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Berlin Airlift Pilot Recalls Missions

Jul 18, 2013 No Comments

During the Berlin Airlift, one U.S. pilot threw candy from his aeroplane for the kids in West Berlin. Since then, children have honored him for his work. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle met the Candy Bomber. In the summer of 1948, the young American pilot, Gail S. Halvorsen, ran across the landing strip at Tempelhof airport in West [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Edwin Harris Dunning, who later flies for Britain’s Royal Naval Air Service and becomes the first pilot to land an aircraft on a moving ship. 1914 – First flight of the Vickers F.B.5 (Fighting Biplane 5 and known as the “Gunbus”), a British two-seat, World War I military biplane. It is the first aircraft purpose-built for [...]

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Women Pilots Stand Out at Texas College

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

Cara Martinez is used to the stunned reaction from strangers who learn that she is working to earn her flight wings. “You get the same face, when someone mentions that you’re (studying to be) a pilot, and they go, ‘Oh, really?’ ” said Martinez, an aircraft pilot training student at Texas State Technical College in Waco. Her [...]

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Electric Kit Plane Gets German Certification

Jul 17, 2013 No Comments

The German government has given the nod to what appears to be the first certification of an all-electric airplane, the eSpyder. While the certification was completed last February, the announcement was just recently made. The eSpyder is an ultralight design with a single-seat cockpit held up by a fuselage boom onto which the small electric [...]

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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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