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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 22, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Wiley Hardeman Post, famed American aviator; he became the first pilot to fly solo around the world. 1916 – First flight of the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 (5a shown above), a World War I British biplane fighter. 1935 – Pan Am commences the first trans-Pacific airmail service, flying a Martin M.130 from San Francisco, Calif., [...]

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Boeing Continues Changing the Airline Game

Nov 22, 2013 No Comments

There must have been some pretty wide smiles on the faces of Boeing executives waking up in Dubai earlier this week. The U.S.-based plane maker secured 259 orders and commitments at the launch of its 777X commercial jet at the Dubai International Air Show — “the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar [...]

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Canadian Airport to Close Next Week

Nov 22, 2013 No Comments

When Chris Blower takes off from Edmonton’s City Centre Airport for the last time next week, he knows he’ll be leaving a piece of his heart behind. It’s the place that sparked his love of flying as a kid, where as a teenager he received his pilot’s licence before his licence to drive, and where [...]

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Dreamlifter Leaves ‘Wrong’ Airport

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

A Boeing Dreamlifter jumbo jet has taken flight after accidentally landing at Jabara Airport in Kansas late Wednesday. A team of pilots came in from New York to pilot the plane down the runway, which is normally too short to handle a plane of that size. No one was hurt and the plane and airfield were [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of John Joseph Seerley, Jr., American World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1916 – First flight of the Breguet 14, a French biplane bomber and reconnaissance aircraft; it is the first aircraft in mass production to use large amounts of metal rather than wood in its [...]

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Boeing Company Jet Lands at Wrong Airport

Nov 21, 2013 No Comments

A Boeing 747 jumbo jet used to haul parts of 787 Dreamliner jets around the world landed at the wrong Kansas airport Wednesday evening. Photos from a Wichita, Kan. local CBS affiliate show the heavily-modified, 235-foot long jumbo jet on the ground at Jabara Airport, a small area airport, about 8 miles north of the jet’s intended destination of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Birth of Miguel García Pardo, Spanish Nationalist flying ace of the Spanish Civil War; he is credited with the only victory flying a Heinkel He 112 in Spain. 1945 – First flight of the Saab 91 Safir, a Swedish single-engine trainer aircraft. 1953 – U.S. Navy pilot Scott Crossfield flies the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket (shown above) past [...]

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Museum Celebrates Hornet’s First Flight

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

In celebration of the F/A-18 Hornet’s 35th anniversary, the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum let visitors climb into the cockpit of an actual F/A-18 and added an additional display in the museum aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 16-17. “We opened up the F/A-18 on display for servicemembers and their families to see it [...]

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