Civilian

British Airways: Concorde Stays Grounded

Oct 25, 2013 No Comments

Ten years ago today, our ever-shrinking world got a little bit bigger again. Three Concordes, built by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), landed in a procession at London Heathrow airport, while thousands of emotional fans looked on. After 27 years, the world’s most famous plane had been pensioned off – first by Air France and then by British [...]

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Air Serbia Begins Service

Oct 25, 2013 No Comments

By The Associated Press Air Serbia, the Balkan country’s new national carrier partly owned by Etihad Airways, formally starts flying this weekend, spelling the end for the old loss-making JAT Airways. Air Serbia’s chief manager, Dane Kondic, said Friday the company’s inaugural flight will take place Saturday to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He says [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 24, 2013 No Comments

1912 – Harry Hawker wins the British Empire Michelin Cup for endurance and Altitude . He flies for 8 hours and 23 minutes in a Burgess-Wright airplane. 1919 – Birth of Frank Piasecki, American engineer and helicopter aviation pioneer; he later pioneers tandem rotor helicopter designs and creates the compound helicopter concept of vectored thrust [...]

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VIDEO: How to Hang an Airplane

Oct 24, 2013 1 Comment

Story and video by the Missouri History Museum Charles Lindbergh’s plane, which had previously hung in Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport since 1979, has returned to its place of welcoming passengers to the St. Louis airport. The famous aviator’s 1934 Model D–127 Monocoupe, an iconic symbol to many St. Louis travelers, has been [...]

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P-51, Crew Lost Off Texas Coast

Oct 23, 2013 No Comments

A World War II-era North American P-51 Mustang airplane owned by a Texas museum crashed in shallow water near Galveston on Wednesday, killing the two people on board, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Petty Officer Steve Lehmann said the captain of a charter boat notified authorities after seeing the vintage P-51 Mustang, known as the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 23, 2013 No Comments

1906 – The first officially witnessed unaided takeoff and flight by a heavier-than-air aircraft in Europe is made by Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont in his own airplane, the N° 14 bis, winning the Archdeacon prize at Bagatelle in France, flying a distance of 197 feet. 1913 – Birth of Shui-Tin “Arthur” Chin, Chinese-American pilot [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments

1880 – Death of Charles-Alphonse Pénaud, French pioneer of aviation and inventor of the rubber band-powered model airplane. 1922 – Amelia Mary Earhart with her yellow Kinner Airster biplane nicknamed “The Canary” reaches an altitude of 14,000 feet, setting a world record for female pilots. 1933 – Birth of Donald Herod Peterson, U.S. Air Force [...]

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Learjet, 50 Years Later

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments

This month Bombardier commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Learjet’s first flight even as the company struggles to launch a larger new flagship, the Model 85, and switch to composite airframe construction. Since 1963, Learjet has become one of the world’s most iconic brands, often generically misused to describe any make/model of private jet, and a [...]

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