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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – First flight of the Ader Éole, a French steam-powered aircraft; it flies about 164 feet at the Chateau d’Armainvilliers in Brie, reaching an altitude of about 8 inches. It’s considered by some to be the first true aeroplane, given that it left the ground under its own power and carried a person through […]
WWII Warbird Foundation Hosting Auction

WWII Warbird Foundation Hosting Auction

Greatest Generation Aircraft,  a Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation that operates a pair of World War II aircraft, will host a charity auction Friday, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at 505 NW 38th Street. Among the many unique items set to roll across the auction block is a Cyclone radial engine overhauled […]

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Norwegian Air Grounds Second 787

Norwegian Air Grounds Second 787

Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to take its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner out of operation for precautionary checks after repeated hydraulic and electrical faults led to the grounding of its other one. The carrier said on Wednesday the second Dreamliner had had fewer problems than the other plane and the move was more a precautionary measure. It […]
Flying on the Convair 580

Flying on the Convair 580

April 1956 represented a different era in aviation. Local service airlines were popular, fares were regulated, and people still dressed-up to fly. It was also when the three hundred thirty-fourth Convair 440 rolled off the assembly line to start service with Canadian regional airline Time Air. The Convair 440 was built to American Airlines’ specifications to serve […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Edward “Eddie” Vernon Rickenbacker, American World War I fighter ace, race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines. 1908 – The first European flight of the Wright Brothers is made by Wilbur […]
‘Spirit of Goodyear’ Flying to Retirement

‘Spirit of Goodyear’ Flying to Retirement

Like many Ohioans, Goodyear’s Akron-based blimp, the “Spirit of Goodyear,” has become a snowbird and is leaving northeast Ohio’s snow and cold for a retirement in the sunshine and warmth of Florida. The blimp, which has been based at the company’s Wingfoot Lake Hangar since its christening 13 years ago, will join “The Spirit of Innovation” and operate from the company’s Pompano […]

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Roof Collapse Damages Airship

Roof Collapse Damages Airship

A $35 million lighter-than-air dirigible was damaged and leaked helium Monday after part of a hangar roof collapsed at a former military base, authorities said. The partial collapse was reported just after 7:45 a.m. at one of the World War II-era blimp hangars on the grounds of the former Marine Corps Air Station, said Capt. Steve […]
Airliner Bombing Over Indiana Still Mystery

Airliner Bombing Over Indiana Still Mystery

In October of 1933, a United Airlines flight with seven people aboard was blown up with a bomb over Chesterton, Ind. A young federal agent named Melvin Purvis headed up an exhaustive investigation, involving hundreds of leads. But eighty years later, the crash remains a mystery, the first case of aviation terrorism in America. The […]

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New USAF Transports Head to Boneyard

New USAF Transports Head to Boneyard

The Pentagon is sending $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report. A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Hubert William Godfrey Jones (Penderel), a Welsh World War I flying ace, Royal Air Force display pilot, air racer and World War II officer; he later undertakes a number of expeditions to explore the Gilf Kebir plateau in Egypt and one of his expeditions with Count László Almásy loosely forms the […]
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