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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 25, 2013 No Comments

1904 – Birth of Olive Ann Beech (nee Mellor), U.S. aviation pioneer and businesswoman; she later founded the Beech Aircraft Co. with husband Walter Herschel Beech. 1932 – Lewis Alonzo Yancey sets an autogiro altitude record of 21,500 feet in a Pitcairn PCA-2 (shown above). 1942 – First and only Royal Canadian Air Force air [...]

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Crazy, Gaudy, Clever: Airline Paint Jobs

Sep 25, 2013 No Comments

Does the paint job of an airplane — otherwise known as its livery — make a difference to you? Does a pastel rendering of Hello Kitty or a cuddly panda impart a sense of fun and high spirits? Or does it make you think, “Just who the hell is flying this plane and how serious are they [...]

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Lancaster Marks 25 Years Since Return to Sky

Sep 25, 2013 No Comments

“She’s my mistress, she’s my passion, my love. And she’s got an attitude like anything – she’s a high-maintenance girl.” That’s how flight engineer Craig Brookhouse sums up his relationship with the Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster, one of only two in the world still flying. It might seem an odd sentiment to hold [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 24, 2013 No Comments

1852 – French engineer Henri Giffard flies the first powered and manned airship. Motivated by a steam engine and propeller, the airship flies at about 5 mph and covers 17 miles from Paris to Trappes, France. The craft marks the beginning of the practical airship. 1920 – Birth of Richard Ira “Dick” Bong, highest-scoring U.S. [...]

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Air New Zealand to Serve Antarctica

Sep 24, 2013 No Comments

New Zealand’s flagship airline plans to open a new frontier by flying planes to Antarctica that pilots would land on an ice runway. But tourists wanting to travel to the frozen continent will need to keep their hopes in check. The chartered Air New Zealand flights would be for scientists and their support crews, and [...]

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Light Planes Intercepted in NYC No-Fly Zone

Sep 24, 2013 No Comments

Fighter jets escorted a private plane to Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall, N.J., on Monday afternoon after the federal government said it was one of three to enter a no-fly zone over the United Nations in New York City. Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons intercepted the three small planes and escorted them to area airports, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Alexandre Albert Roger Bretillon, French World War I flying ace. 1911 – Earle Lewis Ovington, an American aeronautical engineer, aviator and inventor, pilots the first official airmail flight in the U.S. in a Blériot XI; he carries a sack of mail from Garden City, N.Y., to Mineola, N.Y. 1931 – A [...]

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DFC Recipient Who Saved Crew in WWII Dies

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments

Wichita, Kans., resident Richard “Dick” Ayesh wasn’t the type to talk much about his experiences during World War II. In fact, it wasn’t until eight years ago his family found out exactly what happened in November 1944, when his Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was 15,000 feet in the air and he saved the lives of [...]

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