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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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Gulfstream Sets Records with G650

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments

Gulfstream has set an impressive world speed record in its new flagship G650, completing the fastest ever westbound, around-the-world flight for a non-supersonic airplane. A crew of five pilots circled the globe in 41 hours, 7 minutes, establishing a National Aeronautic Association-certified record. On the journey, which took place in July, the G650 also claimed [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Alexander Mikhailovich Pishvanov, Russian World War I flying ace, engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Seversky Aircraft. 1908 – Louis Blériot, in a Blériot VIII, flew a distance of 4.3 miles. 1942 – On a flight from Hawaii to Canton Island, a Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress, carrying top-scoring U.S. World War [...]

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Mahindra to Build GA8 in India

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments

Mahindra Aerospace, the aircraft and components manufacturing arm of Mahindra group, will start producing the first eight-seat aircraft in India in the next two years. “You can expect that within a time-frame of two years, we will have a full-fledged eight-seater aircraft being manufactured in India,” said Hemant Luthra, president of Mahindra Systech, of which [...]

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Texas Tech to Open Vietnam Museum

Oct 18, 2013 No Comments

The Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation Inc. has announced the kickoff of a fundraising campaign to establish a Vietnam War museum at Texas Tech in Lubbock. At a luncheon hosted by the Hillcrest Country Club honoring local pilots who flew in the Vietnam war, U.S. Air Force Col. David Lewis, president of TAFHI, said the goal [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 17, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Andrea Zotti, Spanish War Italian flying ace. 1927 – Four Supermarine Southampton flying boats of the Royal Air Force Far East Flight, under the command of Group Capt. H.M. Cave-Browne-Cave, leave Plymouth, England, for a 27,000-mile cruise to Egypt, India, Australia, Japan and Singapore. 1951 – The Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck (shown above), the [...]

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