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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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Learjet 85 Finally Makes First Flight

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

After about a four-month delay, Bombardier Aerospace test pilots for the first time on Wednesday took off from Kansas’ Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in a Learjet 85. Bombardier Aerospace spokeswoman Annie Cossette said the midsize business jet took off at 8:19 a.m. Central time, and the flight lasted about two hours and 15 minutes. She said [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Byron Quinby Jones, American pioneer aviator; he became the first U.S. Army pilot to stall and loop an aircraft without crashing. 1911 – The Avro Type D, a British biplane, becomes the first seaplane to take off from British sea waters. 1942 – The Imperial Japanese Navy launches an air raid [...]

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Restored Bronco to Debut in UK Show

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments

The Bronco Demo Team is bringing its newly restored North American Rockwell OV-10B Bronco to the UK for it’s first public showing next month. The aircraft will be on show for fans, friends and family during a free event May 3 at Cotswold Airport (the former RAF Kemble). The Bronco Demo Team is collaborating with the Bristol Britannia XM496 Preservation [...]

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So What Happens to Old Airliners?

Apr 09, 2014 No Comments

A recent visit by Aviation Week to Suttgart, Ark., revealed yet another former Lufthansa Cityline Bombardier CRJ700. Tail number D-ACPB, which arrived last week, is shown below awaiting part-out. This aircraft joins D-ACPA and D-ACPG, both of which were flown farther north into Blytheville, Ark., last year for part-out. Stuttgart is home to CAVU Aerospace which [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments

1885 – Birth of Blanche Stuart Scott, also known as Betty Scott, possibly the first American woman aviator; she became an exhibition and test pilot. 1931 – Amelia Earhart climbs to a record altitude of 18,415 feet in a Pitcairn PCA2 autogyro at Willow Grove, Pa., near Philadelphia. 1943 – On his first mission, U.S. [...]

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Tulsa Museum Display Highlights MD-80

Apr 08, 2014 No Comments

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium has dubbed its new MD-80 exhibit a “Discovery Center.” Museum officials hope the McDonnell Douglas commercial jetliner now on display can help inspire a new generation to continue Tulsa’s aerospace legacy. “It’s exhibits like this that might spark the interest of a future pilot, mechanic or engineer,” [...]

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