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B-25J ‘Tondelayo’ Flying Over San Francisco

Jan 08, 2014 No Comments

North American B-25J Mitchell 44-28932 “Tondelayo” has been leased by the Collings Foundation to the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation (DASMF) at Vacaville’s Nut Tree Airport, near Sacramento in Northern California, reports Mike Shreeve of Aeroplane. The plane, N3476G, which has been inactive for much of the past five years at the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Fernand Eugene Guyou, French World War I flying ace, airliner pilot and World War II pilot. 1931 – Australian Guy Lambton Menzies crash-lands the Avro Sports Avian “Southern Cross Junior” upside-down in the La Fontaine Swamp near Hari Hari on New Zealand’s west coast after an almost 12-hour flight from Blenheim, [...]

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A321T Begins U.S. Transcon Duty

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

American Airlines on Tuesday inaugurated service aboard the new Airbus A321T, the first of what will become a dedicated three-class fleet operating on transcontinental flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). American will initially operate the A321T between New York and Los Angeles, and will introduce the new [...]

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Evergreen Aviation Museum’s Future Cloudy

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

The world-class air museum developed by Evergreen International Aviation founder Del Smith may be in for some painful losses in the wake of the apparent collapse of Smith’s network of for-profit operation. The McMinnville, Oregon, museum housing Howard Hughes’ mammoth H-4 Hercules (better known as the “Spruce Goose”) is facing financial scrutiny, and the ownership [...]

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Delta Ends Domestic DC-9 Service

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

Delta Air Lines is retiring its last DC-9s, the oldest passenger plane in the fleet of the big U.S. airlines. Atlanta, Ga.-based Delta operated the final passenger flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta Monday evening. McDonnell Douglas delivered the first DC-9s in 1965, and eventually built 976 of them. The plane was noteworthy at the time because [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

1911 – A quarter-million Indians watch a flying display in Calcutta by French pilot Henri Jullerot in his military biplane. 1913 – Birth of Pierre Le Gloan, French World War II flying ace. 1944 – First flight of the McDonnell XP-67 “Bat” or “Moonbat” (shown), an American twin-engine, single-seat interceptor prototype. 1960 – National Airlines [...]

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Popular Fly-In Defies Winter Weather

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

The runways were covered in snow and the wind made it feel like the temperature was below zero. Four small private planes landed, although recent snows likely mean the only arrivals by air for the rest of the winter will require skis, like the hydraulic retractable skis on Don Kiel’s Cessna 170B tail dragger. Kiel, 68, [...]

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Boeing 787-9 Heads South for Tests

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

The new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Auckland, New Zealand, today, marking the new aircraft’s international debut. The extended version of the fuel-efficient wide-body jet will enter service later this year with Air New Zealand. And ahead of this official launch, Boeing’s second test aircraft flew across the Pacific Ocean from Boeing’s factory in [...]

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