Civilian

‘Gimli Glider’ Not Sold at Ontario Auction

Apr 15, 2013 No Comments

The highest bid wasn’t high enough to nab a piece of Canadian aviation history. The former Air Canada Boeing 767, known as the Gimli Glider, was on the auction block this afternoon in Mississauga, Ont. The Gimli Glider was being auctioned off by Collector Car Productions and spokesperson Terry Lobzun said it was hoped the plane would [...]

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Investigators Probe Lion Air Crash in Bali

Apr 14, 2013 No Comments

Indonesian investigators on Sunday began working to determine what caused a new Lion Air passenger jet to miss a runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 on board. The National Transportation Safety Committee is examining the wreckage of the Boeing 737-800 that [...]

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X-48C Research Aircraft Completes Flight Testing

Apr 12, 2013 No Comments

Boeing’s X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time on Tuesday, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept. All 30 flights were conducted at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California. The X-48C typically flew for [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 11, 2013 No Comments

1898 – John Howard Umney, an English flying ace from World War I, is born. He flew as a gunner-observer in the rear seat of Bristol F.2 Fighters, and was credited with 13 official aerial victories. 1911 – The U. S. Army sets up its first permanent flying school at College Park, Md. 1934 – Renato Donati sets an altitude record of [...]

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Selfridge Aviation Museum Opens Season with Three Warbirds

Apr 11, 2013 No Comments

History and aviation buffs can rejoice at the season opening of the Selfridge Military Air Museum near Mount Clemens, Mich., this month. The museum on the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township is open to the public from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Memorial Day, starting now through October 27. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 10, 2013 No Comments

1837 – The earliest known aeronautical experiment in Canada is conducted by Canadian schoolteacher John Rae. He successfully launches a paper balloon able to carry weight. Its lift is provided by the heating of its blackened surface by the sun. 1933 – Italian test pilot Francesco Agello sets an airspeed record of 424 mph in the Italian [...]

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Book Review: Hold Fast to Your Dreams

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

Spring is here, so if you’re looking for an appropriate aviation read to enjoy while enjoying the great outdoors, how about one by a pilot of gliders, Rhinos and jumbos? Oh my, there’s also an inspirational message in it, too. In “Hold Fast to Your Dreams” (Evangelista Media, $14.99), Irish native George Lee chronicles a [...]

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Blue Angels Grounded for Rest of 2013 Season

Apr 09, 2013 No Comments

The high-speed, high-altitude acrobatic maneuvers and tight formations of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will be missing from dozens of festivals and air shows across the country this year. All Blue Angels performances for the remainder of 2013 have been canceled, the Navy announced Tuesday. The decision is a result of budget constraints caused by [...]

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