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50th Twin Otter 400 Completed

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

An aircraft manufacturer based on Vancouver Island will mark a major milestone in Canadian aviation when the 50th plane rolls off the line on Thursday and its assembly success has a Calgary connection. Viking Air in Sidney, B.C., specializes in de Havilland products and started production of the Twin Otter in 2010. That year it made one [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Adriano Bacula, World War I Italian pilot; he later became a test pilot for Savoia-Marchetti. 1913 – The 1st Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army Signal Corps is formed; it remains the U.S. military’s oldest flying unit (now known as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron). 1928 – Wilmer Stultz, O. Le Boutilier, and Mabel [...]

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Fantasy of Flight Closes, Changes Mission

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

The Polk County aviation attraction whose iconic DC-3 aircraft has been a landmark for Interstate 4 motorists since 1998 — particularly when it was displayed nose-down as if it had crash-landed — will close to the pubic after April 6, but continue to stage private events. Fantasy of Flight, which opened in 1995, is preparing [...]

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Bombardier Adds Third CSeries Test Plane

Mar 04, 2014 No Comments

Bombardier has achieved the first flight of the third CSeries airliner flight test vehicle on Monday. The take-off of FTV-3 from Bombardier’s factory in Mirabel, Canada, comes two months after FTV-2 joined the flight test programme and nearly six months after first flight of FTV-1. Two more aircraft assigned to the 110-seat CS100 variant are scheduled to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 03, 2014 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Josef Mai, German World War I fighter ace and World War II flight instructor. 1911 – U.S. Army Capt. Benjamin D. Foulois, navigating a course with Phillip Parmelee at the controls of a Wright Type B on loan from Robert F. Collier, makes the first official military reconnaissance flight while looking [...]

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TICO Airshow to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

Mar 03, 2014 No Comments

The Valiant Air Command will host the 37th Annual TICO Warbird Airshow next weekend in Titusville, Fla. This year’s program, to be held March 14-16, will be a special tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and the missions they flew in their “Red Tail” North American P-51 Mustangs protecting U.S. bombers in Europe during World War II. Loaded [...]

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Ohio Group Assembling B-17

Mar 03, 2014 No Comments

They got one part for the World War II-era bomber from under an elderly woman’s porch in the next town, and another was bought from someone who had it hanging in a bar in Colorado. One chunk was a prop in a 1960s TV show, and the tail section was salvaged from a wreck deep [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 28, 2014 No Comments

1921 – Birth of Pierre Clostermann, a highly decorated French World War II flying ace, author, engineer, politician and sport fisherman. 1931 – Imperial Airways begins scheduled services between England and Africa using Armstrong Whitworth Argosys (shown). 1947 - U. S. Army Air Forces Capt. Robert E. Thacker and Lt. John M. Ard fly a North [...]

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