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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 10, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Joseph Marie Xavier de Sevin, French World War I flying ace and World War II high-ranking officer. 1936 – First flight of the Fairey Battle (shown), a British single-engine light bomber. 1948 – NASA test pilot Herbert Henry Hoover becomes the first civilian to exceed the speed of sound when he [...]

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Snowbirds Recommit to Oregon Air Show

Mar 10, 2014 No Comments

In a surprise announcement recently, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds reversed direction and informed Oregon International Air Show officials that the team will in fact perform at this summer’s event. The announcement came four weeks after the Snowbirds cancelled all of their 2014 U.S. air show appearances — including their planned performances at Hillsboro’s air show [...]

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JAL 787 Makes Emergency Landing in Hawaii

Mar 10, 2014 No Comments

A Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo to San Francisco has made an emergency landing in Honolulu, reportedly because of a possible problem with its hydraulic system. The pilot of the Dreamliner flight JL002, carrying 171 passengers and crew, decided to divert to Hawaii after a warning message about falling pressure of lubricant oil in its right engine, according [...]

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The Latest on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Mar 10, 2014 No Comments

Two days ago, a Malaysian passenger jet with more than 200 people on board vanished in the skies over Southeast Asia. On Monday, investigators appeared to be no closer to explaining how a large plane could disappear into thin air. A large-scale search involving boats and planes from a range of countries continues at sea. Relatives [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 07, 2014 No Comments

1906 – Birth of Ernest Archibald “Ernie” McNab, Canadian World War II fighter pilot; he later became the first scoring pilot for the RCAF in World War II. 1942 – Fifteen Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vs, carrying 90-gallon fuel tanks under their bellies, take off from HMS Eagle off the coast of Algeria on a 600-mile flight [...]

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Aviation Events Gear Up for Hopeful Season

Mar 07, 2014 No Comments

Sun ‘n Fun launches for the 40th time in Lakeland, Fla., on April 1 — less than four weeks away — and with aircraft sales back in positive growth mode, the mood is expected to be upbeat. The event will host its first-ever Job Fair, on Wednesday, April 2, at the Florida Air Museum, with recruiters in search [...]

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Book Review: Phantoms Over Israel

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

By Peter B. Mersky Editor’s note: Peter Mersky has written 16 books on military aviation, including the first book outside Israel on IAF aces. Besides many magazine articles, he has reviewed some 700 books for various publications, as well as his own regular (since 1982) column for Naval Aviation News, the U.S. Navy’s oldest periodical. He is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin, World War II Soviet fighter ace and tactician. 1934 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz lands her Breguet 27 S (a Bre 330 N°2 modified) christened ‘Joe III’ in Tokyo, half way of her Asian tour Paris-Tokyo-Paris. 1952 – First flight of the North American AJ-2P Savage (shown), a [...]

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