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On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Karl Emil Schäfer, German World War I fighter ace. 1903 – The Wright brothers make four flights in their Flyer at Kitty Hawk, N.C.;  after years of dedicated research and development, Orville and Wilbur Wright fly 120 feet in the first practical airplane and on their fourth flight they manage 850 feet. 1941 – A Yokosuka E14Y floatplane (Allied reporting name “Glen”) […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Leonard Thomas Eaton “Taps” Taplin, an Australian World War I flying ace, aviation pioneer and commercial pilot; Taps also the pioneered the use of aerial photography for cartography. 1940 – For the first time, the Royal Air Force Bomber Command conducts an attack on a city center rather than specific targets […]

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‘FIFI’ Heading to Florida in February

‘FIFI’ Heading to Florida in February

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber “FIFI” returns to Florida this February and March as part of the CAF AirPower History Tour. “FIFI” will visit local airports in 10 Florida cities accompanied by aircraft including North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III,” Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor “Bucket of Bolts,” as well as a […]
Aussie Tiger Moth Feared Lost

Aussie Tiger Moth Feared Lost

Two people are feared dead after a vintage de Havilland Tiger Moth plane crashed into the sea off south-east Queensland, Australia. It is believed the pilot was taking a French tourist on a joy flight when the biplane came down just after 12:30pm yesterday near the Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke Island. A lifesaver raised […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Everett Richard Cook, American World War I flying ace, high-ranking officer during World War II and later a director of Eastern Airlines. 1945 – The first Armee de l’Air fighter unit in French Indo-China, GCII/7, is formed at Tan Son Nhut using ex-Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire VIII fighters. 1951 – […]
Alaska National Guard Delivers Santa

Alaska National Guard Delivers Santa

Christmas in Alaska came early this week to nearly 300 students attending school in the Yup’ik Eskimo village of Kwethluk. Thanks to the volunteer program co-ordinated by the Alaska National Guard, Santa and Mrs. Claus greeted children in the western Alaska community and took pictures with them before helper elves handed out gifts. “Santa and […]

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Videos: A Year of Pilot Reports

Videos: A Year of Pilot Reports

This year Aviation Week’s chief test pilot, Fred George, buckled up in the left seat of a number of business jets, including Gulfstream’s G650, Dassault’s Falcon 2000S and Bombardier’s Learjet 75.  Fred is senior editor for Business & Commercial Aviation magazine, and in addition to flying business jets, he was also the first aviation journalist to fly […]
Scorpion Prototype Makes First Flight

Scorpion Prototype Makes First Flight

Textron AirLand engineering test pilot Dan Hinson couldn’t quit smiling Thursday afternoon. Neither could others working on the Scorpion intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strike aircraft under development at a Cessna facility in east Wichita. Hinson, a former Navy pilot, and co-pilot David Sitz successfully flew the Scorpion for the first time on what was a beautiful […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Grigory Eduardovich Suk, Russian World War I flying ace. 1917 – Canadian World War I flying ace William Wendell Rogers shoots down a Gotha G bomber piloted by German Blue Max order of merit winner Hauptmann Rudolf Kleine, killing Kleine and his three crew members. 1937 – While anchored upstream from […]
Events Planned for Wright Flight Anniversary

Events Planned for Wright Flight Anniversary

Next week, the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., will be celebrated with several events at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The First Flight Society is hosting a public ceremony on Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, with a band concert, a flyover of military and civilian aircraft, and various […]
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