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France’s Top Ten Flyers

France’s Top Ten Flyers

To coincide with Dassault’s glitzy roll-out of the wide-body Falcon 5X business jet last week, and as the aerospace industry prepares to travel to Le Bourget for the Paris air show, Flightglobal’s Top 10 feature looks at some of the most significant and iconic French aircraft of the post-Second World War era. For photos and the complete story by […]
CAF Starts Fund for ‘That’s All, Brother’

CAF Starts Fund for ‘That’s All, Brother’

Story by the Commemorative Air Force The transport aircraft that led the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, more than 70 years ago has been rediscovered in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin. Believed lost to history, the airplane, a Douglas C-47, was slated to be cut apart and remanufactured as a modern turbo-prop. The Commemorative Air […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Gilbert Jean Uteau, French World War I flying ace. 1942 – The first live test of a nylon parchute is made by Adeline Gray at Brainard Field near Hartford, Conn. 1967 – Death of Zeus Soucek, record-setting U.S. Navy aviator. 1969 – Mexicana Flight 704, a Boeing 727, crashes on approach to […]
Eastwood to Direct ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

Eastwood to Direct ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

It didn’t take long after the “Miracle on the Hudson” in 2009 for people to wonder about a movie. Now we have an answer, and Clint Eastwood is directing it. The life story of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger will be brought to the screen, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Tuesday. The film will be adapted from “Highest Duty: My Search […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of René Paul Louis Dousinelle, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – Frank Hawks flies his Northrop Gamma 2A “Sky Chief” from Los Angeles to New York in a record 13 hours, 26 minutes, and 15 seconds. 1950 – Death of Didier Masson, pioneering French aviator, barnstormer, second flier in history […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold sets an altiture record of 6,540 feet. 1914 – Birth of Herbert Ihlefeld, German fighter ace of Spanish War and World War II. 1948 – First flight of the Cessna 170 (shown), an American light single-engine aircraft. 1960 – Trans-Canada Air Lines begins transatlantic service with flights between Montreal and London. 1989 – Death of […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Triplane (shown), British single-seat fighter. 1931 – A Bellanca CH-300, fitted with a Packard DR-980 (American nine-cylinder air-cooled engine) and piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, sets a record for staying aloft […]
10 Cool Airplanes That Won’t Fly Again

10 Cool Airplanes That Won’t Fly Again

There are a lot of good reasons that some airplanes will never — and in some cases should never — fly again. Sometimes the safety, economic or logistical obstacles are just too great. Sometimes the airplane is just too valuable an artifact of the glorious history of flight to risk it. Sometimes, it’s all of the above. Here’s a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of William Stanley Jenkins, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1929 – A Junkers W 33 (modified and sometimes referred to as a W 34) establishes a world altitude record; piloted Willy Neuenhofen takes the German-built, singled-engine transport to 41,800 feet. 1942 – First flight of the Northrop P-61 Black Widow, the first operational […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1906 – The Wright brothers are granted a U.S. patent for their airplane control system. 1943 – A U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group scores a kill of an enemy submarine for the first time when General Motors TBM Avengers from the escort aircraft carrier USS Bogue sink the German submarine U-569 in the North […]
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