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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Paul Frank Baer, American World War I flying ace who scored the first aerial victory ever for U.S. military aviation. 1918 – First unqualified air combat victory at night against another aeroplane takes place, when two Sopwith Camels of the Royal Air Force No. 44 Squadron (formed the previous year) shoot down a [...]

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N.Y. Woman to be Inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

After a lifetime as an aviation reporter and editor, Mary Frances Silitch is used to boarding planes in pursuit of news. In March, she will fly to Nashville, Tenn., but this time she will be the one making news. Silitch, 77, will be traveling to the 24th annual conference of Women In Aviation, International and will be [...]

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Pilot Shares Plane with Rescue Dogs

Jan 29, 2013 No Comments

A dog is a man’s best friend, as the saying goes. A local pilot is doing his best to return the favor. When he’s not working on his patients’ teeth at High Peaks Dental in Lake Placid, N.Y., 48-year-old D.J. O’Neill takes to the skies in his single-propeller airplane – a red and white Cessna [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

1899 – Birth of David Sinton Ingalls, DSC and DFC, only U.S. Navy flying ace of World War I, and first ace in U. S. Navy history. 1928 – New Zealand Royal Flying Corps Lt. John Moncrieff and Capt. George Hood vanished while attempting the first trans-Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand. Radio signals were received [...]

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Air France Unveils New Regional Airline

Jan 28, 2013 No Comments

Air France has announced a revamp of its regional services, operating under the branding Hop. Officially branded HOP! the new carrier will integrate the Air France group’s three existing regional airlines under the one brand, namely Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair. From March 31 Hop will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations in France and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

1886 – Birth of Dean Ivan Lamb, American pilot, hired as a mercenary during the Mexican Revolution who made what was quite possibly the first dogfight in history (pilots firing pistols at each other) against Phil Rader. He also helped to establish the Honduran Air Force. 1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, future General of the U.S. [...]

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Chanute Museum Prepares for P-51H Debut

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

It’s almost back to its glory, the yellow-painted classic fighter modeled on ones a World War II ace used to fly. The North American P-51H Mustang, restored in honor of Louisiana’s Lt. Col. Claude Crenshaw, U.S.A.F., is “the belle of the ball” at the newly revived Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, Ill., said curator Mark [...]

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Faithful Sabreliner Test Plane Retired by Rockwell Collins

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

The old gal sat stoically in the Rockwell Collins hangar as several dozen of her dearest friends ate a buffet lunch nearby. The white bulbous nosecone of the 1964 North American Sabreliner 50 test aircraft showed some wear, but the front edge of her wings still shined shiver. In a matter of minutes she’d be [...]

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