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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 29, 2014 No Comments

1911 – At Brooklands, Hilda Hewlett became the first woman in the UK to earn a pilot’s licence when she received certificate No.122 from the Royal Aero Club. 1913 – Birth of Bruno Dilley, German World War II dive bomber pilot and high-ranking officer post-World War II; he later performs the first bombing raid of [...]

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Vintage Aircraft Take Over Paine Field

Aug 29, 2014 No Comments

Step back into time at the Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. It’s a rare chance to see beautifully restored vintage planes from the roaring 20s through the 50s over Labor Day weekend. Visitors will be able to check out about 65 vintage and military planes, including some that fought in World [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 28, 2014 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Walter Irving Newby Grant, Australian World War I flying ace. 1928 – Famed Canadian bush pilot Clennell “Punch” Dickins (shown) leaves on his 12-day survey of the eastern Arctic and covers more than 3,900 miles in 37 hours of flying, often navigating by the sun. 1947 – A Norwegian Air Lines Short [...]

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Global Hawks Lead NASA Hurricane Mission

Aug 28, 2014 No Comments

Story and photo by NASA The first of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft landed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., on Aug. 27 after surveying Hurricane Cristobal for the first science flight of NASA’s latest hurricane airborne mission. NASA’s airborne Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission returns to NASA Wallops [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments

1783 – Jacques Alexandre César Charles flies the first balloon filled with gas rather than fire-heated air; he uses hydrogen produced by pouring 489 pounds of sulfuric acid on 1,000 pounds of iron. The balloon has a diameter of 12 feet. 1923 – An Air Union Farman F.60 Goliath crashes near East Malling, Kent, England, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 26, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Antonio Chiri, Italian World War I fighter ace. 1930 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew ditch their Dornier Wal D-1422 flying boat on the Hudson River, completing the first east-to-west crossing of the Atlantic from Germany to New York. 1944 – First flight of the Martin AM Mauler (shown), a U.S. [...]

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Sudan Rebels Shoot Down UN Helicopter

Aug 26, 2014 No Comments

By The Associated Press A rebel commander shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, said a government spokesman. The U.N. has confirmed the crash of one of its helicopters and said it was investigating the cause. The U.N. mission said on Twitter that an Mil Mi-8 cargo helicopter crashed near Bentiu, which is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments

1784 – The son of a Scottish minister, James Tytler, makes the first manned balloon hop in England when his hot-air device makes a brief uncontrolled ascent with Tytler in the basket to an altitude of a few hundred feet. 1913 – Birth of Yoshio Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1944 [...]

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