Flight Journal http://www.flightjournal.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:30:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/30/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-343/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/30/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-343/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214377

1891 – Birth of Roderic Stanley “Bréguet” Dallas, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1910 – First flight of the Bristol Boxkite (replica shown), the first aircraft produced by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Co. (later known as the Bristol Aeroplane Co.). 1924 – Two Japanese airmen, Yukichi Goto and flight engineer Minezo Yonezawo, return to Osaka after completing the [...]

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1891 – Birth of Roderic Stanley “Bréguet” Dallas, Australian World War I fighter ace.

1910 – First flight of the Bristol Boxkite (replica shown), the first aircraft produced by the British and Colonial Aeroplane Co. (later known as the Bristol Aeroplane Co.).

1924 – Two Japanese airmen, Yukichi Goto and flight engineer Minezo Yonezawo, return to Osaka after completing the first flight around Japan; the trip covers 2,727 miles and takes more than 33 hours.

1935 – Lt. Frank Akers of the U.S. Navy becomes the first person to make a “blind” landing at sea; his Berliner-Joyce OJ-2 biplane has a hooded cockpit allowing him to see only his controls and instruments. He lands on the USS Langley.

1988 – Death of Harold Ross Harris, notable American test pilot and U.S. Army Air Forces officer who set 26 flying records.

2011 – Caribbean Airlines Flight 523, a Boeing 737-800, overruns the runway after landing at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Georgetown, Guyana and breaks in two; several are injured but all 163 passengers and crew survive.

 

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A-10 Slated for Weather Duty http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/30/a-10-slated-for-weather-duty/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/30/a-10-slated-for-weather-duty/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:04:42 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214372

Oklahoma’s Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport is playing host to a very special aircraft. Right now it’s a fighter jet, but it’s being modified to do something very different. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a fighter jet currently used in places like Afghanistan and Kuwait. However, the one sitting in Guthrie is training to be a storm chaser. [...]

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Oklahoma’s Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport is playing host to a very special aircraft. Right now it’s a fighter jet, but it’s being modified to do something very different. The A-10 Thunderbolt II is a fighter jet currently used in places like Afghanistan and Kuwait. However, the one sitting in Guthrie is training to be a storm chaser.

“It’s not built for speed, said A-10 Aircraft Program Manager and Crew Chief Vince Schneider. “It was built to loiter and stay over top of the battle field to protect the army.” The A-10 Schneider is working on is retired from active duty, but is getting a new life as a storm penetrating aircraft. The jet will hunt down tornadoes and hurricanes, capturing crucial information.

“The mission of this aircraft is to get close to the storm,” said Schneider.

For video and the complete story by Christine VanTimmeren of KOKH-TV, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/29/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-342/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/29/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-342/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:02:39 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214361

1910 – Birth of Rhulin Albert Thomas, American aviator; he becomes the first deaf pilot to successfully fly solo across the U.S. 1929 – A Ford Trimotor flown by Charles Lindbergh begins the first coast-to-coast air passenger service through Transcontinental Air Transport (TWA). 1960 – Death of Mary Bailey (born Westenra), British aviatrix. 1967 – While [...]

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1910 – Birth of Rhulin Albert Thomas, American aviator; he becomes the first deaf pilot to successfully fly solo across the U.S.

1929 – A Ford Trimotor flown by Charles Lindbergh begins the first coast-to-coast air passenger service through Transcontinental Air Transport (TWA).

1960 – Death of Mary Bailey (born Westenra), British aviatrix.

1967 – While sailing off the coast of Vietnam, a malfunction in an McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II on the deck of the USS Forrestal causes a rocket to fire inadvertently; it hits another aircraft on the deck without exploding, but does rupture the plane’s fuel tank. The subsequent fire that would eventually ravage the ship destroys 21 aircraft, kills 134 sailors and injures 161 others.

1996 – First flight of the Mitsubishi MH2000, Japan’s first indigenous helicopter.

2005 – The U. S. Army awards a contract for the purchase of 368 Bell ARH-70 Arapahos (training version shown) to Bell Helicopter Textron; the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters contract is later cancelled due to excessive delays and growth in program costs.

 

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Seven Things to Watch at Oshkosh http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/28/seven-things-to-watch-at-oshkosh/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/28/seven-things-to-watch-at-oshkosh/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:28:57 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214357

AirVenture 2014 features hundreds, if not thousands, of opportunities to watch, learn and participate in “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.” Experimental Aircraft Association spokesman Dick Knapinski said the weeklong event’s schedule of air show performers, forums and events has produced strong advance sales. The event, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., opens today and [...]

