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Flights to Survey New Madrid Seismic Zone

Jul 10, 2013 No Comments

Beginning today and continuing for about a month, a Cessna 182 operating under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey will be making low-level flights over a 1,400-square-mile area over parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee to measure the earth’s magnetic field. Blytheville, Ark., Kennett, Mo., Piggott, Ark., and Qulin, Mo., along with other parts of [...]

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Group Hopes to Return Kiwi Catalina to Skies

Jul 10, 2013 No Comments

It is hoped former crowd favorite the Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A flying boat will make a return to next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, International Airshow after a wing refurbishment of the 70-year-old aircraft. One of only two in the southern hemisphere still flying, the Catalina was recently moved into a hangar at New Plymouth, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 09, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Thomas Gantz Cassady, American World War I flying ace, World War II Office of Strategic Services intelligence officer and businessman. 1924 – The first recorded flight of a live bull takes place when champion breeder Nico V is flown from Rotterdam, Holland, to Paris, France. The bull is carried by KLM in a Fokker [...]

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Warbirds Headline Washington Air Show

Jul 09, 2013 No Comments

A pair of famous warbirds will be featured at the Arlington (Wash.) Fly-In, a three-day event that starts Thursday at the city’s airport north of Seattle. The Historic Flight Foundation’s North American P-51 Mustang “Impatient Virgin” will be on display from July 11-13, and a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, courtesy of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Museum, [...]

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Honolulu Council to Decide Airfield’s Fate

Jul 08, 2013 No Comments

A controversial bill that would deface a former U.S. Marine Corps air station near Pearl Harbor is due to be considered by the Honolulu city council on Wednesday. The bill includes a pair of roadways that would intersect in the middle of what was once MCAS Ewa, one of the first U.S. military installations hit [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 08, 2013 No Comments

1838 – Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin is born in Baden, Germany. The first large-scale builder and pioneer of rigid dirigible balloons, Zeppelin made his first balloon ascent while serving as a volunteer and observer for the Union Army in America’s Civil War. 1908 – Thérèse Peltier becomes the first woman to fly in an aeroplane. She is a passenger on a [...]

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Solar Impulse Ends American Odyssey in NYC

Jul 07, 2013 No Comments

The Swiss-built Solar Impulse airplane ended its two-month-long, solar-powered trip across America with a nail-biter of a flight from Washington to New York on Saturday. “Maybe if I didn’t have 10 cameras pointed at me, I would cry,” Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, one of the pilots for the coast-to-coast journey, said just before the 11:09 p.m. ET [...]

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Cause of Asiana 777 Crash May Take Years

Jul 07, 2013 No Comments

As officials try to piece together what led to the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will analyze air-traffic control records, weather, aircraft maintenance and the crew’s actions from data recorders aboard the plane. A team of federal safety investigators headed for San [...]

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