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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

1886 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, American aviation pioneer, is born. He becomes chief of the U.S. Army Air Corps (1938–1941), commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only USAF general to hold five-star rank and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. 1919 – The world’s most modern airliner, [...]

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Efforts Resume to Find Missing French Flyers

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

Two French aviators had done it, it seemed — accomplished the first, near-unthinkable flight between Paris and New York, and on May 10, 1927, newspapers across France proclaimed “the triumph of French wings” and a “golden age of French aviation.” “Nungesser and Coli have succeeded,”declared La Presse, going so far as to detail their sea [...]

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Airplanes to Entertain During Wings & Wheels Show

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

The Tacoma (Wash.) Freedom Fair Wings & Wheels returns to Tacoma Narrows Airport for its third year next month with activities for aviation, car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike. Wings & Wheels runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 6 at the airport, located at 1202 26th Ave. N.W. in Gig Harbor, Wash. The event is part [...]

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Harvards, Snowbirds Headline Canadian Air Show

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

David Martin learned to fly in the mid-1960s as a member of the South African Air Force, and one of the first planes he guided was a Harvard. Built by North American, Harvards were legendary ­training planes, and decades later the so-called “yellow birds” still awe Martin, 64. He still flies them as a member of [...]

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Mechanical Woes Divert Third United 787

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was diverted due to a mechanical problem, the third such incident for Dreamliners in six days. United Flight 94 was on its way to Denver early Sunday when it was forced to fly back to the Houston airport where the flight had originated, United Airlines said. The cause: an issue [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Bogart Rogers, American World War I flying ace, movie producer and writer. 1916 – Argentinian Angel María Zuloaga crosses the Andes with the balloon “Newbery Eduardo” from Santiago du Chili to Uspallata. 1927 – First flight of the Polikarpov Po-2 (also known as the U-2 and shown above), a general-purpose Soviet biplane used for a variety of [...]

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V-22 Ospreys Head to UK

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

The UK is among the countries that have been briefed on the V-22 as its maker, Bell Boeing, embarks on an export drive of the innovative aircraft that can transform from a plane into a helicopter. Also known as the Osprey, it has completed flight testing from a UK ship. A squadron of the U.S. aircraft [...]

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Skunk Works: 70 Years of Cutting-Edge Aircraft

Jun 24, 2013 No Comments

Think aerodynamics in the animal world, and your mind may turn to the barn swallow and the peregrine falcon, the shark, and the sailfish, perhaps the greyhound. You probably won’t conjure up the image of the zaftig, waddling skunk. But think aerodynamic designs from hands and minds of humankind, and you can’t help but turn [...]

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