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Museum of Flight to Receive EA-6B

May 19, 2015 No Comments

The last active duty flight of a U.S. Navy Grumman EA-6B Prowler will be to The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., on May 27, where it will be officially decommissioned and taken into the museum’s permanent collection. Immediately after the plane’s 12:15 p.m. arrival, there will be a brief ceremony with museum officials and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 18, 2015 No Comments

1916 – Kiffin Yates Rockwell is the first American to claim an air victory when he shoots down a German plane over the Alsace battlefield in France. 1934 – The Douglas DC-2, an American 14-seat, twin-engined airliner, enters service with Transcontinental and Western Air. 1940 – First flight of Saab 17 (shown), Swedish bomber-reconnaissance aircraft. 1971 – Birth of Desiree Tyler Horton, American helicopter pilot and television personality; she is one [...]

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Inside the Airlander 10

May 17, 2015 No Comments

A century after work began on the first of Cardington’s giant hangars, or “sheds,” as part of efforts to help Britain counter German airship dominance during World War I, a new-generation lighter-than-air vehicle is being prepared for flight testing inside the cavernous structure. Occupying the entire eastern half of the 812-ft.-long No. 1 shed, U.K. airship [...]

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Marine Helo Found Crashed in Nepal

May 15, 2015 No Comments

Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash. “The wreckage of the helicopter was found in pieces and there are [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 14, 2015 No Comments

1884 – Birth of Claude (Claudius) Honoré Desiré Dornier, German airplane builder and founder of Dornier. 1940 – First flight of the Yermolayev Yer-2, a Soviet long-range medium bomber. 1944 – The German Luftwaffe employs circling torpedoes in a predawn attack on Allied ships at Naples, Italy, but scores no hits. 1972 – Two Bell UH-1 attack helicopters of the U.S. Army, using TOW missiles, blunt a [...]

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Training to Fly for the RAAF

May 13, 2015 No Comments

Among the trainee fighter pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Introductory Fighter School is a Qantas captain who has taken leave without pay and a former Australian Army soldier. Another is from Melbourne and a fourth from country Western Australia. “It’s a dream they’ve been chasing for quite a while,” Squadron Leader Grant [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 12, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Tenente Silvio Scaroni, Italian World War I fighter pilot. Credited with 26 victories, he becomes the second-ranking Italian ace of the war. 1940 – The first bombing raid over Germany by the Royal Air Force takes place. 1941 – First flight of the Platt-LePage XR-1, also known by the company designation PL-3, early American twin-rotor helicopter. 1959 – Capital Airlines Flight 75, a [...]

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Pilatus Jet Makes First Flight

May 12, 2015 No Comments

Pilatus’s first business jet, the PC-24, made its maiden sortie on Monday, two years after the seven-seat twin – dubbed a “super versatile jet” by the Swiss manufacturer because of its proposed short-runway performance and its ability to land on rough landing strips – was unveiled. The first prototype, P01, registration HB-VXA –– took off at 10 [...]

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