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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of Agustin Paral, Cuban aviation pioneer and the first Cuban pilot. 1933 – A Boeing 247 belonging to United Airlines is destroyed by a bomb over Chesterton, Ind., in the first proven case of air sabotage on a commercial aircraft; all seven on board are killed. 1949 – Death of Chikuhei Nakajima, Japanese naval […]
Airlines Not Done with 787 Troubles

Airlines Not Done with 787 Troubles

There are more hiccups for the Boeing Dreamliner. New problems with at least two 787s have been reported during the past 36 hours, according to various media reports. And another carrier says it will take one of its 787s out of service for “preventative” checks. Two of latest problems involved both involved Japan Airlines (JAL) Dreamliners […]

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Aussie Spitfire Group Ups Funding Effort

Aussie Spitfire Group Ups Funding Effort

Broken Wings is a documentary film project currently in production in Melbourne, Australia. It explores the legend that as many as twelve brand new Spitfires still in their original packing crates, are buried somewhere in an around the township of Oakey in southern Queensland. James Carter and Karl von Moller, both warbird enthusiasts and film […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – First flight of the Ader Éole, a French steam-powered aircraft; it flies about 164 feet at the Chateau d’Armainvilliers in Brie, reaching an altitude of about 8 inches. It’s considered by some to be the first true aeroplane, given that it left the ground under its own power and carried a person through […]

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WWII Warbird Foundation Hosting Auction

WWII Warbird Foundation Hosting Auction

Greatest Generation Aircraft,  a Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation that operates a pair of World War II aircraft, will host a charity auction Friday, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at 505 NW 38th Street. Among the many unique items set to roll across the auction block is a Cyclone radial engine overhauled […]
Norwegian Air Grounds Second 787

Norwegian Air Grounds Second 787

Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to take its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner out of operation for precautionary checks after repeated hydraulic and electrical faults led to the grounding of its other one. The carrier said on Wednesday the second Dreamliner had had fewer problems than the other plane and the move was more a precautionary measure. It […]

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Flying on the Convair 580

Flying on the Convair 580

April 1956 represented a different era in aviation. Local service airlines were popular, fares were regulated, and people still dressed-up to fly. It was also when the three hundred thirty-fourth Convair 440 rolled off the assembly line to start service with Canadian regional airline Time Air. The Convair 440 was built to American Airlines’ specifications to serve […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Edward “Eddie” Vernon Rickenbacker, American World War I fighter ace, race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines. 1908 – The first European flight of the Wright Brothers is made by Wilbur […]

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‘Spirit of Goodyear’ Flying to Retirement

‘Spirit of Goodyear’ Flying to Retirement

Like many Ohioans, Goodyear’s Akron-based blimp, the “Spirit of Goodyear,” has become a snowbird and is leaving northeast Ohio’s snow and cold for a retirement in the sunshine and warmth of Florida. The blimp, which has been based at the company’s Wingfoot Lake Hangar since its christening 13 years ago, will join “The Spirit of Innovation” and operate from the company’s Pompano […]
Roof Collapse Damages Airship

Roof Collapse Damages Airship

A $35 million lighter-than-air dirigible was damaged and leaked helium Monday after part of a hangar roof collapsed at a former military base, authorities said. The partial collapse was reported just after 7:45 a.m. at one of the World War II-era blimp hangars on the grounds of the former Marine Corps Air Station, said Capt. Steve […]
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