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Helborne 513: October Issue

Pivotal Tactics - Behind the Legendary Battle of Britain

Banshee Wail - Flying Skulls over Burma

Out for a Sunday Ride - Civilian Pilots Caught in History’s Path

Chennault’s Flying Tigers -- How They Got Their Name

The First Bridge - The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere

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Flying on the Convair 580

Flying on the Convair 580

April 1956 represented a different era in aviation. Local service airlines were popular, fares were regulated, and people still dressed-up to fly. It was also when the three hundred thirty-fourth Convair 440 rolled off the assembly line to start service with Canadian regional airline Time Air. The Convair 440 was built to American Airlines’ specifications to serve […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Edward “Eddie” Vernon Rickenbacker, American World War I fighter ace, race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines. 1908 – The first European flight of the Wright Brothers is made by Wilbur […]

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‘Spirit of Goodyear’ Flying to Retirement

‘Spirit of Goodyear’ Flying to Retirement

Like many Ohioans, Goodyear’s Akron-based blimp, the “Spirit of Goodyear,” has become a snowbird and is leaving northeast Ohio’s snow and cold for a retirement in the sunshine and warmth of Florida. The blimp, which has been based at the company’s Wingfoot Lake Hangar since its christening 13 years ago, will join “The Spirit of Innovation” and operate from the company’s Pompano […]
Roof Collapse Damages Airship

Roof Collapse Damages Airship

A $35 million lighter-than-air dirigible was damaged and leaked helium Monday after part of a hangar roof collapsed at a former military base, authorities said. The partial collapse was reported just after 7:45 a.m. at one of the World War II-era blimp hangars on the grounds of the former Marine Corps Air Station, said Capt. Steve […]

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Airliner Bombing Over Indiana Still Mystery

Airliner Bombing Over Indiana Still Mystery

In October of 1933, a United Airlines flight with seven people aboard was blown up with a bomb over Chesterton, Ind. A young federal agent named Melvin Purvis headed up an exhaustive investigation, involving hundreds of leads. But eighty years later, the crash remains a mystery, the first case of aviation terrorism in America. The […]
New USAF Transports Head to Boneyard

New USAF Transports Head to Boneyard

The Pentagon is sending $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report. A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Hubert William Godfrey Jones (Penderel), a Welsh World War I flying ace, Royal Air Force display pilot, air racer and World War II officer; he later undertakes a number of expeditions to explore the Gilf Kebir plateau in Egypt and one of his expeditions with Count László Almásy loosely forms the […]
Popular Chinese Airliner Posing Danger

Popular Chinese Airliner Posing Danger

A Chinese airline manufacturer has been selling, and in some cases giving away, an airplane that was rejected by the country’s own aviation industry for safety fears. The first sign of trouble took place on June 22, 2000, when a plane called the Y-7 suffered a disastrous accident at an airport in the central Chinese […]

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CAF AirSho Celebrates 50 Years

CAF AirSho Celebrates 50 Years

Nine vintage military aircraft took to the skies above Harlingen’s Rebel Field in 1963, marking the Commemorative Air Force’s first warbird show dedicated to air stunts and flight aerobics. The tradition continues five decades later in the Permian Basin’s backyard with the CAF’s 50th annual AirSho on Oct. 12-13 at Midland International Airport. This year’s milestone […]
Learjet Success Began with Crash

Learjet Success Began with Crash

Fifty years ago today, Bill Lear stood on a runway and watched his life savings lift off from an airport in Wichita, Kans. He was 61, and had amassed a fortune in the consumer electronics age. But the jet age was upon us, and the serial entrepreneur saw a chance to build a business around […]
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