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Airplanes to Entertain During Wings & Wheels Show

Airplanes to Entertain During Wings & Wheels Show

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 […]
Harvards, Snowbirds Headline Canadian Air Show

Harvards, Snowbirds Headline Canadian Air Show

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

Mechanical Woes Divert Third United 787

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 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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

V-22 Ospreys Head to UK

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 […]
Skunk Works: 70 Years of Cutting-Edge Aircraft

Skunk Works: 70 Years of Cutting-Edge Aircraft

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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Pilot, Wingwalker Killed During Air Show

Pilot, Wingwalker Killed During Air Show

A stunt pilot and a wing-walking performer were killed in a fiery crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday in Ohio. The pair was identified as Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker on the “Jane Wicker Air Shows” official Facebook page. “It is with sad hearts that we announce that Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were tragically killed while performing […]
South American Air Force Chief Dies in Crash

South American Air Force Chief Dies in Crash

The head of Nicaragua’s air force is among 10 people killed when their helicopter crashed near Lake Managua. The Nicaraguan army said in a statement Friday that air force Chief of Staff Col. Manuel Lopez was traveling with nine other top air force officials, including the chief of intelligence and counter-intelligence, when their helicopter, a […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Lewis Hyde Brereton, aviation pioneer and lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force. A World War I pilot, he was one of the few senior U.S. commanders in World War II who served in combat theaters continuously from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the German surrender; he also saw action in more […]
Museum Goes Extra Miles for Avenger Engine

Museum Goes Extra Miles for Avenger Engine

Bernie Wryn and Mel Guerrera spent a week and drove 3,000 miles to haul a worn-out airplane engine to Missoula, Mont. It’s going to replace an engine in a World War II plane built by Grumman that flew here under its own power. “When we bought the TBM Avenger, they also threw in an extra engine […]
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