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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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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 […]

Op.Ed piece by S. Sikorsky, June 28

Dear Editor, In a June 28 Op.Ed. piece on the first flight claim of Gustave Whitehead, http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-sikorsky-whiteheads-flight-never-happened-06-20130628,0,438644.story Sergei Sikorsky, an aviation consultant of famous pedigree, opines “Whitehead’s Only Flight Was One of Fancy”. Calling it “pure fiction, not fact”, he suggests it was “born in the imagination of [the…] Editor of the Bridgeport Sunday Herald”. […]

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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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