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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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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Hans “Assi” Hahn, German World War II flying ace. 1927 – George Raymond Henderson establishes a world altitude record of 22,178 feet for Class C-2 seaplanes with a useful load. 1962 – First flight of the Bristol 188 (shown), a British supersonic research aircraft nicknamed “The Flying Pencil.” 1994 – U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles [...]

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No Agreement Reached for Pearson Museum

Apr 14, 2014 No Comments

After 14 months of negotiations, talks have broken down between two Vancouver, Wash., history organizations, leaving Pearson Air Museum and the Pearson Field Education Center separate but still open for business. The National Park Service operates the Vancouver National Historic Reservewhere Pearson, one of the nation’s oldest operating airfields, is situated. The Fort Vancouver National Trust, which ran the air museum [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

1911 – The U.S. Army sets up its 1st permanent flying school at College Park, Md.. 1921 – First flight of the Short Cromarty flying boat, a British biplane prototype patrol craft. 1941 – Birth of Frederick Hamilton “Rick” Hauck, former U.S. Navy aviator and test pilot as well as a NASA astronaut. 1955 – North American Aviation is issued a [...]

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Indonesia President Receives Boeing Jet

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

Indonesia’s new $91 million presidential plane arrived Thursday after several months of delay. The Boeing 737-800, a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 2, landed at Halim Perdanakusuma air force base, in the eastern part of Jakarta, to a welcoming ceremony presided over by State Secretary Sudi Silalahi. The plane, named Republik Indonesia, was to have arrived late last [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Yoshi-o Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1918 – Death of Walter Göttsch, German World War I fighter ace, killed in action in his Fokker Dr.I triplane. 1926 – Charles Lindberg becomes chief pilot for Robertson Aircraft Corp., flying a St. Louis-to-Chicago mail route. 1981 – First flight of [...]

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Lancasters to Fly Together in the UK

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

This August will see two legends take to the skies together for the first — and possibly last — time. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, is preparing to send its prized Avro Lancaster across the Atlantic to take part in a monthlong program with the Battle of Britain Memorial Lancaster. The two bombers [...]

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