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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 11, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace and founder of the  Maryland Air National Guard; he would also serve in World War II. 1924 – Frenchman Florentin Bonnet, in the Bernard SIMB V.2,  sets a world speed record of 279 mph. 1958 – Death of Charles Godefroy, French aviator [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Friedrich-Wilhelm “Fritz” Morzik, German World War I pilot and high-ranking officer in the Luftwaffe during World War II. 1933 – Charles Kingsford Smith in a Percival Gull IV lands in Darwin, Australia, after flying from Lympne Aerodrome in England; the trip sets a record for solo flight between the two countries [...]

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Cathay Pacific Unveils Latest ‘Spirit’

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments

Cathay Pacific Airways unveiled the third edition of the airline’s “Spirit of Hong Kong” livery at a special ceremony held Monday at Hong Kong International Airport. The new livery marks the climax of the recent “The Spirit of Hong Kong” campaign run by the airline. Cathay Pacific Chief Executive John Slosar officiated at the livery [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 09, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Edward Duncan Crundall, British World War I flying ace, World War II pilot; he also would become a commercial pilot and author. 1909 – First powered airplane flight over Australia is made by British racing driver and pilot Colin Defries with a Wright Model A. 1936 – Death of Juan de [...]

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Ex-Army Pilot to Get Master Pilot Award

Dec 09, 2013 No Comments

In 1954, 10-year-old George Galo took his first ride in an airplane. His father had been stationed in the Panama Canal Zone with the U.S. Navy for two years, and on their way back to Norfolk, Va., they flew in a Lockheed Constellation. The pilot took notice of George sitting with his mother and invited [...]

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Pearl Harbor Warhawk Returning to U.S.

Dec 07, 2013 No Comments

An American fighter that’s one of the few remaining still-airworthy planes to survive the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is being donated to an organization that flies World War II aircraft at living-history events across the United States. Robert Collings, executive director of the Stow, Mass.-based Collings Foundation, said that the purchase of the Curtiss [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

1921 – Birth of George Frederick “Buzz” “Screwball” Beurling (shown), Canada’s most successful World War II fighter pilot; he will shoot down 27 Axis aircraft in just 14 days over Malta and will eventually account for more than 30 kills. 1928 – North American Aviation Inc. is founded; it later produces the P-51 Mustang, the B-25 Mitchell [...]

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Pilot Finds Third Time Isn’t Charm

Dec 06, 2013 No Comments

A pilot attempting to land a Boeing 777 airplane in Birmingham, England, on Thursday was forced to abort because of extremely high winds. The Emirates jet was trying to land at Birmingham Airport from Dubai. The video below shows the pilot’s first missed approach. He also missed the second and then diverted to London Gatwick. For the [...]

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