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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

1859 – Two American balloonists, John Wise and John La Mountain, fly in their balloon from St. Louis, Mo., to Henderson, N.Y. The 809-mile trip takes 20 hours. 1916 – Birth of Hans-Ulrich Rudel, successful German dive-bomber pilot and the most highly decorated German serviceman of World War II; he flew 2,530 combat missions and claimed a total of 2,000 targets destroyed. 1937 – Amelia Earhart (shown [...]

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A ‘Sentimental Journey’ Aboard a B-17

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

It sputtered like a seasoned smoker as the propellers started whipping around at full speed. I was on board the “Sentimental Journey,” the Second World War Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress — owned by the Arizona Airbase of the Commemorative Air Force — on display this week at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, and was seriously [...]

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Reporter Takes Bumpy Ride in B-17

Jul 02, 2013 No Comments

A little bit of World War II history flew into St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia on Monday. The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Boeing B-17G-VE Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast” touched down to spend a couple of days on display and give rides to paying customers. Despite my affinity for air sickness, I rode along on a media flight. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 01, 2013 No Comments

1872 – Louis Blériot (shown above), the pioneer aviator who made the world’s first airplane flight across the English Channel, is born in Cambrai, France. 1915 – German Air Service Leutnant Kurt Wintgens achieves the first aerial victory by a true fighter plane in history when he downs a Morane-Saulnier two-seat observation aircraft with his Fokker M.5 K/MG production prototype of the Eindecker. He later becomes [...]

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Pilot Saves Family with Hudson River Landing

Jul 01, 2013 No Comments

A quick-thinking pilot safely landed a helicopter on the Hudson River Sunday morning after the aircraft’s engine failed midair during a routine sightseeing flight with a family of four Swedish tourists, authorities said. The pilot, Michael Campbell, 22 years old, said he was flying north roughly 1,500 feet above the Hudson at about 120 mph [...]

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19-Year-Old Launched Everett’s Century of Flight

Jul 01, 2013 No Comments

The first aircraft flight in Everett, Wash., which took place 100 years ago, went largely unseen. That’s a far cry from the masses of onlookers for the first flight of Boeing’s 787, assembled and flown at Paine Field. And the 1913 flight probably drew fewer people than Everett officials had planned. Everett leaders had watched [...]

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Alaska Aviation Centennial Gets Special Gift

Jul 01, 2013 No Comments

Alaska’s Centennial of Flight celebration now includes a particularly special aircraft, a Vultee BT-13B Valiant World War II training plane that was formally donated to the Commemorative Air Force Thursday by longtime Anchorage resident Howard “Mike” Hunt. The BT13B flew earlier this month in Kenai as part of aviation celebrations underway across Alaska all summer, culminating in Fairbanks on July [...]

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Aviation Museum Owner: We’re Fine for Now

Jul 01, 2013 No Comments

A gleaming silver and banana-yellow Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a vintage bomber from World War II, rolled past the window behind David Hunt. It’s up for sale. Seated at his desk inside the Military Aviation Museum in Pungo, Va., Hunt, the museum’s director, reiterated Saturday that the business is fine – for now. Although the [...]

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