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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of John Arthur Macready, American test pilot and aviator; he became the only three-time recipient of the Mackay Trophy, receiving the prestigious award for  three consecutive years. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his S.E.5a, his last victories of the […]
First Indian Regional Takes Off

First Indian Regional Takes Off

Just when the airline sector is staring at runaway operational expenses worsened by a weak rupee, a little-known business group from the Andhra Pradesh, India, town of Vijayawada has entered the money-guzzling business. Its regional airline – Air Costa, the first to be set up under the government of India’s regional airline policy in South […]

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USAF Colonel Recalls OIF Missions

USAF Colonel Recalls OIF Missions

When our country needed him, he answered the call. On April 8, 2003, U.S. Air Force Col. Ronald Wilson and his wingman climbed into Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, flew into southeast Baghdad and changed not only his life, but the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom as well. His mission that morning was to save 75 […]
Mooney Aviation to Restart Production

Mooney Aviation to Restart Production

Mooney Aviation will restart manufacturing of three airplanes beginning in January after a five-year hiatus, the company said. The company, based in Kerrville, Texas, will receive funding to revive the company and restart production from Soaring America Corp., based in Alhambra, Calif. Details of the financial arrangement are confidential, the company said. Mooney has gone bankrupt […]

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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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