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Ford Tri-Motor Available for Flights at Indiana Airport Next Week

Jun 01, 2013 No Comments

South Bend, Ind., area residents will have an opportunity to see a circa 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane up close next week at Elkhart Municipal Airport. And for a fee, they’ll have a chance to fly in the historic aircraft. The Tri-Motor was a transport aircraft produced by the companies of auto pioneer Henry Ford from 1925 [...]

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NASA to Monitor Hurricane Season with Global Hawks

Jun 01, 2013 No Comments

During this year’s hurricane season NASA will “double-team” on research with two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft winging their way over storms that develop during the peak of the season. NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3 airborne mission, will revisit the Atlantic Ocean to investigate storms using additional instruments and for the first time [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 31, 2013 No Comments

1882 – Birth of John Robertson Duigan, an Australian pioneer aviator who built and flew the first Australian-made aircraft. 1918 - Douglas Campbell becomes the first American aviator flying in an American unit,  the Pursuit 94th Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Service, to achieve the status of ace, scoring his fifth victory over a German Rumpler C reconnaissance biplane with [...]

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B-17 Star of Bomber Fantasy Camp

May 31, 2013 No Comments

A World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress roared into Stockton’s airport this week for B-17 Bomber Fantasy Camp, a historical re-creation of a bombing run over Nazi Germany, held in California. Thirteen warbird buffs came from all over the country for the two-day camp. They donned flight suits, got barked at by gruff instructors, fired [...]

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CAP Wings Complete Post-Tornado Missions

May 31, 2013 No Comments

Civil Air Patrol (CAP) wings from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas ended their mission May 30 to provide aerial and ground assistance to Moore, Okla., which continues to recover from an EF5 tornado that hit the town on May 20. CAP units worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fly over the tornado’s [...]

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AMX Strike Aircraft Fleet Reaches 200,000 Hours

May 31, 2013 No Comments

The AMX strike aircraft, a single-engined jet used for a variety of missions by Italy and Brazil, amassed 200,000 hours this week, almost 30 years after the prototype’s first flight. The AMX, nicknamed Ghibli in the Italian Air Force, is a light-attack and reconnaissance plane produced in Italy and Brazil according to specifications issued by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 30, 2013 No Comments

1912 – Birth of Antonio Larsimont Pergameni, Spanish Civil War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1912 – Wilbur Wright dies of typhoid fever at the early age of 45. His death marks the end of his extraordinary partnership with his brother Orville, which culminated in 1903 with the first true powered flight in history. 1942 – Launch of the Royal [...]

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Discover Aviation Days Returns to Minnesota Airport

May 30, 2013 No Comments

Discover Aviation Days, set for this Saturday and Sunday at Minnesota’s Anoka County-Blaine Airport, is a great opportunity to see and learn about all kinds of aircraft. It will feature displays, fly-overs, informational booths and seminars, a pancake breakfast and lunch as well as a Saturday evening hangar dance. General, corporate, experimental, home-built, World War II fighters, trainers [...]

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