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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1906 – First air exhibition of the Aero Club of America opens for eight days in the U.S. Army’s 69th Infantry Regiment Armory in New York City. 1917 – Capt. C.F. Collet of the Royal Flying Corps becomes the first British service flyer to make parachute jump when he uses a Calthrop “Guardian Angel” parachute […]
Avro Anson Found After 1942 Disappearance

Avro Anson Found After 1942 Disappearance

The wreckage of a military plane that disappeared after taking off from an air force base near Victoria, B.C., Canada in 1942 has been discovered near Lake Cowichan. “It’s still early in the investigation but we have identified the plane,” said Laurel Clegg, a forensic anthropologist with the Department of National Defence. She and her […]

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Southwest Flight Lands at Wrong Airport

Southwest Flight Lands at Wrong Airport

For passenger Hunter Poole, the landing of Southwest Airlines flight 4013 was “crazy.” The jet, carrying 124 passengers, landed at the wrong airport in Branson, Mo., Sunday, seven miles away, on a runway about half the size of the intended destination. A steep drop-off lurked beyond the Taney County Airport runway. “[It was] very shocking when we exited the plane […]
StarShipTwo Continues Supersonic Tests

StarShipTwo Continues Supersonic Tests

Virgin Galactic continues to test its SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave desert in preparation for flights from New Mexico’s Spaceport America, which are likely to happen later this year. On Friday, the company completed its third rocket-powered supersonic flight of the ship over the Mojave. All of Virgin’s test objectives were successfully completed, the company said in a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1793 – The first balloon flight in North America is made by Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard, ascending from Philadelphia, Pa., and landing in Deptford, Gloucester County, N.J. 1900 – Birth of Richard Halliburton, American traveler, adventurer, and author; he would later fly around the world (Flying Carpet Expedition) in a Stearman C-3B. 1918 – Death of Max Ritter […]
On the Spitfire Mystique

On the Spitfire Mystique

When Hermann Goring, head of the Luftwaffe, the German air force, met some senior officers during the Battle of Britain, he asked if there was anything he could give them to improve the Luftwaffe’s performance. Adolf Galland, Germany’s leading fighter pilot of the Second World War, answered: “Give me a squadron of Spitfires.” Nothing sums […]

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Boeing Repairs 787, Won’t Say How

Boeing Repairs 787, Won’t Say How

Boeing has repaired the Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner that was severely damaged in a fire at Heathrow Airport and the jet is back in passenger service with the airline. Boeing spokeswoman Kate Bergman said Wednesday that “the repair and refurbishment took approximately two months and has returned the airplane to full structural integrity, with no […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1863 – Birth of Léon Levavasseur, French power plant engineer, aircraft designer and inventor; his innovations include the V8 engine, direct fuel injection and evaporative engine cooling. 1959 – First flight of the Armstrong Whitworth AW.650 Argosy (shown), a British post-war military transport-cargo aircraft and the last aircraft produced by Armstrong Whitworth. 1987 – Death […]

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B-25J ‘Tondelayo’ Flying Over San Francisco

B-25J ‘Tondelayo’ Flying Over San Francisco

North American B-25J Mitchell 44-28932 “Tondelayo” has been leased by the Collings Foundation to the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation (DASMF) at Vacaville’s Nut Tree Airport, near Sacramento in Northern California, reports Mike Shreeve of Aeroplane. The plane, N3476G, which has been inactive for much of the past five years at the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Fernand Eugene Guyou, French World War I flying ace, airliner pilot and World War II pilot. 1931 – Australian Guy Lambton Menzies crash-lands the Avro Sports Avian “Southern Cross Junior” upside-down in the La Fontaine Swamp near Hari Hari on New Zealand’s west coast after an almost 12-hour flight from Blenheim, […]
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