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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 15, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Giovanni “Giannino” Ancillotto, Italian World War I flying ace. 1916 – First flight of the Boeing Model 2, American two-place training seaplane; it is the first “all-Boeing” design and the company’s first financial success. 1944 - U.S. Navy Lt. Robert M. Elder makes the first carrier landing of a North American P-51D Mustang [...]

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A Bird Dog for Charity

Nov 15, 2013 No Comments

The Barrett-Jackson collector car auction occasionally gets an airplane or two on the docket and many airplane manufacturers display their new products on the show grounds. For January’s Scottsdale, Ariz., show, Cessna has donated a nicely restored 1953 model L-19 Bird Dog. Cessna built the Bird Dog on commission by the U.S. government as a [...]

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Museum Not Affected by Airline Shutdown

Nov 15, 2013 No Comments

Officials at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum say the Yamhill County, Ore., facility will remain open, despite the pending closure of its sister organization, Evergreen International Airlines. “The Evergreen Aviation Museum has been and remains a separate entity from Evergreen International Airlines,” said spokeswoman Melissa Grace. “The museums would not be here without the financial [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

1922 – Death of Godfrey DeCourcelles Chevalier, pioneering U.S. Navy aviator, as a result of injuries sustained in an airplane crash two days before. 1930 – Birth of Edward White, American astronaut and Purple Heart and Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient; he was the first American to conduct a spacewalk. 1932 – Amy Johnson begins an attempt [...]

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FLASHBACK: First Successful Carrier Takeoff

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

By Budd Davisson It was Nov. 14, 1910, and excited sailors were hanging from every inch of the forward part of the USN cruiser Birmingham. They were even high in the rigging, hands wrapped tightly around cables and masts. All eyes were focused on a fragile bamboo and fabric contraption that was perched high over [...]

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Military Charter Airlines Enter Chapter 11

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

The largest provider of air charter service for the U.S. military has filed for bankruptcy protection a mere nine months after its last court-supervised restructuring. Global Aviation Holdings operates two charter brands: World Airways, which has flown U.S. soldiers since the Korean War in 1951, and North American Airlines. Global blamed its latest financial difficulties [...]

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B-17 Pilot Remembers Downing, Capture

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

Optimism in the face of overwhelming odds tells a lot about a man — especially a wide-eyed 20-year-old lieutenant fighting the controls of a crippled bomber over the heart of World War II Germany. Hiram resident Keylon Clarke, now 90, started Sept. 28, 1944, at a U.S. Army Air Corps airfield in Glatton, England, as [...]

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Jetstar Flies First 787 Low-Cost Route

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments

Jetstar has operated its inaugural Boeing 787 Dreamliner revenue flight, with its first 787-8, VH-VKA, operating flight JQ432 between Melbourne and the Gold Coast on Wednesday. More than 250 passengers, including Jetstar CEO Jane Hrdlicka and representatives from Boeing and General Electric, were aboard the flight, which departed a wet Melbourne Airport at just after [...]

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