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Kiwi DC-3 Makes Final Flight

Kiwi DC-3 Makes Final Flight

One of the New Zealand’s last operational Douglas DC-3 aircraft has made its final flight across the Canterbury Plains. The Southern DC-3 Trust can no longer afford to maintain ZK-AMY, so the 70-year-old plane is retiring. For the past nine years Amy’s been taking passengers on scenic flights, but the trust that runs it says it’s […]
Vets Offered Free Rides on B-17 ‘Yankee Lady’

Vets Offered Free Rides on B-17 ‘Yankee Lady’

The Yankee Air Museum (YAM)’s Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Yankee Lady,” based in Detroit, Mich., will once again visit Naval Air Station Wildwood (NASW) Aviation Museum on June 9-11. The museum partnership will honor World War II Veterans by offering free rides on the B-17 when a paid rider accompanies them. “All of us feel the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Dr. Ernst Heinkel, German aircraft designer and manufacturer. 1920 – First aircraft flight across the Sahara Desert is flown by French Joseph Vuillemin of the Aéronautique Militaire. 1966 – Air India Flight 101, a Boeing 707-437, crashes into the south west face of Mont Blanc in France; all 106 passengers and 11 crew are killed. Sixteen years earlier, Air India […]
Georgia Air Force Museum Downsizing

Georgia Air Force Museum Downsizing

A game of musical airplanes is in progress at the Museum of Aviation near Warner Robins, Ga. As a result of downsizing that began last year, some of the remaining aircraft have moved to more prominent locations, and others that were outside are now in hangars. New exhibits also have been added, and others are […]

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Sarasota-Bradenton to Host Vintage Planes

Sarasota-Bradenton to Host Vintage Planes

A trio of historic World War II airplanes, plus another that predates American combat in the war by more than a decade, will wing it to Florida’s Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport for a stopover next week and aviation buffs couldn’t be happier. First up is a visit Monday through Wednesday by two heavy bombers from the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of George Pearson Glen Kidston, British record-breaking aviator and motor racing driver. 1909 – First flight of the Blériot XI (Thulin A variant shown), a light and sleek monoplane constructed of oak and poplar and cloth-covered flying surfaces; it becomes one of the most successful monoplanes designed and built before World War I. 1944 – Off […]

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787 Woes Continue for Norwegian

787 Woes Continue for Norwegian

Another week, another problem for Norwegian Air Shuttle‘s Boeing 787 Dreamliners. In what is becoming routine for the Scandinavian discount airline, passengers sat through a lengthy delay after one of its 787s suffered a fuel leak in Bangkok on Sunday. A passenger’s photo of the plane spewing jet fuel while taxiing circulated widely online. The airplane has returned to […]
NASA Global Hawk to Visit Australia

NASA Global Hawk to Visit Australia

U.S. space agency NASA is preparing to launch drone missions high in Australian skies during the next six weeks. NASA is operating an ex-U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) – the largest, most sophisticated drone in operational service today. With the wingspan of a Boeing 737 airliner and a flight endurance exceeding […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Harry George Hawker (shown), Australian aviation pioneer and co-founder of Hawker Aircraft. 1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace George Robert Howsam scores four victories with his Sopwith Camel. 1931 – First flight of the Bristol Type 118, a British two-seat biplane prototype for overseas markets. 1933 – Jean Mermoz lands his Couzinet 70 “Arc […]
Flying Eye Hospital Helps Blind

Flying Eye Hospital Helps Blind

  From the outside, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jet parked on the airport runway looks like any ordinary plane. But if you step inside, you’ll notice something is not quite right. Instead of rows of seats, you’ll find a fully equipped operating theater; rather than uniform-clad flight attendants, you’ll see a group of doctors in […]
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