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Shuttle Aircraft to Make Final Voyage

Mar 28, 2014 No Comments

Steven Ramey is standing inside a Boeing 747 fuel tank, and he’s having the time of his life. Pointing to where the aircraft’s 50,000-pound wing attaches to the fuselage, Ramey notes where bolts are being removed. “This is the first time we’ve pulled off a wing,” the Boeing employee says. “It’s great. We get to come in [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 27, 2014 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Elizabeth Muriel Gregory “Elsie” MacGill, a Canadian known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes,” who became the world’s first female aircraft designer. 1927 – Royal Air Force’s first all-metal fighter, the Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA, enters service with No. 41 Squadron. 1945 – Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan’s ports [...]

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E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Joins Navy Fleet

Mar 27, 2014 No Comments

By Ginger Whitaker, WAVY-TV The U.S. Navy’s most advanced command and control aircraft is officially joining the fleet. The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye built by Northrop Grumman became Ready for Tasking Thursday in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field. According to a news release from the Navy, it provides broad area coverage that results in [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 26, 2014 No Comments

1915 – Birth of Juraj Puškár, Slovak World War II flying ace who served on the Eastern front with the Axis forces. 1936 – Adolf II, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe, and his wife are killed in the crash of a Mexican Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor after striking the Popocatépetl volcano in Zumpango, Mexico; all aboard perish. 1956 [...]

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Cirrus Launches Latest Version of Vision Jet

Mar 26, 2014 No Comments

Cirrus Aircraft looks set to be the first airframer to bring a personal jet to market, following the successful first flight of its Vision SF50 on Monday. Certification aircraft C-Zero (C0), took-off from Cirrus’ base in Duluth, Minn., at around 5 p.m. local time for a one-hour sortie. “The Vision Jet handled and performed very well and all [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 25, 2014 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Romolo Ticconi, Italian World War I flying ace. 1917 – Canada-born Lt. Col. William Avery ‘Billy’ Bishop, scores his first combat victory over an Albatros D II single-seat fighter while flying a Nieuport XVII; he later becomes the top Canadian ace of the war with 72 victories. 1944 – A British twin-engined [...]

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Veteran Pilot Receives WWII Combat Medals

Mar 25, 2014 No Comments

Nearly 70 years after William Bell flew combat missions during World War II, the former Marine has received his medals. Bell, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was a 21-year-old pilot during the Philippines’ liberation from Japanese forces in 1945, flying more than 60 combat strike missions. In the space of four months, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross [...]

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Air Show Performed Killed in Crash

Mar 25, 2014 No Comments

The pilot of a de Havilland DHC-1 that crashed Sunday in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest has been identified as a veteran airshow performer, Jim “Fang” Maroney, 59, of Brookfield, Fla. Maroney, whose Super Chipmunk Airshows was scheduled to perform this weekend in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., was found dead Monday morning after searchers located the [...]

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