On this Day in Aviation History – December 21

Dec 21, 2011 No Comments

1988: Pan American World Airways (Pan-Am) Boeing 747 ‘Maid of the Seas’ is destroyed in mid-air by a terrorist bomb over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground are killed.   1982: The last V-bomber squadron of Britain’s RAF 44 is disbanded at Waddington, Lincolnshire.      [...]

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Monospar ST-12 Restoration

Dec 19, 2011 1 Comment

The ongoing restoration of General Aircraft Monospar ST-12 VH-UTH at Newark Air Museum is making steady progress, with work on the complex nose-section structure now nearing completion.  VH-UTH’s nose-lamp housing has now been accurately configured to allow the curved rib sections to be connected to the lower fuselage stringers. This particular part of the project [...]

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Beat the traffic: buy a ’54 Aerocar One

Dec 15, 2011 1 Comment

That’s right: you can own a unique piece of aviation history! This rare, fully standard, certified Aerocar One has folding wings that it can tow while it’s driving on the road, and it even has a horn and rear-view mirror! One of only five Aerocars that exist, it has a cruise speed of 100mph, takeoff [...]

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Microsoft Co-Founder to Build Space Jet

Dec 15, 2011 No Comments

<param Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he will build the world’s largest airplane as a mobile platform for launching satellites at low cost, which he believes could transform the space industry. Andy Pasztor has details on The News Hub. More Info On WSJ: Click Here

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Build your own Supermarine Spitfire!

Dec 15, 2011 1 Comment

History is being reborne in Cisco, Texas, where Supermarine Spitfire is manufacturing 90-percent-scale (full-size!) kits of the WW II fighter. You, too, could own and fly one of the world’s most legendary aircraft! Here’s the scoop: Iconic aircraft seem to be born that way……Few would doubt that the North American Mustang and the DC3 were [...]

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On this Day in Aviation History — December 14

Dec 14, 2011 No Comments

1986:     Burt Rutan’s Voyager takes off for what will be the first flight around the world without refueling. The challenging 26,366-mile flight took just over 9 days in very cramped quarters for the two pilots on-board. Burt was approached by his brother Dick about designing an airplane that could fly nonstop, unrefueled around the world, [...]

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A Date Which Will Live In infamy

Dec 07, 2011 No Comments

      1941: Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized.  A total of twelve ships sank or were beached in the attack and nine additional vessels were damaged. More than 160 aircraft were [...]

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Pearl Harbor: 70 Years of Memories

Dec 07, 2011 1 Comment

In memory of Pearl Harbor, as she does every Dec. 7, Elizabeth Sanders Smith will place a photo of her husband outside her front door. Her childhood sweetheart in Syracuse was W. Snowdon Smith III, whose grandfather built the famed Snowdon apartments. In October 1941, Elizabeth traveled by train to Utah, where Snowdon served in [...]

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