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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1907 – Douglas Corrigan, an American pilot later known as “Wrong Way” for his New York-Ireland flight in a Curtiss Robin, is born. 1926 – Spanish Dornier Do J Wal flying boat “Plus Ultra” takes off from Palos de la Frontera, in Huelva, Spain, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the first trans-Atlantic flight between Spain and South America. 1943 – Death […]
94-year-old WWII Vet Flies P-51 Mustang

94-year-old WWII Vet Flies P-51 Mustang

At 94, Urban Rahoi is still flying airplanes, and he doesn’t plan to quit anytime soon. Rahoi’s latest exploit is piloting a P-51 Mustang, a World War II fighter plane he never had the chance to fly while serving as an Army Air Corps pilot during the war. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Rahoi […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1903 – Birth of Maximilien “Max” Conrad, known as the “Flying Grandfather”, American record-setting aviator. 1911 – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Ward Beck sends the first wireless-telephonic message from an airplane, a Wright biplane flying over Selfridge Field northeast of Detroit, Mich. 1930 – First complete airport lighting system online at Calgary Municipal Airport in Refrew, Alta., […]
Archaeologists: No Spitfires Buried in Burma

Archaeologists: No Spitfires Buried in Burma

Archaeologists hunting for World War II Spitfires in Burma believe there are no planes buried at the sites where they have been digging, the BBC understands. The archaeologists have concluded that evidence does not support the original claim that as many as 124 Spitfires were buried at the end of the war, the BBC’s Fergal Keane […]

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American Airlines Unveils New Logo, Look

American Airlines Unveils New Logo, Look

American Airlines revealed its new logo and plane concept on Thursday morning. “With the inaugural flight of the Boeing 777-300ER just weeks away and nearly 60 new aircraft coming this year, now is the time to unveil the new, more modern look,” the Fort Worth-based company said in a media advisory. Photos of the new logo […]
Stunt Pilot Fred Cabanas Dies in Mexico Plane Crash

Stunt Pilot Fred Cabanas Dies in Mexico Plane Crash

Key West stunt pilot Fred Cabanas, who has entertained hundreds of thousands of people around the world with his daredevil aerobatics at air shows, died Tuesday in an aviation accident near Cozumel, Mexico, according to a report from a Spanish website El Comercio.com. He was 60. Passenger Jorge Lopez Vives, host of an extreme sports […]

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Most 787 Dreamliners Grounded for Battery Checks

Most 787 Dreamliners Grounded for Battery Checks

Airlines scrambled on Thursday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan, Qatar and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated. Poland’s state-controlled LOT Airlines said it would seek compensation from Boeing for grounding its two planes. It expects delivery of three more Dreamliners by the end of […]
Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Airplane from Bygone Era Arrives in California

Local businessman Jim Slattery loves naval aviation, and it seems he will spare no expense to preserve it wherever possible. Two years ago, Slattery, 62, of Poway, Calif., purchased a broken-down, World War II-era Consolidated PBY Catalina that was being worked on at an airport in South Africa. Tuesday afternoon, the plane arrived at its […]

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Fantasy of Flight Kicks Off Season with Tuskegee Airmen Symposium

Fantasy of Flight Kicks Off Season with Tuskegee Airmen Symposium

Fantasy of Flight’s Legends & Legacies Symposium Series begins in February with “They Dared to Fly” in honor of Black History Month. Join several of the original Tuskegee Airmen as they share their personal experiences of wartime military service during segregated America. This event features open-forum and question-and-answer sessions. Fantasy of Flight’s permanent multi-media Tuskegee […]
London Helicopter Crash Claims 2, Injures 13

London Helicopter Crash Claims 2, Injures 13

A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London during rush hour on Wednesday, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured, officials said. The helicopter, an Augusta A109E flown by Surrey-based charter […]
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