Flight Journal http://www.flightjournal.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:08:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/17/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-365/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/17/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-365/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:07:11 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214705

1901 – Birth of Sir Francis Charles Chichester, British aviator and sailor. 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, scores his first victory, with an Albatros D.II over a Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b over Cambrai, France. 1941 – First operational sortie by a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is made by a [...]

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1901 – Birth of Sir Francis Charles Chichester, British aviator and sailor.

1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, scores his first victory, with an Albatros D.II over a Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b over Cambrai, France.

1941 – First operational sortie by a de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is made by a PR Mk I unarmed version for a photo reconnaissance mission; it evades a trio of Messerschmitt Bf 109s at 23,000 feet.

1965 – Pan Am Flight 292, the Boeing 707 “Clipper Constitution,” flies into Chances Peak on the island of Montserrat, killing all 30; the crew’s navigational error and descent below the safe minimum altitude while unsure of their position causes the crash.

1977 – Death of Lawrence Kingsley Callahan, American World War I flying ace who also served in World War II.

1984 – First flight of the Avtek 400 (shown), an American turboprop-powered business aircraft; designed by Al Mooney, the low-wing prototype has two pusher engines mounted above the wings, plus a large canard mounted atop the forward fuselage.

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Airbus Beluga Turns 20 http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/17/airbus-beluga-turns-20/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/17/airbus-beluga-turns-20/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:10:15 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214701

Airbus’ distinctive “Beluga” aircraft made its first flight 20 years ago this past weekend. The Airbus A300-600ST, a transport aircraft often referred to as “the Beluga” for its uncanny resemblance to the whale of the same name, made its first-ever flight on Sept. 13, 1994. The aircraft, dubbed by at least one media outlet as “the world’s strangest-looking airplane,” [...]

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Airbus’ distinctive “Beluga” aircraft made its first flight 20 years ago this past weekend.

The Airbus A300-600ST, a transport aircraft often referred to as “the Beluga” for its uncanny resemblance to the whale of the same name, made its first-ever flight on Sept. 13, 1994. The aircraft, dubbed by at least one media outlet as “the world’s strangest-looking airplane,” is used by Airbus to help fly large plane pieces to its assembly lines in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg.

The Beluga is capable of holding the wings of an A340 widebody. It also is capable of transporting the fuselage section of Airbus’ newest widebody jet, the A350. Such oversized parts would otherwise be difficult or downright impossible to fit into typical transport aircraft. Airbus paid homage to the 20th anniversary of the first Beluga flight.

For the complete story by Ben Mutzabaugh of USA TODAY, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/16/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-364/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/16/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-364/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:18:59 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214695

1910 – In her homemade flyer at Hempstead Plains, N.Y., Bessica Medlar Raiche makes the first solo airplane flight by a woman in the U.S. to be accredited by the Aeronautical Society of America. 1932 – Cyril Frank Uwins set a world altitude record when he reaches a height of 43,976 feet in a modified [...]

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1910 – In her homemade flyer at Hempstead Plains, N.Y., Bessica Medlar Raiche makes the first solo airplane flight by a woman in the U.S. to be accredited by the Aeronautical Society of America.

1932 – Cyril Frank Uwins set a world altitude record when he reaches a height of 43,976 feet in a modified Vickers Vespa VII fitted with a supercharged Bristol Pegasus engine.

1956 – Birth of Kevin Richard Kregel, American military test pilot and NASA astronaut.

1980 – First flight of the AIDC AT-3 “Zìqiáng” (shown), a Taiwanese advanced jet trainer co-developed with U.S. aircraft manufacturer Northrop.

1982 – Death of Yevdokia Bershanskaya, Soviet World War II pilot; she and Yevgeniya Rudneva formed three women’s air regiments during the conflict. They became known as the “Night Witches.”

2007 – One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 carrying 128 crew and passengers, crashes in Thailand; 89 perish.

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USAF Plans Major Step in LRS-B Program http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/16/usaf-plans-major-step-in-lrs-b-program/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/16/usaf-plans-major-step-in-lrs-b-program/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:03:52 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214686

The U.S. Air Force plans to award a contract to build its new bomber to a single vendor by next spring or summer as part of its ongoing effort to engineer a stealthy long range bomber that can evade advanced air defenses, service leaders said Sept. 15 at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference at [...]

