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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 22, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Douglas Corrigan, an American pilot later known as “Wrong Way” for his New York-Ireland flight in a Curtiss Robin, is born. 1926 – Spanish Dornier Do J Wal flying boat “Plus Ultra” takes off from Palos de la Frontera, in Huelva, Spain, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the first trans-Atlantic flight between Spain and South America. 1943 – Death [...]

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94-year-old WWII Vet Flies P-51 Mustang

Jan 21, 2013 1 Comment

At 94, Urban Rahoi is still flying airplanes, and he doesn’t plan to quit anytime soon. Rahoi’s latest exploit is piloting a P-51 Mustang, a World War II fighter plane he never had the chance to fly while serving as an Army Air Corps pilot during the war. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Rahoi [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments

1903 – Birth of Maximilien “Max” Conrad, known as the “Flying Grandfather”, American record-setting aviator. 1911 – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Ward Beck sends the first wireless-telephonic message from an airplane, a Wright biplane flying over Selfridge Field northeast of Detroit, Mich. 1930 – First complete airport lighting system online at Calgary Municipal Airport in Refrew, Alta., [...]

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Archaeologists: No Spitfires Buried in Burma

Jan 18, 2013 No Comments

Archaeologists hunting for World War II Spitfires in Burma believe there are no planes buried at the sites where they have been digging, the BBC understands. The archaeologists have concluded that evidence does not support the original claim that as many as 124 Spitfires were buried at the end of the war, the BBC’s Fergal Keane [...]

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American Airlines Unveils New Logo, Look

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

American Airlines revealed its new logo and plane concept on Thursday morning. “With the inaugural flight of the Boeing 777-300ER just weeks away and nearly 60 new aircraft coming this year, now is the time to unveil the new, more modern look,” the Fort Worth-based company said in a media advisory. Photos of the new logo [...]

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Stunt Pilot Fred Cabanas Dies in Mexico Plane Crash

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

Key West stunt pilot Fred Cabanas, who has entertained hundreds of thousands of people around the world with his daredevil aerobatics at air shows, died Tuesday in an aviation accident near Cozumel, Mexico, according to a report from a Spanish website El Comercio.com. He was 60. Passenger Jorge Lopez Vives, host of an extreme sports [...]

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Most 787 Dreamliners Grounded for Battery Checks

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

Airlines scrambled on Thursday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan, Qatar and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated. Poland’s state-controlled LOT Airlines said it would seek compensation from Boeing for grounding its two planes. It expects delivery of three more Dreamliners by the end of [...]

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Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments

Local businessman Jim Slattery loves naval aviation, and it seems he will spare no expense to preserve it wherever possible. Two years ago, Slattery, 62, of Poway, Calif., purchased a broken-down, World War II-era Consolidated PBY Catalina that was being worked on at an airport in South Africa. Tuesday afternoon, the plane arrived at its [...]

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