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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 29, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Birth of Rhulin Albert Thomas, American aviator; he becomes the first deaf pilot to successfully fly solo across the U.S. 1929 – A Ford Trimotor flown by Charles Lindbergh begins the first coast-to-coast air passenger service through Transcontinental Air Transport (TWA). 1960 – Death of Mary Bailey (born Westenra), British aviatrix. 1967 – While [...]

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Seven Things to Watch at Oshkosh

Jul 28, 2014 No Comments

AirVenture 2014 features hundreds, if not thousands, of opportunities to watch, learn and participate in “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” Experimental Aircraft Association spokesman Dick Knapinski said the weeklong event’s schedule of air show performers, forums and events has produced strong advance sales. The event, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., opens today and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 25, 2014 No Comments

1915 – Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross when he defeats three German two-seat observation aircraft on this day over the Western Front. 1932 – Birth of Paul Joseph Weitz, U.S. Navy pilot and NASA astronaut. 1939 – First flight of the Avro 679 [...]

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Emporia C-45 Moving to Wichita

Jul 25, 2014 No Comments

The World War II-era airplane that’s been sitting in the Emporia (Kan.) Municipal Airport for more than two decades is moving home Saturday to Wichita, where it was built. The Commemorative Air Force will dismantle the aircraft and bring it back to Westport Airport, where it’ll be restored and put on display. The Commemorative Air [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 24, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Amelia Mary Earhart, noted American aviation pioneer and author (shown); she becomes the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 1933 – Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison, in their de Havilland Dragon ‘”Seafarer,” nearly succeed in their [...]

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Teen Dies in Record-Attempting Flight

Jul 24, 2014 No Comments

A 17-year-old’s round-the-world record flight attempt has ended in tragedy. The Beechcraft Bonanza Haris Suleman and his father, Babar, were using in their attempt to circumnavigate the world in 30 days crashed today not far from Pago Pago, the capitol of American Samoa. While Haris’ body has been found, search teams are still looking for [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 22, 2014 No Comments

1917 – Death of John Edward Sharman, Canadian World War I flying ace; he is killed in action in his Sopwith Triplane by a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire. 1921 – Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., founds the Douglas Aircraft Co. 1921 – Birth of Umberto Bernardini, Italian test pilot; he became the first Italian to [...]

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Another Lancaster Seat Offered on eBay

Jul 22, 2014 No Comments

If you’re still smarting about losing out in May’s bidding war for the $79,100 Avro Lancaster flight of a lifetime to Great Britain next month, here’s your chance to land a seat on the return trip. A spokesperson from the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, which owns the famous warbird, said on Monday that another ticket [...]

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