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AirVenture 2014 features hundreds, if not thousands, of opportunities to watch, learn and participate in “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.”

Experimental Aircraft Association spokesman Dick Knapinski said the weeklong event’s schedule of air show performers, forums and events has produced strong advance sales. The event, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., opens today and runs through Sunday.

Knapinski said EAA expects attendance to match or beat the 508,000 visitor days spent at AirVenture 2013. The organization expects residents of about 70 countries will travel to Oshkosh and that more than 35,000 campers will fill Camp Scholler once again.

For the complete story by Noell Dickmann of the Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald, click here.

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Never Stay Still http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/28/never-stay-still/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/28/never-stay-still/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:44:20 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213856

The Battle of Britain’s Youngest Warrior By Rachel Morris As Hitler’s tanks roll into Poland on September 1, 1939, Europe’s worst fears are confirmed: war becomes inevitable. A thousand miles away, a young man celebrates his first solo flight in a de Havilland Tiger Moth, heading to a quiet English country pub with friends to [...]

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The Battle of Britain’s Youngest Warrior

By Rachel Morris

As Hitler’s tanks roll into Poland on September 1, 1939, Europe’s worst fears are confirmed: war becomes inevitable. A thousand miles away, a young man celebrates his first solo flight in a de Havilland Tiger Moth, heading to a quiet English country pub with friends to enjoy a pint of beer. As his training continues, the mighty German Blitzkrieg sweeps across the continent. Soon he will earn his coveted Royal Air Force pilot wings in time to join the most epic aerial battle of history: defending the green fields of his homeland from the Luftwaffe foe determined to clear the path for invasion. Interviewed in London’s RAF Club in 2012, Geoffrey Wellum recounted his experiences as the youngest pilot to fly and fight during the Battle of Britain.

To read more, open the PDF by clicking the link: http://www.flightjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Never-Stay-Still.pdf?746277

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Caudron C.460 Ancient Speed Demon Reborn http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/26/caudron-c-460-ancient-speed-demon-reborn-2/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/26/caudron-c-460-ancient-speed-demon-reborn-2/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:29:05 +0000 Holly Hansen http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=213842

Speed has always been a drug, of sorts. It has captivated mankind for as long as he has stood on two legs and nowhere has the urge to see who is the fastest been stronger than in aviation. And at no time has that competition been more fierce than during the 1930s, the uncontested golden [...]

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Speed has always been a drug, of sorts. It has captivated mankind for as long as he has stood on two legs and nowhere has the urge to see who is the fastest been stronger than in aviation. And at no time has that competition been more fierce than during the 1930s, the uncontested golden age of air racing. During a single decade, which theoretically should have seen technological progress grind to a halt because of the Depression, the aircraft industry blossomed and speeds rose astronomically. The National Air Races created super stars, both mechanical and human that were so well known that they rivaled baseball stars in their celebrity.

 

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Above left:  When Mark Lightsey replicated the C.460, plans were nonexistent so he relied on period photographs for details and engineered the remainder.  Above right: The landing gear fully retracts and the articulated doors seal the wheel wells.

There were three primary races. The Bendix was a cross-country race usually run from Los Angeles to the site of the National Air races in Cleveland. The Greve was a pylon race limited to engines under 550 cubic inches and the Thompson was a free-for-all, run-what-you-got, unlimited race around the pylons where the only rule was that the winner had to cross the line first without cutting pylons.

Almost all of the aircraft in the pre-war races were purpose-built, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind machines that were essentially three-dimensional hot rods. And, as with early hotrods, the formula for speed was simple: hang the biggest engine that’s allowed on the tiniest airframe that you can build. So, for the most part, the airplanes were backyard engineered and depended on brute force as much as finesse to win. With one notable exception: the French-built Caudron C.460.

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Above: The pilot sits well back in the fuselage to balance the engine, which limits his visibility on takeoff and landing. The wings, fuselage and tail are all-wood construction.

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Sponsored by aircraft manufacturer, Rene Caudron, and some rich, French aviation enthusiasts, the Caudron C.450 and C.460 were designed specifically to race in Europe’s Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe race of 1934. Which they won handily. In addition, with Raymond Delmotte at the controls, the airplane set a landplane world speed record of 314mph. Then, in 1936, the team set its sights on America and Cleveland was about to be invaded by an aircraft in which sophistication provided as much performance as power did.

 By: Budd Davison

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/25/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-341/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/25/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-341/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:41:44 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214352

1915 – Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross when he defeats three German two-seat observation aircraft on this day over the Western Front. 1932 – Birth of Paul Joseph Weitz, U.S. Navy pilot and NASA astronaut. 1939 – First flight of the Avro 679 [...]

