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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Thomas Sydney Sharpe, British World War I flying ace. 1921 – First flight of the Douglas Cloudster (shown), American biplane aircraft; the only product of the Davis-Douglas Co., it is designed to make the first non-stop flight coast-to-coast across the U.S. 1945 – Death of James Herbert Knight, American pilot who [...]

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Last Passenger DC-10 to be Scrapped

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

The authorities of Biman Bangladesh Airlines are planning to scrap its two McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft locally, as no museum has agreed to keep one of them that had made a much-hyped farewell flight to the UK — finally destined for a place at a U.S. museum, top Biman officials said Sunday. The other DC-10, [...]

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Canada’s Lancaster Bomber to Tour UK

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

Canada’s World War II Avro Lancaster bomber will soon be heading across the Atlantic to join the only other airworthy plane of its kind for a series of special flights over the U.K. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton revealed Monday that it plans to fly its vintage Avro Lancaster to England in August. [...]

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Four Airlines Set to Get Airbus A380s

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments

As more airlines are bidding farewell to the last Boeing 747 in their fleet and opt for the airframe’s 777-300ER or the competing Airbus A380 as their flagship product instead, this year will see four more airlines welcoming their first superjumbo. The A380 provides 50 percent more floor space compared with the 747, but airlines [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

1875 – Birth of Marie Marvingt, French athlete, mountaineer, and aviator, and the most decorated woman in the history of France; among other firsts, she is the first woman to fly combat missions as a bomber pilot during World War I. 1939 – First flight of the Douglas DC-5, the least known of the famous DC airliner [...]

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Passenger DC-10s: A Look Back

Feb 20, 2014 No Comments

Starting Friday, the last McDonnell Douglas DC-10 will start its farewell tour as the last passenger DC-10. Biman Bangladesh Airlines will fly to Birmingham, UK, by way of Kuwait and then offer scenic tours before it is finally ferried to a final “resting” location in the U.S. AirlineReporter.com’s Bernie Leighton will be covering these events from Bangladesh [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Cecil Frederick King, British World War I fighter ace. 1917 – The first recorded casualty evacuation flight is carried out by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) when a wounded trooper of the Imperial Camel Corps is flown from Bir-el-Hassana in the Sinai Desert to an airfield; a three-day journey by land, the [...]

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Original Hawker Typhoon to Visit Canada

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

The world’s last complete and original Hawker Typhoon will be on display in Ottawa in time for D-Day. The Second World War aircraft will be on loan to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and while it’s not in flying condition visitors will get a close look at it indoors. This aircraft, a Mark IB MN235, [...]

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