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‘Aluminum Overcast’ B-17 to Visit Missouri

‘Aluminum Overcast’ B-17 to Visit Missouri

The “Aluminum Overcast,” a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber restored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, will be at Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Municipal Airport this weekend for tours and flights. The plane was to visit last year, but it was damaged in a hailstorm and had to be repaired. Boeing built the Aluminum Overcast in 1945 but […]
Wings Over Gaylord Promises Thrills

Wings Over Gaylord Promises Thrills

If you’re going to any air show this summer, Wings Over Gaylord in Gaylord, Mich., is the one to see. The annual Father’s Day weekend event at Gaylord Regional Airport kicks off Friday with a parade of historic military vehicles rolling down Main Street, east to west, at 2 p.m. Air show organizer and airport […]

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T-28 Flying Star at Tennessee Music Festival

T-28 Flying Star at Tennessee Music Festival

Pilot Peter O’Hare summed up the Hixson Flight Museum’s presence at this year’s Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, Tenn. He said, “It’s a great opportunity to actually put your hands on history.” The Hixson Flight Museum aims to do just that. Festivalgoers can actually climb into the cockpit of a North American T28 Trojan warbird. It’s […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1867 – Birth of René Hanriot, French racing driver, early aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1912 – Death of Arthur Laibel “Al” Welsh, a Jewish, Russian-born American pioneer aviator and the first flight instructor for the Wright Brothers; he is killed in the crash of his Wright Model C along with Leighton Wilson Hazelhurst, Jr., another pioneer in U.S. […]

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‘Yankee Lady’ B-17 Bomber Quite a Sight in N.J.

‘Yankee Lady’ B-17 Bomber Quite a Sight in N.J.

Dan Mullin had a curt answer when somebody at New Jersey’s Naval Air Station Wildwood questioned the effectiveness of the tail guns on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. “We won the war,” said Mullin, 94, of Ocean City. That was the short answer Monday as the World War II veteran, who flew bombers during missions […]
British Army Squadron Celebrates 70 Years in the Air

British Army Squadron Celebrates 70 Years in the Air

A British Army aviation squadron now based in Suffolk, England, has celebrated 70 years of flying, half of which has been spent on operations. The 656 Squadron, part of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, was formed during the Second World War to fly artillery observation missions in Auster AOP observation aircraft and is now at the […]

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WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

WWII Dornier Bomber Raised from English Channel

A German World War II bomber was raised from the bottom of the English Channel on Monday. The Dornier Do 17, a twin-engined airplane known as the “Flying Pencil,” was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Believed to be the only intact example of its kind […]

John Brown responds to Wall Street Journal

Dear Ms. Mitchell, In today’s Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/article/  you’re quoted as stating that the Smithsonian Institution, “has extensively researched Mr. Whitehead’s claims over several decades.” “None of the material Mr. Brown has presented is new—it has all been thoroughly researched by members of our staff and other aviation historians.” (I’m the “Mr. Brown” you’re […]

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Gustave Whitehead – new development from John Brown

Budd, Have you heard?… A few hours ago, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill explicitly withdrawing recognition for history’s first powered flight from the Wright brothers and assigning it to an earlier 1901 flight by Gustave Whitehead. The Bill there and in the Lower House won by such a wide margin, it’s likely to become […]
Waterbombing: the French Celebrate 50 Years

Waterbombing: the French Celebrate 50 Years

At the beginning of June, the French Securite Civile marked 50 years of aerial water bombing. The agency, which is part of the country’s interior ministry, held four days of celebrations including an airshow at the little airfield of Aix-le-Milles, near Marseille on June 2 providing a great opportunity to the agency’s fixed-wing assets in action. […]
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