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Cessna Citation M2 Makes First Flight

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments

Cessna took the first production version of its latest Citation, the M2, to the skies from the company’s facility in Independence, Kan., where the twinjet will be produced alongside the Citation Mustang and Cessna’s single-engine products. Production test pilots Terry Martindale and Corey Eckhart flew the M2 up to 17,500 feet, testing the jet for [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments

1877 – Birth of Charles Stewart Rolls, British motoring and aviation pioneer. Together with Frederick Henry Royce, he co-founded the Rolls-Royce, a company that first makes automobiles and later, after Rolls’ death, airplane engines. 1913 – Russian Army Lt. Pyotr Nesterov performs the first loop-the-loop with a Nieuport IV in Kiev. The complete circle and [...]

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RETRO PHOTO: Douglas DST Hits L.A. Streets

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments

“Oh!” moaned the slightly inebriated gentleman, “What a terrible, terrible wreck!” Standing on a busy corner on Wilshire Boulevard, he stared bug-eyed at the huge air liner which stood–intact–on the lawn of the Ambassador. But it wasn’t a wreck at all, according to the Los Angeles Times of March 10, 1937. Twelve tons of American Airlines sleeper, [...]

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Inaugural Air Show Set for St. George

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments

Fighter jets, fire engines, hot rods and helicopters will be among the attractions on display at the inaugural Wings and Wheels event, scheduled Sept. 7 at the Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum at the St. George Airport in Southern Utah. Sam Wood, one of the event organizers, said the goal is to create a “family [...]

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A Look Back at the Loop

Aug 27, 2013 No Comments

It’s 100 years since the first ever “loop’” was performed in a plane. Despite the doubts of his peers, Russian pilot Pytor Nesterov performed the feat, on Sept. 9, 1913 (Aug. 27 by the calendar then used in Russia). He flew a loop in a Nieuport IV monoplane with a 70-hp Gnome engine over Syretzk aerodrome near [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 26, 2013 No Comments

1740 – Birth of Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, who, with brother Jacques-Étienne, invents the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon; the brothers succeeded in launching the first manned ascent. 1925 – In a record that would stand until Feb. 24, 1983, Farman Parker of Anderson, Ind., becomes the world’s youngest pilot to fly solo. Born on Jan. 9, 1912, he flies at [...]

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A380 to Star in Dublin’s FlightFest

Aug 26, 2013 No Comments

One of the largest aircraft in the world, the Airbus A380, will fly up the Liffey, a river in Ireland, at low level in three weeks’ time. It will be joined by other aircraft from almost every decade since the 1930s as part of the FlightFest air show in Dublin on Sept 15. Around 100,000 [...]

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Vietnam Vet Still Flying Hueys

Aug 26, 2013 No Comments

There’s a distinctive “whub, whub, whub” sound that signals the approach of a Bell helicopter. Whether the pilot is speeding at more than 120 miles an hour, or slowed and hovering six feet off the ground, it’s hard to mistake the sound. “Anybody that was in Vietnam or anybody that was in a war knows [...]

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