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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1900 – Birth of Anselm Franz, pioneering Austrian jet engine engineer known for the development of the Jumo 004, the world’s first mass-produced turbojet engine. 1920 – Ten de havilland DH.9s (shown) are dispatched to form “Z Force” and are used for bombing, strafing and as air ambulances during the Royal Air Force’s first “Little […]
King Air Turns 50

King Air Turns 50

Beechcraft Corp. celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of its King Air Model 90 with a flight of three King Air models flying over Beech Field. “It’s a great day for Beechcraft,” Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture said. The first flight of the King Air on Jan. 20, 1964, was a milestone for the […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Museum: Iconic Spruce Goose is Safe

Museum: Iconic Spruce Goose is Safe

Bob Lyon remembers the day he met Howard Hughes. He also recalls when Hughes nearly crashed a plane into his boyhood home. Nearly 40 years after Hughes died, Lyon’s life still crosses paths with the eccentric billionaire. Lyon has found himself in the center of a dispute over Hughes’ gigantic, bizarre wooden seaplane nicknamed the […]
Stallion 51, Mercy Flight Offer Raffle

Stallion 51, Mercy Flight Offer Raffle

If you’d like to fly a North American P-51 Mustang, then Stallion 51 has a deal for you. For only $20 per ticket, the Florida-based company is sponsoring a raffle, benefitting Mercy Flight Southeast, that will award the lucky winner a half-day P-51 orientation experience at Kissimmee Gateway Airport plus round-trip airfare to Orlando up […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Glenn Luther Martin, American aviation pioneer; he would later found the Glenn L. Martin Co. His legacy survives today as part of Lockheed Martin Corp. 1902 – Gustave Whitehead flies his Whitehead Aeroplane No. 22 flying boat on a 7-mile flight over Long Island Sound in New York and lands safely. […]
Bahrain International Airshow Opens

Bahrain International Airshow Opens

Stunt pilots, fighter jets and parachute display teams took to the skies yesterday for the opening of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) at the island country’s Sakhir Air Base. His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, officially opened the three-day show at Sakhir Airbase. He […]

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German Tornado Crashes, Crew Safe

German Tornado Crashes, Crew Safe

A German army Panavia Tornado fighter plane crashed near the western city of Koblenz on Thursday night, with both pilots ejecting to safety, police said. A spokesman for the German army said on Friday morning that experts were now investigating the cause of the crash. “We need light to see the full extent of it,” […]
Airbus Beluga Looks Weird, Works Well

Airbus Beluga Looks Weird, Works Well

If you ever find yourself in the French city of Toulouse, you might just see one of the oddest-looking aircraft in the world. Popularly known as the “Beluga,” because of its strong resemblance to the white Arctic whale, the Airbus A300-600ST (ST stands for Super Transporter) is unique not only in appearance, but also for the essential […]

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Night Stalker Hard Landing Kills Serviceman

Night Stalker Hard Landing Kills Serviceman

A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., a military spokesman said Thursday. The Sikorsky MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was returning from a routine training flight when it […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of David McCampbell, American World War II fighter pilot; he became the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading ace. 1922 – Death of Alan John Lance Scott, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he has been Winston Churchill’s flying instructor. 1941 – The Luftwaffe mounts its first heavy attack on Malta, targeted on […]
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