber from World War II, rolled past the window behind David Hunt. It’s up for sale. Seated at his desk inside the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, Va., Hunt, the museum’s director, reiterated Saturday that the business is fine – for now. Although the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Carl Andrew “Tooey” Spaatz, American World War I pilot, World War II general and first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. 1927 – Lester Maitland and co-pilot Albert Francis Hegenberger takes off their U.S. Army Fokker C-2  “Bird of Paradise” from Oakland, Calif., to Honolulu for the first non-stop flight between the U.S. […]

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Expert: Concorde Will Never Fly Again

Expert: Concorde Will Never Fly Again

There is no chance that an Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde will ever return to flight as an aviation heritage project, the man who brought the Vulcan bomber back to life has said. Dr. Robert Pleming, chief executive of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, was responsible for overseeing a 14-year, £7 million (more than $10 million U.S.) […]
L-1011 Drop-Launches NASA Satellite

L-1011 Drop-Launches NASA Satellite

NASA reported “a great insertion orbit” for its newest orbiting telescope for studying the Sun’s dynamic temperature bands, which was drop-launched from a former airliner off the central California coast Thursday night. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft is to operate from about a 400-mile-high sun synchronous orbit from which it will study solar […]

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Aussies Get Hi-Tech Observation Plane Demo

Aussies Get Hi-Tech Observation Plane Demo

An Australian aviation company in Hervey Bay, Queensland, could soon be supplying planes to those at the forefront of catching criminals, fighting fires or even protecting nations. Urangan’s Seabird Aviation, which manufactures specialist aeroplanes known as Seekers, demonstrated its new machine at Hervey Bay airport on Thursday. Police representatives, energy company staff and others were on […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Juan Terry Trippe, American airline entrepreneur and pioneer; he founded Pan American World Airways. 1923 – First mid-air refueling between two aircraft occurred between two Airco DH-4B biplanes of the U.S. Army Air Service. 1939 – Hiromichi Shinohara, (known as the Richtofen of the Orient and shown above) the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army […]
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