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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

1886 – Birth of Dean Ivan Lamb, American pilot, hired as a mercenary during the Mexican Revolution who made what was quite possibly the first dogfight in history (pilots firing pistols at each other) against Phil Rader. He also helped to establish the Honduran Air Force. 1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, future General of the U.S. [...]

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Chanute Museum Prepares for P-51H Debut

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

It’s almost back to its glory, the yellow-painted classic fighter modeled on ones a World War II ace used to fly. The North American P-51H Mustang, restored in honor of Louisiana’s Lt. Col. Claude Crenshaw, U.S.A.F., is “the belle of the ball” at the newly revived Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, Ill., said curator Mark [...]

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Faithful Sabreliner Test Plane Retired by Rockwell Collins

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

The old gal sat stoically in the Rockwell Collins hangar as several dozen of her dearest friends ate a buffet lunch nearby. The white bulbous nosecone of the 1964 North American Sabreliner 50 test aircraft showed some wear, but the front edge of her wings still shined shiver. In a matter of minutes she’d be [...]

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Twin Otter Lost in Antarctica; 3 Missing

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

Severe winds and heavy snow continued to hamper the search for three Canadians aboard an airplane missing in Antarctica as rescue crews on standby braced for hours of more bad weather. No information was available on the fate of the three men aboard the ski-equipped Twin Otter, which is owned by Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air. While [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

1909 – First flight of the Blériot XI, light and sleek monoplane constructed of oak and poplar. The flying surfaces were covered with cloth. One of the most successful monoplanes designed and built before WWI. 1929 – Clennell Haggerston “Punch” Dickins delivered the first airmail to Canada’s Northwest Territories on a flight into the high Arctic, travelling through [...]

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Greatest Generation Group to Host Charity Auction

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

Greatest Generation Aircraft,  a Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation that operates a pair of World War II aircraft, will host a charity auction on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at 505 NW 38th Street. Among the many unique items set to roll across the auction block is [...]

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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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