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Air Force Museum Gets C-21A

Air Force Museum Gets C-21A

By Sarah Swan, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force One of the U.S. Air Force’s first C-21A landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force today at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The Learjet C-21A, a twin-engine jet, was the military version of the Learjet 35A business aircraft. It provided airlift […]
First Chinese-Built Legacy 650 Flies

First Chinese-Built Legacy 650 Flies

The first Embraer Legacy 650 super-midsize jet built in China completed its maiden flight Tuesday. It was assembled by Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry (HEAI), the joint venture between Embraer and Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) that previously manufactured EMB-145 regional jets upon which the Legacy is based. Delivery of the first Harbin-built Legacy 650 to […]

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PHOTOS: MAKS 2013 Opening

PHOTOS: MAKS 2013 Opening

This year’s MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon opened Tuesday at an airport near Moscow with a variety of military aircraft displays and demonstrations. The event, which runs through Monday, has been held every odd year since 1993 and has become a popular place for aviation-related companies from Russia, China and other countries to do […]
Ramstein Air Show Disaster Remembered

Ramstein Air Show Disaster Remembered

In a quiet, wooded patch of land in view of the flightline, community members gathered for a heartfelt ceremony today at Ramstein Air Base in Germany to mark the 25th anniversary of one of the worst air show disasters in history. About 100 people — a mix of those who were at the air show […]

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Dambusters: Triumph, Tragedy

Dambusters: Triumph, Tragedy

The faces of all the air crew who took part in the Dambusters raid of World War II have been published for the first time, but what happened to the squadron after the famous mission? The stunning success of Operation Chastise secured Royal Air Force 617 Squadron and “bouncing bomb” inventor Barnes Wallis their place in history. […]
Cessna Citation M2 Makes First Flight

Cessna Citation M2 Makes First Flight

Cessna took the first production version of its latest Citation, the M2, to the skies from the company’s facility in Independence, Kan., where the twinjet will be produced alongside the Citation Mustang and Cessna’s single-engine products. Production test pilots Terry Martindale and Corey Eckhart flew the M2 up to 17,500 feet, testing the jet for […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1877 – Birth of Charles Stewart Rolls, British motoring and aviation pioneer. Together with Frederick Henry Royce, he co-founded the Rolls-Royce, a company that first makes automobiles and later, after Rolls’ death, airplane engines. 1913 – Russian Army Lt. Pyotr Nesterov performs the first loop-the-loop with a Nieuport IV in Kiev. The complete circle and […]
RETRO PHOTO: Douglas DST Hits L.A. Streets

RETRO PHOTO: Douglas DST Hits L.A. Streets

“Oh!” moaned the slightly inebriated gentleman, “What a terrible, terrible wreck!” Standing on a busy corner on Wilshire Boulevard, he stared bug-eyed at the huge air liner which stood–intact–on the lawn of the Ambassador. But it wasn’t a wreck at all, according to the Los Angeles Times of March 10, 1937. Twelve tons of American Airlines sleeper, […]

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Inaugural Air Show Set for St. George

Inaugural Air Show Set for St. George

Fighter jets, fire engines, hot rods and helicopters will be among the attractions on display at the inaugural Wings and Wheels event, scheduled Sept. 7 at the Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum at the St. George Airport in Southern Utah. Sam Wood, one of the event organizers, said the goal is to create a “family […]
A Look Back at the Loop

A Look Back at the Loop

It’s 100 years since the first ever “loop'” was performed in a plane. Despite the doubts of his peers, Russian pilot Pytor Nesterov performed the feat, on Sept. 9, 1913 (Aug. 27 by the calendar then used in Russia). He flew a loop in a Nieuport IV monoplane with a 70-hp Gnome engine over Syretzk aerodrome near […]
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