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FIFI, Diamond Lil Join Airventure 2013 Lineup

Mar 20, 2013 No Comments

Two of World War II’s most iconic aircraft, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator, will be back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer as part of the Commemorative Air Force’s “Ghost Squadron” at The World Greatest Aviation Celebration. The airplanes will be among the two most noteworthy of the hundreds of warbird aircraft at [...]

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Flying On Board the ‘Belle’

Mar 19, 2013 No Comments

If you’ve seen the 1990 movie “Memphis Belle,” you may have recognized the big World War II-era plane that was soaring above San Diego on Monday. The fully restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress featured in the film is here on the West Coast for the first time as part of a national tour. In this KFMB-TV video [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Jake Swirbul, American co-founder of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., was born. 1916 – German ace Ernst Udet scores his first kill; his 62 victories were second only to Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in the Flying Circus. 1939 – The first Boeing Model 307 Stratoliner, due to be delivered to Pan Am after testing and certification, crashes, killing all 10 [...]

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Boeing Expected to Test Fly 787 Tuesday

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

A 787 built for LOT Polish Airways is expected to be the first flight test to verify the system, to prove to the Federal Aviation Administration that Boeing’s upgraded battery is safe. Two months ago on the evening of January 16, the FAA announced it would immediately ground the 787 fleet. That was the day [...]

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Support High as Elite Squadrons Fly Last Shows for 2013

Mar 17, 2013 No Comments

Wave goodbye to the military air show, America’s muscle-flex of aerial might. At least for now. The automatic budget cuts that are expected to furlough federal workers, reduce access to national parks and cut social programs also threaten to ground the nation’s elite flight squadrons: the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds. Both aerial teams are [...]

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Yagen Mosquito Comes Home

Mar 17, 2013 No Comments

When Jerry Yagen first saw the photographs, he was not impressed. The heap of decayed wood and crumbling parts didn’t look like much, let alone a warplane. During World War II, the wooden, twin-engine de Havilland Mosquito was known for its speed, built by the British and used as a reconnaissance plane, a fighter and a bomber. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 15, 2013 No Comments

1913 – The U.S. Army forms the 1st Aero Squadron under Capt. Charles Chandler at Texas City, Texas, to scout for Mexican incursions along the border. 1932 – Alan Bean, American astronaut and fourth man to walk on the moon (shown above), was born. 1941 – Philippine Airlines, the first and oldest commercial airline in Asia operating under its original name, begins service with a Beechcraft Model 18 with [...]

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Airbus Delivers 100th A380

Mar 15, 2013 No Comments

Malaysia Airlines received the 100th Airbus A380 Thursday at the manufacturer’s Henri Ziegler Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the sixth A380 for MAS. “We are delighted that our 100th A380 delivery is to Malaysia Airlines as this gives us an early glimpse into the future shape of aviation,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus [...]

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