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Italian Flight Demo Team Shows Skills

Apr 04, 2014 No Comments

Italy’s national acrobatics flying team entertained Americans and Italians during a brief demonstration over Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy Friday. Frecce Tricolori is based at nearby Rivolto Air Base and performs at air shows around the world. It’s become a tradition for the team to provide a brief demonstration of its abilities over Aviano. [...]

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Seattle’s Museum of Flight Adds Wildcat

Apr 04, 2014 No Comments

What do you do with a military airplane that’s too old even for the reserves? In the case of a World War II General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, you turn it into a playground attraction. Then, of course, you wait for aviation historians to realize its importance, restore it and hang it in a museum. That last [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Geoffrey William Hemming, British World War I flying ace. 1904 – Gabriel Voisin successfully flies a modified Archdeacon glider at Berck sur Mer, Picardie, in northern France; Voisin added a canard to the design and his longest flight on this day is 25 seconds. 1933 – Two British aircraft, a Westland PV-3 and a Westland [...]

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Smithsonian’s NASM Displays to Be Updated

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

Some of the most iconic artifacts of aviation and space history are getting an updated display for the 21st century, with the Apollo moon landing as the centerpiece. For the first time since its 1976 opening, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum plans to overhaul its central exhibition showing the milestones of flight. The [...]

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‘D-Day Doll’ to Star at California Air Show

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

As the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion looms, an airplane that dropped paratroopers into that epic World War II battle will greet visitors at this week’s Riverside Air Show in California. “Being able to sit in the seat that an 18-year-old (paratrooper) sat in 70 years ago, ready to jump (into combat), is kind [...]

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Naval Aviation Museum Expecting Big Year

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

With the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flying again, the National Naval Aviation Museum in Florida is expecting attendance in 2014 to top 800,000, and to regain momentum lost during last year’s federal budget cutbacks. Encouraged by the roaring start to the Blues season and early-morning crowds that accompanied the flight demonstration team’s first Pensacola public [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 02, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Thomas Vicars “Sticky” Hunter, British World War I flying ace. 1937 – Swedish airplane manufacturer Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (SAAB) is established in Trollhättan, Sweden. 1947 – First flight of the Convair XB-46 (shown), an American experimental medium jet bomber; only one was built before the program was cancelled. 1954 – Death [...]

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Aussie Wedgetail Part of Flight 370 Search

Apr 02, 2014 No Comments

By The Associated Press Australia is deploying a modified Boeing 737 to act as a flying air traffic controller over the Indian Ocean to prevent a mid-air collision among the large number of aircraft searching for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing more than three weeks ago. According to an Australian government briefing note read out to The Associated Press by [...]

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