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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Frank Granger Quigley, decorated Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1919 – British rigid airship R-34 takes off from Long Island, N.Y., for a trip back to Pulham, Norfolk, for the first Atlantic double-crossing (return flight). 1938 – Howard Hughes, along with Harry Connor, Tom Thurlow, Richard Stoddart and Ed Lund, begin a record-breaking round-the-world flight […]
Boeing Drone to Attempt Carrier Landing

Boeing Drone to Attempt Carrier Landing

The U.S. Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time Wednesday, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. If all goes as planned, a successful landing of the Boeing […]

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Flights to Survey New Madrid Seismic Zone

Flights to Survey New Madrid Seismic Zone

Beginning today and continuing for about a month, a Cessna 182 operating under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey will be making low-level flights over a 1,400-square-mile area over parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee to measure the earth’s magnetic field. Blytheville, Ark., Kennett, Mo., Piggott, Ark., and Qulin, Mo., along with other parts of […]
Group Hopes to Return Kiwi Catalina to Skies

Group Hopes to Return Kiwi Catalina to Skies

It is hoped former crowd favorite the Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A flying boat will make a return to next year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand, International Airshow after a wing refurbishment of the 70-year-old aircraft. One of only two in the southern hemisphere still flying, the Catalina was recently moved into a hangar at New Plymouth, […]

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Series Focuses on High-Flying Repos

Series Focuses on High-Flying Repos

It isn’t often I get too excited about TV shows. As I’ve grown older, my ability to suspend belief is weakening, which makes watching most of the small screen’s drivel extremely difficult. That includes series in the so-called reality genre as many of them are actually scripted to some degree or another. Regardless, I’m gonna […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Thomas Gantz Cassady, American World War I flying ace, World War II Office of Strategic Services intelligence officer and businessman. 1924 – The first recorded flight of a live bull takes place when champion breeder Nico V is flown from Rotterdam, Holland, to Paris, France. The bull is carried by KLM in a Fokker […]

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Warbirds Headline Washington Air Show

Warbirds Headline Washington Air Show

A pair of famous warbirds will be featured at the Arlington (Wash.) Fly-In, a three-day event that starts Thursday at the city’s airport north of Seattle. The Historic Flight Foundation’s North American P-51 Mustang “Impatient Virgin” will be on display from July 11-13, and a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, courtesy of Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Museum, […]
Stalled Hypersonic Efforts Change Heading

Stalled Hypersonic Efforts Change Heading

For the Pentagon’s advanced research agency, blazing a trail in hypersonics has proved problematic. Now a decade-long program to demonstrate technology for prompt global strike is being wound down, with some hard lessons learned but no flight-test successes. In its place, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) plans to switch its focus to […]

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Honolulu Council to Decide Airfield’s Fate

Honolulu Council to Decide Airfield’s Fate

A controversial bill that would deface a former U.S. Marine Corps air station near Pearl Harbor is due to be considered by the Honolulu city council on Wednesday. The bill includes a pair of roadways that would intersect in the middle of what was once MCAS Ewa, one of the first U.S. military installations hit […]

Letter to Sciam editor June 29

Dear Mr. Schlenoff, I’m the historian to whose findings you refer in your June 13, 2013 commentary on Connecticut’s commemoration of Gustave Whitehead: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=recent-bill-connecticut-proclaims-gustave-whitehead-first-fly-not-wright-BrothersWhile I applaud many of your observations, (particularly those regarding the Wrights’ pre-1905 flight claims and their patent litigation), others need commentry themselves. Citing “first and second place revisionism” by “partisan supporters”, […]
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