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On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Oliver “Stewpot” Stewart, British World War I flying ace and aviation journalist. 1929 – After taking off from Hal Far, Malta, a Fairey Flycatcher of the Royal Air Force Fleet Air Arm lands aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, achieving the first night carrier landing by a fleet fighter. 1943 – Death […]
Concorde: 10 Years Later

Concorde: 10 Years Later

Today marks ten years since a landmark event in aviation history, the last flight of the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde. British aircraft enthusiast John Mason takes a look at the ground-breaking plane, her links to England’s West Country and her legacy. Given the turbulent start to the Concorde programme and the magnitude and nature of the challenges to be […]

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Volocopter: Man-Carrying Multi Rotor

Volocopter: Man-Carrying Multi Rotor

This emission-free, environmentally friendly helicopter may be the rotorcraft of the future! Designed by German company e-Volo, it has 18 electric motors and can carry two people. After its ground-breaking test flights, the e-Volo managing director commented, “Rich and incredibly quiet sound, absolutely no noticeable vibrations in the flight, convincing structure with a great, new […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1906 – Birth of Joaquín Collar Serra, a Spanish military aviator who took part in the historic flight of the Cuatro Vientos from Seville, Spain, to Camagüey, Cuba, a trip of more than 4,500 miles, in 1933. 1920 – U.S. Army Lt. Corliss Champion Moseley flies a Verville-Packard 600 132 miles at 156.54 mph to […]

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World’s Longest Flights End Today

World’s Longest Flights End Today

The world’s longest nonstop commercial flight ended without fanfare Monday after Singapore Airlines (SIA) flew its last nearly 19-hour service from New York. Flight SQ 21 landed early Monday in Changi Airport, bringing an end to a nine-year run. A direct service to Los Angeles has also been cancelled as part of a fleet renewal. “Food […]
Reno Air Races in Fight to Survive

Reno Air Races in Fight to Survive

The Reno National Championship Air Races must raise pledges of $500,000 by Dec. 15 in order to meet operational costs in 2014 and keep the one-of-a-kind event alive, organizers said. They said they’ve had to reduce full-time staff from seven to five employees and cut wages and benefits for remaining workers because of financial struggles […]

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More Tours Offered on JFK’s Jet

More Tours Offered on JFK’s Jet

It’s one of the most historic artifacts associated with that fateful day and it’s on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Museum officials say as you walk through SAM 26000, it’s a walk through history. According to the museum’s website, It’s the acronym for Special Air Mission 26000, Kennedy’s Air Force […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Wiley Hardeman Post, famed American aviator; he became the first pilot to fly solo around the world. 1916 – First flight of the Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 (5a shown above), a World War I British biplane fighter. 1935 – Pan Am commences the first trans-Pacific airmail service, flying a Martin M.130 from San Francisco, Calif., […]

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Boeing Continues Changing the Airline Game

Boeing Continues Changing the Airline Game

There must have been some pretty wide smiles on the faces of Boeing executives waking up in Dubai earlier this week. The U.S.-based plane maker secured 259 orders and commitments at the launch of its 777X commercial jet at the Dubai International Air Show — “the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar […]
Canadian Airport to Close Next Week

Canadian Airport to Close Next Week

When Chris Blower takes off from Edmonton’s City Centre Airport for the last time next week, he knows he’ll be leaving a piece of his heart behind. It’s the place that sparked his love of flying as a kid, where as a teenager he received his pilot’s licence before his licence to drive, and where […]
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