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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 19, 2013 No Comments

1883 – Birth of James McKinley Hargreaves, Scottish World War I flying ace and one of the first aces in history. 1916 – First Zeppelin raid on the United Kingdom by the German Navy. They bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn in the UK, killing more than 20, in the first major aerial [...]

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NASA Technology to Help in Upcoming Fire Season

Apr 19, 2013 No Comments

With fire season set to begin, the U.S. Forest Service is arming itself with a high tech tool born in a NASA laboratory. ABC7 News in San Francisco, Calif., climbed on board a one-of-a-kind airplane, a Cessna Citation 550, that’s helping to save homes and lives. The U.S. Forest Service has a lot of airplanes, [...]

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Fairbanks’ Most Iconic Plane Secures Permanent Home

Apr 19, 2013 No Comments

Fairbanks, Alaska, residents are anticipating the return of their most iconic aviation artifact to Fairbanks International Airport this fall. The 1923 Curtiss Jenny flown by aviation legends Ben Eielson and Joe Crosson was removed when the terminal was expanded and it settled into a lengthy refurbishment under the care of the Pioneer Air Museum and chapter 1129 of the Experimental Aircraft [...]

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USAF Combat Talons Fly for Last Time

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force’s last four Lockheed MC-130E Combat Talon I’s spread their wings for a final mission from their home at Duke Field near Crestview, Fla., on April 15. The Talons will be officially retired in a ceremony at Duke Field April 25 and the aircraft will then be flown to the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan [...]

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Cessna Halts Production of Entry-Level Bizjets

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments

Amid slow sales and an $8 million first-quarter loss, Cessna will pause production of several entry-level business jet models and seek to trim its workforce, the company said Wednesday. Cessna delivered 32 jets in the quarter, down from 38 in the same period last year. Cessna parent Textron’s CEO, Scott Donnelly, noted that light jet [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Dr. Wolfgang Benjamin Klemperer, prominent German aviation and aerospace scientist and engineer, who ranks among the pioneers of early aviation. 1911 – Eugene B. Ely makes the first landing by an aircraft on a ship when he flies his Curtiss Model D pusher biplane from Selfridge Field near San Francisco to a specially prepared [...]

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GE’s New 747 Flying Testbed Colors

Apr 18, 2013 No Comments

General Electric’s new Boeing 747-400 flying testbed has been delivered to Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) in Taiwan for installation of data racks, instrumentation wiring and instrumentation equipment. The aircraft is also scheduled to undergo wing structural modifications during the second half of the year in readiness for its first test flights in 2014. The 747 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 17, 2013 No Comments

1886 – Birth of Glenn L. Martin, American aviation pioneer and founder of the Glenn L. Martin Co. 1920 – The Venezuelan Air Force is formed, with a flying school at Maracay. 1934 – First flight of the Fairey Swordfish, later used by the Royal Navy to help cripple the German battleship Bismarck. 1973 –Federal Express, later known as FedEx, delivers its first [...]

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