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Chanute Museum Prepares for P-51H Debut

Jan 25, 2013 No Comments

It’s almost back to its glory, the yellow-painted classic fighter modeled on ones a World War II ace used to fly. The North American P-51H Mustang, restored in honor of Louisiana’s Lt. Col. Claude Crenshaw, U.S.A.F., is “the belle of the ball” at the newly revived Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, Ill., said curator Mark [...]

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Faithful Sabreliner Test Plane Retired by Rockwell Collins

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

The old gal sat stoically in the Rockwell Collins hangar as several dozen of her dearest friends ate a buffet lunch nearby. The white bulbous nosecone of the 1964 North American Sabreliner 50 test aircraft showed some wear, but the front edge of her wings still shined shiver. In a matter of minutes she’d be [...]

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Twin Otter Lost in Antarctica; 3 Missing

Jan 24, 2013 No Comments

Severe winds and heavy snow continued to hamper the search for three Canadians aboard an airplane missing in Antarctica as rescue crews on standby braced for hours of more bad weather. No information was available on the fate of the three men aboard the ski-equipped Twin Otter, which is owned by Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air. While [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

1909 – First flight of the Blériot XI, light and sleek monoplane constructed of oak and poplar. The flying surfaces were covered with cloth. One of the most successful monoplanes designed and built before WWI. 1929 – Clennell Haggerston “Punch” Dickins delivered the first airmail to Canada’s Northwest Territories on a flight into the high Arctic, travelling through [...]

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Families Still Await Closure of 1952 Alaska Glacier Crash

Jan 23, 2013 1 Comment

When news came last summer that old airplane wreckage discovered on Colony Glacier belonged to a massive C-124 Globemaster that crashed in 1952 with 52 members of the armed services aboard, it offered closure to some family members who had spent decades wondering about the fate of their lost loved ones. Now, six months after the [...]

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FAA: Military Plane, Not UFO, to Blame for Sightings

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says a military aircraft was flying over Amherst, Mass., Jan. 8 when residents reported seeing a mysterious object flying silently overhead. However, a spokesman for an area military base said descriptions from town residents don’t match what he knows of the aircraft. Residents in the Amherst and Pelham area reported that between [...]

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Greatest Generation Group to Host Charity Auction

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

Greatest Generation Aircraft,  a Fort Worth, Texas-based foundation that operates a pair of World War II aircraft, will host a charity auction on Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Vintage Flying Museum hangar at 505 NW 38th Street. Among the many unique items set to roll across the auction block is [...]

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The Hun Hits the Big 60

Jan 22, 2013 No Comments

By Steve Pace The supersonic North American Aviation F-100 Super Sabre was a follow-on to its subsonic F-86 Sabre. But more importantly, it gave the U.S. Air Force, specifically its Tactical Air Command, the first turbojet-powered fighter cable of supersonic speed in level attitude flight, and this was proved during its very first test flight [...]

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