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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – The first circle and turn performed by a monoplane is carried out by the Antoinette II (originally the Gastambide-Mengin II). 1928 – First flight of the SPAD S-92, French single-seat biplane trainer. 1932 – Birth of George William Samuel Abbey, U.S. Air Force pilot and  director of the Johnson Space Center; he becomes […]
Bugatti Replica Damaged in First Flight

Bugatti Replica Damaged in First Flight

The Bugatti 100P replica race plane that has been under construction for the last several years in Oklahoma sustained damage Wednesday during its first test flight, nosing over and striking both propellers after a failure of its right brake and a slow-speed departure from the runway into soft mud. Still, the builders of the airplane heralded the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1938 – Birth of Jean-Loup Jacques Marie Chrétien, French engineer, French air force pilot, test pilot and CNES astronaut; he became the first Frenchman and the first western European in space. 1939 – The last rigid airship, the Graf Zeppelin (LZ 130), makes its final flight. 1944 – Aircraft of a U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group score their final […]
U-2 Replacement Under Review

U-2 Replacement Under Review

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is studying a potential all-new stealthy spy plane to replace the U-2 that will combine the best features of the iconic piloted surveillance aircraft with those of the unmanned Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk. Despite constant upgrades and a remaining airframe life to around 2050, the U-2 is slated to be retired by the U.S. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1871 – Birth of Orville Wright, American co-inventor, with brother Wilbur, of the first airplane to achieve powered, sustained, and controlled flight and the first fully practical powered airplane. 1918 – A U.S. Navy Curtiss 18-T-1 triplane flown by Curtiss test pilot Roland Rholfs establishes a world speed record of 163 mph carrying a load of 1,076 […]
Spitfires to Dominate ‘BoB’ Air Show

Spitfires to Dominate ‘BoB’ Air Show

This September, IWM (Imperial War Museum) Duxford’s The Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show will tell the story of this vital aerial battle in its 75th anniversary year. The Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show, set for Sept. 19-20, will be an immersive and poignant experience for everyone. Epic flying displays, including a massed flypast […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1823 – Death of André-Jacques Garnerin, French balloonist and inventor of the frameless parachute. 1916 – Birth of Kaneyoshi “Kinsuke” Muto, Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese fighter ace. 1922 – The Hannover H1 Vampyr, claimed to be the model for all modern sailplanes, sets a world record after flying just over an […]
Things to Do on National Aviation Day

Things to Do on National Aviation Day

Dear aviation, are you OK? You’re getting up there in years now, and travelers are taking you for granted. Almost 112 years ago, when you were first hangin’ out with the Wright Brothers, you were practically a miracle. Now — for a lot of folks — you’re nothing more than a cramped seat from L.A. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1872 – Birth of Traian Vuia, Romanian inventor and aviation pioneer. 1940 – Death of William Meade Lindsley “Billy” Fiske III, 1928 and 1932 Olympic champion bobsled driver and one of the first American pilots killed in action in World War II. While serving in the Royal Air Force, he dies from severe burns after […]
Oklahoma Team Finishes DC-3 Resto

Oklahoma Team Finishes DC-3 Resto

In the shadow of the 70th Anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day marking the end of World War II, a local airborne demonstration team worked to restore a historic aircraft Saturday. About a dozen members of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team helped continue the restoration of a Douglas DC-3 aircraft at the municipal airport in […]
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