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‘Green’ ATR Makes First Flight

Jul 09, 2015 No Comments

ATR’s “green” ATR 72-600 flying technology demonstrator flew for the first time on Wednesday as part of Europe’s Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (CS JTI) test campaign. A measure adopted by the European Parliament to support the trend of public-private partnership initiatives in the field of research, CS JTI represents efforts to achieve major steps toward the environmental goals set by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 07, 2015 No Comments

1911 – French Lieutenant de Vaisseau Jean Louis Conneau (pseudonym André Beaumont) wins the Circuit of Europe air race in a Blériot XI monoplane. 1921 – First flight of the Fairey Pintail (shown), a British single-engine floatplane fighter. 1960 – Birth of Kevin Anthony Ford, U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut. 1962 – Alitalia Flight 771, a Douglas DC-8, hits high terrain while [...]

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Airbus E-Fan Prepares to Hop Channel

Jul 06, 2015 No Comments

It is more than 100 years since Louis Bleriot made the first cross English Channel flight from Calais to Dover ushering in a new era of aviation.  But next week Airbus will take the next giant leap in air travel when the company embarks on the longest-ever manned electric flight. Reversing Bleriot’s 1909 route, French [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 01, 2015 No Comments

1896 – Birth of George William Gladstone Gauld, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1923 – The first commercial flight is operated by SABENA between Brussels and London. 1962 – The Boeing Vertol 107 II (shown), an American medium-lift, tandem-rotor helicopter, enters scheduled service with New York Airways. 1968 – Death of Willi Gabriel, German [...]

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Vulcan Makes Last Flight Over RAF Base

Jun 29, 2015 No Comments

Hundreds of aircraft enthusiasts lined the A15 on Sunday to watch Avro Vulcan bomber XH558 fly over RAF Waddington for the last time. Police closed the section of the road by the viewing area so that the crowds could fill the road and enjoy the iconic aircraft’s final goodbye. The engine life of the 55-year-old aircraft, which was [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 26, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Cosimo Rizzotto, Italian World War I flying ace. 1918 – Death of Edward Carter Eaton, Canadian World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Sopwith Camel. 1946 – The U.S. Army Air Force and the U.S. Navy adopt the “knot” and “nautical mile” as standard aeronautical units for speed [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 23, 2015 No Comments

1904 – Birth  of Alberto Ferrario, Italian aviator. 1924 – U. S. Army Lt. Russell Maughan makes the first one-day crossing of the U.S., completing the flight from Long Island to San Francisco in a Curtiss PW-8 (XPW-8B prototype shown) in 21 hours, 48 min. 1942 – First flight of the Martin JRM Mars, a large, four-engined cargo seaplane originally designed and built in limited numbers for the U.S. Navy [...]

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Warbirds to Re-enact Siberia Run

Jun 23, 2015 No Comments

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, a group of aviation enthusiasts are recreating a key piece of war history that happened in Great Falls, Mont. Vintage WWII aircraft will be coming to town July 17-19 to highlight the role Great Falls played in winning the war. Before the [...]

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