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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Qatar Airways Grounds 787, Boeing Investigating

Dec 14, 2012 No Comments

Qatar Airways has been forced to ground one of its three Boeing 787 Dreamliners after it found the same fault that recently forced a United Airlines Dreamliner to make an emergency landing, its CEO said yesterday. “One of our Dreamliners has the same problem that the United plane had and I am very disappointed in Boeing,” Qatar [...]

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Navy Helicopter Crew Injured During Landing

Dec 14, 2012 No Comments

A Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crash landed at North Island Naval Air Station late Wednesday night, putting all four crew members in the hospital. The helicopter, assigned to North Island’s HSM-75 Wolfpack squadron, was significantly damaged in what the Navy described as a “hard landing” on the tarmac. The aircraft remained on the landing area, sitting [...]

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Iwakuni Fetes First Civilian Flight in 48 Years

Dec 14, 2012 No Comments

A new military-civilian airport in the Japanese city of Iwakuni opened Thursday with an All Nippon Airways flight to Haneda airport in Tokyo, marking the first commercial flight from the area in 48 years. Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport in Yamaguchi Prefecture is the 98th airport in Japan and cost ¥1.32 billion, or more than $15 million, [...]

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Texas L-29 Crash Kills 2

Dec 13, 2012 No Comments

Emergency crews and investigators remained at the scene of a plane crash Thursday afternoon near the border of Kaufman and Ellis counties southeast of Dallas, Texas. Video from KTVT’s Chopper 11 showed the limited burned out remains of what was a fixed-wing jet aircraft. CBS 11 News sources have confirmed two people were on the plane. Federal [...]

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Restored Super Cruiser Awaits First Flight

Dec 13, 2012 No Comments

Don Horst of Newton, Kan., hopes to be not only among the clouds on his birthday today, but also to celebrate a rebirth as he does. Horst, who was once a professional charter pilot headquartered at the Newton City/County Airport, wants to take his rebuilt 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser on a maiden voyage Thursday. [...]

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Iraq Takes Delivery of Super Herc

Dec 13, 2012 No Comments

Lockheed Martin delivered a C-130J Super Hercules to the Iraqi Air Force at formal ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., on Wednesday. This is one of the initial three aircraft of a total of six C-130Js ordered by Iraq. The other two of these initial three aircraft departed yesterday for Iraq. The remaining three C-130Js will be [...]

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Japan Fighters Sent to Intercept Chinese Plane

Dec 13, 2012 No Comments

Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen Thursday near small islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries. This is the first time that the dispute over the islands — which Japan calls Senkaku and China refers to as Diaoyu — has involved aircraft, introducing a new sphere of [...]

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DA40 Crashes in Georgia, Pilot Killed

Dec 12, 2012 No Comments

Prominent Wayne County, Ga., businessman Rick Poppell, 52, died Monday night in a plane crash in Lowndes County. Poppell’s Diamond Aircraft DA40 airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from Valdosta Regional Airport. He was the sole occupant of the four-seater Austrian-made aircraft. Searchers looked for Poppell throughout the night and into Tuesday morning before sighting the wreckage. [...]

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