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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

1918 – Flying a Nieuport 28 fighter, the top-scoring American ace of World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory when he downs a German Pfalz D.III fighter near Baussant, France. 1932 – Birth of Dmitri Alekseyevich Zayikin, Soviet fighter pilot, Cosmonaut, instructor and lead engineer at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center. 1959 – Death of Harold Blackburn, British [...]

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RAF Typhoons Support Baltic Police Mission

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

Four Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s from the Royal Air Force’s 3 Squadron touched down at Siauliai air base in Lithuania on 28 April, to support Poland’s provision of quick reaction alert cover for the Baltic states from May 1. The deployment, from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, marks the first time the UK has committed Typhoons to the NATO Baltic air policing mission. This [...]

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Commemorative Air Force Moves to Dallas

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

Prospects are looking up for Dallas Executive Airport. The city’s long-languishing airport will become the new home of the Commemorative Air Force. The nonprofit’s move to southern Dallas, which will include its national headquarters and “a major new visitor attraction” and air show, is expected to be announced Tuesday at a news conference with a dozen [...]

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Shuttle Transport Heads to New Home

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will soon be calling the Space Center Houston home. As parts of the Boeing 747 makes their way from Ellington Field to the space center, the move will cause several road closures. Throughout the day Monday, people came to take pictures and to see the 747 before it left Ellington Field. ”It gives [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

1919 – Death of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace, killed in the crash of his Bristol F.2 after an engine failure on take off. 1928 – First flight of the Bristol Bullpup (shown); only the prototype of this British biplane, derived from the company’s Bulldog, is built. 1956 – Birth [...]

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UK Military Helicopter Crashes, Five Die

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

Five British service personnel have been killed in a UK helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. Four of those on board, three soldiers and an airman, were stationed at RAF Odiham in Hampshire. The fifth, an Army reservist, was based in London. The Ministry of Defence said the crash near Kandahar air base appeared to have been [...]

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Airbus E-Fan Makes First Public Flight

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

The successful first public flight of the electric E-Fan experimental aircraft was the highlight of Airbus Group’s E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux, France, on Friday. The electric E-Fan training aircraft is a highly innovative technology experimental demonstrator based on an all-composite construction. Airbus Group and its partners are aiming to perform research and development to construct [...]

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WWI Replicas to Visit Oshkosh Fly-In

Apr 28, 2014 No Comments

By the Experimental Aircraft Association Four outstanding replica aircraft from the Great War Flying Museum of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, will participate in EAA’s World War I aviation centennial activities at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 fly-in, which will be held July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The four aircraft – Sopwith [...]

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