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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Englishman John Moore-Brabazon makes a flight of 1,350 feet in a Voisin biplane at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France; he is later issued the first British pilot’s license. 1912 – Birth of Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, U.S. Marine Corps World War II fighter ace. 1914 – The German Navy forms its first seaplane unit. 1944 – First flight of […]
76-Year-Old Keeps Flying the Mail

76-Year-Old Keeps Flying the Mail

Everyone knows the U.S. Postal Service is in trouble. Indeed, the USPS had a total of 787,538 workers back in 2000. Yet as of the last official count in 2010, the figure dropped to 583,908. Amid all the reductions and reorganizations, however, 76-year-old Ray Arnold soldiers on as the last wilderness air-mail courier delivering mail in the […]

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World’s Longest A380 Flight Begins

World’s Longest A380 Flight Begins

Emirates has launched the world’s longest Airbus A380 non-stop service, flying the double decker plane from Dubai to Los Angeles. The daily flight crosses the Russian Federation, the North Pole and Eastern Canada and takes 16 hours and 20 minutes. The 8,335-mile flight is part of Emirates’ move to boost its ultra-long range flying and to […]
CNET Tours the Pacific Aviation Museum

CNET Tours the Pacific Aviation Museum

Spread across two hangars and some open tarmac on Hawaii’s Ford Island, in the middle of Pearl Harbor, is the Pacific Aviation Museum. This collection of World War II and newer aircraft is a must-see for any airplane buff headed to Honolulu. From a Japanese Zero to a B-25, an F-5 to an F-104, there are […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Alan Jerrard, British World War I flying ace who served in North Russia during the Russian civil war. 1945 – The first purely jet-powered airplane to operate from an aircraft carrier is a de Havilland Sea Vampire piloted by Royal Navy Capt. Eric Melrose “Winkle” Brown from HMS Ocean (shown). 1972 […]
Stallion 51 to Host Aviation Photo Workshop

Stallion 51 to Host Aviation Photo Workshop

Stallion 51, an aviation services company perhaps best known for its North American P-51 Mustangs, is partnering with 3G Aviation Media to offer an aviation photography workshop January 24-26, 2014, at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) in Florida. 3G will be instructing photographers on how best to plan their shoot, emphasizing the importance of communication and pre-planning. […]

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UN Using Drones Over Congo

UN Using Drones Over Congo

United Nations forces in Democratic Republic of Congo launched unmanned aircraft on Tuesday to monitor the volatile border with Rwanda and Uganda, the first time U.N. peacekeepers have deployed surveillance drones. The aircraft will be used to look out for threats from a host of local and foreign armed groups in the mineral rich east […]
Canadian Airline Reveals Mickey Mouse 737

Canadian Airline Reveals Mickey Mouse 737

Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777-300 aircraft bearing the image of the mythical dragon Smaug from the “Hobbit” trilogy wasn’t the only magic-themed jet making its debut yesterday. Monday in Calgary, Canada, WestJet, WestJet Vacations and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada) unveiled a custom-painted Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 featuring Mickey Mouse as Sorcerer Mickey, a role the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Indra Lal Roy, first Indian World War I flying ace. 1943 – More than 100 German Junkers Ju 88 bombers bomb the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinking numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas. 1968 – Wien Consolidated […]
P-8 Poseidon to Get Real Test

P-8 Poseidon to Get Real Test

The U.S. Navy’s first advanced P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft has arrived in Japan, the start of a deployment that will upgrade America’s ability to hunt submarines and other vessels in seas close to China as tension in the region mounts. The deployment, planned before China last month established an air defense zone covering islands controlled by Japan and claimed by Beijing, includes […]
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