California School Gets 727 for Program

Jan 11, 2013 No Comments

A FedEx Boeing 727 cargo jet with 47,900 hours under its wings made its final flight Thursday morning, landing at Riverside (Calif.) Municipal Airport under a ceremonial water arch to become a laboratory for students in California Baptist University’s new aviation science program. Professor C. Daniel Prather, chairman of the university’s aviation science program, said [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 10, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Camille Lagesse, a Canadian WWI fighter ace credited with 20 victories. 1912 – Lt. Commander Charles Samson flies a Short S.38 from the deck of battleship HMS Africa moored in the River Medway, England, becoming the first British naval aviator. 1945 – A U.S. Army Air Corps Northrop P-61B Black Widow, [...]

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U.S. DC-8 Operations Winding Down

Jan 09, 2013 No Comments

After nearly 54 years of service, DC-8 operations in the U.S. are set to become even rarer with the pending retirement of Air Transport International’s (ATI) remaining DC-8 fleet, according to an Aviation Week report on Tuesday. ATI is withdrawing its last four DC-8s from service early this year and replacing them with 757s. Once [...]

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787 Woes Continue, This Time on ANA, JAL

Jan 09, 2013 No Comments

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight by Japan’s All Nippon Airways had to be cancelled Wednesday because of a brake problem, an airport spokesman said, the third problem to hit the aircraft in as many days. ANA 698 was cancelled because brake parts from the rear left undercarriage needed to be replaced, said the spokesman at Yamaguchi [...]

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Aviation Buff’s Cockpit Display Draws Driveway Crowd

Jan 09, 2013 No Comments

A plane enthusiast restored the cockpit of a Cold War fighter jet and proudly parked it on his driveway. Neil McCarthy, 37, renovated the nose of the battered de Havilland Vampire T.11 jet for display in front of his family home in Seaton Burn, North Tyneside, England. He says his wife Amanda and children Ryan, two, and Nathan, 18 months, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

1881 – William T. Piper, Sr., founder of what became the Piper Aircraft Corp., is born in Knapps Creek, N.Y. 1945 - The Mitsubishi J8M1 rocket-fighter makes its first flight in Hyakurigahara, Japan. 1964 – Air Force Cross posthumously awarded to Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., the only causality of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. 1982 – [...]

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Spitfire Collapses on U.K. Runway

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

Airport officials say an antique Spitfire aircraft owned by engine company Rolls Royce collapsed shortly after landing at East Midlands Airport in central England. The airport said in a statement the World War II-era plane’s undercarriage failed as it touched down Monday afternoon. The pilot was unharmed and the damaged aircraft was towed away. The sleek-looking [...]

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Popular Mechanics Flies a B-2 Bomber

Jan 08, 2013 No Comments

I never expected to step inside the cockpit of a B-2 Spirit, the Pentagon’s long-range stealth bomber. So you can imagine the shock of being at 27,000 feet and hearing an U.S. Air Force pilot tell me over the cockpit intercom, “Okay, you have the jet.” I place one suddenly damp left hand on the [...]

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