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Shoreham Show Crash Under Review

Aug 23, 2015 No Comments

UK Parliament members are demanding a safety crackdown at airshows amidst growing anger over the deaths of up to 11 people at Shoreham. There were calls for a review of displays above built-up areas after Saturday’s plane crash on the A27. Labour’s Grahame Morris said: “If aircraft were limited to displaying over water it would mitigate the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 21, 2015 No Comments

1908 – The first circle and turn performed by a monoplane is carried out by the Antoinette II (originally the Gastambide-Mengin II). 1928 – First flight of the SPAD S-92, French single-seat biplane trainer. 1932 – Birth of George William Samuel Abbey, U.S. Air Force pilot and  director of the Johnson Space Center; he becomes [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 20, 2015 No Comments

1938 – Birth of Jean-Loup Jacques Marie Chrétien, French engineer, French air force pilot, test pilot and CNES astronaut; he became the first Frenchman and the first western European in space. 1939 – The last rigid airship, the Graf Zeppelin (LZ 130), makes its final flight. 1944 – Aircraft of a U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group score their final [...]

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U-2 Replacement Under Review

Aug 20, 2015 No Comments

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is studying a potential all-new stealthy spy plane to replace the U-2 that will combine the best features of the iconic piloted surveillance aircraft with those of the unmanned Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk. Despite constant upgrades and a remaining airframe life to around 2050, the U-2 is slated to be retired by the U.S. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 19, 2015 No Comments

1871 – Birth of Orville Wright, American co-inventor, with brother Wilbur, of the first airplane to achieve powered, sustained, and controlled flight and the first fully practical powered airplane. 1918 – A U.S. Navy Curtiss 18-T-1 triplane flown by Curtiss test pilot Roland Rholfs establishes a world speed record of 163 mph carrying a load of 1,076 [...]

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Spitfires to Dominate ‘BoB’ Air Show

Aug 18, 2015 No Comments

This September, IWM (Imperial War Museum) Duxford’s The Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show will tell the story of this vital aerial battle in its 75th anniversary year. The Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show, set for Sept. 19-20, will be an immersive and poignant experience for everyone. Epic flying displays, including a massed flypast [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 18, 2015 No Comments

1823 – Death of André-Jacques Garnerin, French balloonist and inventor of the frameless parachute. 1916 – Birth of Kaneyoshi “Kinsuke” Muto, Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese fighter ace. 1922 – The Hannover H1 Vampyr, claimed to be the model for all modern sailplanes, sets a world record after flying just over an [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 17, 2015 No Comments

1872 – Birth of Traian Vuia, Romanian inventor and aviation pioneer. 1940 – Death of William Meade Lindsley “Billy” Fiske III, 1928 and 1932 Olympic champion bobsled driver and one of the first American pilots killed in action in World War II. While serving in the Royal Air Force, he dies from severe burns after [...]

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