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An-178 Debuts at Paris Air Show

Jun 18, 2015 No Comments

Undaunted by the undeclared war with Russian-backed separatists for the east of the country, Ukrainian airlifter specialist Antonov arrived in Paris for this week’s air show with a new aircraft, plans for new developments and a restructured company to help restore its market position. Antonov’s AN-178 twin jet airlifter took to the air for the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 17, 2015 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Cedric Ernest “Spike” Howell, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1917 – In daylight, 21 Gotha bombers make Germany‘s second heavier-than-air bombing attack on England. Seven bombers attack small towns in Kent and Essex while 14 attack London. The attacks kill 162 people and injure 432. 1929 – Imperial Airways Handley Page [...]

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Plane Spotting at Paris Air Show

Jun 16, 2015 No Comments

While much of the business of aviation being conducted at this week’s Paris (or Le Bourget, officially) Air Show may not appeal to many fans, the sights and sounds of all those aircraft undoubtedly does, so take a look at some fantastic images at this iconic event, courtesy of CNN, here. Photo by CNN

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 15, 2015 No Comments

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 15-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet, no. 15. 1945 – First flight of the North American F-82 Twin Mustang (prototype shown), the last American piston-engine fighter; it is based on the P-51 Mustang. 1946 – The U.S. Navy’s new Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, gives its first public performance [...]

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Airbus Medium Helo Makes First Flight

Jun 15, 2015 No Comments

Airbus Helicopters has completed the first flight of its H160 twin-engined medium helicopter. The company quietly passed the milestone on June 12, at its facility at Marseille’s Marignane Airport, and photos of the occasion appeared on social media websites on June 13. Airbus is yet to comment on details of the flight, which follows the beginning of ground [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 12, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Henry George “Hal” Crowe, Irish World War I flying ace, who served with the Royal Air Force until the end of World War II. 1929 – First flight of the Vickers Type 143, or Bolivian Scout, a British single-seat biplane fighter designed for Bolivia. 1931 – The 40-passenger Handley Page HP-42, a [...]

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Modernized An-2 Bipe Takes Flight

Jun 11, 2015 No Comments

A Siberian aerospace research center has achieved first flight of a highly modified Antonov An-2 biplane with redesigned, winglet-like braces and carbonfibre wing structures, Sukhoi announced on Wednesday. The Siberian Research Institute of Aviation (SIBNIA) produced the “light multipurpose aircraft” to demonstrate the aerodynamic and structural changes planned for an An-2 replacement, Sukhoi says. The aircraft involved in the flight [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 08, 2015 No Comments

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub (shown), Ukrainian World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1934 – First flight of the Ryan ST, an American two-seat, low-wing monoplane. 1944 – Off Normandy, a German Heinkel He 177 badly damages the USS Meredith, a U. S. Navy destroyer; it breaks in half and sinks the [...]

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