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N.Y. Woman to be Inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame

N.Y. Woman to be Inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame

After a lifetime as an aviation reporter and editor, Mary Frances Silitch is used to boarding planes in pursuit of news. In March, she will fly to Nashville, Tenn., but this time she will be the one making news. Silitch, 77, will be traveling to the 24th annual conference of Women In Aviation, International and will be […]
Pilot Shares Plane with Rescue Dogs

Pilot Shares Plane with Rescue Dogs

A dog is a man’s best friend, as the saying goes. A local pilot is doing his best to return the favor. When he’s not working on his patients’ teeth at High Peaks Dental in Lake Placid, N.Y., 48-year-old D.J. O’Neill takes to the skies in his single-propeller airplane – a red and white Cessna […]

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U.S. F-16 Missing Over Adriatic Sea

U.S. F-16 Missing Over Adriatic Sea

A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet was feared to have crashed on Monday during a training exercise over the Adriatic Sea, and the U.S.A.F. said the status of its Italy-based pilot was unknown. Search efforts by the Air Force and the Italian Coast Guard are under way in poor weather conditions with limited visibility. A fuel […]
Area 51 Employees to Talk Top-Secret Aircraft

Area 51 Employees to Talk Top-Secret Aircraft

Move over, Scully and Mulder. Some of the secrets of Nevada’s mysterious Area 51 will be revealed Feb. 9 at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nev. As “The X-Files” TV show told us, “The truth is out there.” But don’t expect tales of alien spacecraft and little green men during the Saturday evening lecture. The two speakers […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of David Sinton Ingalls, DSC and DFC, only U.S. Navy flying ace of World War I, and first ace in U. S. Navy history. 1928 – New Zealand Royal Flying Corps Lt. John Moncrieff and Capt. George Hood vanished while attempting the first trans-Tasman flight from Australia to New Zealand. Radio signals were received […]
First Royal Navy Wildcat Makes Maiden Flight

First Royal Navy Wildcat Makes Maiden Flight

The first AgustaWestland Wildcat HMA Mark 2 maritime attack helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset, England. The Wildcat has a more powerful engine, allowing it to be flown in extreme conditions all year round. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage, a high-tech interactive […]

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Mystery Persists After Last U.S. POW Shot Down in Vietnam

Mystery Persists After Last U.S. POW Shot Down in Vietnam

Forty years ago, U.S. Navy pilots Harley Hall and Ernie Christensen met briefly on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise. They reflected on what would be their final combat mission of the Vietnam War. “I happen to be the last guy to talk to Harley on the deck, when we launched on the last […]
Air France Unveils New Regional Airline

Air France Unveils New Regional Airline

Air France has announced a revamp of its regional services, operating under the branding Hop. Officially branded HOP! the new carrier will integrate the Air France group’s three existing regional airlines under the one brand, namely Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair. From March 31 Hop will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations in France and […]

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Y-20: China Aviation Milestone Means New Power Projection

Y-20: China Aviation Milestone Means New Power Projection

Escorted by a J-15 fighter and numbered “20001,” China’s domestically-produced Y-20 transport aircraft successfully completed  its maiden flight on Jan. 26 at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)’s China Flight Test Establishment in Sha’anxi province, remaining airborne for an hour , according to state-run media reports. In an example of selective transparency to boost pride at home and credibility […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Dean Ivan Lamb, American pilot, hired as a mercenary during the Mexican Revolution who made what was quite possibly the first dogfight in history (pilots firing pistols at each other) against Phil Rader. He also helped to establish the Honduran Air Force. 1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, future General of the U.S. […]
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