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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1837 – The earliest known aeronautical experiment in Canada is conducted by Canadian schoolteacher John Rae. He successfully launches a paper balloon able to carry weight. Its lift is provided by the heating of its blackened surface by the sun. 1933 – Italian test pilot Francesco Agello sets an airspeed record of 424 mph in the Italian […]
Book Review: Hold Fast to Your Dreams

Book Review: Hold Fast to Your Dreams

Spring is here, so if you’re looking for an appropriate aviation read to enjoy while enjoying the great outdoors, how about one by a pilot of gliders, Rhinos and jumbos? Oh my, there’s also an inspirational message in it, too. In “Hold Fast to Your Dreams” (Evangelista Media, $14.99), Irish native George Lee chronicles a […]

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Blue Angels Grounded for Rest of 2013 Season

Blue Angels Grounded for Rest of 2013 Season

The high-speed, high-altitude acrobatic maneuvers and tight formations of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will be missing from dozens of festivals and air shows across the country this year. All Blue Angels performances for the remainder of 2013 have been canceled, the Navy announced Tuesday. The decision is a result of budget constraints caused by […]
USAF To Ground 17 Combat Air Squadrons

USAF To Ground 17 Combat Air Squadrons

The U.S. Air Force will begin grounding combat air squadrons Tuesday in response to forced spending cuts that have eliminated more than 44,000 flying hours through September, according to internal documents obtained by Air Force Times. The Air Force’s budget for flying hours was reduced by $591 million for the remainder of fiscal 2013, making […]

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Saving the Canso

Saving the Canso

What started out as six farmers from Fairview, Alberta, looking to save a piece of Canadian aviation history, has snowballed into a national movement to get a downed Canso PBY 5A back in the air. Even though the plane already had a Newfoundland connection, St. Anthony and Stephenville is playing a big part in getting it […]
Large C-17 Formation Set to Take Off Wednesday

Large C-17 Formation Set to Take Off Wednesday

A multi-ship formation of Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs is scheduled to take off tomorrow, April 10, to conduct a variety of U.S. Air Force training missions from Joint Base Charleston in North Charleston, N.C. Up to 21 C-17s will take off in the morning and will depart on a training route that will include airdrops, aerial […]

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Boeing Finishes 787 Testing, FAA to Make Next Move

Boeing Finishes 787 Testing, FAA to Make Next Move

With a successful flight on Friday, Boeing moved closer to proving that a revamped safety system can prevent batteries on its new 787 Dreamliner from catching fire or overheating, and getting back the plane into service. Friday’s test flight concludes testing after little more than three weeks, and moves the Dreamliner closer to resuming passenger flights, restarting […]
MV-22B Ospreys Get ‘Balikatan’ Debut

MV-22B Ospreys Get ‘Balikatan’ Debut

The Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey, the world’s first-ever tilt-rotor aircraft, will have its “Balikatan” debut this April 5 to 17. The Ospreys will be used as ship-to-shore connectors. A U.S. Marine Corps statement said that this will the first time the MV-22B will be used to conduct single and dual-point sling loads from a dry […]

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WWII Through the Eyes of a Youth

WWII Through the Eyes of a Youth

We are thrilled to share a feature story from the current issue of Flight Journal from longtime MAN contributor Jim Newman! He notes, “Throughout my 43 years in the U.S., on finding that I grew up in England during the war years, people will ask ‘What was it like? Did you see German aeroplanes?’ Even […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1794 – Establishment of the first airship company in the French Army who use a balloon named Entreprenant for reconnaissance of the Austrian forces at the Battle of Fleurus. Two companies of balloon observers are formed, but disband the following year. 1944 – The first U.S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-29 Superfortress arrives at Calcutta, India, after an 11,530-mile trip from Kansas, which includes stops at […]
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