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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Bogart Rogers, American World War I flying ace, movie producer and writer. 1916 – Argentinian Angel María Zuloaga crosses the Andes with the balloon “Newbery Eduardo” from Santiago du Chili to Uspallata. 1927 – First flight of the Polikarpov Po-2 (also known as the U-2 and shown above), a general-purpose Soviet biplane used for a variety of […]
Pilot, Wingwalker Killed During Air Show

Pilot, Wingwalker Killed During Air Show

A stunt pilot and a wing-walking performer were killed in a fiery crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday in Ohio. The pair was identified as Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker on the “Jane Wicker Air Shows” official Facebook page. “It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Lewis Hyde Brereton, aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force. A World War I pilot, he was one of the few senior U.S. commanders in World War II who served in combat theaters continuously from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the German surrender; he also saw action in more […]
Museum Goes Extra Miles for Avenger Engine

Museum Goes Extra Miles for Avenger Engine

Bernie Wryn and Mel Guerrera spent a week and drove 3,000 miles to haul a worn-out airplane engine to Missoula, Mont. It’s going to replace an engine in a World War II plane built by Grumman that flew here under its own power. “When we bought the TBM Avenger, they also threw in an extra engine […]

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Second United 787 Makes Diversion for Oil

Second United 787 Makes Diversion for Oil

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was diverted from its trans-Atlantic flight plan Thursday because of a low oil indication, making it the second 787 flight in three days to be cut short due to an oil-related problem. United Flight 125 from London’s Heathrow airport to Houston diverted to Newark, N.J., due to a low […]
FedEx Donates 727 to S.C. Aviation School

FedEx Donates 727 to S.C. Aviation School

A retired FedEx Express aircraft is making a new home in Greenville, S.C. After arriving from the FedEx hub in Indianapolis, Ind., the Boeing 727-200 will be towed to its permanent home at USAeroTech, where students there will learn about the mechanical aspects of large aircraft. “FedEx 727 freighters, once the backbone of FedEx’s domestic […]

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Southwest Debuts Penguin-Themed 737

Southwest Debuts Penguin-Themed 737

Southwest Airlines on Thursday unveiled the airline’s newest specialty aircraft, Penguin One — a Boeing 737-700 co-branded with images of one of SeaWorld’s iconic animals. Southwest and SeaWorld revealed the aircraft at a ceremony at Orlando International Airport (MCO) yesterday with real penguins, Southwest and SeaWorld Employees, community members, and executives from both companies. The plane, filled with Southwest and SeaWorld employees, also made […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Charles J. “Charlie” Fern, American World War I pilot, barnstorming Hawaii aviator and newspaper pioneer; he also was the first commercial pilot in Hawaii. 1933 – The “Cuatro Vientos,” a Br.19 TF Super Bidon that just made an historic flight from Spain to Cuba, disappears after departing from Mexico. No trace of the […]

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Ohio Air Show Faces Uncertain Weekend Without Thunderbirds

Ohio Air Show Faces Uncertain Weekend Without Thunderbirds

The Vectren Dayton (Ohio) Air Show has pushed ahead without the crowd-drawing act of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and — for the first time ever — no official military support, but the potential attendance and economic impact of the loss isn’t known yet. The air show has a $3.2 million economic impact, filling hotel, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Johann “Hans” Baur, a German World War I flying ace who flew airliners and later became Adolf Hitler’s personal pilot. 1912 – Capt. Marcel Dubois and Lt. Albert Peignan of the French Army are killed near Douai in northern France when their planes struck each other; it is the first fatal […]
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