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On This Day in Aviation History

May 06, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Johann Frint, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace. 1935 – First flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk (A model shown), also known as the Curtiss Hawk Model 75, a single-engined American fighter. 1937 – German Zeppelin LZ-129, the Hindenburg, catches fire and explodes while attempting to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air [...]

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American Airlines Host Airbus Test Jet

May 06, 2014 No Comments

There was a French visitor at the American Airlines maintenance hangar at the airport Monday. Airbus flew in one of its test A350s from Toulouse, France, late Sunday evening and put it on display for the media and employees at American. The Fort Worth-based carrier has 22 A350-900 XWB aircraft on order, with the first [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 05, 2014 No Comments

1904 – Birth of Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Robert Kronfeld, AFC, Austrian-born gliding champion and sailplane designer; he became a British subject and an RAF test pilot. 1918 – Death of Giovanni Nicelli, Italian World War I flying ace, killed in action. 1926 – First flight of the Wright XF3W (shown), an American racing biplane for the U.S. Navy. 1968 – A Grumman Gulfstream [...]

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Lockheed U-2 Blamed for ATC Outage

May 05, 2014 No Comments

A traffic control center in California Wednesday that led to delays and cancellations of hundreds of flights across the country, sources familiar with the incident told NBC News. On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., according to sources, a Lockheed U-2 spy plane, the same type of aircraft that flew high-altitude spy missions over Russia 50 [...]

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Air Show Vet Killed in Crash

May 05, 2014 No Comments

A 77-year-old civilian pilot who had flown planes since he was a teenager was killed when he crashed his biplane Sunday while performing a low-to-the-ground stunt maneuver during an air show at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., authorities said. Officials said Eddie Andreini of Half Moon Bay was piloting the Stearman biplane when it crashed in an open [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 02, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Thomas Charles Richmond Baker, Australian Word War I flying ace. 1916 – Eight German Zeppelins raid the east coast of England, causing 39 casualties. 1925 – First flight of the Douglas C-1 (shown), American transport biplane. 1926 – Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole. 1970 – Death of Arturo [...]

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Effort Begun to Save Lightning Fighter

May 02, 2014 No Comments

A campaign is underway to save English Electric Lightning XR713, which is currently awaiting disposal at RAF Leuchars in Scotland. The aircraft, a rare F.3 model Lightning, first flew in 1964 and helped defend British skies against the Soviet bomber threat. She’s been an exhibit at RAF Leuchars for some years now, but with the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 01, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hünefeld, German aviation pioneer; he became was part of the first trans-Atlantic flight from east to west. 1942 – Squadron No. 588 of the Soviet Air Force, an all-woman night-bombing unit equipped with Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes, is formed in the USSR. 1975 – Death of Francis Stanley Symondson, British World War I [...]

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