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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Birth of Charles “Chuck” L. Sharp, Jr., who led China National Aviation Corp. through turbulent times in China, Burma and India. He flew the first flight over the Hump (the name given by Allied pilots in World War II to the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains) for resupplying the Chinese war effort of Chiang Kai-shek and the units of the U.S. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Englishman Denys Corbett Wilson makes the first aeroplane crossing from Britain to Ireland. 1924 – Birth of William Harry Allen, U.S. Army Air Forces World War II fighter pilot who scored five victories on a single mission. 1939 – First flight of Lockheed Vega Starliner. 1948 – Introduction into service with the U.S. Air Force of […]

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Minnesota Couple Leads Effort to Build Biplane Replica

Minnesota Couple Leads Effort to Build Biplane Replica

The husband-and wife team of Mark Marino and Sandra Ettestad doesn’t shy away from a lofty challenge. The Duluth couple is spearheading an effort to build from scratch a nearly authentic working replica of a 100-year-old airplane without the benefit of any surviving components or written plans. Their only guideposts? A handful of photographs, some basic […]
787 Back on Track to Fly Again

787 Back on Track to Fly Again

After a long delay, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved battery system improvements for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner on Friday. The manufacturer said the move clears the way for it and its customers to install the approved modifications and will lead to a return to service and resumption of new production deliveries. “FAA approval clears the way for […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of James McKinley Hargreaves, Scottish World War I flying ace and one of the first aces in history. 1916 – First Zeppelin raid on the United Kingdom by the German Navy. They bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn in the UK, killing more than 20, in the first major aerial […]
NASA Technology to Help in Upcoming Fire Season

NASA Technology to Help in Upcoming Fire Season

With fire season set to begin, the U.S. Forest Service is arming itself with a high tech tool born in a NASA laboratory. ABC7 News in San Francisco, Calif., climbed on board a one-of-a-kind airplane, a Cessna Citation 550, that’s helping to save homes and lives. The U.S. Forest Service has a lot of airplanes, […]

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Fairbanks’ Most Iconic Plane Secures Permanent Home

Fairbanks’ Most Iconic Plane Secures Permanent Home

Fairbanks, Alaska, residents are anticipating the return of their most iconic aviation artifact to Fairbanks International Airport this fall. The 1923 Curtiss Jenny flown by aviation legends Ben Eielson and Joe Crosson was removed when the terminal was expanded and it settled into a lengthy refurbishment under the care of the Pioneer Air Museum and chapter 1129 of the Experimental Aircraft […]
Cessna Halts Production of Entry-Level Bizjets

Cessna Halts Production of Entry-Level Bizjets

Amid slow sales and an $8 million first-quarter loss, Cessna will pause production of several entry-level business jet models and seek to trim its workforce, the company said Wednesday. Cessna delivered 32 jets in the quarter, down from 38 in the same period last year. Cessna parent Textron’s CEO, Scott Donnelly, noted that light jet […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Dr. Wolfgang Benjamin Klemperer, prominent German aviation and aerospace scientist and engineer, who ranks among the pioneers of early aviation. 1911 – Eugene B. Ely makes the first landing by an aircraft on a ship when he flies his Curtiss Model D pusher biplane from Selfridge Field near San Francisco to a specially prepared […]
GE’s New 747 Flying Testbed Colors

GE’s New 747 Flying Testbed Colors

General Electric’s new Boeing 747-400 flying testbed has been delivered to Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) in Taiwan for installation of data racks, instrumentation wiring and instrumentation equipment. The aircraft is also scheduled to undergo wing structural modifications during the second half of the year in readiness for its first test flights in 2014. The 747 […]
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