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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 18, 2013 No Comments

1911 – The first British seaplane to leave the water, and the first seaplane to take off from British waters, is an Avro Type D piloted by Royal Navy Commander Oliver Schwann. He lifts off from Cavendish Dock, Barrow-in-Furness, England, briefly, but falls back into the water and damages the Avro. 1923 – Birth of [...]

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Alberta Museum Splitting Collection

Nov 18, 2013 No Comments

Faced with the impending closure of the City Centre Airport in Edmonton, Canada’s Alberta Aviation Museum has announced plans to split its collection and open a brand new museum. With just under two weeks to go before the airport’s last runway closes, the new museum, which will be housed at a 13-acre site at the [...]

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Dubai Airshow Begins with Storm

Nov 18, 2013 No Comments

The Dubai Air Show 2013 opened on Sunday to a barrage of orders from local airlines for hundreds of Boeing and Airbus jets, setting a record for the most orders at an airshow, at $192.3 billion. And that was just at the end of the first day, according to the show’s organizers. Among the many [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 15, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Giovanni “Giannino” Ancillotto, Italian World War I flying ace. 1916 – First flight of the Boeing Model 2, American two-place training seaplane; it is the first “all-Boeing” design and the company’s first financial success. 1944 - U.S. Navy Lt. Robert M. Elder makes the first carrier landing of a North American P-51D Mustang [...]

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A Bird Dog for Charity

Nov 15, 2013 No Comments

The Barrett-Jackson collector car auction occasionally gets an airplane or two on the docket and many airplane manufacturers display their new products on the show grounds. For January’s Scottsdale, Ariz., show, Cessna has donated a nicely restored 1953 model L-19 Bird Dog. Cessna built the Bird Dog on commission by the U.S. government as a [...]

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Museum Not Affected by Airline Shutdown

Nov 15, 2013 No Comments

Officials at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum say the Yamhill County, Ore., facility will remain open, despite the pending closure of its sister organization, Evergreen International Airlines. “The Evergreen Aviation Museum has been and remains a separate entity from Evergreen International Airlines,” said spokeswoman Melissa Grace. “The museums would not be here without the financial [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

1922 – Death of Godfrey DeCourcelles Chevalier, pioneering U.S. Navy aviator, as a result of injuries sustained in an airplane crash two days before. 1930 – Birth of Edward White, American astronaut and Purple Heart and Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient; he was the first American to conduct a spacewalk. 1932 – Amy Johnson begins an attempt [...]

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FLASHBACK: First Successful Carrier Takeoff

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

By Budd Davisson It was Nov. 14, 1910, and excited sailors were hanging from every inch of the forward part of the USN cruiser Birmingham. They were even high in the rigging, hands wrapped tightly around cables and masts. All eyes were focused on a fragile bamboo and fabric contraption that was perched high over [...]

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