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Condor Squadron Keeps ‘Em Flying

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

On the west side of California’s Van Nuys Airport, it’s like World War II never ended. Vintage propeller planes once flown by U.S. Navy, Army Air Forces and Royal Air Force pilots are parked wingtip to wingtip along the taxiway. Nearby buildings are painted in camouflage. The sound of swing music sometimes drifts across the [...]

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Museum Restoring Soviet Cargo Plane

Dec 26, 2013 No Comments

Right now, it’s not much more than a metal hulk covered in faded gray paint, but a Cold War-era Soviet cargo aircraft soon will take its place beside similar, American-built planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum on Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The Antonov AN-2 “Colt” was delivered the museum’s restoration hangar on [...]

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Win a Free Subscription to Flight Journal

Dec 20, 2013 No Comments

Who needs a lottery? Post your top three aviation news events of 2013 on our Facebook page and you could win a free one-year subscription to Flight Journal (including the digital edition)! Since it’s the season of giving, we’ll declare two winners! Just list your submissions under the contest post at Facebook.com/FlightJournal by Dec. 24…the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 20, 2013 No Comments

1852 – Birth of David Schwarz, Croatian aviation pioneer; he later created the first flyable rigid airship, which was also the first airship with an external hull made entirely of metal. 1928 – Hubert Wilkins and  Carl Eielson takes off from Deception Island with a Lockheed Vega for a 10-hour flight and flies over Graham [...]

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Evergreen Museum May Sell Vintage Planes

Dec 20, 2013 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 operations on the other side of Highway 18 in McMinnville, Ore. Though the museum’s land and buildings are owned and operated through the nonprofit Michael [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 19, 2013 No Comments

1910 – Yoshitoshi Tokugawa flew Japan’s first successful powered aircraft flight (a Farman Biplane) at Yoyogi Parade Ground where Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park is now located. 1930 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first autogiro pilot to carry a passenger, flying a PCA-2 Pitcairn Autogyro and making several trips with various passengers until dark. 1942 – Birth [...]

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Pacific Aviation Museum a Must-See

Dec 19, 2013 No Comments

An airplane recovered from the depths of Lake Michigan, another flown by a future president (George H.W. Bush) and one rescued from the scrap heap of time from the Hawaiian island of Niihau are all part of the displays at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The planes are shown in two World War II-era hangars [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Maurice Lea Cooper, Irish World War I flying ace. 1933 – First flight of the Northrop XFT (shown), an American prototype monoplane equipped with a single engine. 1941 – U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Buzz Wagner becomes the first U.S. ace of the war. 1970 – Airbus Industrie is formally established to develop the [...]

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