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National Stearman Fly-In Underway in Iowa

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

The Stearman Model 75, produced between 1935 and 1945 in Wichita, Kans., was not the only primary trainer flown by the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Navy in the World War II era. But the 8,428 biplanes that came from the Stearman factory became an aviation icon because more military pilots took their first [...]

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Fans Flock to Zero Dismantle

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

Japan’s Tokorozawa Aviation Museum held a viewing Sept. 1 of the dismantling work on what is believed to be the world’s only airworthy Mitsubishi Zero fighter still with its original engine in preparation for its return to California. In December, the museum borrowed the World War II-era Zero, bearing the identification numbers 61-120, from the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Bruno Dilley, German World War II dive bomber pilot and decorated Luftwaffe officer; a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Dilley later performs the first bombing raid of the war. 1929 – First flight of the Travel Air Type R “Mystery Ship,” an American wire-braced, low-wing racing [...]

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Predator Drone Helps Fight Rim Fire

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

As crews advanced against a giant wildfire around Yosemite National Park, fire commanders said they would maintain use of a General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone to give them early views of any new flare-ups across in the remote and rugged landscape. The Rim Fire expanded to 301 square miles, but crews had a productive day [...]

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Helicopter Recovers Cessna from Lake

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

A plane that made an emergency landing in a Linn County lake south of Portland, Ore., was pulled out of the water Wednesday. A helicopter lifted the single-engine Cessna plane that went down Aug. 18 at Marion Lake in the Willamette National Forest. KPTV-TV’s Air 12 was there as the plane was towed in the air [...]

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Luscombes to Star at Antique Airfield

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

This weekend, Antique Airfield will be the busiest airport in Iowa as antique airplane enthusiasts gather for the annual Antique Airplane Association/Airpower Museum (AAA/APM) fly-in and to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee. The fly-in, located at a private airfield near Ottumwa, Iowa, annually attracts antique, classic and home-built aircraft and their owners from across the nation and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 28, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Bernard Artigau, French World War I flying ace; he also was a pioneering commercial pilot who served in World War II. 1914 – South Africa’s Norman Spratt conducts the first dogfight in history; flying a Sopwith Tabloid, he forces down a German Albatros C.I two-seater, an amazing achievement as his Sopwith [...]

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First Chinese-Built Legacy 650 Flies

Aug 28, 2013 No Comments

The first Embraer Legacy 650 super-midsize jet built in China completed its maiden flight Tuesday. It was assembled by Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry (HEAI), the joint venture between Embraer and Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) that previously manufactured EMB-145 regional jets upon which the Legacy is based. Delivery of the first Harbin-built Legacy 650 to [...]

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