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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Indian Navy Copter Crashes, 2 Missing

Mar 06, 2013 No Comments

An Indian Navy Chetak helicopter with four personnel on board crashed into the sea off the Vishakhapatnam harbour on Tuesday. Two crew members were rescued while the fate of two others is unknown, officials said. The chopper, an Indian-built version of the Aerospatiale Alouette III, was said to be on a training sortie when it [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 05, 2013 No Comments

1923 – Aeronautical pioneer Igor Sikorsky sets up the Sikorsky Aero Engineering Corp. in the U.S. Sikorsky left Russia in 1917 when revolution threatened his work and his life. 1936 – First flight of the Supermarine Spitfire (shown above). The single-seat fighter would play a major role in World War II, with more than 20,300 being built over the following [...]

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Marines Show Off Controversial Osprey Ahead of Japan Training

Mar 04, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. military spent Sunday and Monday showing off its controversial Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, which is set to begin its first air operations on the Japanese mainland this week. Japan’s second highest military officer was given an orientation flight in a Marine Corps Osprey over the weekend, while hundreds of Okinawans were given a rare [...]

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Rhode Island Teacher Makes History Flying Biodiesel Plane

Mar 04, 2013 No Comments

A Lincoln, R.I., teacher made history Saturday, flying the first ever biodiesel-fueled airplane in U.S. history. Ross McCurdy, a local teacher and pilot pioneered the flight to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the destination of the Wright Brothers historic flight back in 1903. “I think this is the shape of the future,” he said. McCurdy has taken [...]

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Fundraising Taking Flight at N.Y. Aircraft Museum

Mar 04, 2013 No Comments

Despite the winter weather, activity at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum in Geneseo, N.Y., is in full swing with a pair of fundraising campaign, including one that seeks to raise $2 million for a new hanger. The museum is also developing a second campaign to help get one of its planes to France for the [...]

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Thunderbirds Air Show Season Cancelled

Mar 02, 2013 No Comments

As the Air Force braces for potential sequester, leadership has cancelled all aviation support to public events for at least the remainder of the fiscal year and is standing down the Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team beginning April 1 to save flying hours to support readiness needs. Active-duty, Reserve and Guard units ceased all aviation support [...]

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Help us choose the cover for the next issue of Flight Journal

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments

We need your opinion! Our editors would like your help — which of the covers below would you like to see on the June 2013 of Flight Journal? Click below to vote for your favorite on Facebook, just click “Like” on whatever cover you think we should choose! Click here to VOTE  

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WW I “History”— Student Academy Award-winning Animation

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments

The Jockstrap Raiders is a Student Academy Award winning animated short film about a group of misfits during World War I. It takes place in Leeds, England where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a [...]

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