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Lark of Duluth Replica Crashes

Lark of Duluth Replica Crashes

A rough landing in the harbor off Park Point in Duluth, Minn., yesterday severely damaged a replica of a Benoist XIV flying boat that has generated a lot of buzz in the area. But officials say it was the best-case scenario because no one was hurt. “In the words of the pilot, he said we had […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – The LZ 10 Schwaben, a German rigid airship, enters commercial service; it will go on to become the first commercially successful passenger aircraft. 1918 – Awdry Morris “Bunny” Vaucour, British World War I flying ace, dies in a “friendly fire” incident when an Italian Hanriot pilot shot down Vaucour’s Sopwith Camel. 1923 – Birth of Ralph Dayton Albertazzie, U.S. Air […]

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British Airways A380 Arrives at Base

British Airways A380 Arrives at Base

Manston Airport’s role as a contender in the South East England aviation debate has been reinforced after the Kent airport welcomed British Airways’ first Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, on Monday. The new addition to British Airways’ fleet will be based at Manston Airport as part of the airline’s training for its […]
USAF Combat Planes to Resume Flights

USAF Combat Planes to Resume Flights

Many U.S. Air Force combat aircraft that have been grounded since April because of budget cuts will soon begin flying again, the military announced Monday. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and 16 Air Force squadrons will begin training flights, military officials announced. Still the Thunderbirds’ popular aerial demonstrations remain canceled for all of 2013. An Air […]

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World War I Ace Not Forgotten

World War I Ace Not Forgotten

Bill Martin takes exception with the title of a book about Lt. Col. William Lambert of Ironton, Ohio, that labels the aviator as America’s “forgotten” aviation ace of World War I. Lambert, who passed away in 1982, flew the Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a for the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps. “I don’t think people really forgot […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Frederick Libby, first American ace of World War I. 1927 – Death of Paul Wilhelm Bäumer, German World War I ace, who dies in a crash near Copenhagen while test flying a Rohrbach Rofix fighter. 1941 – Luftwaffe ace Werner Mölders shoots down two Soviet aircraft, raising his victory total to 101. He becomes the first […]

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Battle Rages Over Global Hawks

Battle Rages Over Global Hawks

June is the start of the rainy season in the South Pacific, six months of storms that come in fast and unpredictable. And when the wind starts blowing, that takes its toll on U.S. intelligence-gathering far off in North Korea. A substantial amount of the intel on the Hermit Kingdom comes from the three massive […]
Warbird Maintenance Full-Time Job at Museum

Warbird Maintenance Full-Time Job at Museum

The space inside the cockpit of the Beechcraft T-34A Mentor trainer belonging to the Cactus Air Force Wings and Wheels Museum is about the same as inside as a standard refrigerator shipping box. Maybe a foot or two shorter. And narrower. There are 20 or so gauges and dials on the dashboard, some with familiar […]

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Boeing 787 Woes Return

Boeing 787 Woes Return

A fire and “technical issue” aboard two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Friday raised new safety concerns for the long troubled airliner. The fire ignited on an empty 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines that was parked at London’s Heathrow airport. No one was hurt and the incident shut runways for about an hour before operations resumed, the […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Geoffrey Forrest Hughes, Australian World War I flying ace. 1929 – First flight of the Dornier Do X, a German flying boat powered by twelve engines mounted in six tower nacelles on the wing. 1944 – The first allied jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor Mk. 1 (shown above), entered service with the Royal Air Force’s […]
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