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Waterbombing: the French Celebrate 50 Years

Waterbombing: the French Celebrate 50 Years

At the beginning of June, the French Securite Civile marked 50 years of aerial water bombing. The agency, which is part of the country’s interior ministry, held four days of celebrations including an airshow at the little airfield of Aix-le-Milles, near Marseille on June 2 providing a great opportunity to the agency’s fixed-wing assets in action. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Walter George Raymond Hinchliffe, British World War I flying ace, pioneering military and civilian aviator. 1919 – American aviatrix Ruth Bancroft Law (Oliver) sets an altiture record of 14,700 feet. 1965 – First automated landing by a civil airliner in scheduled passenger service is done by a Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident. 1990 – British Airways Flight 5390, a […]

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Classic Plane a Unique Ride

Classic Plane a Unique Ride

Jackson Wit took a short trip back in time at the Owen Sound Billy Bishop Regional Airport in Ontario, Canada, on Sunday. The 13-year-old took a flight in a Beech 18 that dates from the 1940s that was offering tours at the fifth annual Wings and Wheels put on by the Owen Sound Rotary Club […]
Helicopters Critical Part of New Mexico Wildfire Fight

Helicopters Critical Part of New Mexico Wildfire Fight

Apart from the billowing clouds of smoke that loom on the horizon and the smell of campfires, the clearest evidence that fire season has arrived is the sudden increase in air-traffic over Santa Fe, N.M. Helicopters towing tanks of water and fire-retardant chemicals constantly crisscross the city’s airspace, providing air support to the ground crews […]

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Community Invited to Airplane’s ‘Rebirth’

Community Invited to Airplane’s ‘Rebirth’

After a lengthy restoration process, the historic Fairey Gannet airplane known as XT752, housed at Wisconsin’s New Richmond Regional Airport, is ready for its official unveiling. The public is invited to Hangar 11-12 today from 6 to 9 p.m. to see the newly restored British warplane, nicknamed “Janet the Gannet.” Owned by Shannan Hendricks from the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky, Russian-American aviation pioneer, World War I flying ace, inventor and influential advocate of strategic air power. 1912 – First machine gun fired from an airplane; U.S. Army Capt. Charles Chandler fired a prototype Lewis Gun from the foot-bar of a Wright Model B Flyer. 1933 – The last Ford Trimotor (also called […]

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NASA Flights to Target How Pollution, Storms, Climate Mix

NASA Flights to Target How Pollution, Storms, Climate Mix

NASA aircraft will take to the skies over the southern U.S. this summer to investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate. NASA will conduct its most complex airborne science campaign of the year from Houston’s Ellington Field, which is operated […]
Wisconsin Town to Host Its First Air Show

Wisconsin Town to Host Its First Air Show

Racing through the air in his Russian Yakolev Yak-55M single-seat airplane, pilot Bill Cowden enjoys the precision and speed of aerobatic flying. Cowden, 46, of Menomonie, Wis., will perform as part of the first Menomonie Airfest & Autorama at Menomonie Municipal Airport in Wisconsin on June 21 and 22. The rain date is June 23. “It’s […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Henry William Allingham, British World War I pilot and engineer; he would become the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service and last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force. 1910 – Robert Martinet wins the first cross-country air race, between Angers and Saumur, France in a Farman; he takes 31 mins., […]
Red Bull Helicopter Pilot Calls Flying ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

Red Bull Helicopter Pilot Calls Flying ‘Magic Carpet Ride’

“Malibu” Chuck Aaron has the unique honor of being the only civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the U.S. — and one of only three in the entire world. A former television stunt pilot, the San Antonio, Texas, native has worked with everyone from the U.S. Department of Defense to […]
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