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Second United 787 Makes Diversion for Oil

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was diverted from its trans-Atlantic flight plan Thursday because of a low oil indication, making it the second 787 flight in three days to be cut short due to an oil-related problem. United Flight 125 from London’s Heathrow airport to Houston diverted to Newark, N.J., due to a low [...]

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FedEx Donates 727 to S.C. Aviation School

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

A retired FedEx Express aircraft is making a new home in Greenville, S.C. After arriving from the FedEx hub in Indianapolis, Ind., the Boeing 727-200 will be towed to its permanent home at USAeroTech, where students there will learn about the mechanical aspects of large aircraft. “FedEx 727 freighters, once the backbone of FedEx’s domestic [...]

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Southwest Debuts Penguin-Themed 737

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

Southwest Airlines on Thursday unveiled the airline’s newest specialty aircraft, Penguin One — a Boeing 737-700 co-branded with images of one of SeaWorld’s iconic animals. Southwest and SeaWorld revealed the aircraft at a ceremony at Orlando International Airport (MCO) yesterday with real penguins, Southwest and SeaWorld Employees, community members, and executives from both companies. The plane, filled with Southwest and SeaWorld employees, also made [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 20, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Charles J. “Charlie” Fern, American World War I pilot, barnstorming Hawaii aviator and newspaper pioneer; he also was the first commercial pilot in Hawaii. 1933 – The “Cuatro Vientos,” a Br.19 TF Super Bidon that just made an historic flight from Spain to Cuba, disappears after departing from Mexico. No trace of the [...]

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Ohio Air Show Faces Uncertain Weekend Without Thunderbirds

Jun 20, 2013 No Comments

The Vectren Dayton (Ohio) Air Show has pushed ahead without the crowd-drawing act of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and — for the first time ever — no official military support, but the potential attendance and economic impact of the loss isn’t known yet. The air show has a $3.2 million economic impact, filling hotel, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Johann “Hans” Baur, a German World War I flying ace who flew airliners and later became Adolf Hitler’s personal pilot. 1912 – Capt. Marcel Dubois and Lt. Albert Peignan of the French Army are killed near Douai in northern France when their planes struck each other; it is the first fatal [...]

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Wright B Flyer Group Offering Rides in Replica

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

You can find the new Wright Brothers at the Dayton (Ohio)-Wright Brothers Airport, a dozen miles south of Dayton in Miami Twp., from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. No, Wilbur and Orville have not come back to life, but they have found some very deserving replacements. Volunteers at the Wright [...]

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World’s First Flying Car for Sale

Jun 19, 2013 No Comments

Does it come with cabin crew? A bidding-war is stirring among high flying millionaires in a desperate move to snap up the world’s first aeroplane car, which is up for sale for £600,000 (that’s nearly $1 million). With cars and congestion becoming too much for commuters in the 1940s, pioneering inventor Moulton Taylor developed a [...]

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