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‘Aluminum Overcast’ B-17 to Visit Missouri

Jun 12, 2013 No Comments

The “Aluminum Overcast,” a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber restored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, will be at Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Municipal Airport this weekend for tours and flights. The plane was to visit last year, but it was damaged in a hailstorm and had to be repaired. Boeing built the Aluminum Overcast in 1945 but [...]

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Wings Over Gaylord Promises Thrills

Jun 12, 2013 No Comments

If you’re going to any air show this summer, Wings Over Gaylord in Gaylord, Mich., is the one to see. The annual Father’s Day weekend event at Gaylord Regional Airport kicks off Friday with a parade of historic military vehicles rolling down Main Street, east to west, at 2 p.m. Air show organizer and airport [...]

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T-28 Flying Star at Tennessee Music Festival

Jun 12, 2013 No Comments

Pilot Peter O’Hare summed up the Hixson Flight Museum’s presence at this year’s Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn. He said, “It’s a great opportunity to actually put your hands on history.” The Hixson Flight Museum aims to do just that. Festivalgoers can actually climb into the cockpit of a North American T28 Trojan warbird. It’s [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

1867 – Birth of René Hanriot, French racing driver, early aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1912 – Death of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh, a Jewish, Russian-born American pioneer aviator and the first flight instructor for the Wright Brothers; he is killed in the crash of his Wright Model C along with Leighton Wilson Hazelhurst, Jr., another pioneer in U.S. [...]

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‘Yankee Lady’ B-17 Bomber Quite a Sight in N.J.

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

Dan Mullin had a curt answer when somebody at New Jersey’s Naval Air Station Wildwood questioned the effectiveness of the tail guns on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. “We won the war,” said Mullin, 94, of Ocean City. That was the short answer Monday as the World War II veteran, who flew bombers during missions [...]

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WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

A German World War II bomber was raised from the bottom of the English Channel on Monday. The Dornier Do 17, a twin-engined airplane known as the “Flying Pencil,” was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Believed to be the only intact example of its kind [...]

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Waterbombing: the French Celebrate 50 Years

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

At the beginning of June, the French Securite Civile marked 50 years of aerial water bombing. The agency, which is part of the country’s interior ministry, held four days of celebrations including an airshow at the little airfield of Aix-le-Milles, near Marseille on June 2 providing a great opportunity to the agency’s fixed-wing assets in action. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 10, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Walter George Raymond Hinchliffe, British World War I flying ace, pioneering military and civilian aviator. 1919 – American aviatrix Ruth Bancroft Law (Oliver) sets an altiture record of 14,700 feet. 1965 – First automated landing by a civil airliner in scheduled passenger service is done by a Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident. 1990 – British Airways Flight 5390, a [...]

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