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The U.S. Air Force plans to award a contract to build its new bomber to a single vendor by next spring or summer as part of its ongoing effort to engineer a stealthy long range bomber that can evade advanced air defenses, service leaders said Sept. 15 at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference at National Harbor, Maryland.

“We’re about ready to enter into the next phase of the bomber. We’ve spent the last couple of years refining the requirements and maturing the technology. Within the next year we will down-select to one contractor and then start the heavy lifting of building the first bomber and testing,” Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, military deputy for Air Force acquisition, told Military​.com in an interview.

The new Long-Range Strike Bomber program, or LRS-B, plans to have new planes in the fleet by the mid-2020s. The Air Force ultimately plans to acquire as many as 80 to 100 new bombers for a price of roughly $550 million per plane, she added.

For the complete story by Kris Osborn of Military.com, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/15/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-363/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/15/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-363/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:37:29 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214675

1911 – Death of Édouard de Nié Port, French aircraft designer and pilot, co-founder with brother Charles of the eponymous Nieuport aircraft manufacturing company, Société Anonyme Des Établissements Nieuport, in a crash at Charmy, France. 1913 – Birth of Johannes “Macki” Steinhoff, German World War II fighter ace; he later became a senior West German [...]

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1911 – Death of Édouard de Nié Port, French aircraft designer and pilot, co-founder with brother Charles of the eponymous Nieuport aircraft manufacturing company, Société Anonyme Des Établissements Nieuport, in a crash at Charmy, France.

1913 – Birth of Johannes “Macki” Steinhoff, German World War II fighter ace; he later became a senior West German air force officer and military commander of NATO who played a significant role in rebuilding the post-war Luftwaffe. Steinhoff also was one of a few Luftwaffe pilots who survived to fly through 1939-45 and one of the first to fly the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter in combat.

1940 – First flight of the Miles M.20 (second prototype shown), a British World War II aircraft designed as a simple and quick-to-build “emergency fighter” alternative to the RAF’s Supermarine Spitfires and Hurricanes.

1960 – Tasman Empire Airways retires its last flying boat from service.

1974 – Air Vietnam Flight 706, a Boeing 727, is hijacked and later crashes while attempting to land, killing all 75 aboard. It is speculated the hijacker caused the crash by setting off hand grenades after the crew refused to give in to his demands.

1997 – The first of the World Air Games organized by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and the 10th FAI World Rally Flying Championship, begins in Selçuk, Turkey.

 

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RCAF Raids Museum for Spare Parts http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/15/rcaf-raids-museum-for-spare-parts/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/15/rcaf-raids-museum-for-spare-parts/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:06:01 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214671

The Royal Canadian Air Force has quietly turned to an unusual source for spare parts to keep its venerable search-and-rescue airplanes flying: a museum. The Ottawa Citizen has learned that, in July 2012, air force technicians raided an old Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of [...]

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The Royal Canadian Air Force has quietly turned to an unusual source for spare parts to keep its venerable search-and-rescue airplanes flying: a museum.

The Ottawa Citizen has learned that, in July 2012, air force technicians raided an old Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules airplane that is on display at the National Air Force Museum of Canada because they needed navigational equipment for a similar aircraft still in use. The revelation highlights the difficulties military personnel have increasingly faced in keeping Canada’s ancient search-and-rescue planes flying after more than a decade of government promises to buy replacements — with no end in sight.

The air force museum is on Canadian Forces Base Trenton and boasts a large collection of military aircraft that have been retired and subsequently placed on display.

For the complete story by Lee Berthiaume of the Ottawa Citizen, click here.

Photo by the National Air Force Museum of Canada

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Talon to be Towed to New Home http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/15/talon-to-be-towed-to-new-home/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/15/talon-to-be-towed-to-new-home/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:55:08 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214680

Bowling Green, Ky., and Warren County streets will become a runway of sorts Sept. 21 as a recently restored airplane is moved to Aviation Heritage Park. A restored NASA T-38 Talon will be moved from the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, where the restoration was completed and where the airplane was displayed as part of [...]

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Bowling Green, Ky., and Warren County streets will become a runway of sorts Sept. 21 as a recently restored airplane is moved to Aviation Heritage Park.

