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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Alexandre Albert Roger Bretillon, French World War I flying ace. 1911 – Earle Lewis Ovington, an American aeronautical engineer, aviator and inventor, pilots the first official airmail flight in the U.S. in a Blériot XI; he carries a sack of mail from Garden City, N.Y., to Mineola, N.Y. 1931 – A […]
DFC Recipient Who Saved Crew in WWII Dies

DFC Recipient Who Saved Crew in WWII Dies

Wichita, Kans., resident Richard “Dick” Ayesh wasn’t the type to talk much about his experiences during World War II. In fact, it wasn’t until eight years ago his family found out exactly what happened in November 1944, when his Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was 15,000 feet in the air and he saved the lives of […]

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Pilot Lands on Crowded Chicago Street

Pilot Lands on Crowded Chicago Street

Landing at an airport was not an option, so Chicago’s scenic and busy Lake Shore Drive had to do. That’s how 51-year-old pilot John Pedersen explained his decision to make an emergency landing of his airplane along the drive early Sunday morning after it developed mechanical problems. “I thought the plane was going to break apart, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Charles Edward Murray Pickthorn, British World War I flying ace; he later downs an Albatros D.I, resulting in the capture of Crown Prince Frederich of Prussia. 1904 – Wilbur Wright makes the first-ever circuit flight, in the Flyer II. 1922 – The first flight over 200 mph is made by Sadi Lecointe in a Nieuport-Delage NiD 29 […]

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Millville Museum to Showcase Static Displays

Millville Museum to Showcase Static Displays

The Millville Army Air Field Museum (MAAFM) in New Jersey will present its 6th Annual Aviation Celebration 2013 tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday. The static aircraft display event will commemorate Millville Airport’s important World War II aviation history as “America’s First Defense Airport.” Rare WWII warbirds, military aircraft, […]
A380 Makes Surprise Visit to DFW

A380 Makes Surprise Visit to DFW

By Andrea Ahles, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had an unusual visitor Thursday. For the first time, a double-decker Airbus A380 landed at the airport. Lufthansa Flight 440 from Frankfurt, Germany, was diverted because of thunderstorms in Houston. The aircraft parked on DFW’s tarmac on the west side, just south of Terminal D, after […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1902 – The Wright Brothers begin testing their third glider at Kitty Hawk, N.C. 1918 – Birth of Viktor Vasilevich Talalikhin, Soviet flying ace during the Winter War and World War II; he was the first to perform aerial ramming at night. 1921 – The first regular scheduled airline service in Latin America commences when Colombian airline SCADTA, operating float-equipped Junkers F.13s, begins flying between Barranquilla and Girandot. 1962 – First […]
Seaplane Splash Slated for Sunday

Seaplane Splash Slated for Sunday

About 30 seaplanes will land on Indiana’s Lake James this weekend a part of the 11th annual Seaplane Splash at Pokagon State Park north of Fort Wayne. Randy Strebig of the Indiana Seaplane Pilots Association says many of the planes are from the 1940s and 1960s. The (Angola, Ind.) Herald Republican reports the planes will land and […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Death of Thomas Etholen Selfridge, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane, while Orville Wright, who suffers severe injuries but later recovers, was demonstrating the Flyer at Fort Myer, Va. 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the “Red […]
Latest 787 Variant Poised for First Flight

Latest 787 Variant Poised for First Flight

The first flight of the 787-9, the larger and potentially most popular version of Boeing’s Dreamliner family, could come Tuesday morning, weather permitting. Rain is okay, provided visibility is good. Boeing requires at least a 1,500-foot cloud ceiling for the test flight, which will take off from Everett’s Paine Field and land at Boeing Field in […]
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