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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Adolphe Célestin Pégoud, a French aviator who became the first fighter ace, the first pilot to make a parachute jump from an airplane and one of the first to fly a loop in a Blériot model XI. 1921 – The U.S. Army and Navy begin trials in Chesapeake Bay to test the effectiveness of aircraft in attacking ships. […]
DC-10 Air Tanker Fighting Colorado Wildfires

DC-10 Air Tanker Fighting Colorado Wildfires

For the first time in Colorado firefighting history, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jumbo jet is based in the state for wildfire operations.  While such aircraft have made retardant drops in the past, the aircraft have never had a fixed refueling point in the state. Unlike smaller aircraft, the DC-10 can carry up to four times […]

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Flying Bike Test Flight a Success

Flying Bike Test Flight a Success

Cycling through heavy traffic can be a risky affair, with vehicles jumping from lane to lane without warning, and pedestrians appearing from nowhere as they risk life and limb to get from one side to the other. It’d be so much safer if you could avoid these hazards by simply flying above them, while keeping […]
Emirates Aviation Experience Takes Off Next Month

Emirates Aviation Experience Takes Off Next Month

Emirates announced plans on Wednesday to open an indoor aviation themed attraction in London this July. The carrier says London’s Emirates Aviation Experience (EAE), will be the first of its kind globally. The EAE, located at the South side of the Emirates Air Line cable car in London, will cover an area of almost 3,230 […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Death of Friedrich Hermann Wölfert, German publisher and aviation pioneer, and his mechanic. They are killed in an accident when their airship “Deutschland,” powered by petrol, caught fire at a demonstration at a Tempelhof field. 1924 – Birth of George Herbert Walker Bush, American politician who served as naval aviator during World War II and the 41st […]
Paris Air Show Turns 50

Paris Air Show Turns 50

Hollywood’s stars may have moved on from the red carpets of Cannes, but the real “jet set” — the CEOs and executives who decide how, when and what we fly — are heading back to France. The A-listers of global aviation will be at Le Bourget from June 17 to 23 for the 50th Paris Airshow — […]

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‘Aluminum Overcast’ B-17 to Visit Missouri

‘Aluminum Overcast’ B-17 to Visit Missouri

The “Aluminum Overcast,” a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber restored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, will be at Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Municipal Airport this weekend for tours and flights. The plane was to visit last year, but it was damaged in a hailstorm and had to be repaired. Boeing built the Aluminum Overcast in 1945 but […]
Wings Over Gaylord Promises Thrills

Wings Over Gaylord Promises Thrills

If you’re going to any air show this summer, Wings Over Gaylord in Gaylord, Mich., is the one to see. The annual Father’s Day weekend event at Gaylord Regional Airport kicks off Friday with a parade of historic military vehicles rolling down Main Street, east to west, at 2 p.m. Air show organizer and airport […]

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T-28 Flying Star at Tennessee Music Festival

T-28 Flying Star at Tennessee Music Festival

Pilot Peter O’Hare summed up the Hixson Flight Museum’s presence at this year’s Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn. He said, “It’s a great opportunity to actually put your hands on history.” The Hixson Flight Museum aims to do just that. Festivalgoers can actually climb into the cockpit of a North American T28 Trojan warbird. It’s […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1867 – Birth of René Hanriot, French racing driver, early aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1912 – Death of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh, a Jewish, Russian-born American pioneer aviator and the first flight instructor for the Wright Brothers; he is killed in the crash of his Wright Model C along with Leighton Wilson Hazelhurst, Jr., another pioneer in U.S. […]
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