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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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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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