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Cessna Latitude Makes First Flight

Feb 19, 2014 No Comments

Cessna Aircraft’s new midsize business jet, the Citation Latitude, made its maiden flight on Tuesday, a milestone in the development program. “The airplane handles wonderfully,” Aaron Tobias, Cessna’s senior flight test pilot, said after the flight. “It’s an easy-flying Cessna.” The pilots were able to successfully complete all tests planned for the first flight. All [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments

1832 – Birth of Octave Chanute, French-born American railway engineer and aviation pioneer; he provided the Wright brothers with help and advice, and helped to publicize their flying experiments. 1923 – The Canadian Air Force is granted the prefix “Royal.” 1939 – First flight of the Martin PBM Mariner (restored A model shown). 1944 – Operation Jericho is launched: de [...]

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Red Arrows Confirmed for Bournemouth

Feb 18, 2014 No Comments

By Blackmore Vale Magazine It’s officially a first for the Bournemouth Air Festival in South West England, but the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, have confirmed today they will be displaying at on all four days of the much-anticipated summer event. Jon Weaver, Air Festival director said; “We’ve only found out today [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Maxwell Hutcheon Findlay, Scottish World War I fighter ace and air racer. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale at Jutland. 1934 – The first airmail flight from Australia to New Zealand is flown by Charles T. Ulm in his Avro X (shown), a license-built Fokker F. VIIB/3 [...]

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AeroShell Team Headlines Air Fiesta

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

Air Fiesta’s lineup of aerobatic performers has never been more packed with A-list talent than it is for this year’s event, according to organizers. At the same time, they say, ticket prices have been reduced for the event, which takes place next weekend, Feb. 22-23, at the Brownsville (Texas) South Padre Island International Airport. Headlining Air [...]

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A Little Airport Story

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments

Floods, fires and family crises — Harvey Field has survived them all. In 1990, then-10-year-old Preston Harvey stood on the second floor of Snohomish Flying Service and watched the water rise just a few hundred feet away. The Snohomish River had already spilled over its banks, and the waters now threatened the last barrier to the airport, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 14, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Anthony W. “Tony” LeVier (shown), American air racer and test pilot for the Lockheed Corp. 1928 – First flight of the Short S.8 Calcutta, a British three-engine flying boat; it is the first airliner with a full kitchen. 1943 – The Vought F4U Corsair fighter makes its operational debut from the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 12, 2014 No Comments

1903 – The world’s first successful heavier-than-air aircraft engine, which will power the Wright brothers‘ first airplane in December 1903, runs for the first time in Dayton, Ohio. 1912 – Birth of Fusata Iida, Sino-Japanese and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1945 – Death of Kenji Kato, Japanese World War II flying ace. 1959 – The [...]

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