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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 28, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Carl Andrew “Tooey” Spaatz, American World War I pilot, World War II general and first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. 1927 – Lester Maitland and co-pilot Albert Francis Hegenberger takes off their U.S. Army Fokker C-2  ”Bird of Paradise” from Oakland, Calif., to Honolulu for the first non-stop flight between the U.S. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Juan Terry Trippe, American airline entrepreneur and pioneer; he founded Pan American World Airways. 1923 – First mid-air refueling between two aircraft occurred between two Airco DH-4B biplanes of the U.S. Army Air Service. 1939 – Hiromichi Shinohara, (known as the Richtofen of the Orient and shown above) the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army [...]

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Idaho Museum to Host Warbird Roundup

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

There’s something about the industrial F sharp hum of an old fighter plane that pricks the ears. For those who served in World War II, it’s the signal to drop what you’re doing and look to the sky. This weekend, the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Idaho, hosts the Warbird Roundup, featuring the Republic P-47 [...]

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F-16 Crashes in Arizona; Pilots OK

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

A Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon of the U.S. Air Force crashed near Luke Air Force Base in suburban Phoenix on Wednesday evening, but both pilots ejected safely, authorities said. The pilots were on a routine training mission when their jet went down just before 7 p.m. in a desert area just west of the airfield, [...]

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Wanna Buy a Jump Jet? There’s One on Ebay

Jun 27, 2013 No Comments

From time to time, some unusual items appear on eBay, such as the state of West Virginia, but this latest one is actually obtainable. Yep, it’s a genuine British Aerospace Sea Harrier, the naval version of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier, best known as the Jump Jet. The model in question is actually an FA2, the updated version [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

1869 – Largest hydrogen balloon ever to make a free (untethered) ascent, makes a short flight from the Champs de Mars in Paris, France. It has a capacity of 424,000 cubic feet. 1902 – Birth of William “Bill” Powell Lear, American inventor and businessman best known for founding the Lear Jet Corp., a manufacturer of business jets. 1942 – First [...]

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Popular Science: Six Awesome Aircraft

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

For those of us who couldn’t make it to the 2013 edition of the Paris Air Show, the folks at Popular Science (you know, the publication that predicted we’d all have flying cars by now) posted a story yesterday on some of the aircraft that were displayed at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. While not a comprehensive [...]

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Atlantic City Air Show Set for Today

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments

A host of vintage aircraft and one modern fighter jet will take to the skies today in the first Atlantic City Airshow without a single military act. Organizers searched farther than ever to find enough acts to round out a lineup that took a hit, along with the rest of the country’s airshows, when federal budget [...]

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