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Lark of Duluth Replica Crashes

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

A rough landing in the harbor off Park Point in Duluth, Minn., yesterday severely damaged a replica of a Benoist XIV flying boat that has generated a lot of buzz in the area. But officials say it was the best-case scenario because no one was hurt. “In the words of the pilot, he said we had [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 16, 2013 No Comments

1911 – The LZ 10 Schwaben, a German rigid airship, enters commercial service; it will go on to become the first commercially successful passenger aircraft. 1918 – Awdry Morris “Bunny” Vaucour, British World War I flying ace, dies in a “friendly fire” incident when an Italian Hanriot pilot shot down Vaucour’s Sopwith Camel. 1923 – Birth of Ralph Dayton Albertazzie, U.S. Air [...]

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British Airways A380 Arrives at Base

Jul 16, 2013 No Comments

Manston Airport’s role as a contender in the South East England aviation debate has been reinforced after the Kent airport welcomed British Airways’ first Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, on Monday. The new addition to British Airways’ fleet will be based at Manston Airport as part of the airline’s training for its [...]

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USAF Combat Planes to Resume Flights

Jul 16, 2013 No Comments

Many U.S. Air Force combat aircraft that have been grounded since April because of budget cuts will soon begin flying again, the military announced Monday. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and 16 Air Force squadrons will begin training flights, military officials announced. Still the Thunderbirds’ popular aerial demonstrations remain canceled for all of 2013. An Air [...]

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World War I Ace Not Forgotten

Jul 16, 2013 No Comments

Bill Martin takes exception with the title of a book about Lt. Col. William Lambert of Ironton, Ohio, that labels the aviator as America’s “forgotten” aviation ace of World War I. Lambert, who passed away in 1982, flew the Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a for the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps. “I don’t think people really forgot [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Frederick Libby, first American ace of World War I. 1927 – Death of Paul Wilhelm Bäumer, German World War I ace, who dies in a crash near Copenhagen while test flying a Rohrbach Rofix fighter. 1941 – Luftwaffe ace Werner Mölders shoots down two Soviet aircraft, raising his victory total to 101. He becomes the first [...]

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Battle Rages Over Global Hawks

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments

June is the start of the rainy season in the South Pacific, six months of storms that come in fast and unpredictable. And when the wind starts blowing, that takes its toll on U.S. intelligence-gathering far off in North Korea. A substantial amount of the intel on the Hermit Kingdom comes from the three massive [...]

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Warbird Maintenance Full-Time Job at Museum

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments

The space inside the cockpit of the Beechcraft T-34A Mentor trainer belonging to the Cactus Air Force Wings and Wheels Museum is about the same as inside as a standard refrigerator shipping box. Maybe a foot or two shorter. And narrower. There are 20 or so gauges and dials on the dashboard, some with familiar [...]

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