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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 14, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Anthony W. “Tony” LeVier (shown), American air racer and test pilot for the Lockheed Corp. 1928 – First flight of the Short S.8 Calcutta, a British three-engine flying boat; it is the first airliner with a full kitchen. 1943 – The Vought F4U Corsair fighter makes its operational debut from the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 12, 2014 No Comments

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. 1912 – Birth of Fusata Iida, Sino-Japanese and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1945 – Death of Kenji Kato, Japanese World War II flying ace. 1959 – The [...]

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RAF Airliner Fleet Grounded

Feb 12, 2014 No Comments

An Airbus A330 plummeted thousands of feet during a flight to Afghanistan while carrying 190 people. The Royal Air Force today said it would pause flights of military-registered Voyager planes following the incident on Sunday. The aircraft was on its way to Afghanistan but was forced to divert to an airfield in Turkey after some of the 180 [...]

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Bugatti Replica to Soar at Museum

Feb 12, 2014 No Comments

Ettore Bugatti, perhaps bored with building such extravagant symbols of single-minded genius like the Royale, devised a staggering work of aeronautical wonder that never saw the light of the day. Threatened by the twin insurmountable forces of deadlines and war, the Bugatti 100P never made it to the skies. Bugatti wanted to tackle the Deutsch [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 11, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Rudolf Stark, German World War I flying ace. 1905 – Arthur Charles Hubert Latham accompanied his cousin, the balloonist Jacques Faure, on a night crossing of the English Channel (from London to Paris) in a gas balloon. 1945 – First flight of the Consolidated Vultee XP-81, an American single-seat, long-range escort [...]

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New Airline to Start Florida Service

Feb 11, 2014 No Comments

An airline calling itself Florida Express Jet says it plans to launch service between three Florida cities in less than 40 days. The carrier is selling seats now for nonstop service that’s scheduled to start March 20. Florida Express Jet will fly nonstop from Orlando to both Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee with fares starting at $69, even [...]

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‘Borrowed’ England Spitfire Heads Home

Feb 11, 2014 No Comments

A special Second World War Supermarine Spitfire is winging its way back to Hendon, England, a London suburb, for the first time in almost 20 years. The fighter plane, Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe MT847, is being returned for a special exhibition at the Hendon RAF Museum after being on display in Manchester since 1995. Having seen action during the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 10, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Sir William Lawrie Welsh, a Royal Air Force officer who commanded British air operations during World War II’s Operation Torch; he was a Royal Naval Air Service pilot during World War I. 1929 – American Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout breaks the record for the first all-night flight by a woman as well [...]

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