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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Death of Gustav Hamel, pioneer British aviator, over the English Channel while returning from Paris in a new 80-hp Morane-Saulnier monoplane. 1916 – Birth of Tiberiu Vinca, Romanian World War II flying ace. 1938 – First flight of the Fiat CR.42 (shown), Italian single-seat sesquiplane fighter. 1958 – Flying a Douglas F4D-1 Skyray, U.S. Marine Corps Major Edward N. LeFaivre breaks five world climb-to-height records, […]
‘Doc’ Receives FAA OK

‘Doc’ Receives FAA OK

The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday deemed the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc” airworthy by officially presenting the restoration crew with an FAA airworthiness certificate. The airworthiness certificate is the most notable milestone yet for the team working to restore the historic B-29. It also comes three days before the 16th anniversary of Doc arriving […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Ruth Blaney Alexander, U.S. female pioneer aviator. 1951 – First flight of the Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant (shown), British four-engined jet bomber, once part of the RAF’s V bomber nuclear force; it is originally developed for high-level strategic missions. 1967 – A prototype Dassault Mirage F1, French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft, crashes due to […]
‘Spirit’ Stearman Crashes in Arizona

‘Spirit’ Stearman Crashes in Arizona

“Spirit of Artemis,” a Boeing Stearman biplane piloted by Tracy Curtis-Taylor, who was using the airplane to retrace old airmail routes across the United States, crashed in Arizona last week. Fortunately, Curtis-Taylor and her passenger, Ewald Gritsch, both walked away from the accident, but the airplane is in need of major repair. In her own […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Antoine Laplasse, French pioneer aviator and World War I flying ace. 1930 – First flight of the Blériot Bl-110 nicknamed “Joseph Le Brix,” a French high-wing single-engine monoplane designed for endurance records. 1959 – The newly-formed Royal Canadian Air Force aerobatic team, the Golden Hawks, flying gold-finished North American Sabres, performs its first demonstration at […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Elwyn Roy “Bo” King, Australian World War I fighter ace and instructor during World War II. 1917 – Death of Julius Busa, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace; he is shot down by Italian ace Francesco Baracca in a SPAD S.VII. 1927 – Colonial Air Transport offers a sightseeing trip from Teterboro, N.J., around New York City for just $8, less than the price of a similar trip in a taxi. […]

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Rare Flight for Biggest Plane

Rare Flight for Biggest Plane

The undisputed superstar of the skies — the biggest airplane in the world — is taking flight on a rare delivery mission across three continents. The Ukrainian cargo jet named “Mriya” is one of a kind. There is no other. That’s why the gawkers showed up Tuesday in Prague. They watched in awe as this big […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1875 – Birth of Harriet Quimby, early American aviator and movie screenwriter. She is the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the U.S. and the first woman to fly across the English Channel. 1936 – First flight of the Bristol Type 138 High Altitude Monoplane, a British research aircraft. 1996 – ValuJet Flight 592, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, crashes […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Zeus Soucek, U.S. Navy aviator and record setter. 1915 – Curtiss Aviation School commences operation from Toronto Island using Curtiss Model F flying boats. 1933 – Death of Robert Heibert, German World War I flying ace. 1945 – The sixth Japanese kamikaze attack off Okinawa, which includes 150 aircraft, begins. They damage two destroyers and the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, which suffers 353 killed, 43 missing, and 264 wounded. […]
Perlan II Glider Prepares for Records

Perlan II Glider Prepares for Records

Airbus Group chief executive Tom Enders took the controls of the two-seat Perlan II glider during a 10-minute test flight Friday rom the windswept, high-desert airport in Minden, Nev., raising the public profile of a volunteer team of aviation adventurers hoping to make history in about four months. Afterwards, Enders – a licensed helicopter pilot and […]
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