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Boeing Completes ‘Uneventful’ 787 Test Flight

Feb 10, 2013 No Comments

Boeing completed what it called an uneventful flight on Saturday of a test 787 Dreamliner, its first since the airplanes were grounded more than three weeks ago after a series of battery-related problems. The test flight to gather detailed information on the airplane’s lithium-ion batteries lasted two hours and 19 minutes, taking off from and returning [...]

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8,000th Van’s RV Takes Wing

Feb 08, 2013 No Comments

Van’s Aircraft celebrated a milestone this week as the 8,000th confirmed RV kit airplane made its first flight. The airplane, an RV-7A built by Stephen Watson from Santa Clarita, Calif., took flight on Monday. At the completion of the flight, the builder proclaimed: “She flew like an RV.” Watson, who works at the Jet Propulsion [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 07, 2013 No Comments

1918 – During U.S. Navy tests of a converted Curtiss N-9 biplane as an unpiloted flying bomb equipped with a Sperry automatic control, Lawrence Sperry takes it up to prove airworthiness of the design. It crashes, but the pilot is unhurt. 1932 – Birth of Alfred Worden, American test pilot and astronaut who was the command module pilot for the Apollo 15 Moon mission, one of [...]

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Donation Moves Trident Passenger Jet Resto Along

Feb 07, 2013 No Comments

A North East England flooring franchise has stepped in to help the restoration project of the last 1960s Trident 1C passenger airplane in the world. Franks the Flooring Store has donated a carpet to fit-out the whole interior of the Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident, which is being worked on at the North East Aircraft Museum [...]

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Pima Forum to Highlight Huey History

Feb 07, 2013 No Comments

The exciting history of the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, better known as the Huey, will be explained by the men and women who experienced it firsthand at this month’s Huey Forum, Feb. 23-24, at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz. Pilots and air and ground crew members who have flown the Huey during [...]

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UAE Receives First Airbus A330 Tanker

Feb 07, 2013 No Comments

The first of three new-generation Airbus A330 MRTT multi-role tanker transports for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was delivered Wednesday in Madrid, Spain. The handover of the air-to-air tanker, converted from an Airbus A330 commercial passenger jet by Airbus Military at Getafe near Madrid, means that the type has now been delivered to all four [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Gottfried von Banfield, most successful Austro-Hungarian WWI naval aeroplane pilot, known as the ‘Eagle of Trieste.’ He may have been the only flying ace who flew a flying boat to five or more victories. 1933 – Jim Mollison flies a de Havilland Puss Moth from the United Kingdom to Brazil, via Senegal, across the South Atlantic. He becomes the [...]

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F-22 Pilot Physician Takes Safety to New Heights

Feb 06, 2013 No Comments

Powerful thrust paired with unparalleled agility propels the grey fighter jet through the sky, in ways unfathomable to earlier generations of pilots. The complex system of technology that makes up the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor exposes the human body to altitudes and G-forces rarely experienced by other fighter pilots. The medical community’s first-hand knowledge of these [...]

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