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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

1922 – Death of Godfrey DeCourcelles Chevalier, pioneering U.S. Navy aviator, as a result of injuries sustained in an airplane crash two days before. 1930 – Birth of Edward White, American astronaut and Purple Heart and Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient; he was the first American to conduct a spacewalk. 1932 – Amy Johnson begins an attempt [...]

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Military Charter Airlines Enter Chapter 11

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

The largest provider of air charter service for the U.S. military has filed for bankruptcy protection a mere nine months after its last court-supervised restructuring. Global Aviation Holdings operates two charter brands: World Airways, which has flown U.S. soldiers since the Korean War in 1951, and North American Airlines. Global blamed its latest financial difficulties [...]

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B-17 Pilot Remembers Downing, Capture

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

Optimism in the face of overwhelming odds tells a lot about a man — especially a wide-eyed 20-year-old lieutenant fighting the controls of a crippled bomber over the heart of World War II Germany. Hiram resident Keylon Clarke, now 90, started Sept. 28, 1944, at a U.S. Army Air Corps airfield in Glatton, England, as [...]

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Jetstar Flies First 787 Low-Cost Route

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

Jetstar has operated its inaugural Boeing 787 Dreamliner revenue flight, with its first 787-8, VH-VKA, operating flight JQ432 between Melbourne and the Gold Coast on Wednesday. More than 250 passengers, including Jetstar CEO Jane Hrdlicka and representatives from Boeing and General Electric, were aboard the flight, which departed a wet Melbourne Airport at just after [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 13, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Hazel LeRoy Wallace, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1907 – The first free flight of a rotary-wing aircraft takes place when the Cornu helicopter, a French experimental craft, lifts inventor Paul Cornu (shown above) a foot above the ground for 20 seconds. 1942 – A U.S. Navy Vought OS2U Kingfisher [...]

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Long Beach Airport Hosts Fly-In

Nov 13, 2013 No Comments

Southern California skies will fill with pilots heading to Long Beach Airport (LGB) for the 90th Anniversary Fly-In on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. The public is also welcome to attend this free event where local pilots display their planes to the community. “Long Beach has 90 years of rich aviation history, and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 12, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Harold Anthony “Doc” Oaks, a Canadian World War I flying ace and bush aviation pioneer. 1919 – First flight of the Sopwith Snark (shown above), a prototype British triplane fighter. 1941 – Alma Heflin, first American female test pilot for standard production aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper [...]

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National Naval Aviation Museum Turns 50

Nov 12, 2013 No Comments

Many who have admired the power and precision behind the synchronized aerobatic maneuvers of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron known as the Blue Angels have dreamed of taking to the skies in one of those distinctive blue Boeing F/A-18 Hornets themselves. It’s possible to get the experience at the National Naval Aviation Museum at [...]

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