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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

1867 – Englishmen James William Butler and Edmund Edwards make the first delta-wing airplane designs. They take out patents for both monoplanes and biplanes to be propelled by jets of steam, compressed air or gas. 1895 – Birth of Robert Alexander “Bob” Little, Australian WWI fighter ace. 1918 – The first attack by aircraft flying from a carrier flight deck is [...]

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The Sequester vs. Hurricane Hunters

Jul 19, 2013 No Comments

The National Hurricane Center is facing a potentially dangerous shortcoming when it comes to observing hurricanes. The sequester, and its resulting federal furloughs, is putting a crunch on the ability to conduct critical aircraft or “Hurricane Hunter” reconnaissance missions, just as we head into the peak months of an active Atlantic hurricane season. At NOAA’s [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

1823 – Birth of Félix du Temple de la Croix, a French naval officer and an inventor, who developed some of the first flying machines. Better known as Félix du Temple, he is credited with the first successful flight of a powered aircraft of any sort, a powered model plane, and is sometimes credited with the first manned [...]

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WWII Bomber Crew Laid to Rest in Italy

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

The crew of an Royal Air Force bomber shot down days before the end of the Second World War will finally be given a proper military burial today, 68 years after their aircraft crashed. The four young airmen, including an aspiring poet whose work has been published posthumously, will receive full military honours in a [...]

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Patriots Jet Team Headline Oregon Air Show

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

Organizers made sure that the 2013 Oregon International Air Show would be known for what appeared in the sky above Hillsboro Airport, more than what didn’t appear. Sequestration, otherwise known as federal budget cuts, forced the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to cancel their scheduled appearance, but the air show quickly added the Patriots Jet Team, a [...]

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Thunderbirds Return to Skies Over Vegas

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

Next week, Las Vegans will be the first to catch a glimpse of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird aircraft up in the sky for the first time since April 5, when the precision flying team stood down for lack of money. The Thunderbirds expect to take to the air again, starting Monday, for a limited [...]

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Berlin Airlift Pilot Recalls Missions

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

During the Berlin Airlift, one U.S. pilot threw candy from his aeroplane for the kids in West Berlin. Since then, children have honored him for his work. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle met the Candy Bomber. In the summer of 1948, the young American pilot, Gail S. Halvorsen, ran across the landing strip at Tempelhof airport in West [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Edwin Harris Dunning, who later flies for Britain’s Royal Naval Air Service and becomes the first pilot to land an aircraft on a moving ship. 1914 – First flight of the Vickers F.B.5 (Fighting Biplane 5 and known as the “Gunbus”), a British two-seat, World War I military biplane. It is the first aircraft purpose-built for [...]

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