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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 20, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Percy Sinclair Pilcher is towed about 750 feet in the “Hawk,” the fourth of his hang gliders. 1937 – Valery Chkalov, G.F.Baidukov and A.V.Belyakov land their Tupolev ANT-25 in Vancouver, Wash., coming from Moscow via the north pole. A non-stop distance of 8,811 kilometers (5,475 mi). The flight pioneered the polar air route [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 19, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of William Otway Boger, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1931 – The first cross-English Channel flight in a glider is made by Canadian opera singer Lissant Beardmore. 1937 – First flight of the Airspeed AS.10 Oxford, a twin-engine aircraft used for training British Commonwealth aircrews in navigation, radio-operating, bombing and gunnery [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

1925 – Birth of Benjamin Robert Rich, the second director of Lockheed’s Skunk Works from 1975 to 1991; he would succeed its founder, Kelly Johnson, and becomes regarded as the “father of stealth.” 1928 – A French twin-engine flying boat, piloted by René Cyprien Guilbaud carrying Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and five others on [...]

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Delta Air Lines Reopens Museum

Jun 18, 2014 No Comments

With a newly renovated museum at its Atlanta headquarters, Delta Air Lines hopes to lure tourists to the company’s original aircraft maintenance hangars on the north edge of the world’s busiest airport. The 68,000-square-foot museum, housed in hangers that date to the 1940s, traces Delta’s history from crop-dusting and air mail service to its first [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 17, 2014 No Comments

1923 – Birth of Stuart Row Childs, American World War II and military test pilot; he flew the Bell X1-B and the Hiller X-18. 1940 – RMS Lancastria is sunk by Luftwaffe Junkers 88 near Saint-Nazaire, France, while taking part in Operation Ariel — the evacuation of British nationals and troops from France — two [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 16, 2014 No Comments

1923 – Birth of Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver and pilot. 1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout flies a 90-horsepower Golden Eagle Chief to an altitude of 15,200 feet, breaking the light class aircraft altitude record. 1946 – First flight of the Lavochkin La-9 (shown), a post-World War II Soviet fighter. 1955 – As part of an [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 12, 2014 No Comments

1917 – Death of John Arthur Vessey, British World War I flying ace; he is killed in a flying accident in his Sopwith 1½ Strutter. 1919 – French aviatrix Baronne Delaroche sets an altitude record of 15,748 feet. 1924 – Birth of George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator and American politician; he later [...]

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World’s Biggest Airplane Heads to UK

Jun 12, 2014 No Comments

Aircraft enthusiasts are preparing to welcome the world’s biggest plane to East Midlands Airport in England. The Antonov An-225, the world’s biggest aircraft, is due to touchdown tonight. The Ukrainian-built plane will land at around 6 p.m. and stay overnight before taking off again at around 10 a.m. on Friday. And plane lovers across the county have spoken [...]

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