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Delta Makes First-Ever Jet Donation

Mar 31, 2014 No Comments

A ceremony on Friday thanked Delta Air Lines for donating a jet to Montana’s Helena Regional Airport that will be used to train emergency responders nationwide and from foreign countries. The Bombardier CRJ aircraft, a 50-passenger regional jet that’s typically used to link Montana cities and ferry passengers to airline hubs in the West, is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 28, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Henri Fabre’s Hydroavion, the first powered seaplane in the world, makes it maiden flight off Martigues, France. The hydroplane flies for about 1,600 feet and reaches an altitude of seven feet. 1912 – Birth of Marina Mikhailovna Raskova, famous Russian navigator and often referred to as the “Russian Amelia Earhart.” 1948 – Boeing [...]

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CAF Bearcat to Fly at Palm Springs

Mar 28, 2014 No Comments

The Grumman F8F Bearcat operated by the Commemorative Air Force SoCal Wing will make a rare flight exhibition at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday. The flight exhibition will take place following the commemorative program “Flying with the Blue Angels” by Larry Packer. The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, was formed in 1946, making it [...]

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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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