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On This Day in Aviation History

May 01, 2013 No Comments

1875 – Birth of Harriet Quimby, early American aviator and movie screenwriter, first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the U.S. 1912 – First flight of the Avro Type F, a single-seat British aircraft and the first in the world to feature a completely enclosed cabin. 1927 – Imperial Airways, a British Airways predecessor, introduces its luxury “Silver Wing” service [...]

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C-47 Restoration Reunites WWII Vets

May 01, 2013 No Comments

There was a World War II reunion of sorts this week in Santa Maria, Calif., as three Army veterans came together. Frank Goins, a flight officer with the U.S. Army Air Corps, Bindo Grasso of Guadalupe, a paratrooper with the U.S. Army who served in France in the months following D-Day, and a Douglas C-47B [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 30, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Edgar Charles Johnston, Australian World War I fighter ace and leading member in civil aviation in Australia. 1924 – One of the four Douglas World Cruiser aircraft, the “Seattle,” attempting an around-the-globe flight in stages, crashes into a mountain in Alaska. The crew survives and makes it way to safety. The wreckage of the Seattle is later [...]

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For WWII Bomber Pilot, Survival was ‘Witchcraft’

Apr 30, 2013 No Comments

George Laszlo, 91, of Ellwood City, Pa., is one of the World War II veterans who served our country in combat and never talked about it. About 12 years ago, Laszlo was attending an air show in Pittsburgh with Sam Pawlowski of Ellport. Pawlowski told a television reporter that Laszlo had flown the famous aircraft [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 29, 2013 2 Comments

1917 – German World War I fighter ace Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen scored four victories on that single day with his Albatros D.III. 1917 – Birth of Eric James Brindley Nicolson (shown above), British World War II fighter pilot. He is the only Battle of Britain pilot and the only pilot of RAF Fighter Command to be awarded [...]

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NASA Tests Flower-Based Biofuel for Jets

Apr 29, 2013 No Comments

In Hampton Roads, Va., a jet engine may be the sound of freedom, but the contrail it leaves behind is nothing to salute. The cloud-like contrail is composed of ice crystals, soot, sulfur and other harmful elements that riddle the emissions of jet engines and are potentially harmful to people and the environment. But NASA Langley Research Center in [...]

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The Sequester vs. Air Shows

Apr 29, 2013 No Comments

The budget sequester cuts that are a great deal of concern in the Pensacola, Fla., area are having far-reaching effects as dozens of other communities look ahead to the loss of Blue Angels and Thunderbirds air shows. Many air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 26, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Ernst Udet, German World War I pilot, film actor and Luftwaffe officer, was born. He was the second-highest scoring German flying ace of WWI, one of the youngest aces and was the highest scoring German ace to survive the war. Udet’s 62 victories were second only to Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in [...]

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