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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Vivian Claude Walsh, New Zealand pioneer aviator and the first man to fly in New Zealand; he becomes the co-founder (with brother Austin Leonard Walsh) of the New Zealand Flying School. 1929 – First flight of the Junkers G.38 (shown above), a large German four-engined transport aircraft that features a blended [...]

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Crash Grounds Aussie Waterbombers

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

Australia’s aviation safety watchdog has grounded a national fleet of waterbombing planes as it continues its investigation into the cause of a fatal crash during last month’s New South Wales bushfires. All of the nation’s Dromader M18 aircraft have been banned from flight as a precautionary measure, with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) taking each [...]

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Oklahoma Air Show Set for Saturday

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

The 62nd annual Fairview (Okla.) Fly-In and Air Show will feature a variety of aerobatic acts this Saturday. The show begins at 12:30 p.m. at Fairview Municipal Airport. Performers include Randy Harris, flying a Skybolt 300, Kate Kyer in a Pitts S-2B, Chuck Powell, parachute jumper, and the OK Barnstormers radio control club. This year, [...]

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Israel Prepares for ‘Blue Flag’ Exercise

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

The Israeli Air Force will conduct a joint drill with a bevy of some 1,000 pilots from three other nations in the Negev Desert later this month. The two-week exercise will take place at the Uvda air base, near the southern resort city of Eilat, and will include air crews from the United States, Italy [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 05, 2013 No Comments

1900 – Birth of James Herman Banning (shown above), American aviation pioneer and the country’s first black aviator to fly coast-to-coast. 1910 – The Willows No. 3, an airship named “City of Cardiff,” arrives in France after the first dirigible flight across the English Channel, making the trip from London in 10 hours, 30 min.; [...]

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SOCOM to Keep NASA OV-10s for Awhile

Nov 05, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will keep two borrowed North American Rockwell OV-10G+ Broncos until early next year, when the results of the recently completed Combat Dragon II evaluation are in. What happens to the aircraft afterwards depends on the Department of Defense. “If DoD has no further interest in the OV-10s, then the [...]

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USAF Museum Shows Off X-Planes

Nov 05, 2013 No Comments

Story and photo by NASA Three unique research aircraft previously flown by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center or its predecessor organizations have recently been placed on display at the Air Force Flight Test Museum at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Museum staff and volunteers moved the Northrop X-4 Bantam and one of two General Dynamics F-16XL aircraft to the exhibit area on [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

1888 – Birth of John Leacroft, British World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II. 1909 – As a joke to prove pigs could fly, British aviator John Moore-Brabazon put a small pig in a wastepaper basket tied to a wing strut of his Short Biplane No. 2; the flight may have [...]

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