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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 08, 2013 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Edward “Eddie” Vernon Rickenbacker, American World War I fighter ace, race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines. 1908 – The first European flight of the Wright Brothers is made by Wilbur [...]

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‘Spirit of Goodyear’ Flying to Retirement

Oct 08, 2013 No Comments

Like many Ohioans, Goodyear’s Akron-based blimp, the “Spirit of Goodyear,” has become a snowbird and is leaving northeast Ohio’s snow and cold for a retirement in the sunshine and warmth of Florida. The blimp, which has been based at the company’s Wingfoot Lake Hangar since its christening 13 years ago, will join “The Spirit of Innovation” and operate from the company’s Pompano [...]

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Roof Collapse Damages Airship

Oct 08, 2013 No Comments

A $35 million lighter-than-air dirigible was damaged and leaked helium Monday after part of a hangar roof collapsed at a former military base, authorities said. The partial collapse was reported just after 7:45 a.m. at one of the World War II-era blimp hangars on the grounds of the former Marine Corps Air Station, said Capt. Steve [...]

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Airliner Bombing Over Indiana Still Mystery

Oct 08, 2013 No Comments

In October of 1933, a United Airlines flight with seven people aboard was blown up with a bomb over Chesterton, Ind. A young federal agent named Melvin Purvis headed up an exhaustive investigation, involving hundreds of leads. But eighty years later, the crash remains a mystery, the first case of aviation terrorism in America. The [...]

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New USAF Transports Head to Boneyard

Oct 08, 2013 No Comments

The Pentagon is sending $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report. A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 07, 2013 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Hubert William Godfrey Jones (Penderel), a Welsh World War I flying ace, Royal Air Force display pilot, air racer and World War II officer; he later undertakes a number of expeditions to explore the Gilf Kebir plateau in Egypt and one of his expeditions with Count László Almásy loosely forms the [...]

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Popular Chinese Airliner Posing Danger

Oct 07, 2013 No Comments

A Chinese airline manufacturer has been selling, and in some cases giving away, an airplane that was rejected by the country’s own aviation industry for safety fears. The first sign of trouble took place on June 22, 2000, when a plane called the Y-7 suffered a disastrous accident at an airport in the central Chinese [...]

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CAF AirSho Celebrates 50 Years

Oct 07, 2013 No Comments

Nine vintage military aircraft took to the skies above Harlingen’s Rebel Field in 1963, marking the Commemorative Air Force’s first warbird show dedicated to air stunts and flight aerobics. The tradition continues five decades later in the Permian Basin’s backyard with the CAF’s 50th annual AirSho on Oct. 12-13 at Midland International Airport. This year’s milestone [...]

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