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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Fritz Gustav August Kosmahl, German World War I flying ace. 1923 – U.S. Army bombers, in a demonstration conducted by Brigadier Gen. Billy Mitchell, carry out anti-shipping exercises and sink the obsolete battleships U.S.S. Virginia and U.S.S. New Jersey. 1931 - Robert L. “Bob” Hall, the engineer of the Gee Bee Model [...]

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First CAF Warbird to Visit Illinois

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

Another World War II warbird will be joining “Maid in the Shade” for the Light Sport Aircraft Expo in Mt. Vernon, Ill. — “Red Nose.” “She’s a P-51 Mustang fighter made by North American Aviation,” said Dave Gross of the Commemorative Air Force. “She’s part of the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing and will be [...]

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Semi-Happy Ending for Old Planes

Sep 05, 2013 No Comments

Images of the latest gleaming aircraft models regularly pepper websites (including CNN.com), but where do all of those dead airplanes go? The numbers are huge: approximately 12,000 aircraft are set to be decommissioned by 2020. In addition, 2,000-3,000 planes are estimated to have been abandoned around the world (primarily in developing countries) according to the Aircraft Fleet [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 04, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of José Manuel Sarmento de Beires, Portuguese Army officer and an aviation pioneer; he later flew the first night aerial crossing of the South Atlantic. 1922 – Jimmy Doolittle makes the first cross-country flight across the U.S. in under a day in a de Havilland DH.4; it takes just over 21 hours [...]

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On Keeping ‘Aluminum Overcast’ Flying

Sep 04, 2013 No Comments

Military history enthusiasts can name the statistics of a World War II campaign much in the same way a Milwaukee Brewers fan can recall the batting average of Paul Molitor. To anyone fascinated with the weapons used during that most terrible conflict of the 20th Century, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a favorite because of [...]

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The Future of Commercial Aviation

Sep 04, 2013 No Comments

Over the next decade, manufacturers from all across the world are readying their next generation of aircraft, or preparing to enter the market for the very first time. From small regional jets to the next generation of the legendary Boeing 777, Jason Rabinowitz of NYCAviation.com takes a look at all the new aircraft you might [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

1904 – Birth of Florence Gunderson Klingensmith, pioneering American aviator; founding member of the Ninety-Nines (a women’s pilot group) and one of the first women to participate in air races with men. 1940 – Sixteen Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Blackburn Skua dive bombers sink the German light cruiser Königsberg at Bergen, Norway; it is [...]

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Texas Flying Legends to Star at AIRSHO

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

This year at the Commemorative Air Force AIRSHO, warbirds will invade the skies of West Texas in ways never seen before with an amazing air performance from the Texas Flying Legends Museum, which will have six of its 11-aircraft fleet in attendance, including a rare Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero. The museum will participate in both flying [...]

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