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Canadian Astronaut Arrives in F-86 Style

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

Jeremy Hansen’s arrival on Canada’s Gatineau airstrip in Quebec is nothing if not dramatic. The former Canadian Forces fighter pilot turned astronaut looks every bit the military hero as he taxis up the runway in a gold Canadair F-86 Sabre, the vintage aircraft known as Hawk One he piloted Thursday morning to promote the Wings [...]

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Tri-Motor Heads to Show Me State

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

The 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is considered to be the world’s first true passenger airliner, and this weekend, visitors to Lee’s Summit, Mo., will have the opportunity to take a flight as travelers did more than 80 years ago. The flight lasts about 15-20 minutes with pilot John Maxfield at the controls. Maxfield has been a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments

1908 – The first military passenger in an airplane, U.S. Army Major Gen. George Owen Squier, flies just over 9 minutes with Orville Wright. 1918 – More than 1,200 French and U.S. fighter planes are brought together for the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. At the time, it is the largest force of aircraft assembled for a single operation. [...]

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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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