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Farming Looks to Drones as ‘Flying Tractors’

Farming Looks to Drones as ‘Flying Tractors’

Drones in the tens of thousands will be in the skies by 2030, the Federal Aviation Administration predicts. But where some may fear precision weapons or flying spy cameras, Steve Markofski sees flying tractors. Markofski, a new business planner for Yamaha, hopes to repeat in the United States the success that the company has had in […]
Flying Tigers Vet Honored at Georgia Middle School

Flying Tigers Vet Honored at Georgia Middle School

One of only four surviving members of the 1st American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force was honored Monday night with a concert performance by students of Lovinggood Middle School in Powder Springs, Ga., northwest of Atlanta. Maj. Edward Stiles Sr. is the honoree, is the grandfather of Lovinggood’s assistant band director Michelle Koenig. […]

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Salute from the Shore Air Show to Go On

Salute from the Shore Air Show to Go On

Each year on the Fourth of July, a group from Columbia, S.C., organizes “Salute from the Shore,” a flyover of military aircraft along the entire South Carolina coast from the North Carolina border to the Georgia state line. The crowds on the beach are urged to display American flags, wave and cheer as a video […]
Plane Buffs Have Plenty to See in Washington, Oregon

Plane Buffs Have Plenty to See in Washington, Oregon

The world’s single largest building is located in Everett, Wash., a northern suburb of Seattle. And yet, if you didn’t make an effort to visit Paine Field, you might never know it was there. This structure is no high rise. It is 2.2 miles from one end to the other, sprawling across more than 98 […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Charles Alexander Holcombe Longcroft, British World War I pilot and squadron commander in the Royal Flying Corps who went on to become a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. 1912 – A Flanders F.3 Monoplane crashed at Brooklands in England, killing the pilot and his passenger. The accident was investigated […]
Airline Museum to Begin Connie Resto Effort

Airline Museum to Begin Connie Resto Effort

A year-long campaign to raise $3.2 million to fly a Lockheed Constellation on a special flight commemorating the birth of transatlantic and transcontinental passenger service is being launched Friday. The Constellation, part of the National Airline History Museum’s collection in Kansas City, Mo.,  is one of the only three historic aircraft of its kind in […]

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Last Summer for Mars Water Bomber as Canada Province Cuts Contract

Last Summer for Mars Water Bomber as Canada Province Cuts Contract

The future of the last Martin Mars water bomber still in service is uncertain, now that Canada’s British Columbia provincial government has given notice that this is the last summer the aircraft, based in Port Alberni, will be given a direct-award contract. Wayne Coulson, owner of the 1940s-era aircraft that’s based on the Martin JRM Mars four-engined cargo […]
Massachusetts Mystery Plane Not a Drone

Massachusetts Mystery Plane Not a Drone

Photos of one of the planes that have been flying over Quincy, Mass., show that, despite suspicions, the aircraft is not a drone. The Cessna 182T, a single-engine light plane, which residents have captured in photos, has been flying overhead for weeks turning circles around the Quincy and Milton air space. Although people have gotten a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – Birth of Valentina Stepanovna Grizodubova, one of the first female pilots in the Soviet Union and a World War II pilot. 1913 – First bombing attack against a surface ship: Didier Masson and Captain Joaquín Bauche Alcalde, flying for Mexican Revolutionist Venustiano Carranza, dropped dynamite bombs on Federalist gunboats at Guaymas, Mexico. 1961 – A Convair B-58 Hustler (shown above) cruises at a speed of 1,302 […]
Former US Government VIP Jet to be Auctioned

Former US Government VIP Jet to be Auctioned

Aviation buffs looking for something besides an old warbird or the latest Gulfstream to add to their collections might want to consider this: a former U.S. government DC-9. Why? Well, this McDonnell Douglas bird, known as a VC-9C, once served as Air Force Two. That’s right, in it’s heyday, N681AL hauled vice presidents around for […]
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