Myanmar Spitfire Hunt Loses Backer

Feb 18, 2013 No Comments

A global video gaming company that funded a high-profile hunt for dozens of World War II-era British fighters in Myanmar has some bad news for aviation enthusiasts: It says none of the legendary planes are buried in the Southeast Asian country. Excavation teams carrying out surveys on the ground, however, said Saturday that they would [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Bartolomeo “Meo” Costantini, Italian World War I flying ace and post-war racing driver and manufacturer. 1932 – American aviation pioneer Ruth Nichols sets a new altitude record for a diesel-powered aircraft, 19,928 feet, in a modified Lockheed Vega. 1945 – Death of Otto “Bruno” Kittel, German World War II flying ace (shown above). On his 583rd combat [...]

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An-2 Biplane Making Record Trip to Africa

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

An unprecedented 12,427-mile charity flight from the coast of Russia to South Africa in an Antonov An-2 Russian biplane will be reaching the end of its journey in Lanseria next week. Following the completion of the ‘From Ocean to Ocean’ trip, the aircraft, known as ‘Anoushka,’ or ‘Little Annie,’, will be based full-time in Africa to [...]

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Navy E-2C Hawkeye Squadron Disbanding in Louisiana

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

A Navy Reserve aviation squadron credited with saving more than 1,840 New Orleans-area residents in the flooded chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina has become a casualty of military spending cuts. Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77, or VAW-77, will be ceremonially disbanded next month, the Navy confirmed Wednesday. Its six E-2C Hawkeye airplanes and many of its personnel already [...]

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American Airlines, US Airways Boards Agree to Merge

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

American Airlines and US Airways officially announced an $11 billion merger on Thursday morning. The new company, which will be based in Fort Worth, will have more than 6,700 daily flights to 336 destinations in 56 countries, the carriers said. “Today we are proud to launch the new American Airlines — a premier global carrier [...]

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Video: How to Box a Mosquito

Feb 13, 2013 1 Comment

So how do you get a warbird safely from one side of the world to the other? Well, in the case of Jerry Yagen’s recently restored de Havilland Mosquito, known as KA114, it’s being disassembled and placed into a shipping container for it’s trip home to the U.S. New Zealand warbird experts Avspecs Limited rebuilt the twin-engined [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 12, 2013 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Eberhard Mohnicke, German World War I flying ace. 1903 – The world’s first successful heavier-than-air aircraft engine, which will power the Wright brothers‘ first airplane in December 1903, runs for the first time in Dayton, Ohio. 1935 – The U.S. Navy’s last rigid airship, the USS Macon, loses its upper fin off Point Sur, Calif., sinks to the surface [...]

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New Hawaiian Shuttle Airline Gets Artistic Look

Feb 12, 2013 No Comments

Hawaiian Airlines’ parent said Monday that it has named its turboprop interisland subsidiary Ohana by Hawaiian, and said the service operated by contractor Empire Airlines will launch this summer with flights to Molokai and Lanai. Honolulu-based Hawaiian Holdings Inc. is launching the new carrier with two 48-seat ATR42 turboprop aircraft, which will be covered in designs by Hilo [...]

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