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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1906 – Birth of Ernest Archibald “Ernie” McNab, Canadian World War II fighter pilot; he later became the first scoring pilot for the RCAF in World War II. 1942 – Fifteen Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vs, carrying 90-gallon fuel tanks under their bellies, take off from HMS Eagle off the coast of Algeria on a 600-mile flight […]
Aviation Events Gear Up for Hopeful Season

Aviation Events Gear Up for Hopeful Season

Sun ‘n Fun launches for the 40th time in Lakeland, Fla., on April 1 — less than four weeks away — and with aircraft sales back in positive growth mode, the mood is expected to be upbeat. The event will host its first-ever Job Fair, on Wednesday, April 2, at the Florida Air Museum, with recruiters in search […]

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Book Review: Phantoms Over Israel

Book Review: Phantoms Over Israel

By Peter B. Mersky Editor’s note: Peter Mersky has written 16 books on military aviation, including the first book outside Israel on IAF aces. Besides many magazine articles, he has reviewed some 700 books for various publications, as well as his own regular (since 1982) column for Naval Aviation News, the U.S. Navy’s oldest periodical. He is […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – Birth of Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin, World War II Soviet fighter ace and tactician. 1934 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz lands her Breguet 27 S (a Bre 330 N°2 modified) christened ‘Joe III’ in Tokyo, half way of her Asian tour Paris-Tokyo-Paris. 1952 – First flight of the North American AJ-2P Savage (shown), a […]

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USMC Harrier to Star at Ocean City

USMC Harrier to Star at Ocean City

Maryland’s Ocean City Air Show announced this week it will be one of only six events in the nation that will feature a demonstration by the U.S. Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II during this summer’s event. The Harrier is one of the most sought after military aircraft demonstrations because of its unique ability […]
Oregon Air Show to Feature F-22

Oregon Air Show to Feature F-22

Less than a week after learning that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds reconfirmed as the headline performers for The Oregon International Air Show presented by Standard TV & Appliance, the show announced an impressive contingent of U.S. military demonstrations have been added to the 2014 show lineup. The Show, scheduled for Sept. 19-21, 2014, at Oregon’s […]

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50th Twin Otter 400 Completed

50th Twin Otter 400 Completed

An aircraft manufacturer based on Vancouver Island will mark a major milestone in Canadian aviation when the 50th plane rolls off the line on Thursday and its assembly success has a Calgary connection. Viking Air in Sidney, B.C., specializes in de Havilland products and started production of the Twin Otter in 2010. That year it made one […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Adriano Bacula, World War I Italian pilot; he later became a test pilot for Savoia-Marchetti. 1913 – The 1st Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army Signal Corps is formed; it remains the U.S. military’s oldest flying unit (now known as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron). 1928 – Wilmer Stultz, O. Le Boutilier, and Mabel […]

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Fantasy of Flight Closes, Changes Mission

Fantasy of Flight Closes, Changes Mission

The Polk County aviation attraction whose iconic DC-3 aircraft has been a landmark for Interstate 4 motorists since 1998 — particularly when it was displayed nose-down as if it had crash-landed — will close to the pubic after April 6, but continue to stage private events. Fantasy of Flight, which opened in 1995, is preparing […]
Bombardier Adds Third CSeries Test Plane

Bombardier Adds Third CSeries Test Plane

Bombardier has achieved the first flight of the third CSeries airliner flight test vehicle on Monday. The take-off of FTV-3 from Bombardier’s factory in Mirabel, Canada, comes two months after FTV-2 joined the flight test programme and nearly six months after first flight of FTV-1. Two more aircraft assigned to the 110-seat CS100 variant are scheduled to […]
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