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

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

1890 – Birth of Victor S. Chapman, French-American World War I pilot and the first American pilot to die in that conflict. 1920 – Death of Walter Alfred Southey, British World War I fighter ace. 1942 – Twelve Avro Lancaster bombers – six each from No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron and No. 97 Squadron – carry [...]

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Replica Caproni CA.3 Makes Test Flight

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

The Caproni Ca.3R has flown! Although technically speaking, it just made a short hop to test the response of the flight controls and engine behavior, this is a major milestone on the road to the real flight tests, which will surely take place soon. As WarbirdsNews reported last year, Giancarlo Zanardo has been building the replica WWI-era, [...]

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New Zealand’s Super Seasprite Takes Wing

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

Kaman Aerospace has begun production flight-testing of the first of 10 refurbished SH-2G(I) Super Seasprites that were previously delivered to Australia, but have now been bought by the Royal New Zealand Navy. The milestone opens another chapter in the story of a design that made its first flight (as the HU2K-1) on July 2, 1959, and which [...]

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Boeing Delivers 8,000th 737 to United

Apr 17, 2014 No Comments

Boeing’s 737 aircraft just marked an aviation first: The 8,000th model has rolled off the assembly line, a round-number milestone for the best-selling airplane of all time. Boeing delivered the aircraft, a 737-900ER, on Wednesday to United Airlines, the buyer of the first 737 sold in the U.S. For an idea of just how popular the 737 is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 16, 2014 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Giles Noble Blennerhasset, Irish World War I fighter ace. 1922 – Taking advantage of the Treaty of Rapallo, a flying school for German pilots is set up at Lipetsk; by 1933, 450 German military pilots will have trained here. 1943 – Believing they had sunk a cruiser, two destroyers and 25 transports and shot down 175 Allied aircraft, [...]

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Meet the Pilots of Solar Impulse 2

Apr 16, 2014 No Comments

Their CVs combined look like the envy of all bona fide air adventurers. Pioneering ultralight aircraft? Been there. Setting world records by circling the globe nonstop in a balloon? Done that. Commanding the first ever 24-hour flight on a plane powered just by the sun? Yep, you’ve guessed it. And now, following 12 years of [...]

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X-47B Makes Night Flight, Wins Award

Apr 16, 2014 No Comments

A Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned air vehicle completed the type’s first night flight last week – the same day the UAV’s development team won the Robert J Collier Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association. The aircraft, developed by Northrop as a demonstrator for the U.S. Navy’s unmanned carrier-launched airborne surveillance and strike (UCLASS) programme, conducted the night [...]

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HAL Tejas Navy Jet Goes Supersonic

Apr 16, 2014 No Comments

Just days before the second anniversary of its maiden flight, the naval variant of India’s Light Combat Aircraft-LCA Navy (NP-1) has successfully completed its first super sonic flight signaling that the aircraft is now able to fly faster than the speed of sound. The Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency for the development [...]

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