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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 14, 2013 No Comments

1881 – Birth of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh (born Welcher), a Russian-born Jewish-American aviator who became the first flight instructor for the Wright brothers. 1914 – The first true bomber, the French Voisin III, is used in combat for the first time in an attack on German airship hangars at Metz-Frascaty, Germany. 1937 – Beginning of [...]

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USAF to Resume HH-60G Flights on Okinawa

Aug 14, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. military informed Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday that it will resume training flights using Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters Friday after one of the choppers crashed at Camp Hansen on Okinawa Island on Aug. 5, claiming the life of a crewman. The news immediately sparked criticism in Okinawa as the prefectural assembly [...]

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Two Dead in UPS Crash

Aug 14, 2013 No Comments

A large UPS cargo plane crashed early Wednesday morning near the airport in Birmingham, Ala., killing the pilot and co-pilot, in the latest in a series of aviation accidents in the U.S. this year. “I can confirm they were killed in the crash,” Birmingham Mayor William Bell said of the pilot and co-pilot, who were [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Edwin Charles Musick, chief pilot for Pan American World Airways and pioneer of many of Pan Am’s transoceanic routes, including the famous route across the Pacific Ocean on the China Clipper. 1930 – Frank Hawks with a Travel Air Type R “Mystery Ship” named “Texaco 13″ (shown above) sets a transcontinental [...]

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Smoke Squadron Pilots Die in Crash

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

Two Brazilian Air Force officers were killed on Monday in the crash of a military demonstration team plane in Pirassununga, Sao Paulo state, according to local authorities. The victims, captains Joao Igor Silva Pivovar and Fabrico Carvalho, were the pilot and co-pilot of a Smoke Squadron plane which crashed onto the ground during training, authorities [...]

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Afghan Air Force Pilot Recalls Combat

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

When 18-year-old Latifa Nabizada graduated from helicopter flight school in 1991 along with her younger sister, Lailuma, they proudly became Afghanistan’s first-ever female pilots. But they also received their wings and their commissions at the peak of the destructive Afghan civil war, which immediately threw the two women into perilous combat. They were flying for [...]

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Iraqi Airways Receives its First 737-800

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

Boeing delivered a Next-Generation 737-800 to Iraqi Airways, the first of 30 that the airline ordered in 2008, marking a milestone in its relationship with the airline, one of the oldest in the Middle East. “The Next-Generation 737-800 will play a key role in helping us modernize our fleet and integrate into the regional and [...]

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Hawkeye D-Model Production Heats Up

Aug 12, 2013 No Comments

Northrop Grumman’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft are entering full-rate production for the U.S. Navy. Five of the twin-engine, turboprop aircraft, which can take off from aircraft carriers, are being produced under the Lot 1 award from the Navy’s E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office. The contract is worth $775 million. “Moving from low-rate [...]

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