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Latest Astronaut Class Includes Pilots from 4 Services

Jun 18, 2013 No Comments

NASA has picked eight Americans, a mix of scientists and military pilots, to begin training for future space missions that may one day launch them all the way to Mars. The new class consists of four men and four women who will join the 49 active astronauts at the agency’s astronaut corps at the Johnson [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 17, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Inaugural flight of the first Italian airship “Italia.” 1912 – Death of Julia Clark, third woman to receive a pilot’s license from the Aero Club of America (though British) and first female pilot to die in an air crash in the U.S. 1922 – To mark the centennial of Brazil’s independence, Portuguese naval aviators Gago Coutinho and Sacadura [...]

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Red Tail Mustang Star of Pennsylvania Air Show

Jun 17, 2013 No Comments

A North American P-51C Mustang made several low passes over the York (Pa.) Airport airfield, its engine making a sound that sent shivers down the necks of enthusiasts. “It’s just thrilling to see them and hear them,” said Sharon Baum of Jefferson, who attended York Aviation Days in Jackson Township on Sunday with her husband, [...]

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Reno Air Races Tweaks Unlimited Class

Jun 17, 2013 No Comments

The Unlimited class of Reno National Championship Air Races will be replaced by the “Unlimited Warbird” class, the Reno Air Racing Association said in a news release Saturday. The announcement came on the final day of the Reno Air Races’ pylon school, and about three months before the races themselves return to Reno Stead Airport in [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Piotr Konstantinovich “Daddy” Kozachenko, a Soviet fighter ace during the Sino Japanese War, Finnish-Soviet Winter War and World War II. 1923 – New Zealand forms its first military aviation services, the forerunners of what would be the Royal New Zealand Air Force. 1944 – Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. J.G. Musgrave, flying a de Havilland Mosquito of [...]

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Canadian Aviation Museum Holding Annual Fundraiser Tomorrow

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

There will be plenty to see and to buy in the parking lot of the British Columbia Aviation Museum in Canada tomorrow. The museum is located in Sidney, B.C., and organizer and secretary to the museum’s board of directors, Eleanore Arkesteyn, says there will be a collection of goods donated to the sale mostly by [...]

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Newest Airbus Airliner Makes First Flight

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

Watched by over 10,000 employees and spectators, the aircraft’s curled wingtips sliced into clouds above the Airbus factory in southwestern France and headed over the Pyrenees, with a crew of six wearing orange jumpsuits and parachutes. The flight, with two former fighter pilots at the controls, was expected to last four hours and caps eight years of [...]

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English Group to Restore Short Scion

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

A rare Short Scion aircraft has arrived at Rochester Airport in South East England to undergo a lengthy restoration. The work will be carried out by the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPSL) Ltd. and the fuselage and wings will eventually form part of a fully-restored static aircraft. According to MAPS publicity director Robin Brooks, the [...]

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