Who Was First? The Wrights or Whitehead?
Here it comes again: the Great Who Flew First Debate. This time it is courtesy of Jane’s All the World Aircraft, considered to be one of the world’s encyclopedic, not-to-be-doubted sources of aviation information and their radical shift in which they de-throne the Wright Brothers and enshrine Gustav Whitehead as the first to achieve powered flight.
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Hunter Heaven

Oct 28, 2011 No Comments

When the prototype of the Sydney Camm-designed Hawker Hunter first flew at Dunsfold, Surrey, UK on July 20, 1951, its success and future were not assured. A rival interceptor, fighter aircraft from Supermarine, the Swift, was also competing for the RAF F.43/46 requirement. Sixty years later, the total production figure of 1,985 aircraft speaks for [...]

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EV-55 Outback

Oct 27, 2011 No Comments

After more than six years of development, the Evektor EV-55M Outback twin turboprop made its first flight June 24 from the Czech Republic town of Kunovice. The 30-minute test signaled the beginning of a new direction for Evektor, maker of the EuroStar and SportStar sport planes, into the commercial utility market. The high-wing Outback, which [...]

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Boeing Dreamliner’s First Flight

Oct 27, 2011 No Comments

 Hong kong - Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner made its first commercial flight on Wednesday, giving a handful of deep-pocketed passengers the chance to fly into history on what is touted as an aviation breakthrough. Carrying 252 people including corporate VIPs, aviation buffs and a large press pack, the All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight flew from Tokyo’s Narita [...]

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Douglas A-1H Gets Ready for Display at the National Museum

Oct 24, 2011 No Comments

Looking at the pieces of the Douglas A-1H in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, it is hard to imagine it will someday be a display-worthy aircraft. “Right now, we are just trying to get it on its feet,” said Dave Lazzarine, a restoration supervisor at the museum. So [...]

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LAND NOW! An anniversary worth remembering

Oct 04, 2011 No Comments

We at Flight Journal consider it to be an honor to present stories of those who were directly involved in the events of 9/11 as pilots or flight crew. This is yet another view of the event that has shaped our present and our future.   Our plane has been hijacked. Flight attendant #1 stabbed. [...]

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Country music star Aaron Tippin pilots a B-29

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

Not only is Aaron Tippin a world-famous country singer, he’s also an accomplished pilot! He recently completed his check ride in “Fifi,” the only B-29 Superfortress still flying today. Here’s his story: “Getting checked out in the B-29 on this beautiful September day is a lifelong dream and the coolest thing ever”, Tippin exclaims. Now Aaron [...]

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Aardvarks Down: Last F-111s Fly

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

On December 3, 2010, another great aircraft was retired from service, and this time it was in Australia. The F-111 was one of the most controversial aircraft ever flown by the USAF. It was battle-tested in the Vietnam War and proved to be one of the most effective attack aircraft in the Gulf War. The [...]

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SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Makes a Big Splash

Sep 26, 2011 No Comments

Space flight history was recently enjoyed by the SpaceX Company, when its Falcon 9 launch system successfully carried its Dragon spacecraft into low orbit and returned it safely to a predetermined splashdown point some 500 miles (804 kilometers) off the coast of southern California. This was the first time a commercial company had successfully recovered [...]

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