Who Was First? The Wrights or Whitehead?
Here it comes again: the Great Who Flew First Debate. This time it is courtesy of Jane’s All the World Aircraft, considered to be one of the world’s encyclopedic, not-to-be-doubted sources of aviation information and their radical shift in which they de-throne the Wright Brothers and enshrine Gustav Whitehead as the first to achieve powered flight.
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ROC Air Force Receives New Hawkeyes

Mar 10, 2013 No Comments

Two upgraded Northrop Grumman E-2K Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft operated by the Republic of China Air Force, sent to U.S. for upgrading several years ago, were transported to Kaohsiung International Airport Station in southern Taiwan Saturday for follow-up tests and inspections. In October 2008, the U.S. agreed to the first arms sales deal to [...]

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Museum of Flight Adds Replica of Earhart’s Plane

Mar 09, 2013 No Comments

Seattle’s Museum of Flight already owns the only known piece of the Lockheed Model 10-E Electra that Amelia Earhart was flying on her ill-fated attempt to fly around the world in 1937. Now, it’s getting a whole Electra. The aircraft is scheduled to arrive in September from Reno and become the centerpiece of a new exhibit [...]

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F-35 Student Pilots Fly First Sorties

Mar 08, 2013 No Comments

Two officers from the operational test community are among the six pilots in the first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II pilot training course after an Air Education and Training Command decision to start training at northwest Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base in January. Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop, the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron director of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 07, 2013 No Comments

1915 – The first British tactical bombing raids in support of ground troops made in Menin and Courtai, Belgium. 1932 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 52/3m, a tri-motor transport that flew into the 1980s. 1956 – Dan Perkins, engineer at Britain’s Royal Aircraft Establishment, makes his first flight in an inflatable airplane in Bedfordshire, England. It takes 25 minutes to inflate [...]

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Norton AFB Museum to Open Next Week

Mar 07, 2013 No Comments

Glass cases are polished and shining. Walls are hung with photos and memorabilia. The Norton Air Force Base Museum in San Bernadino, Calif., is nearly ready for its big day on Wednesday. The occasion is the grand opening of the museum. “The base closed in 1994, so this is something that is long overdue,” said Bob Edwards, [...]

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B-17 ‘Texas Raiders’ Headed to Air Fiesta

Mar 07, 2013 No Comments

For the first time in a decade, the B-17 Flying Fortress will cast its fearsome shadow over Brownsville, Texas. “Texas Raiders,” a 67-year-old, four-engine heavy bomber flown and maintained by the Commemorative Air Force’s Gulf Coast Wing in Houston, will be the biggest star at this weekend’s Air Fiesta 2013, which celebrates 50 years of CAF [...]

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Museum Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Mar 06, 2013 No Comments

The Millville, N.J., Army Air Field Museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013 with a commemorative fundraising event, “WWII Day in Millville,” from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at The Levoy Theatre, 126-130 N. High St. The event will include film presentations and an hors d’oeuvres reception with beer, wine and desserts. It and [...]

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Famed Aerobatic Pilot Thrills Academy Students

Mar 06, 2013 No Comments

Cheyenne Matthews wants to be a pilot. So, naturally, the 16-year-old junior at St. Augustine High School in Florida was thrilled to be part of a group of 31 girls from her school’s Aerospace Academy who got to meet acclaimed aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff on Tuesday at Northeast Florida Regional Airport. “She’s definitely a huge inspiration,” [...]

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