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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 22, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Harry George Hawker (shown), Australian aviation pioneer and co-founder of Hawker Aircraft. 1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace George Robert Howsam scores four victories with his Sopwith Camel. 1931 – First flight of the Bristol Type 118, a British two-seat biplane prototype for overseas markets. 1933 – Jean Mermoz lands his Couzinet 70 ”Arc [...]

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Flying Eye Hospital Helps Blind

Jan 22, 2014 No Comments

  From the outside, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jet parked on the airport runway looks like any ordinary plane. But if you step inside, you’ll notice something is not quite right. Instead of rows of seats, you’ll find a fully equipped operating theater; rather than uniform-clad flight attendants, you’ll see a group of doctors in [...]

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Air & Space Museum Hosts Open House

Jan 22, 2014 No Comments

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the companion facility to the National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a free open house on Saturday. The center, with its two huge hangars — the Boeing Aviation Hangar and the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar — display thousands of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 21, 2014 No Comments

1900 – Birth of Anselm Franz, pioneering Austrian jet engine engineer known for the development of the Jumo 004, the world’s first mass-produced turbojet engine. 1920 – Ten de havilland DH.9s (shown) are dispatched to form “Z Force” and are used for bombing, strafing and as air ambulances during the Royal Air Force’s first “Little [...]

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King Air Turns 50

Jan 20, 2014 No Comments

Beechcraft Corp. celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of its King Air Model 90 with a flight of three King Air models flying over Beech Field. “It’s a great day for Beechcraft,” Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said. The first flight of the King Air on Jan. 20, 1964, was a milestone for the [...]

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Museum: Iconic Spruce Goose is Safe

Jan 20, 2014 No Comments

Bob Lyon remembers the day he met Howard Hughes. He also recalls when Hughes nearly crashed a plane into his boyhood home. Nearly 40 years after Hughes died, Lyon’s life still crosses paths with the eccentric billionaire. Lyon has found himself in the center of a dispute over Hughes’ gigantic, bizarre wooden seaplane nicknamed the [...]

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Stallion 51, Mercy Flight Offer Raffle

Jan 17, 2014 No Comments

If you’d like to fly a North American P-51 Mustang, then Stallion 51 has a deal for you. For only $20 per ticket, the Florida-based company is sponsoring a raffle, benefitting Mercy Flight Southeast, that will award the lucky winner a half-day P-51 orientation experience at Kissimmee Gateway Airport plus round-trip airfare to Orlando up [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 17, 2014 No Comments

1886 – Birth of Glenn Luther Martin, American aviation pioneer; he would later found the Glenn L. Martin Co. His legacy survives today as part of Lockheed Martin Corp. 1902 – Gustave Whitehead flies his Whitehead Aeroplane No. 22 flying boat on a 7-mile flight over Long Island Sound in New York and lands safely. [...]

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