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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1878 – Birth of George Edward Maurice Kelly, an American aviator who later becomes the first member of the U.S. military killed in the crash of an airplane he was piloting. 1914 – The British roundel is adopted for aircraft identification. 1933 – First flight of the Bernard 82, French single-engined, long-range bomber prototype. 1941 – U. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Andre René Celestin Herbelin, French World War I flying ace. 1932 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew in a Dornier Wal complete the first flight around the world by a seaplane. The flight takes a 111 days. 1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 shown), a military single-engine trainer and Italy’s first […]

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‘Spirit’ Replica Makes First Flight

‘Spirit’ Replica Makes First Flight

The most accurate reproduction of Charles Lindbergh’s famed “Spirit of St. Louis” ever built made its first test flight on Saturday when Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum pilot and aircraft restorer-builder Ken Cassens took the replica Ryan NYP into the bright blue skies over upstate New York. “It was uneventful, which is a good thing, and I […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Walter “Nowi” Nowotny, Austrian-born German World War II fighter ace. 1926 – A Stinson Detroiter being delivered to Canadian Air Express is the first airplane inspected (and passed) by the U.S. government. 1941 – Death of Gordon Metcalfe Duncan, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1942 – First flight of the Bell […]

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Ex-Red Bull Pilot Killed in Crash

Ex-Red Bull Pilot Killed in Crash

The pilot killed in a Apple Valley, Calif., plane crash has been identified as 60-year-old Michael “Mike” Mangold, a world-famous aerobatics champion for Red Bull and resident of Victorville. The crash occurred today at about 2:20 P.M., according to the Apple Valley Fire Protection District. The aircraft is described as an Aero L-39 Albatros. Witnesses say, that […]
Transport Canada Grounds Buffalo Airways

Transport Canada Grounds Buffalo Airways

Transport Canada has grounded Buffalo Airways, the Northwest Territories airline made famous for the past six seasons on TV’s “Ice Pilots: NWT.” In a press release, the regulator said it is suspending Buffalo Airways’ operating certificate because of its “poor safety record.” The suspension took effect Monday at 11:59 p.m. “The department will not allow […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Englishman John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon (later Lord Tara of Brabazon) makes a flight of 1,350 feet in a Voisin biplane at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France. 1938 – First flight of the Miles M.18 (Mk.2 model shown), a British single-engine, low-winged monoplane. 1952 – Birth of Ronald “Ron” Michael Sega, American engineer, U.S. Air Force […]
Kansas Museum Debuts Rare Stearman

Kansas Museum Debuts Rare Stearman

On the second floor of the Kansas Aviation Museum’s west wing sits the world’s newest restored Stearman Model 4D. Forty of the planes were built in Wichita from 1929 through 1931, and only 14 still exist. This one was built in 1931 and sold to Texaco. On Tuesday night, the “Texaco 11” was scheduled to be […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Jerry Cox Vasconcells, American World War I flying ace and commercial pilot. 1968 – First flight of the Anahuac Tauro (shown), a Mexican agricultural low-wing monoplane. 1972 – Death of Friedrich Christiansen, German World War I seaplane fighter ace. 1995 – Cameroon Airlines Flight 3701, the Boeing 737-200 “Nyong,” crashes after losing control on its second […]
Chinese Research Plane Reaches South Pole

Chinese Research Plane Reaches South Pole

Following the icebreaker “Xuelong” and the all-terrain vehicle of the same name, China has for the first time sent a fixed-wing aircraft to the South Pole. The “Xueying,” a Basler BT-67 conversion of a Douglas DC-3, will be tested in the next few days. According to the State Marine Office, China’s first polar fixed-wing aircraft, […]
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