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First 727 to Make Last Flight

Feb 17, 2016 No Comments

With the flick of a switch it’s alive once again. “Still doing its thing,” said former Boeing engineer Bob Bogash. In 1963, this Boeing 727 prototype set the stage for a new age of air travel. ”We built 1832 of them, and this is the very first airplane,” Bogash said. It was retired after three decades of service [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 16, 2016 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Ronald Cory Berlyn, British World War I flying ace. 1912 – Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his Wright Flyer Model B  with his feet and knees. 1944 – First flight of the Curtiss SC Seahawk (SC-1 shown), an American scout seaplane. 1962 – [...]

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New Film Chronicles Secret WWII Training

Feb 16, 2016 No Comments

Heroes on Deck, a one-hour documentary featuring secret World War II pilot training missions on Lake Michigan, will have its world premiere today in Kalamazoo, Mich. The film, written, executive produced, and directed by Emmy Award-winning and Kalamazoo College alumnus John Davies, will show at 7 p.m., in Dalton Theatre in the Light Fine Arts Building, 1140 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 10, 2016 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh, British Royal Air Force officer who commanded British air operations during Operation Torch; he also was a World War I Royal Naval Air Service pilot. 1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout breaks the record for the first all-night flight by a woman as well as sets [...]

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Frigate Ecojet to Stun Single-Aisle Market

Feb 10, 2016 No Comments

The design and manufacture of large commercial aircraft is one of the world’s most challenging industries. Two aviation giants dominate the field: U.S.-based Boeing and European consortium Airbus. So can a Russian upstart succeed in its goal of redefining the market with a new aircraft concept whose unique characteristics place it in a category of its [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 09, 2016 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Alexandre Paul Leon Madeleine Marty, French World War I flying ace. 1914 – Death of Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator, when the right wing of his hydro-aeroplane Wright Model C “Speed Scout” crumples in San Diego Bay just after establishing an American altitude record of 12,120 feet. 1945 – Allied [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 08, 2016 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Bruce Digby-Worsley, British World War I fighter ace. 1913 – Russian pilot N. de Sackoff becomes the first pilot shot down in combat when his biplane, possibly a Maurice Farman MF.7, is hit by ground fire following bomb run on the walls of Fort Bizani during the First Balkan War. Flying for the Greeks, he comes down [...]

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BT-13s Meet at Modesto

Feb 08, 2016 No Comments

There are less than 50 airworthy Vultee BT-13s in the United States; two of them were at California’s Modesto Airport on Friday. One of the planes – they were used as Army Air Corps training planes during World War II – was based in Modesto during the war. The other was based in Waco, Texas, [...]

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