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Letter to the Editor of Hartford Courant from John Brown

Dear Editor, In your Editorial of June 7, 2013 http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-aviation-silliness-at-capitol-20130607,0,6747667.story, you refer to the Connecticut Assembly’s commemoration of Gustave Whitehead’s first flight in 1901 (before the Wright brothers) as “nonsense”, “rewriting history” and “silliness”. You write that an “aviation authority was persuaded by a blurry, indistinct 1901 photo”, that “the Smithsonian Institution is still scoffing” […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1838 – Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin is born in Baden, Germany. The first large-scale builder and pioneer of rigid dirigible balloons, Zeppelin made his first balloon ascent while serving as a volunteer and observer for the Union Army in America’s Civil War. 1908 – Thérèse Peltier becomes the first woman to fly in an aeroplane. She is a passenger on a […]

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Solar Impulse Ends American Odyssey in NYC

Solar Impulse Ends American Odyssey in NYC

The Swiss-built Solar Impulse airplane ended its two-month-long, solar-powered trip across America with a nail-biter of a flight from Washington to New York on Saturday. “Maybe if I didn’t have 10 cameras pointed at me, I would cry,” Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, one of the pilots for the coast-to-coast journey, said just before the 11:09 p.m. ET […]

Email to Brady Kress, CEO, Dayton History

Dear Mr. Kress, I saw you on WDTN “2 News” just now http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/local/dayton/first-in-flight-title-up-in-the-air#.Uc0bzE3wC70and heard you say, Gustave Whitehead’s claim to having made the first powered airplane flight in 1901 is “bogus” and “there’s no evidence that proves it”. I invite you to examine the evidence I gathered on my Website, www.gustave-whitehead.com. It was peer-reviewed and […]

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Cause of Asiana 777 Crash May Take Years

Cause of Asiana 777 Crash May Take Years

As officials try to piece together what led to the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will analyze air-traffic control records, weather, aircraft maintenance and the crew’s actions from data recorders aboard the plane. A team of federal safety investigators headed for San […]
Museum Kicks Off Canadian Voodoo Campaign

Museum Kicks Off Canadian Voodoo Campaign

A Canadian aviation museum has the opportunity to save a McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo, one of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s most important  Cold War fighters and the last Voodoo to fly with the Canadian Armed Forces. The Jet Aircraft Museum, located in London, Ontario, between Toronto and Detroit ,Mich., yesterday announced plans to send a team of […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Harold Francis “Kiwi” Beamish, New Zealand World War I flying ace. 1917 – First flight of the Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker, famous World War I German triplane. 1927 – Irish-born Lady Mary Bailey establishes a new light airplane altitude record of 17,283 feet in a de Havilland D. H. 60 Moth, at the company’s airfield in Edgeware, Middlesex (now London, […]
Fighter Jet Battle in Vermont Heats Up

Fighter Jet Battle in Vermont Heats Up

For decades, the thunder of Vermont Air National Guard jets has been a noisy feature of life in the towns around Burlington, Vt., where the commercial airport also houses the U.S. Air Force’s 158th Fighter Wing, known as “The Green Mountain Boys.” Now, the potential arrival of louder, new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters that […]

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Solar Impulse: Big Apple Bound

Solar Impulse: Big Apple Bound

The Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are now preparing for the final flight of their HB-SIA zero-fuel airplane in the Across America 2013 campaign. Borschberg will take control of the solar-powered airplane for this final leg of the journey from Washington, D.C., to New York. Borschberg is scheduled to take off from Washington Dulles International […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1914 – Birth of Marmaduke Thomas St. John “Pat” Pattle, South African World War II fighter ace. 1941 – Luftwaffe Maj. Wilhelm Balthasar, a World War II fighter ace and winner of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, is killed in action when his Messerschmitt Bf 109F-4 suffers wing failure and crashes in France, […]
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