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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1904 – Birth of Olive Ann Beech (nee Mellor), U.S. aviation pioneer and businesswoman; she later founded the Beech Aircraft Co. with husband Walter Herschel Beech. 1932 – Lewis Alonzo Yancey sets an autogiro altitude record of 21,500 feet in a Pitcairn PCA-2 (shown above). 1942 – First and only Royal Canadian Air Force air […]
Crazy, Gaudy, Clever: Airline Paint Jobs

Crazy, Gaudy, Clever: Airline Paint Jobs

Does the paint job of an airplane — otherwise known as its livery — make a difference to you? Does a pastel rendering of Hello Kitty or a cuddly panda impart a sense of fun and high spirits? Or does it make you think, “Just who the hell is flying this plane and how serious are they […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Lancaster Marks 25 Years Since Return to Sky

Lancaster Marks 25 Years Since Return to Sky

“She’s my mistress, she’s my passion, my love. And she’s got an attitude like anything – she’s a high-maintenance girl.” That’s how flight engineer Craig Brookhouse sums up his relationship with the Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster, one of only two in the world still flying. It might seem an odd sentiment to hold […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1852 – French engineer Henri Giffard flies the first powered and manned airship. Motivated by a steam engine and propeller, the airship flies at about 5 mph and covers 17 miles from Paris to Trappes, France. The craft marks the beginning of the practical airship. 1920 – Birth of Richard Ira “Dick” Bong, highest-scoring U.S. […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Sikorsky to Begin Assembly of S-97 Prototype

Sikorsky to Begin Assembly of S-97 Prototype

Sikorsky is set to begin assembly of its S-97 Raider light attack helicopter this week and an announcement from the manufacturer is expected soon. A Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. spokesperson confirmed the schedule, which marks the imminent entry of Sikorsky in a market likely to give the manufacturer an edge, at least for now, over competition in […]
Air New Zealand to Serve Antarctica

Air New Zealand to Serve Antarctica

New Zealand’s flagship airline plans to open a new frontier by flying planes to Antarctica that pilots would land on an ice runway. But tourists wanting to travel to the frozen continent will need to keep their hopes in check. The chartered Air New Zealand flights would be for scientists and their support crews, and […]

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Light Planes Intercepted in NYC No-Fly Zone

Light Planes Intercepted in NYC No-Fly Zone

Fighter jets escorted a private plane to Monmouth Executive Airport in Wall, N.J., on Monday afternoon after the federal government said it was one of three to enter a no-fly zone over the United Nations in New York City. Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons intercepted the three small planes and escorted them to area airports, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Alexandre Albert Roger Bretillon, French World War I flying ace. 1911 – Earle Lewis Ovington, an American aeronautical engineer, aviator and inventor, pilots the first official airmail flight in the U.S. in a Blériot XI; he carries a sack of mail from Garden City, N.Y., to Mineola, N.Y. 1931 – A […]

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U.S. Navy Seahawk Crashes, Two Missing

U.S. Navy Seahawk Crashes, Two Missing

Three crew members aboard a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed in the Red Sea on Sunday were found alive and in stable condition, the Navy said. Two others remained missing. The Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk was operating with the guided-missile destroyer U.S.S. William P. Lawrence when it went down in the central Red Sea, which lies […]
C-17 Production May Be Extended

C-17 Production May Be Extended

Unless Boeing can sell a few more C-17 Globemaster III transports to international customers or strike a novel deal with the U.S. Air Force to swap old planes for new ones, the company will end production of the giant cargo plane in 2015 after a more than 20-year run. Trading old C-17s for new ones […]
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