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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Victor S. Chapman, French-American World War I pilot and the first American pilot to die in that conflict. 1920 – Death of Walter Alfred Southey, British World War I fighter ace. 1942 – Twelve Avro Lancaster bombers – six each from No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron and No. 97 Squadron – carry [...]

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Replica Caproni CA.3 Makes Test Flight

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

The Caproni Ca.3R has flown! Although technically speaking, it just made a short hop to test the response of the flight controls and engine behavior, this is a major milestone on the road to the real flight tests, which will surely take place soon. As WarbirdsNews reported last year, Giancarlo Zanardo has been building the replica WWI-era, [...]

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Boeing Delivers 8,000th 737 to United

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

Boeing’s 737 aircraft just marked an aviation first: The 8,000th model has rolled off the assembly line, a round-number milestone for the best-selling airplane of all time. Boeing delivered the aircraft, a 737-900ER, on Wednesday to United Airlines, the buyer of the first 737 sold in the U.S. For an idea of just how popular the 737 is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 16, 2014 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Giles Noble Blennerhasset, Irish World War I fighter ace. 1922 – Taking advantage of the Treaty of Rapallo, a flying school for German pilots is set up at Lipetsk; by 1933, 450 German military pilots will have trained here. 1943 – Believing they had sunk a cruiser, two destroyers and 25 transports and shot down 175 Allied aircraft, [...]

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Meet the Pilots of Solar Impulse 2

Apr 16, 2014 No Comments

Their CVs combined look like the envy of all bona fide air adventurers. Pioneering ultralight aircraft? Been there. Setting world records by circling the globe nonstop in a balloon? Done that. Commanding the first ever 24-hour flight on a plane powered just by the sun? Yep, you’ve guessed it. And now, following 12 years of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Gerhard Fieseler, German World War I flying ace, aerobatics champion, aircraft designer and manufacturer. 1941 – Two hundred bombers of the Luftwaffe attack the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland; about 900 people die and 1,500 are injured. In terms of property damage, half of the houses in Belfast are damaged or [...]

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‘Aluminum Overcast,’ Vets Take Special Flight

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Boeing B-17G “Aluminum Overcast” has made many memorable flights throughout the country, but one would be hard-pressed to come up with one more special than what occurred yesterday in Oshkosh, Wis. Ten World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veterans – representing all 10 Flying Fortress crew positions from pilot to tailgunner [...]

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Six ‘Red Tails’ Reuniting in N.Y.

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments

Elmira, N.Y.-area residents next month will have a rare chance to meet a group of World War II heroes whose exploits were out of the public view for more than a generation. Six of the original Tuskegee Airmen are confirmed as guests at a reunion May 24 at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Big Flats. The Tuskegee Airmen [...]

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