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Legacy 500 Makes ‘Flawless’ First Flight

Nov 28, 2012 No Comments

A new generation of business jets was ushered in Tuesday when Embraer’s midsize Legacy 500 made a successful first flight from São José dos Campos, Brazil, marking the beginning of its flight test program. Deliveries of the first aircraft are expected to begin in 2014. “This remarkable airplane symbolizes the future of executive aviation and [...]

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The Giant Benoist Flies! [VIDEO]

Nov 27, 2012 2 Comments

Bob Walker’s 15-foot-span giant-scale flying boat has taken to the air! This RC model was built to celebrate the 10oth anniversary of the first passenger carrying aircraft in the world (on January 1, 1914 the full-size Benoist flew a passenger from St. Petersburg to Tampa). Here’s a note from Bob: HEY GUYS WE FLEW the [...]

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Houston Now Home to Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Nov 27, 2012 No Comments

Houston, you have a space shuttle …carrier aircraft. NASA’s original jumbo jet that was used to ferry the space shuttles around the country has landed at Ellington Field in Houston, where it is to stay. The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), referred to using its tail number, NASA 905, was most recently used to fly space shuttle Endeavour to [...]

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Air New Zealand Debuts Precious 777

Nov 24, 2012 No Comments

On the heels of Air New Zealand’s enormously popular The Hobbit-themed safety briefing video (viewed by more than a million non-flying people daily) comes a Boeing 777 painted in a livery that also pays homage to Kiwi Peter Jackson’s upcoming movie. For more images on The Dallas Morning News.com, click here.

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The Wright Stuff?

Nov 22, 2012 No Comments

There is something of the 19th century about Eric Raymond. Devoted to making commercial solar-powered aircraft, he would have thrived in the Victorian heyday of the private inventor. Most fell by the wayside; their ideas outran their ability or their money. But the names of the successes—Morse, Dunlop, Bell, Diesel and even, to stretch the [...]

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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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