Reno Air Races Tweaks Unlimited Class

Jun 17, 2013 No Comments

The Unlimited class of Reno National Championship Air Races will be replaced by the “Unlimited Warbird” class, the Reno Air Racing Association said in a news release Saturday. The announcement came on the final day of the Reno Air Races’ pylon school, and about three months before the races themselves return to Reno Stead Airport in [...]

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Russian Aviation Set to Impress at Paris

Jun 17, 2013 No Comments

Russian aviation is presenting one of its most vivid and memorable displays at this year’s Paris Air Show, which begins today. Three military aircraft, the Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter, the Yakovlev Yak-130 combat training aircraft and the Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopter are participating in the flight displays above Le Bourget airfield. Aircraft and equipment represented [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Piotr Konstantinovich “Daddy” Kozachenko, a Soviet fighter ace during the Sino Japanese War, Finnish-Soviet Winter War and World War II. 1923 – New Zealand forms its first military aviation services, the forerunners of what would be the Royal New Zealand Air Force. 1944 – Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. J.G. Musgrave, flying a de Havilland Mosquito of [...]

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Canadian Aviation Museum Holding Annual Fundraiser Tomorrow

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

There will be plenty to see and to buy in the parking lot of the British Columbia Aviation Museum in Canada tomorrow. The museum is located in Sidney, B.C., and organizer and secretary to the museum’s board of directors, Eleanore Arkesteyn, says there will be a collection of goods donated to the sale mostly by [...]

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Newest Airbus Airliner Makes First Flight

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

Watched by over 10,000 employees and spectators, the aircraft’s curled wingtips sliced into clouds above the Airbus factory in southwestern France and headed over the Pyrenees, with a crew of six wearing orange jumpsuits and parachutes. The flight, with two former fighter pilots at the controls, was expected to last four hours and caps eight years of [...]

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English Group to Restore Short Scion

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments

A rare Short Scion aircraft has arrived at Rochester Airport in South East England to undergo a lengthy restoration. The work will be carried out by the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPSL) Ltd. and the fuselage and wings will eventually form part of a fully-restored static aircraft. According to MAPS publicity director Robin Brooks, the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 13, 2013 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Adolphe Célestin Pégoud, a French aviator who became the first fighter ace, the first pilot to make a parachute jump from an airplane and one of the first to fly a loop in a Blériot model XI. 1921 – The U.S. Army and Navy begin trials in Chesapeake Bay to test the effectiveness of aircraft in attacking ships. [...]

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DC-10 Air Tanker Fighting Colorado Wildfires

Jun 13, 2013 No Comments

For the first time in Colorado firefighting history, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jumbo jet is based in the state for wildfire operations.  While such aircraft have made retardant drops in the past, the aircraft have never had a fixed refueling point in the state. Unlike smaller aircraft, the DC-10 can carry up to four times [...]

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