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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

1863 – Birth of Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Co., and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production; he also designed the famous Ford Trimotor. 1918 – American pilot Walter Carl Simon and Scottish observer William Watson Smith score five kills with their Royal Flying Corps [...]

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Jets, Biplanes, Warbirds Headline Miramar

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

Active duty military patriots are grounded for the 2013 Miramar Air Show in California. Instead, civilian ones will headline the annual air fest this fall, the Marine Corps said Monday, releasing its confirmed lineup of performances. The Patriots Jet Team of volunteer civilian pilots will fly the San Diego skies Oct. 4 and 5 in their [...]

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Oshkosh Report: China to the Rescue?

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

Look upwards, and one will see – not aerobatics, but more Chinese flags than ever fluttering gently in the breeze here at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Look down, and China has a fast-growing presence in U.S. general aviation, underscored with a national pavilion here and another sponsored by the province of Shandong. Look even more [...]

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Cansos to Fly Again Thanks to Swap

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

One is a small fishing community perched on a rocky edge of the North Atlantic; the other an agricultural and petroleum town nestled just east of the Rocky Mountains. Separated by some 6,500 kilometers, on opposite sides of Canada, St. Anthony, Newfoundland, and Fairview, Alberta, would seem to have little in common. Yet the diminutive municipalities [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Franz Rudorfer, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace and volunteer in the Ukrainian Military Air Service; he later took part on the Polish-Ukrainian war before escaping with his Nieuport 23 to Czechoslovakia. 1909 – The first airplane flight in Sweden is made by Frenchman Georges Legagneux in his Voisin biplane in Stockholm. 1936 – During the Spanish [...]

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Canadian Plane Tracked Subs, Fought Fires

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

The long journey of Conair Firecat 567 has taken it from a Canadian aircraft factory in 1958, to patrolling the seas for hostile submarines in the Cold War, to fighting wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia. Under cold, blustery skies Saturday, the well-travelled airplane began its final mission — telling its story to visitors at [...]

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Images: Sunderland International Airshow’s 25th Anniversary

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

Europe’s biggest free annual air show, held near the Roker and Seaburn seafronts in North East England, took place over the weekend and BBC News captured the event’s 25th anniversary with a selection of images here.

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Aussie Amputee Pilot Gives Back

Jul 29, 2013 No Comments

Former Australian army pilot Glenn Todhunter lay in the wreck of his crashed plane, bleeding from his legs. He looked down and saw his feet were an unrecognisable mass of blood and tissue. He saw fuel leaking from the plane and, trying to pull himself from his seat, felt a ”tearing sensation.” He believes that was [...]

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