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On This Day in Aviation History

May 29, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of  Konstantin Konstantinovich Artseulov, Russian test pilot, World War I pilot and glider designer; he was one of the founders of soaring in the Soviet Union. 1908 – First passenger flight in Europe occurs as Henri Farman takes up Ernest Archdeacon for a brief flight at Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. 1935 – First flight [...]

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Stearman Owner Caters to Flying War Vets

May 29, 2013 No Comments

In a hangar at Bryan’s Coulter Airfield in Central Texas sits a 1941 U.S. Navy training aircraft waiting for veterans who learned to fly in the same model plane. Self-described aviation buff Jay Anding, 48, has been offering free flights to World War II aviation veterans since he and his buddies finished restoring the airplane more [...]

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Film Highlights Spitfire Pilot, Crash Landing Footage

May 28, 2013 16 Comments

Imagine you flew a Supermarine Spitfire out of an Allied base during World War II. Easy enough for most guys, even some gals, right? Now imagine you did a belly landing in one of those famous fighters and a flight surgeon from base captured the event on film. After the war, you and Doc visit, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 28, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Carlo Romagnoli, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1924 – Adrienne Bolland wins the women’s record for looping from Laura Bromwell, performing the feat 212 times in just over an hour in her Caudron 127 in Paris. 1939 – Hiromichi Shinohara, the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army Air [...]

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Spirit of Goodyear Floats Over North Carolina

May 28, 2013 No Comments

If you looked up into the sky Monday, you may have seen the Goodyear blimp navigating the skies of Hickory, N.C. Ashton Leonard, a 17-year-old junior at Bandys High School and one of the lucky riders on the blimp, said his experience was “amazing.” “I’m kind of speechless,” said Leonard, who also said he had never [...]

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Aviation History Returns to Australian Town

May 27, 2013 No Comments

A piece of Australia’s aviation history flew into Warrnambool, Victoria, Monday carrying descendents of the first chairman of Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) onboard. The flight of the heritage Douglas DC-3 airliner (VH-AES “Hawdon”) was to include Nancy Duncan, who was 22 when the plane first travelled from Melbourne to Sydney with 24 passengers more than [...]

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Ohio Pilot Part of Indy 500 Flyover

May 25, 2013 No Comments

When the national anthem is playing before the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Salem, Ohio, pilot Don Stamp will be aimed right down the main straightaway of the famous 2.5-mile oval, home to the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, as it concludes. He will be part of a six-plane wing that includes North [...]

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UK Fighters Intercept Pakistani Flight

May 25, 2013 No Comments

Britain scrambled fighter jets Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two British passengers who allegedly threatened to destroy the plane. A British security official said the situation involving the Pakistan International Airlines [...]

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