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Donation Moves Trident Passenger Jet Resto Along

Feb 07, 2013 No Comments

A North East England flooring franchise has stepped in to help the restoration project of the last 1960s Trident 1C passenger airplane in the world. Franks the Flooring Store has donated a carpet to fit-out the whole interior of the Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident, which is being worked on at the North East Aircraft Museum [...]

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Pima Forum to Highlight Huey History

Feb 07, 2013 No Comments

The exciting history of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, better known as the Huey, will be explained by the men and women who experienced it firsthand at this month’s Huey Forum, Feb. 23-24, at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz. Pilots and air and ground crew members who have flown the Huey during [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Gottfried von Banfield, most successful Austro-Hungarian WWI naval aeroplane pilot, known as the ‘Eagle of Trieste.’ He may have been the only flying ace who flew a flying boat to five or more victories. 1933 – Jim Mollison flies a de Havilland Puss Moth from the United Kingdom to Brazil, via Senegal, across the South Atlantic. He becomes the [...]

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Washington State Aviation Museum Packs Up Exhibits

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

The sound of packing tape stripped over boxes, the whirring of machines and the beeping of heavy trucks made a cacophonous symphony Tuesday at Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Wash., as volunteers and employees worked feverishly to turn the facility over to the National Park Service on what they said was very short notice. NPS [...]

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Photo of the Day: NASA’s B-52, X-24A

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, the X-24A lifting-body research aircraft begins its rocket-powered flight after being launched from the wing of NASA’s B-52 mothership during a 1970 research flight. NASA B-52, Tail Number 008, is an air launch carrier aircraft, “mothership,” as well as a research aircraft platform that has been [...]

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Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments

As Kilo Foxtrot Films writes, “WW II veteran, prisoner of war, accomplished test pilot, pace plane for the Unlimited Reno races, air show pilot … Bob Hoover is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of modern aerobatics. Jimmy Doolittle called him ‘…the greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived.’ Flying [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments

1925 – Clyde V. Cessna, Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman founded Travel Air Manufacturing Co. 1919 – Birth of George Preddy, U.S. World War II fighter ace, top P-51 Mustang ace of WWII and sixth on the list of all-time highest scoring American aces. 1932 – The first air-to-air clash of the Shanghai Incident takes place between five [...]

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‘Pieces of History’ Still Soar at Opa-Locka Airport

Feb 05, 2013 No Comments

It’s where old planes come to roost. Florida’s Opa-Locka Executive Airport is home to about a dozen large propeller planes, such as Douglas DC-3s and Convair 340s — planes that originally flew for the airlines or the military in the 1940s and 1950s. Although aviation enthusiasts consider them classics, suitable for museums, these “freight dogs” and “skytrucks” still [...]

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