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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Grigory Eduardovich Suk, Russian World War I flying ace. 1917 – Canadian World War I flying ace William Wendell Rogers shoots down a Gotha G bomber piloted by German Blue Max order of merit winner Hauptmann Rudolf Kleine, killing Kleine and his three crew members. 1937 – While anchored upstream from [...]

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Events Planned for Wright Flight Anniversary

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Next week, the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., will be celebrated with several events at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The First Flight Society is hosting a public ceremony on Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, with a band concert, a flyover of military and civilian aircraft, and various [...]

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Living Legends Ceremony Set for January

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Frederick W. Smith, founder and CEO of FedEx, will be honored next month at the 11th Annual Living Legends of Aviation awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Smith is due to receive the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award, while Bruce Whitman, chairman and CEO of FlightSafety International, will receive the Lifetime Aviation Industry [...]

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Weeks Revs Up for Re-Enactment Flight

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Kermit Weeks’ goal has been to create an authentic version of the Benoist airboat flown by legendary pilot Tony Jannus in his historic New Year’s Day hop across Tampa Bay almost a century ago. For Weeks, founder of the Fantasy of Flight attraction in Polk County, where vintage and rare aircraft attract thousands of visitors, [...]

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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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