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Aviation Museums Victim of Fed Shutdown

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located in Dayton, Ohio, as well as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., are temporarily closed, effective today, due to the federal government shutdown. All museum events and activities have been suspended until an appropriation bill or continuing resolution is enacted. Also closed [...]

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American Airlines: Come Fly for Us

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

American Airlines plans to hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years as it expands international flying and takes delivery of new planes, the carrier said on Monday. The AMR Corp unit, which has been operating under Chapter 11 protection since late 2011 and is looking to emerge from bankruptcy by merging with US Airways Group Inc, said it will post open [...]

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FedEx Shows Off New Jet

Oct 01, 2013 No Comments

FedEx showed off its new Boeing 767 this past Saturday at the Memphis Air Show, held at the Millington Regional Jetport just north of Memphis, Tenn. The 767, the only one in FedEx’s fleet so far, made several low passes over the airport in front of a large crowd of spectators and Aviation Week’s cameras. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Victor Maslin Yeates, British World War I flying ace and author; he was best known for his semi-autobiographical book “Winged Victory.” 1911 – Cromwell Dixon, flying a Curtiss Model D “Pusher,” becomes the first aviator to cross the Continental Divide, from Helena, Mont., to Blossburg, some 15 miles to the west, [...]

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Russians Search for Soviet Bomber in Alaska

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

On Aug. 12, 1937, the world watched as a massive Russian bomber took off from an airdrome near Moscow. Stalin’s war ministry abandoned its usual secrecy and invited Western reporters to see the event. Shutters clicked and cameras rolled as great red wings lifted the Bolkhovitinov DB-A into the evening air. Captain Sigizmund Levanevsky banked [...]

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CAF Move Encountering Turbulence

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

The Commemorative Air Force may move its headquarters out of West Texas but not without facing a fierce dogfight. The nonprofit group, dedicated to preserving military aviation history and memorabilia, sent Midland-Odessa into a tailspin after announcing plans to move part of the organization to another Texas city, including potential sites in the Dallas-Fort Worth [...]

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LOT 787 Latest Dreamliner with Problems

Sep 30, 2013 No Comments

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Poland’s LOT airline, has made an unscheduled landing in Reykjavik, Iceland, because of a malfunctioning antenna. The plane was traveling from Toronto to Poland when it was diverted to the Icelandic capital about 1,700 miles short of its destination. The plane’s antenna is used to transmit airplane identification information. LOT [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 27, 2013 No Comments

1880 – Birth of Pier Ruggero Piccio, Italian World War I fighter ace, high ranking officer and politician before World War II. 1922 – The U.S. Navy conducts the first large-scale torpedo bombing exercises when 18 Naval Aircraft Factory PTs attack three battleships and score eight hits in 25 minutes. 1946 – Geoffrey de Havilland, Jr., [...]

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