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Warbirds to Dominate Big Bear Air Fair

Aug 23, 2013 No Comments

The preparations are nearing completion. The final details are being fine tuned. And the planes will begin arriving for the 2013 Big Bear Air Fair in California. Celebrating aviation history, the Big Bear Air Fair is tomorrow at the Big Bear City Airport. Gates open at 7 a.m., with an opening ceremony featuring skydivers, presentation of [...]

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Grimes Field Readies for MERFI

Aug 23, 2013 No Comments

Aviators and flight enthusiasts will celebrate their passion at Urbana’s annual Mid Eastern Regional Fly-in (MERFI) at Grimes Field in Ohio this weekend. Youths age 8 to 17 will get a chance to experience flight first-hand as part of the Young Eagles program. The 47th annual MERFI will be held from 5 p.m. today through 1 [...]

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Dream Chaser Flying, Sorta

Aug 23, 2013 No Comments

Sierra Nevada conducted a captive carriage test flight of the Dream Chaser engineering test article Thursday at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California in preparation for the start of approach and landing free flight tests next month. The two-hour flight covered a three-mile route over the dry lake bed [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 22, 2013 No Comments

1834 – Birth of Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer, physicist, inventor of the bolometer and pioneer of aviation. 1909 – The first international aviation meeting begins in Bétheny, France; 23 European airplanes make 87 flights during one week and the meeting will have a strong influence on the technical and military aspects of flight. 1914 – [...]

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Final North American A318 Retired

Aug 22, 2013 No Comments

The Airbus A318 can be thought of as the black sheep of the Airbus family. With a grand total of only 79 airframes built, the A318 program was simply not meant to be. Earlier this month, the final A318 based in North America, belonging to Frontier Airlines, has been retired at the young age of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 21, 2013 No Comments

1879 – Birth of Claude Grahame White, English aviation pioneer and the first to make a night flight; he also founded Grahame-White Aviation Co. 1929 – Nicholas B. “Nick” Mamer and and Arthur Walker lands in Spokane, Wash., after a 120-hour flight using inflight refueling to make the distance from Spokane to San Francisco, New [...]

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Catalina Takes to London Skies

Aug 21, 2013 No Comments

A 70-year-old amphibious aircraft flew along the River Thames on Wednesday morning as it set off to trace the route of the 1913 Circuit of Britain Race. PBY Catalina G-PBYA, operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd. and built in Canada in the 1940s, took off from its base at IWM Duxford on Wednesday morning [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 20, 2013 No Comments

1832 – Birth of Thaddeus Lowe, American Civil War aeronaut. 1910 – First U.S. Army experiments with firing a rifle from an airplane takes place when Lt. Jacob Earl Fickel conducts firing trials from a Curtiss biplane piloted by Glenn Curtiss himself. 1935 – Boeing’s prototype B-17 Flying Fortress, designated the Model 299 (shown above), [...]

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