Civilian

Electric EZ Set to Break Records Again

Jul 24, 2013 No Comments

Electric vehicle pioneer Chip Yates is back in the air with his record-setting airplane. He spent much of the past year refining and working on his electric Rutan Long-EZ for a series of flights planned for next month, with the hopes of breaking his own speed records. And at the same time Yates is testing [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 23, 2013 No Comments

1905 – First flight of the Wright Flyer III, the first fully controllable and practical version of the original Flyer. 1921 – Birth of Lionel Peter Twiss, a British pilot who held the world air speed record as the first man to fly faster than 1,000 mph. 1954 – A Cathay Pacific Douglas DC-4, enroute from Bangkok to Hong Kong, is [...]

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‘Sally B’ to Star in English Air Show

Jul 23, 2013 No Comments

Northern England’s Humberside Airport is providing valuable support for this weekend’s Cleethorpes air show by welcoming a historic war-time visitor to the airport. The “Sally B,” a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, will overnight at the airport in between her air displays on July 27. As part of its support for the air show, Humberside Airport [...]

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No Military Planes at Marine Corps Air Show

Jul 23, 2013 No Comments

The air show at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., is still set for Oct. 4-5, even without military planes overhead, the U.S. Marines Corps announced Monday. The show will continue with civilian planes and pilots and with “static displays” on the ground of Marine aircraft, Col. John Farnam, commander of the Miramar base, announced. [...]

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LaGuardia Closed After Southwest Landing

Jul 22, 2013 No Comments

Air traffic was shut down at LaGuardia Airport early Monday evening, after a plane landed without its nose gear. Emergency crews surrounded Southwest Airlines Flight 345, from Nashville to LaGuardia, after the landing Monday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration said a ground stop program was in effect, and no flights were arriving or departing at the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 22, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Pavel Osipovich Sukhoi, Belarusian Soviet aircraft constructor and designer. 1918 – Indra Lal “Laddie” Roy, the first World War I Indian flying ace, dies in a dogfight with Fokker D.VIIs of Jasta 29 over France. 1933 – Wiley Post lands back at New York City’s Floyd Bennett Field in his Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae,” completing the first [...]

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Sukhoi Unfazed by Latest Superjet Crash

Jul 22, 2013 No Comments

The crash of a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 during a test flight in Iceland has no bearing on the jet’s commercial use because the type of landing involved is not currently performed by airlines operating the plane, the aircraft’s manufacturer said Monday. The plane made a belly-landing at Rekjavik’s Keflavik International Airport early Sunday morning [...]

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Ex-Pilot Reunited with Vietnam-Era Helmet

Jul 22, 2013 No Comments

James Randall was shot down almost 48 years ago during a bombing run over North Vietnam. In the decades that followed, the retired U.S. Air Force pilot often replayed the crash in his mind: Parachuting into enemy territory, tearing off his chute and helmet, then running to the cover of the jungle where he hid [...]

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