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Learjet Success Began with Crash

Learjet Success Began with Crash

Fifty years ago today, Bill Lear stood on a runway and watched his life savings lift off from an airport in Wichita, Kans. He was 61, and had amassed a fortune in the consumer electronics age. But the jet age was upon us, and the serial entrepreneur saw a chance to build a business around […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1877 – Birth of François Victor Denhaut, early French aviator and aircraft designer; he also was known as the inventor of flying boats. 1909 – More than a million New Yorkers watch as Wilbur Wright makes a flight at New York City’s Hudson-Fulton celebrations, circling the Statue of Liberty and making a 33-minute flight up […]

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Canadian Museum Debuts Grumman TBM

Canadian Museum Debuts Grumman TBM

The Shearwater Aviation Museum in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, unveiled its latest exhibit Thursday in Canada. It’s a vintage torpedo bomber, one that used to bomb forests in New Brunswick with water. It’s the last of the Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft. They were originally built as torpedo bombers, but converted by the Royal Canadian Navy for […]
Miramar Air Show Canceled

Miramar Air Show Canceled

The air show planned for this weekend at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego has been canceled, U.S. Marine Corps officials announced Thursday. While it wasn’t immediately clear whether the move was tied to the partial shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday, Marine officials confirmed later Thursday the show was canceled as a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1803 – Frenchman André-Jaques Garnerin takes off from Paris to Clausen, Germany, with his Montgolfière balloon; he covers the distance of 245 miles by the next day. 1889 – Birth of Frank Widenham Goodden, chief test pilot for the Royal Aircraft Factory. 1935 – Italy invades Abyssinia, using aircraft during the invasion, beginning the Second Italo-Abyssinian […]
Bellanca Lands on San Jose Street

Bellanca Lands on San Jose Street

A small plane landed safely Thursday morning on a city street in the heart of Silicon Valley. The plane reportedly made the emergency landing on San Jose’s Capitol Expressway. San Jose Officer Albert Morales tells the Mercury News there were no injuries. Television news footage showed the plane around 8:40 a.m. at the corner of a […]

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Air Race Winners Recount Epic Event

Air Race Winners Recount Epic Event

A Boise, Idaho, emergency physician won the Silver Heat of the Formula One class at the Reno Air Races in mid-September in his rookie year as a race pilot. Matt Conklin had been interested in racing since the late Caldwell crop duster Gary Hubler started winning his five straight Gold Heat Formula One Championships 10 […]
North Texas Hosts CAF AirPower Expo

North Texas Hosts CAF AirPower Expo

More than 20 World War II bombers, fighters, trainers and other aircraft are visiting Collin County Regional Airport this week as the Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour makes a stop in McKinney, Texas. Among the warbird stars attending the four-day event, which starts today, is “FIFI,” the world’s only Boeing B-29 Superfortress still in […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1916 – Zeppelin LZ72 (L31) is shot down by a British fighter over Potter’s Bar, near London, killing Heinrich Mathy, Germany’s foremost airship captain. 1921 – Birth of Albert Scott Crossfield, American naval officer and test pilot; he became the first man to fly at Mach 2. 1939 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-2, […]
F-35C Rolled Out in Eglin Ceremony

F-35C Rolled Out in Eglin Ceremony

The Lockheed Martin F-35C Lighting II, an aircraft affectionately dubbed “Charlie” and also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, was rolled out in a special ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base on Tuesday. The fifth-generation jet is the latest in defense machinery and it’s what some call “the future” of naval aviation. “The F-35 is truly […]
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