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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

1785 – The English Channel is crossed for the first time by air as Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries fly their hydrogen balloon from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France. 1929 – The U.S. Army’s Fokker C-2 “Question Mark” sets an endurance record for a refueled aircraft, 150 hours, 45 minutes. 1942 – [...]

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Aviation Geek Fest 2013 Set for February

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

If you want an inside look at Boeing’s commercial airplane plants in Washington state, then you’ll want to consider attending Aviation Geek Fest 2013, a two-day tour sure to please any plane buff, on Feb. 16-17. For details on the event in SeattlePI.com, click here.

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Spitfire Search Team Arrives in Myanmar

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments

A search team led by a British aviation enthusiast arrived in Myanmar on Sunday to begin a dig they hope will unearth dozens of rare British Spitfire fighter planes said to have been buried in the Southeast Asian country at the end of World War II. The 21-member team led by farmer and businessman David [...]

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No Plane, No Gain at St. Maarten’s Maho Beach

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

Signs on Maho Beach warn of potential for “extreme bodily harm and/or death,” but the bikini-clad tourists don’t seem concerned. The danger, after all, isn’t related to shark attacks, sudden drop-offs or even reckless flirtation with melanoma — it has to do with jet-blasts at close range. The beach in St. Maarten, unlike any other [...]

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Great Escape’s Fripp Dies at 98

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

The oldest surviving and longest-serving British prisoner of war died Thursday at the age of 98. Alfie Fripp was held in 12 different prisoner-of-war camps during World War II after his plane was shot down by the Germans in only the second month of the war. He died in a Bournemouth, England, hospital with his family [...]

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Museum to Restore Veteran Vietnam Jet

Jan 04, 2013 No Comments

One day a couple of years ago, a flat-bed truck rolled onto the Museum of Aviation grounds near Warner Robins, Ga., with a weathered old North American F-100 Super Sabre jet strapped to the back. A man saluted as he fought back a wave of emotions. That man was retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 03, 2013 No Comments

1905 — In efforts to interest the U. S. government in the use of airplanes for the military, Wilbur Wright of Wright brothers fame speaks to Congressman Robert M. Nevin, who asks him to prepare a letter for submission to the secretary of war that Nevin would deliver and endorse. The U.S. Army declines the [...]

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Two New Travel Options for 787 Fans

Jan 03, 2013 No Comments

Airline buffs of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, or those simply wanting to travel aboard one of the latest and greatest passenger twin jets, have a few more choices beginning this week. South America’s LAN Airlines became the first carrier to fly the 787 on an international route from Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, just ahead of United. [...]

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