A restored NASA T-38 Talon will be moved from the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, where the restoration was completed and where the airplane was displayed as part of the Aviation Heritage Park annual Hangar Party fundraiser in June. Moving the plane has been delayed because volunteers were working on completing the restoration of the cockpit of the plane, including some instrumentation, said Jim Wright, Aviation Heritage Park president.

“That’s one of the things that we’re known for at Aviation Heritage Park,” he said.

For the complete story by Katie Brandenburg of the Bowling Green Daily News, click here.

Photo by Aviation Heritage Park

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Pilot Missing As Navy Hornets Collide http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/12/pilot-missing-as-navy-hornets-collide/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/12/pilot-missing-as-navy-hornets-collide/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:37:47 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214662

The U.S. Navy is searching for one pilot and treating the injuries of another after two Boeing F/A-18 Hornets crashed after colliding Friday over the western Pacific while operating from an aircraft carrier. The aircraft, part of Carrier Air Wing 17 on the USS Carl Vinson, belonged to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 and Strike Fighter Squadron 113, according to a [...]

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The U.S. Navy is searching for one pilot and treating the injuries of another after two Boeing F/A-18 Hornets crashed after colliding Friday over the western Pacific while operating from an aircraft carrier.

The aircraft, part of Carrier Air Wing 17 on the USS Carl Vinson, belonged to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 and Strike Fighter Squadron 113, according to a Navy release. The Carl Vinson is scheduled to participate in a large exercise off the coast of Guam beginning Monday.

One pilot was pulled quickly from the water after the crash and is in stable condition, according to a spokesman for the Navy’s 7th Fleet. Navy ships and aircraft were still searching for the other pilot.

For the complete story by Stars and Stripes, click here.

Photo by U.S. Navy

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/10/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-362/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/10/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-362/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:33:06 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214656

1896 – Birth of Edgar James Kingston McCloughry, Australian World War I fighter ace and balloon buster; post-WWI, he became an engineer and later served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. 1919 – The Schneider Trophy race is flown at Bournemouth, England; Italian Guido Janello, flying a Savoia S.13, is the only [...]

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1896 – Birth of Edgar James Kingston McCloughry, Australian World War I fighter ace and balloon buster; post-WWI, he became an engineer and later served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

1919 – The Schneider Trophy race is flown at Bournemouth, England; Italian Guido Janello, flying a Savoia S.13, is the only finisher, but is disqualifed for missing a turning buoy. When judges ask Janello to complete another lap, he runs out of fuel.

1952 – U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Jesse G. Folmar shoots down a Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15 before being shot down himself during the Korean War; he survives and is rescued. It is the only such victory during the conflict.

1956 – First flight of the North American F-107 “Super Super Sabre”  (shown), a U.S. Air Force tactical fighter-bomber prototype based on the F-100 Super Sabre.

1967 – Death of Herbert James Edwards, Australian World War I fighter ace.

2000 – Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters operating in Sierra Leone help in the rescue operation of British soldiers held by the “West Side Boys” in Sierra Leone.

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Tributes Held for Pilot Lost at Air Races http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/10/214650/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/09/10/214650/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:48:48 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214650

The Reno Air Races will hold a tribute later this week for Lee Behel, the veteran pilot killed in a Monday crash at Reno-Stead Airport in Nevada. Behel, a past champion at the Reno National Championship Air Races and a retired fighter pilot for the Nevada Air National Guard, died in a crash on Monday during a [...]

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The Reno Air Races will hold a tribute later this week for Lee Behel, the veteran pilot killed in a Monday crash at Reno-Stead Airport in Nevada.

Behel, a past champion at the Reno National Championship Air Races and a retired fighter pilot for the Nevada Air National Guard, died in a crash on Monday during a heat race at Reno-Stead Airport.

Behel, 64, was competing in the Sport Class — a class he helped found in 1998 and was president of — in his race plane, “Sweet Dreams,” an experimental GP-5, when it appeared to undergo a catastrophic mechanical failure and crashed at the north end of the racecourse at 3:16 p.m., according to Tim Spencer, the Air Races’ emergency operations director. Behel was the only person on board the single-engine aircraft.

For the complete story by Guy Clifton of the Reno Gazette-Journal, click here.

Photo by Lee Bethel

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