Civilian

The Creation of the Wright Company

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

On this day in 1909, a company was incorporated that would eventually build the first airplane factory in Dayton, Ohio. It was called the Wright Company. Local aviation photographer and historian Dan Patterson tells us the story. Last time we spoke, I described the momentous flight Wilbur Wright made in New York City in 1909 [...]

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Woman Dies After East Texas Plane Crash

Nov 19, 2012 No Comments

A Jacksonville, Texas, woman died Sunday evening after being involved in a plane crash Sunday afternoon. Officials say 60-year-old Debra Birch was flying a fixed-wing, single-engine Jabiru aircraft when it crashed into a hanger bay at the Cherokee County Airport around 4:35 Sunday evening. According to Lynn Lunsford with the FAA, the plane was trying to [...]

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California Police Helicopter Crashes, Injuring Five

Nov 18, 2012 No Comments

A Pasadena, Calif., police helicopter crashed Saturday afternoon after hitting another helicopter on the ground, injuring six people, authorities said. The incident at the police heliport occurred when the rotor blades of two aircraft touched, according to the department. Five police officers and one civilian suffered minor injuries. All six were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to [...]

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Cleveland Aviation Museum Steering Back Into View

Nov 18, 2012 No Comments

The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection is coming out of hibernation in the depths of winter. The transportation arm of the Western Reserve Historical Society will reopen to the public Feb. 2, after a undergoing a year’s worth of renovation. Walls have been knocked down to create better sight lines, allowing a better presentation of the society’s collections. Most of [...]

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Maine Airplane Crash Claims 3

Nov 17, 2012 No Comments

Three people died in a plane crash Friday evening in the woods near the Knox County Regional Airport in Owl’s Head, Maine. Airport manager Jeffrey Northgraves confirmed that the accident happened Friday around 5 p.m. when the plane was taking off and it struck a pickup truck driving across the runway. The plane crashed on the [...]

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Virginia Museum Opens New Aviation Gallery

Nov 16, 2012 No Comments

The grand opening of the Wings Over Virginia Aviation Gallery at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, an exhibit that traces the history and future of aviation in the commonwealth, will be held tomorrow in Roanoke. Visitors will be able to explore hands-on exhibits and videos to understand the science of flight and aviation technology; listen to [...]

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RAF Museum Celebrates 40th Birthday

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

The Royal Air Force Museum, Britain’s only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation, opened 40 years ago today. Since then, the institution, spread across two sites, has welcomed more than 10 million visitors and has grown from four hangars and 40 aircraft to six hangars with more than 100 aircraft on display. The museum also has taken the [...]

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CAF Begins Fifi Fundraiser

Nov 15, 2012 No Comments

Fifi, the last flying B-29 Superfortress in the world, is now at risk. During the last airshow flight of the season, the number two engine experienced a loss of power. The Commemorative Air Force crew returned safely to the airport, but it was soon determined the engine would need major repairs. At nearly $10,000 and 100 [...]

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