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Air New Zealand Reveals Latest Livery

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

Hobbit fans can finally see the most-anticipated character in the movie trilogy, the dragon Smaug. While Smaug has previously been glimpsed in part, his full body has never been revealed. Ahead of the premiere of the second part of the Hobbit trilogy, “The Desolation of Smaug,” Air New Zealand on Monday unveiled a 54-metre long image [...]

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Woman Donates ‘Forgotten’ Cessna

Nov 30, 2013 No Comments

This may be closest that the Sonoma County, Calif., aviation buffs come to unearthing buried treasure. A letter from out of the blue advised Christina Olds of the Pacific Coast Air Museum that a woman in Marin County wished to donate her airplane. The other day, Olds and several members of the private airplane museum at [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 27, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Lucien Eugene Cayol, French World War I flying ace. 1912 – The aeronautical division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps receives the first “flying boat,” a Curtiss Model F (shown), capable of takeoff from water. 1940 – Death of Henri Guillaumet, French pioneer aviator; he is shot down in his Farman [...]

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CAF Members Vote to Move HQ

Nov 27, 2013 No Comments

A vote by members of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will allow the organization’s board to move its headquarters from Midland, Texas, the CAF announced Friday. The CAF Airpower Museum will remain in Midland, and Midland International Airport will continue to host CAF’s annual Airsho. In an election held to consider a proposed amendment to the CAF’s bylaws, 75.1 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 26, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Oliver “Stewpot” Stewart, British World War I flying ace and aviation journalist. 1929 – After taking off from Hal Far, Malta, a Fairey Flycatcher of the Royal Air Force Fleet Air Arm lands aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, achieving the first night carrier landing by a fleet fighter. 1943 – Death [...]

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Concorde: 10 Years Later

Nov 26, 2013 No Comments

Today marks ten years since a landmark event in aviation history, the last flight of the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde. British aircraft enthusiast John Mason takes a look at the ground-breaking plane, her links to England’s West Country and her legacy. Given the turbulent start to the Concorde programme and the magnitude and nature of the challenges to be [...]

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Volocopter: Man-Carrying Multi Rotor

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments

This emission-free, environmentally friendly helicopter may be the rotorcraft of the future! Designed by German company e-Volo, it has 18 electric motors and can carry two people. After its ground-breaking test flights, the e-Volo managing director commented, “Rich and incredibly quiet sound, absolutely no noticeable vibrations in the flight, convincing structure with a great, new [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 25, 2013 No Comments

1906 – Birth of Joaquín Collar Serra, a Spanish military aviator who took part in the historic flight of the Cuatro Vientos from Seville, Spain, to Camagüey, Cuba, a trip of more than 4,500 miles, in 1933. 1920 – U.S. Army Lt. Corliss Champion Moseley flies a Verville-Packard 600 132 miles at 156.54 mph to [...]

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