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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 13, 2014 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Joseph Eskel Hallonquist, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1910 – The first airplane flight in Switzerland is made by German Capt. Paul Englehardt, who takes off in a Wright Flyer from a frozen lake in St. Moritz. 1951 – Qantas Consolidated Catalina PB2B-2 “Frigate Bird II” (shown) begins a survey [...]

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NZ Auction to Feature Warbirds

Mar 13, 2014 No Comments

One of New Zealand largest and most luxurious car auctions will be held in Wanaka this month with millions of dollars of classic cars, motorcycles and warbird aircraft going under the hammer. Webbs Auction House chief executive officer Neil Campbell said the auction would result in up to 30 private classic cars, 20 classic motorcycles, three warbird [...]

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The Lockheed U-2: A Spotter’s Guide

Mar 12, 2014 No Comments

The venerable Lockheed U-2 “Dragon Lady” is a spy plane born from Cold War necessity that soldiered on operationally for decades past anyone’s wildest dreams. She went from sleek design to a bulging beast of burden whose silhouette can change as fast as her mission requires it to. Here’s a guide to her many configurations. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 12, 2014 No Comments

1912 – Birth of Charles Goujon, French World War II fighter pilot and test pilot. 1915 – A Burgess H biplane (No. 28) sets a world endurance record for a pilot and two passengers by remaining in the air for 7 hours, 5 minutes; the plane had been modified by Grover C. Loening at the [...]

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Cavanaugh Skyraider Heads to Florida

Mar 12, 2014 No Comments

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s Douglas AD-5 Skyraider left Texas Tuesday to join the Commemorative Air Force’s Boeing B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” on the CAF AirPower History Tour in Florida. The Skyraider, owned by the Addison, Texas-based museum, will be at Lakeland, Fla. today and Thursday, then on to Titusville, Fla., for the TICO Warbird Airshow this weekend. [...]

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Aboard a C-130 During Airliner Search

Mar 12, 2014 No Comments

Day five of the search for the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 failed to find a trace of the Boeing 777-200 plane. The jetliner vanished from the radars on early Saturday morning with more then 200 passengers and crew on board. Singapore has dispatched three ships and two planes to join in search. For the video by Jeremy [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 11, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Emil Thuy, German World War I fighter ace; he became an adviser to the Finnish air force and was involved in the secret origins of the Luftwaffe within the Soviet Union. 1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace Frank Granger Quigley shoots down a balloon and later, in a single mission, three [...]

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NATO Flying Eastern Europe AWACS Missions

Mar 11, 2014 No Comments

On Monday, the North Atlantic Council announced that it is to begin flying airborne early warning flights in response to the situation in Ukraine, where pro-Russian forces are largely in control of Crimea. NATO will fly Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS (airborne early warning and control) aircraft in the airspace of member states Poland and Romania, which [...]

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