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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Austin Lloyd Fleming, Canadian World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1919 – French Air Force officer Charles Godefroy makes the first flight through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (shown) with a Nieuport 11 “Bébé.” The flight was made three weeks after the victory parade on […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Peter Strasser, chief commander of German Imperial Navy Zeppelins during World War I; he is killed while flying the war’s last airship raid over Great Britain in Zeppelin L-70. The airship is shot down by an Airco DH.4 reconnaissance biplane. 1945 – A U.S. Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay” drops “Little Boy,” the […]

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Pilatus Rolls Out First Biz Jet

Pilatus Rolls Out First Biz Jet

To great fanfare, Pilatus rolled out its new PC-24 “Super Versatile” jet on Friday at its home airfield of Buochs, near the town of Stans in central Switzerland. The prototype of the twin-engine business and utility jet was pulled across the runway by 24 horses before coming to rest on a giant Swiss flag painted on […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1935 – Wiley Post, the first pilot to fly solo around the world, and his passenger Will Rogers are killed in a crash in Alaska. 1959 – Birth of Scott Douglas “Scooter” Altman, U.S. Navy test pilot and NASA astronaut; he also “flipped off” a Soviet pilot in the movie “Top Gun.” 1976 – Death of Norman MacMillan, Scottish World […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1840 – A hot air balloon took to the air for the first time in Canada when the “Star of the East,” piloted by American aeronaut Louis Anselm Lauriat, rose into the sky over Saint John, New Brunswick. 1914 – The United Kingdom enters World War I, declaring war on Germany. 1943 – Death of Augustus […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1872 – Birth of George Augustine Taylor, Australian artist, journalist, and aviation pioneer; he becomes the first person in Australia to fly in a heavier-than-air craft. 1915 – Lt. Max Immelmann (shown) shoots down his first aircraft, a Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c, with his Fokker E.I; it is the beginning of his career as an […]

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10 Reasons Oshkosh 2014 Rocks

10 Reasons Oshkosh 2014 Rocks

With two-thirds of AirVenture 2014 in the books, this year’s Oshkosh cavalcade of aviation goodness is inarguably the best that we’ve seen in many, many years. The economic signs are good. Many companies have reported improving sales, and in some cases those improvements are dramatic. That’s not all, either. This gathering has been host to […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Roderic Stanley “Bréguet” Dallas, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1910 – First flight of the Bristol Boxkite (replica shown), the first aircraft produced by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Co. (later known as the Bristol Aeroplane Co.). 1924 – Two Japanese airmen, Yukichi Goto and flight engineer Minezo Yonezawo, return to Osaka after completing the […]

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A-10 Slated for Weather Duty

A-10 Slated for Weather Duty

Oklahoma’s Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport is playing host to a very special aircraft. Right now it’s a fighter jet, but it’s being modified to do something very different. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a fighter jet currently used in places like Afghanistan and Kuwait. However, the one sitting in Guthrie is training to be a storm chaser. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of Rhulin Albert Thomas, American aviator; he becomes the first deaf pilot to successfully fly solo across the U.S. 1929 – A Ford Trimotor flown by Charles Lindbergh begins the first coast-to-coast air passenger service through Transcontinental Air Transport (TWA). 1960 – Death of Mary Bailey (born Westenra), British aviatrix. 1967 – While […]
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