Goodyear Tests New Zeppelin

Apr 04, 2014 No Comments

It’s a new era for Goodyear’s iconic blimp. You could call it the Age of the Zeppelin. Cue the guitars! The Ohio-based tire and rubber company started testing its next-generation airship last month at Goodyear’s airfield near Akron, Ohio. Yes, this is an actual Zeppelin airship, made in partnership with the German company that dates [...]

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Italian Flight Demo Team Shows Skills

Apr 04, 2014 No Comments

Italy’s national acrobatics flying team entertained Americans and Italians during a brief demonstration over Aviano Air Base in northeastern Italy Friday. Frecce Tricolori is based at nearby Rivolto Air Base and performs at air shows around the world. It’s become a tradition for the team to provide a brief demonstration of its abilities over Aviano. [...]

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Seattle’s Museum of Flight Adds Wildcat

Apr 04, 2014 No Comments

What do you do with a military airplane that’s too old even for the reserves? In the case of a World War II General Motors FM-2 Wildcat, you turn it into a playground attraction. Then, of course, you wait for aviation historians to realize its importance, restore it and hang it in a museum. That last [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Geoffrey William Hemming, British World War I flying ace. 1904 – Gabriel Voisin successfully flies a modified Archdeacon glider at Berck sur Mer, Picardie, in northern France; Voisin added a canard to the design and his longest flight on this day is 25 seconds. 1933 – Two British aircraft, a Westland PV-3 and a Westland [...]

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Monster Model P-40 Warhawk: First Flight Video!

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

Watching the first flight of this giant 7.6-foot-span warbird is a real treat! Piloted by Josef Spielhofer of the Austrian Falcon Wings, the plane weighs in at 61 pounds and is powered by a 3W 150 R2 inline engine and uses Weatronics radio gear. Watch to the very end for a landing that will get [...]

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Smithsonian’s NASM Displays to Be Updated

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

Some of the most iconic artifacts of aviation and space history are getting an updated display for the 21st century, with the Apollo moon landing as the centerpiece. For the first time since its 1976 opening, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum plans to overhaul its central exhibition showing the milestones of flight. The [...]

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‘D-Day Doll’ to Star at California Air Show

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

As the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion looms, an airplane that dropped paratroopers into that epic World War II battle will greet visitors at this week’s Riverside Air Show in California. “Being able to sit in the seat that an 18-year-old (paratrooper) sat in 70 years ago, ready to jump (into combat), is kind [...]

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Naval Aviation Museum Expecting Big Year

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

With the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flying again, the National Naval Aviation Museum in Florida is expecting attendance in 2014 to top 800,000, and to regain momentum lost during last year’s federal budget cutbacks. Encouraged by the roaring start to the Blues season and early-morning crowds that accompanied the flight demonstration team’s first Pensacola public [...]

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