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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Photos: 787s in Storage at Paine Field

Feb 20, 2013 No Comments

If the proposed near-term battery fix that Boeing will present to the FAA in Washington, D.C., as early as Thursday is accepted, the scenes Paine Field in Everett, Wash., home of the builder’s wide-body plant, may not be seen for much longer. Check out the photos taken by Joe Walker at Paine Field last weekend on Aviation [...]

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Onboard NASA’s Flying Observatory

Feb 20, 2013 No Comments

When you’re staring up at the stars, you’re only seeing a glimpse of the picture. That’s because a layer of water vapor lies between earth’s surface and outer space. NASA has a solution a decade in the making: the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The Tech Report recently joined a handful of teachers and NASA [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 19, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and a high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II. 1916 – Death of Ernst Mach, Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves. 1917 – First [...]

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Officials Preparing for Possible Cuts to Blue Angels

Feb 19, 2013 No Comments

Every year, rain or shine, thousands flock to get a glimpse of the Blue Angels soaring through the sky. Some civilians even have the chance to ride with a pilot to test the maneuvers themselves. New budget cuts throughout the military threaten to ground the planes for 2013, including the Pensacola Beach show in Florida on [...]

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Skyhawks Head to U.S. for Formation Flights

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

It is not quite a steal but the man who purchased New Zealand’s grounded Skyhawk fighter aircraft has discovered he got a bargain. Eight Douglas A-4K Skyhawks that sat in plastic cocoons at the Royal New Zealand Air Force base in Woodbourne since 2001 will next month return to the air in formation over Florida. Draken [...]

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Langley Air Show Cancelled, Oceana Under Threat

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

Citing budget uncertainties and the threat of sequestration, Joint Base Langley in Virginia announced Friday it is canceling the Langley air show, which was set for May 3-5. A spokeswoman for Oceana Naval Air Station said it may cancel its show, too. “The Air Force has to consider the fiscal challenges affecting the Department of [...]

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Myanmar Spitfire Hunt Loses Backer

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

A global video gaming company that funded a high-profile hunt for dozens of World War II-era British fighters in Myanmar has some bad news for aviation enthusiasts: It says none of the legendary planes are buried in the Southeast Asian country. Excavation teams carrying out surveys on the ground, however, said Saturday that they would [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Bartolomeo “Meo” Costantini, Italian World War I flying ace and post-war racing driver and manufacturer. 1932 – American aviation pioneer Ruth Nichols sets a new altitude record for a diesel-powered aircraft, 19,928 feet, in a modified Lockheed Vega. 1945 – Death of Otto “Bruno” Kittel, German World War II flying ace (shown above). On his 583rd combat [...]

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