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1915 – Royal Flying Corps Capt. Lanoe Hawker becomes the first British military aviator to earn the Victoria Cross when he defeats three German two-seat observation aircraft on this day over the Western Front.

1932 – Birth of Paul Joseph Weitz, U.S. Navy pilot and NASA astronaut.

1939 – First flight of the Avro 679 Manchester (shown), a British twin-engine heavy bomber; it is the forerunner to the better-known Avro Lancaster.

1997 – Death of Commander Peter “Hoagy” Carmichael, British fighter pilot with the Royal Navy during and after World War II.

2000 – Air France Flight 4590, an Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde, catches fire after takeoff, crashing and killing all 100 passengers, nine crew and four people on the ground, at Gonesse, France; the only fatal crash of a Concorde, it marks the beginning of the end of Concorde service.

2009 – Celebrating the first cross-Channel flight 100 years after Louis Blériot’s historic journey, Frenchman Edmond Salis repeats the feat in a Bleriot XI replica.

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Emporia C-45 Moving to Wichita http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/25/emporia-c-45-moving-to-wichita/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/25/emporia-c-45-moving-to-wichita/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:54:23 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214348

The World War II-era airplane that’s been sitting in the Emporia (Kan.) Municipal Airport for more than two decades is moving home Saturday to Wichita, where it was built. The Commemorative Air Force will dismantle the aircraft and bring it back to Westport Airport, where it’ll be restored and put on display. The Commemorative Air [...]

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The World War II-era airplane that’s been sitting in the Emporia (Kan.) Municipal Airport for more than two decades is moving home Saturday to Wichita, where it was built. The Commemorative Air Force will dismantle the aircraft and bring it back to Westport Airport, where it’ll be restored and put on display.

The Commemorative Air Force has gotten about 170 WWII-era aircrafts in the air at their restoring dock in Wichita. Although this plane, a Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor used by the military, won’t fly again, it’ll be restored and put on display.

“We just like preserving history,” said Bill Lindsay of the Commemorative Air Force. “It helps us become the kind of nation we are.”

For the complete story by Kathleen Martin of The Emporia Gazette, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/24/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-340/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/24/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-340/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:07:35 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214344

1897 – Birth of Amelia Mary Earhart, noted American aviation pioneer and author (shown); she becomes the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 1933 – Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison, in their de Havilland Dragon ‘”Seafarer,” nearly succeed in their [...]

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1897 – Birth of Amelia Mary Earhart, noted American aviation pioneer and author (shown); she becomes the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1933 – Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison, in their de Havilland Dragon ‘”Seafarer,” nearly succeed in their flight from England to New York, but crash land in Connecticut.

1947 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-22, the first Soviet jet-engined bomber prototype to fly.

1951 – Death of Eugen Bönsch, Austro-Hungarian World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II.

1992 – Mandala Airlines Flight 660, a Vickers Viscount 816, crashes into a mountain on Ambon Island in Indonesia during landing at Pattimura Airport in a heavy thunderstorm, killing all 70.

2012 – The Syrian Air Force attacks rebels for the first time in the Syrian Civil War when Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23s bomb eastern areas of Aleppo.

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Teen Dies in Record-Attempting Flight http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/24/teens-record-attempting-flight-ends-in-tragedy/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2014/07/24/teens-record-attempting-flight-ends-in-tragedy/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:21:56 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=214336

A 17-year-old’s round-the-world record flight attempt has ended in tragedy. The Beechcraft Bonanza Haris Suleman and his father, Babar, were using in their attempt to circumnavigate the world in 30 days crashed today not far from Pago Pago, the capitol of American Samoa. While Haris’ body has been found, search teams are still looking for [...]

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A 17-year-old’s round-the-world record flight attempt has ended in tragedy. The Beechcraft Bonanza Haris Suleman and his father, Babar, were using in their attempt to circumnavigate the world in 30 days crashed today not far from Pago Pago, the capitol of American Samoa. While Haris’ body has been found, search teams are still looking for Babar.

The father and son team left the U.S. on June 19 and were scheduled to arrive back on the west coast in just a couple of days. Had they completed the trip, Haris Suleman would have become the youngest person to fly as pilot-in-command around the globe. Besides being an extraordinary father-son adventure, the team was using the record-breaking flight attempt to raise money for the Citizen’s Foundation, which has built 1,000 schools to help Pakistani children out of poverty.

For the complete story by Pia Bergqvist of Flying Magazine, click here.

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