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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

1911 – A quarter-million Indians watch a flying display in Calcutta by French pilot Henri Jullerot in his military biplane. 1913 – Birth of Pierre Le Gloan, French World War II flying ace. 1944 – First flight of the McDonnell XP-67 “Bat” or “Moonbat” (shown), an American twin-engine, single-seat interceptor prototype. 1960 – National Airlines [...]

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Popular Fly-In Defies Winter Weather

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

The runways were covered in snow and the wind made it feel like the temperature was below zero. Four small private planes landed, although recent snows likely mean the only arrivals by air for the rest of the winter will require skis, like the hydraulic retractable skis on Don Kiel’s Cessna 170B tail dragger. Kiel, 68, [...]

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Boeing 787-9 Heads South for Tests

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

The new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Auckland, New Zealand, today, marking the new aircraft’s international debut. The extended version of the fuel-efficient wide-body jet will enter service later this year with Air New Zealand. And ahead of this official launch, Boeing’s second test aircraft flew across the Pacific Ocean from Boeing’s factory in [...]

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Canada Inducts Four to Aviation HOF

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 41st annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held in Calgary, Alberta, in May. The new members are: Clive J. Beddoe, founder of Westjet Airlines; Lorna De Blicquy, flight instructor and trailblazing advocate for the role of women in aviation; Robert P. [...]

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Lark Replicas Stay Grounded

Jan 02, 2014 No Comments

Mark Marino of Duluth, Minn., and Kermit Weeks of Miami, Fla., can both attest that building an authentic replica of a more-than-a-century-old plane from scratch is no simple task. Today, Weeks had hoped to launch a replica of the Lark of Duluth — a quirky “flying boat” owned by Julius Barnes, a wealthy Duluth grain [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Stephen Potter, U.S. Navy officer and early naval aviator; he would become the first American naval aviator to shoot down a German plane. 1937 – Pan American World Airways Sikorsky S-42 flying boat “Samoan Clipper” inaugurates the first air mail and freight service between the U.S. and New Zealand. 1948 – [...]

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Interest Grows in Scorpion Jet

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

Wichita workers on Textron AirLand’s secret multi-mission tactical military jet, the Scorpion, never called the project by its real name until it became public in September. And they rarely used its code name – SCV12-1. “It was too much of a tongue twister,” said Dale Tutt, the Scorpion’s chief engineer. “Most of the time we just [...]

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Condor Squadron Keeps ‘Em Flying

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

On the west side of California’s Van Nuys Airport, it’s like World War II never ended. Vintage propeller planes once flown by U.S. Navy, Army Air Forces and Royal Air Force pilots are parked wingtip to wingtip along the taxiway. Nearby buildings are painted in camouflage. The sound of swing music sometimes drifts across the [...]

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