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Plane Buffs Have Plenty to See in Washington, Oregon

Plane Buffs Have Plenty to See in Washington, Oregon

The world’s single largest building is located in Everett, Wash., a northern suburb of Seattle. And yet, if you didn’t make an effort to visit Paine Field, you might never know it was there. This structure is no high rise. It is 2.2 miles from one end to the other, sprawling across more than 98 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Charles Alexander Holcombe Longcroft, British World War I pilot and squadron commander in the Royal Flying Corps who went on to become a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. 1912 – A Flanders F.3 Monoplane crashed at Brooklands in England, killing the pilot and his passenger. The accident was investigated […]

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Last Summer for Mars Water Bomber as Canada Province Cuts Contract

Last Summer for Mars Water Bomber as Canada Province Cuts Contract

The future of the last Martin Mars water bomber still in service is uncertain, now that Canada’s British Columbia provincial government has given notice that this is the last summer the aircraft, based in Port Alberni, will be given a direct-award contract. Wayne Coulson, owner of the 1940s-era aircraft that’s based on the Martin JRM Mars four-engined cargo […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – Birth of Valentina Stepanovna Grizodubova, one of the first female pilots in the Soviet Union and a World War II pilot. 1913 – First bombing attack against a surface ship: Didier Masson and Captain Joaquín Bauche Alcalde, flying for Mexican Revolutionist Venustiano Carranza, dropped dynamite bombs on Federalist gunboats at Guaymas, Mexico. 1961 – A Convair B-58 Hustler (shown above) cruises at a speed of 1,302 […]

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How to Get a Free Helicopter: Lessons from Australia

How to Get a Free Helicopter: Lessons from Australia

Australia will receive an extra Eurocopter NH90, known by that country’s military as the MRH90, after the program fell three years behind plan. Australian Aerospace, Eurocopter’s local arm, will deliver a 47th MRH90 for free, the country’s defense ministry said in a statement Thursday, adding that the agreement will help put the program “back on a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Francesco Baracca, Italy’s top fighter ace of World War I, credited with 34 aerial victories. 1926 – Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole in a Fokker F.VIIa-3 m. Their total distance from Spitzbergen, Norway, is 1,600 miles. 1943 – A German night fighter crew defects to the U.K., flying a Junkers Ju 88R-1. The defection gives British scientists and tacticians access to a Lichtenstein airborne interception radar for […]

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Florida Museum Monument to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

Florida Museum Monument to Honor Tuskegee Airmen

More than 65 years after flying fighter planes over Europe, the Red Tail pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen will have a monument designed to honor their World War II exploits while inspiring kids to seek careers in aviation. “It’s like a dream come true,” said retired Red Tail pilot Leo Gray on Tuesday during a groundbreaking ceremony […]
Warbirds to Fill Thunderbirds Slot at USAF Academy Ceremony

Warbirds to Fill Thunderbirds Slot at USAF Academy Ceremony

The sequester won’t stop a beloved tradition after all. For a time, it was looking like this year’s U.S. Air Force Academy’s graduating cadets would not get to have a flyover at their commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo., due to the sequester grounding the Thunderbirds demonstration team. But now two museums, one local and one […]

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Nigerian Military Logs Second Crash in Days

Nigerian Military Logs Second Crash in Days

A Nigerian military helicopter has crashed in the country’s oil-rich southern delta, just days after one of its jets crashed. A statement from Nigeria’s Air Force said the crash happened Thursday morning at its base in Port Harcourt and that the crew escaped unharmed. Local witnesses described seeing a plume of smoke rise from the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of James Robert Smith, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1914 – A civilian pilot, René Caudron, makes the first French shipboard takeoff in an airplane from a ramp constructed over the foredeck of the seaplane carrier Foudre, using a Caudron G.3 amphibian floatplane. 1937 – Lt. Col. Mario Pezzi of Italy’s Regia Aeronautica […]
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