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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Marcel Emile Haegelen, a French World War I fighter ace, test pilot for Hanriot, record setter and World War II fighter pilot. 1906 – Alberto Santos-Dumont successfully flies his Santos-Dumont 14-bis aircraft at Château de Bagatelle, for the first time. 1935 – First flight of the Hughes H-1, an American racing aircraft [...]

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Canadian Astronaut Arrives in F-86 Style

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

Jeremy Hansen’s arrival on Canada’s Gatineau airstrip in Quebec is nothing if not dramatic. The former Canadian Forces fighter pilot turned astronaut looks every bit the military hero as he taxis up the runway in a gold Canadair F-86 Sabre, the vintage aircraft known as Hawk One he piloted Thursday morning to promote the Wings [...]

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Tri-Motor Heads to Show Me State

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

The 1929 Ford Tri-Motor is considered to be the world’s first true passenger airliner, and this weekend, visitors to Lee’s Summit, Mo., will have the opportunity to take a flight as travelers did more than 80 years ago. The flight lasts about 15-20 minutes with pilot John Maxfield at the controls. Maxfield has been a [...]

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Louisiana’s Navy Hornets Squadron Hangs On

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

When the U.S. Navy considered moving two flight squadrons from Belle Chasse in 2003, Louisiana’s elected officials rallied to challenge what they saw as a threat to the Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base’s survival. The crippling effect of losing two of the three Navy squadrons would have left the air station vulnerable to closure, officials said, at the time when [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments

1908 – The first military passenger in an airplane, U.S. Army Major Gen. George Owen Squier, flies just over 9 minutes with Orville Wright. 1918 – More than 1,200 French and U.S. fighter planes are brought together for the Battle of Saint-Mihiel. At the time, it is the largest force of aircraft assembled for a single operation. [...]

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Cessna’s Wallace to Be Honored Next Month

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments

The National Aviation Hall of Fame will honor the late Dwane Wallace, who rescued Cessna Aircraft from bankruptcy and built it into the largest light aircraft manufacturer in the world, at a ceremony in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 4. Former Cessna CEO Jack Pelton will present the award to members of Wallace’s family at the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 11, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of James Martin, British engineer; he later co-founds a leading manufacturer of aircraft ejection seats. 1911 – Robert Grant Fowler takes off in a Wright biplane from San Francisco, Calif.,  to Jacksonville, Fla., for a coast-to-coast journey across the U.S.; it will take him four months to complete it. 1962 – A [...]

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A Look Back: the F-16 VISTA

Sep 11, 2013 No Comments

Born as an in-flight simulator, the General Dynamics F-16 VISTA (Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft) had the task to simulate the performance of the newest fighter jets. It was built around a standard production F-16D Fighting Falcon airframe and introduced many features which a classic F-16 didn’t have. In fact, the airframe included a larger capacity hydraulic [...]

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