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Latest Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments

The first female commercial jet airline captain and a fighter pilot turned astronaut in Gemini and Apollo space missions are among six aerospace pioneers who will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, next year. Ron Kaplan, the hall’s enshrinement director, said Tuesday the number of inductees in the class [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 17, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Karl Emil Schäfer, German World War I fighter ace. 1903 – The Wright brothers make four flights in their Flyer at Kitty Hawk, N.C.;  after years of dedicated research and development, Orville and Wilbur Wright fly 120 feet in the first practical airplane and on their fourth flight they manage 850 feet. 1941 – A Yokosuka E14Y floatplane (Allied reporting name “Glen”) [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Leonard Thomas Eaton “Taps” Taplin, an Australian World War I flying ace, aviation pioneer and commercial pilot; Taps also the pioneered the use of aerial photography for cartography. 1940 – For the first time, the Royal Air Force Bomber Command conducts an attack on a city center rather than specific targets [...]

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‘FIFI’ Heading to Florida in February

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber “FIFI” returns to Florida this February and March as part of the CAF AirPower History Tour. “FIFI” will visit local airports in 10 Florida cities accompanied by aircraft including North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III,” Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor “Bucket of Bolts,” as well as a [...]

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Aussie Tiger Moth Feared Lost

Dec 16, 2013 No Comments

Two people are feared dead after a vintage de Havilland Tiger Moth plane crashed into the sea off south-east Queensland, Australia. It is believed the pilot was taking a French tourist on a joy flight when the biplane came down just after 12:30pm yesterday near the Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke Island. A lifesaver raised [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Everett Richard Cook, American World War I flying ace, high-ranking officer during World War II and later a director of Eastern Airlines. 1945 – The first Armee de l’Air fighter unit in French Indo-China, GCII/7, is formed at Tan Son Nhut using ex-Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire VIII fighters. 1951 – [...]

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Alaska National Guard Delivers Santa

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments

Christmas in Alaska came early this week to nearly 300 students attending school in the Yup’ik Eskimo village of Kwethluk. Thanks to the volunteer program co-ordinated by the Alaska National Guard, Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted children in the western Alaska community and took pictures with them before helper elves handed out gifts. “Santa and [...]

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Videos: A Year of Pilot Reports

Dec 13, 2013 No Comments

This year Aviation Week’s chief test pilot, Fred George, buckled up in the left seat of a number of business jets, including Gulfstream’s G650, Dassault’s Falcon 2000S and Bombardier’s Learjet 75.  Fred is senior editor for Business & Commercial Aviation magazine, and in addition to flying business jets, he was also the first aviation journalist to fly [...]

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