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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 19, 2014 No Comments

1902 – The first flight over London is made by Stanley Spencer in his airship “Mellin,” a 75-foot-long dirigible powered by a 3-hp water-cooled engine; he makes a trip of 30 miles. 1924 – First flight of the Junkers G 24 (shown), a German three-engine, all-metal, low-wing passenger plane. 1925 – Birth of Masajiro “Mike” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 18, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Hubert Cecil Hunt, British World War I flying ace. 1928 – Juan de la Cierva makes the first rotorcraft crossing of the English Channel with his autogyro Cierva C.8L, from Croydon, England, to Le Bourget, France. 1948 – First flight of the Convair XF-92, the first American delta-wing prototype jet aircraft [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 17, 2014 No Comments

1901 – Birth of Sir Francis Charles Chichester, British aviator and sailor. 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, scores his first victory, with an Albatros D.II over a Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b over Cambrai, France. 1941 – First operational sortie by a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is made by a [...]

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Airbus Beluga Turns 20

Sep 17, 2014 No Comments

Airbus’ distinctive “Beluga” aircraft made its first flight 20 years ago this past weekend. The Airbus A300-600ST, a transport aircraft often referred to as “the Beluga” for its uncanny resemblance to the whale of the same name, made its first-ever flight on Sept. 13, 1994. The aircraft, dubbed by at least one media outlet as “the world’s strangest-looking airplane,” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments

1910 – In her homemade flyer at Hempstead Plains, N.Y., Bessica Medlar Raiche makes the first solo airplane flight by a woman in the U.S. to be accredited by the Aeronautical Society of America. 1932 – Cyril Frank Uwins set a world altitude record when he reaches a height of 43,976 feet in a modified [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 15, 2014 No Comments

1911 – Death of Édouard de Nié Port, French aircraft designer and pilot, co-founder with brother Charles of the eponymous Nieuport aircraft manufacturing company, Société Anonyme Des Établissements Nieuport, in a crash at Charmy, France. 1913 – Birth of Johannes “Macki” Steinhoff, German World War II fighter ace; he later became a senior West German [...]

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Talon to be Towed to New Home

Sep 15, 2014 No Comments

Bowling Green, Ky., and Warren County streets will become a runway of sorts Sept. 21 as a recently restored airplane is moved to Aviation Heritage Park. A restored NASA T-38 Talon will be moved from the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, where the restoration was completed and where the airplane was displayed as part of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 10, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Edgar James Kingston McCloughry, Australian World War I fighter ace and balloon buster; post-WWI, he became an engineer and later served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. 1919 – The Schneider Trophy race is flown at Bournemouth, England; Italian Guido Janello, flying a Savoia S.13, is the only [...]

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