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Skyhawks Head to U.S. for Formation Flights

Skyhawks Head to U.S. for Formation Flights

It is not quite a steal but the man who purchased New Zealand’s grounded Skyhawk fighter aircraft has discovered he got a bargain. Eight Douglas A-4K Skyhawks that sat in plastic cocoons at the Royal New Zealand Air Force base in Woodbourne since 2001 will next month return to the air in formation over Florida. Draken […]
Myanmar Spitfire Hunt Loses Backer

Myanmar Spitfire Hunt Loses Backer

A global video gaming company that funded a high-profile hunt for dozens of World War II-era British fighters in Myanmar has some bad news for aviation enthusiasts: It says none of the legendary planes are buried in the Southeast Asian country. Excavation teams carrying out surveys on the ground, however, said Saturday that they would […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Bartolomeo “Meo” Costantini, Italian World War I flying ace and post-war racing driver and manufacturer. 1932 – American aviation pioneer Ruth Nichols sets a new altitude record for a diesel-powered aircraft, 19,928 feet, in a modified Lockheed Vega. 1945 – Death of Otto “Bruno” Kittel, German World War II flying ace (shown above). On his 583rd combat […]
An-2 Biplane Making Record Trip to Africa

An-2 Biplane Making Record Trip to Africa

An unprecedented 12,427-mile charity flight from the coast of Russia to South Africa in an Antonov An-2 Russian biplane will be reaching the end of its journey in Lanseria next week. Following the completion of the ‘From Ocean to Ocean’ trip, the aircraft, known as ‘Anoushka,’ or ‘Little Annie,’, will be based full-time in Africa to […]

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American Airlines, US Airways Boards Agree to Merge

American Airlines, US Airways Boards Agree to Merge

American Airlines and US Airways officially announced an $11 billion merger on Thursday morning. The new company, which will be based in Fort Worth, will have more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries, the carriers said. “Today we are proud to launch the new American Airlines — a premier global carrier […]
Video: How to Box a Mosquito

Video: How to Box a Mosquito

So how do you get a warbird safely from one side of the world to the other? Well, in the case of Jerry Yagen’s recently restored de Havilland Mosquito, known as KA114, it’s being disassembled and placed into a shipping container for it’s trip home to the U.S. New Zealand warbird experts Avspecs Limited rebuilt the twin-engined […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Eberhard Mohnicke, German World War I flying ace. 1903 – The world’s first successful heavier-than-air aircraft engine, which will power the Wright brothers‘ first airplane in December 1903, runs for the first time in Dayton, Ohio. 1935 – The U.S. Navy’s last rigid airship, the USS Macon, loses its upper fin off Point Sur, Calif., sinks to the surface […]
New Hawaiian Shuttle Airline Gets Artistic Look

New Hawaiian Shuttle Airline Gets Artistic Look

Hawaiian Airlines’ parent said Monday that it has named its turboprop interisland subsidiary Ohana by Hawaiian, and said the service operated by contractor Empire Airlines will launch this summer with flights to Molokai and Lanai. Honolulu-based Hawaiian Holdings Inc. is launching the new carrier with two 48-seat ATR42 turboprop aircraft, which will be covered in designs by Hilo […]

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Historic Travel Air May Return to Fort Worth

Historic Travel Air May Return to Fort Worth

Harry Hansen was a Continental Airlines co-pilot in 1961 flying from Dallas to Abilene when his captain pointed down to a decrepit airplane parked next to a farmhouse near Lake Worth. An aficionado of old aircraft, Hansen was intrigued. After the flight, he learned that the farmhouse was on Amon G. Carter Sr.’s Shady Oak […]
Boeing Completes ‘Uneventful’ 787 Test Flight

Boeing Completes ‘Uneventful’ 787 Test Flight

Boeing completed what it called an uneventful flight on Saturday of a test 787 Dreamliner, its first since the airplanes were grounded more than three weeks ago after a series of battery-related problems. The test flight to gather detailed information on the airplane’s lithium-ion batteries lasted two hours and 19 minutes, taking off from and returning […]
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