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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1740 – Birth of Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, who, with brother Jacques-Étienne, invents the Montgolfière-style hot air balloon; the brothers succeeded in launching the first manned ascent. 1925 – In a record that would stand until Feb. 24, 1983, Farman Parker of Anderson, Ind., becomes the world’s youngest pilot to fly solo. Born on Jan. 9, 1912, he flies at […]
U.S., Russia Join Forces for Vigilant Eagle

U.S., Russia Join Forces for Vigilant Eagle

By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service Beginning Tuesday, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation in additional areas. Vigilant Eagle 13 kicked off Aug. 26, with […]

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N.D. Loses Last ANG Aircraft

N.D. Loses Last ANG Aircraft

One of the most historic days in the 66-year history of the North Dakota Air National Guard will be marked Tuesday when the last Air Guard aircraft, a Learjet 35-based C-21A, will leave the Fargo base for good, and there will be no aircraft replacing it. Since February 1947, a month after the service was first […]
A380 to Star in Dublin’s FlightFest

A380 to Star in Dublin’s FlightFest

One of the largest aircraft in the world, the Airbus A380, will fly up the Liffey, a river in Ireland, at low level in three weeks’ time. It will be joined by other aircraft from almost every decade since the 1930s as part of the FlightFest air show in Dublin on Sept 15. Around 100,000 […]

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Vietnam Vet Still Flying Hueys

Vietnam Vet Still Flying Hueys

There’s a distinctive “whub, whub, whub” sound that signals the approach of a Bell helicopter. Whether the pilot is speeding at more than 120 miles an hour, or slowed and hovering six feet off the ground, it’s hard to mistake the sound. “Anybody that was in Vietnam or anybody that was in a war knows […]
Steamboat Springs Gears Up for Air Fest

Steamboat Springs Gears Up for Air Fest

John Barry’s career speaks for itself. He served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 30 years, retiring in 2004 as a two-star general.He was a White House Fellow in the mid-1980s and was the superintendent of Aurora Public Schools from 2006 to 2013. In 2011, he was selected by the Colorado Association of […]

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Hueys Find New Home in Alabama

Hueys Find New Home in Alabama

Dozens of area residents and military veterans showed up at Blackwell Field Airport in Ozark, Ala., on Saturday for the unique chance to fly in Vietnam-era U.S. Army helicopters. The Friends of Army Aviation-Ozark partnered with the Hampton, Ga.-based Army Aviation Heritage Foundation to present an open house event of sorts, celebrating the permanent arrival […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Constantin “Kostia” Wladimir Rozanoff, French World War II fighter pilot, test pilot, French air force colonel and a pioneer of jet aviation. 1918 – British World War I flying aces Arthur Rowe Spurling (pilot) and George Stanley Bell (observer/gunner), flying an Airco DH.9 bomber, shoot down five Fokker D.VII fighters on […]

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Warbirds to Dominate Big Bear Air Fair

Warbirds to Dominate Big Bear Air Fair

The preparations are nearing completion. The final details are being fine tuned. And the planes will begin arriving for the 2013 Big Bear Air Fair in California. Celebrating aviation history, the Big Bear Air Fair is tomorrow at the Big Bear City Airport. Gates open at 7 a.m., with an opening ceremony featuring skydivers, presentation of […]
Grimes Field Readies for MERFI

Grimes Field Readies for MERFI

Aviators and flight enthusiasts will celebrate their passion at Urbana’s annual Mid Eastern Regional Fly-in (MERFI) at Grimes Field in Ohio this weekend. Youths age 8 to 17 will get a chance to experience flight first-hand as part of the Young Eagles program. The 47th annual MERFI will be held from 5 p.m. today through 1 […]
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