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Cessna’s Wallace to Be Honored Next Month

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments

The National Aviation Hall of Fame will honor the late Dwane Wallace, who rescued Cessna Aircraft from bankruptcy and built it into the largest light aircraft manufacturer in the world, at a ceremony in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 4. Former Cessna CEO Jack Pelton will present the award to members of Wallace’s family at the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 11, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of James Martin, British engineer; he later co-founds a leading manufacturer of aircraft ejection seats. 1911 – Robert Grant Fowler takes off in a Wright biplane from San Francisco, Calif.,  to Jacksonville, Fla., for a coast-to-coast journey across the U.S.; it will take him four months to complete it. 1962 – A [...]

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NASA Launches Drone to Study Storms

Sep 11, 2013 No Comments

NASA scientists are using former military surveillance drones to help them understand more about how tropical storms intensify, which they say could ultimately save lives by improving forecast models that predict a hurricane’s strength. The unmanned Global Hawk aircraft were designed to perform high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance and intelligence missions for the Air Force. Two of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Leslie Leroy Irvin, American stuntman and early parachutist; he will make the first free-fall parachute jump in 1919. 1919 – The Schneider Trophy race is flown at Bournemouth, England and while an Italian Savoia S.13 is the only finisher, its pilot is disqualified for missing a turning buoy. When judges ask Guido Janello to complete another lap, [...]

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Historic Air Races Rock Reno This Week

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Fifty years after racing planes first took to northern Nevada’s skies in 1964, the National Championship Air Races begins this week at Reno-Stead Airport with a one-of-a-kind celebration of flight. Boasting a full slate of top-notch entertainment and aerobatics and promising one of its most competitive and high-profile racing fields in recent memory, “the world’s [...]

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Australia’s Forgotten Hero: Jimmy Melrose

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

The place was Melton, near Melbourne, Australia, the date was July 5, 1936. Cahill’s farm stood where Genesis Fitness Centre now stands. Mr. and Mrs. Cahill were milking their cows just after 8 a.m. High above them, a tiny plane circled the town. A fierce storm with strong winds tore at the plane and, as [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Ferruccio Ranza, World War I Italian fighter ace and high-ranking officer in World War II. 1912 – Jules Vedrines wins the Gordon Bennett Trophy by flying a world record speed of 108 mph in his Deperdussin Monocoque monoplane (shown above) at Chicago, Ill. 1943 – Italian battleship Roma is sunk by two German radio-controlled glide [...]

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CAF Red Tail Center of Museum Display

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments

It’s been nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, yet it can still teach some valuable lessons, according to Mark Hanson, the curator of Chanute Air Museum, located on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. Nearly 1,000 school children will get a lesson in how a group of African-American fighter [...]

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