Civilian

Flying Car Makes First Public Flight

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

A car that will likely cost close to $300,000 and won’t roll off the assembly line for a couple of more years must be pretty special. The Terrafugia Transition offers a few bells and whistles for the sky-high price tag — it’s a car that flies. Or a plane that can be driven on the interstate. [...]

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Earhart Namesake to Fly Doomed Route

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

America’s fascination with legendary pilot Amelia Earhart is never-ending. Her flying accomplishments and her baffling disappearance have intrigued Americans for nearly 80 years. She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, a feat she accomplished in 1932 before demolishing other flying records and writing best sellers about her adventures. She [...]

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Lake Michigan Wildcat Shown at AirVenture

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

Not all of the display aircraft at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., are pristine examples. A Grumman FM-2 Wildcat fighter used to train World War II Naval aviators is on display, its remains lashed to the back of a flatbed truck. The barnacle-encrusted single-seat fighter crashed on takeoff from a training aircraft carrier on Lake [...]

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‘Jetman’ Wows Oshkosh Crowds

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

Not since “The Jetsons” or Sean Connery in “Thunderball” have humans flown with a jet pack on their back. The idea has sparked the imaginations of comic book artists, cartoonists and filmmakers. But Yves Rossy has figured out a way to soar above ground with tiny jet engines strapped to his back, and he’s not a [...]

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Historic DC-3 Flies to New Home in Germany

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

An iconic aircraft took off from Coventry Airport for the final time Tuesday as it made its way to its new home in Germany. The Air Atlantique Douglas DC-3 has been based at the city’s airport for more than 30 years and is best known for its part in the Berlin airlift during the Cold War [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

1863 – Birth of Henry Ford, American industrialist, founder of the Ford Motor Co., and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production; he also designed the famous Ford Trimotor. 1918 – American pilot Walter Carl Simon and Scottish observer William Watson Smith score five kills with their Royal Flying Corps [...]

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Jets, Biplanes, Warbirds Headline Miramar

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

Active duty military patriots are grounded for the 2013 Miramar Air Show in California. Instead, civilian ones will headline the annual air fest this fall, the Marine Corps said Monday, releasing its confirmed lineup of performances. The Patriots Jet Team of volunteer civilian pilots will fly the San Diego skies Oct. 4 and 5 in their [...]

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Oshkosh Report: China to the Rescue?

Jul 30, 2013 No Comments

Look upwards, and one will see – not aerobatics, but more Chinese flags than ever fluttering gently in the breeze here at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Look down, and China has a fast-growing presence in U.S. general aviation, underscored with a national pavilion here and another sponsored by the province of Shandong. Look even more [...]

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