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The Wright Stuff?

The Wright Stuff?

There is something of the 19th century about Eric Raymond. Devoted to making commercial solar-powered aircraft, he would have thrived in the Victorian heyday of the private inventor. Most fell by the wayside; their ideas outran their ability or their money. But the names of the successes—Morse, Dunlop, Bell, Diesel and even, to stretch the […]
The Creation of the Wright Company

The Creation of the Wright Company

On this day in 1909, a company was incorporated that would eventually build the first airplane factory in Dayton, Ohio. It was called the Wright Company. Local aviation photographer and historian Dan Patterson tells us the story. Last time we spoke, I described the momentous flight Wilbur Wright made in New York City in 1909 […]

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Yemeni Military Plane Crashes, Killing 10

Yemeni Military Plane Crashes, Killing 10

A Yemeni military plane crashed early Wednesday during training over the capital, Sanaa, killing all 10 people on board, security officials said. The Russian-made Antonov aircraft plunged from the sky and crashed into an empty market in al-Hassaba district at the heart of the Yemeni capital, destroying several shops, the officials said. The market has […]
USAF Receives First Combat-Ready HC-130J

USAF Receives First Combat-Ready HC-130J

Making its U.S. Air Force debut, the first combat-ready Lockheed HC-130J Combat King II touched down on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., as the centerpiece of an induction ceremony presided by Col. Jason Hanover, 563rd Rescue Group commander Nov. 15. The 563rd Rescue Group directs flying operations for the Air Force’s only active duty rescue […]

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Woman Dies After East Texas Plane Crash

Woman Dies After East Texas Plane Crash

A Jacksonville, Texas, woman died Sunday evening after being involved in a plane crash Sunday afternoon. Officials say 60-year-old Debra Birch was flying a fixed-wing, single-engine Jabiru aircraft when it crashed into a hanger bay at the Cherokee County Airport around 4:35 Sunday evening. According to Lynn Lunsford with the FAA, the plane was trying to […]
On the Last Flight of the RAAF C-130H Hercules

On the Last Flight of the RAAF C-130H Hercules

I’m sweaty, shaking and being sick for the third time and I’ve been looking forward to this day all week. The man next to me is also being persistently ill into his vomit bag and I have no idea where the ground is outside the gyrating tin can I’m stuck in. I’m honoured and excited to be […]

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California Police Helicopter Crashes, Injuring Five

California Police Helicopter Crashes, Injuring Five

A Pasadena, Calif., police helicopter crashed Saturday afternoon after hitting another helicopter on the ground, injuring six people, authorities said. The incident at the police heliport occurred when the rotor blades of two aircraft touched, according to the department. Five police officers and one civilian suffered minor injuries. All six were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to […]
Cleveland Aviation Museum Steering Back Into View

Cleveland Aviation Museum Steering Back Into View

The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection is coming out of hibernation in the depths of winter. The transportation arm of the Western Reserve Historical Society will reopen to the public Feb. 2, after a undergoing a year’s worth of renovation. Walls have been knocked down to create better sight lines, allowing a better presentation of the society’s collections. Most of […]

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First F-35 Lightning Lands at MCAS Yuma

First F-35 Lightning Lands at MCAS Yuma

In what was history in the making, the first F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, landed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (Ariz.) on Friday. U.S. Marine Corps pilot Maj. Aric Liberman arrived at the air station about 1 p.m., having flown in from Lockheed Martin’s production plant in Fort Worth, […]
Maine Airplane Crash Claims 3

Maine Airplane Crash Claims 3

Three people died in a plane crash Friday evening in the woods near the Knox County Regional Airport in Owl’s Head, Maine. Airport manager Jeffrey Northgraves confirmed that the accident happened Friday around 5 p.m. when the plane was taking off and it struck a pickup truck driving across the runway. The plane crashed on the […]
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