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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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Fernand Eugene Guyou, French World War I flying ace, airliner pilot and World War II pilot. 1931 – Australian Guy Lambton Menzies crash-lands the Avro Sports Avian “Southern Cross Junior” upside-down in the La Fontaine Swamp near Hari Hari on New Zealand’s west coast after an almost 12-hour flight from Blenheim, [...]

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RCAF Scrounging for Buffalo Parts

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

The Canadian military has been going to the literal ends of the earth to keep its aging search-and-rescue airplanes flying, underlining the desperate need for replacement aircraft following decades of delays and political squabbling. Top Defence Department officials were told in a secret briefing last year that the military had been forced to “purchase spare [...]

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A321T Begins U.S. Transcon Duty

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

American Airlines on Tuesday inaugurated service aboard the new Airbus A321T, the first of what will become a dedicated three-class fleet operating on transcontinental flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). American will initially operate the A321T between New York and Los Angeles, and will introduce the new [...]

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Evergreen Aviation Museum’s Future Cloudy

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

The world-class air museum developed by Evergreen International Aviation founder Del Smith may be in for some painful losses in the wake of the apparent collapse of Smith’s network of for-profit operation. The McMinnville, Oregon, museum housing Howard Hughes’ mammoth H-4 Hercules (better known as the “Spruce Goose”) is facing financial scrutiny, and the ownership [...]

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Delta Ends Domestic DC-9 Service

Jan 07, 2014 No Comments

Delta Air Lines is retiring its last DC-9s, the oldest passenger plane in the fleet of the big U.S. airlines. Atlanta, Ga.-based Delta operated the final passenger flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta Monday evening. McDonnell Douglas delivered the first DC-9s in 1965, and eventually built 976 of them. The plane was noteworthy at the time because [...]

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Free Online Drawing: FW-190A

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

This month Flight Journal readers are the winners, when it comes to stuff being lost in our attic. Until John Dibbs offered us his fantastic photos of the Flying Heritage Collection’s one-of-a-kind, original flying FW-190A we’d never poked around in our archives to see what we had in the way of Focke-Wulf drawings. And you [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

1911 – A quarter-million Indians watch a flying display in Calcutta by French pilot Henri Jullerot in his military biplane. 1913 – Birth of Pierre Le Gloan, French World War II flying ace. 1944 – First flight of the McDonnell XP-67 “Bat” or “Moonbat” (shown), an American twin-engine, single-seat interceptor prototype. 1960 – National Airlines [...]

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Popular Fly-In Defies Winter Weather

Jan 06, 2014 No Comments

The runways were covered in snow and the wind made it feel like the temperature was below zero. Four small private planes landed, although recent snows likely mean the only arrivals by air for the rest of the winter will require skis, like the hydraulic retractable skis on Don Kiel’s Cessna 170B tail dragger. Kiel, 68, [...]

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