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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Weeks Revs Up for Re-Enactment Flight

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

Kermit Weeks’ goal has been to create an authentic version of the Benoist airboat flown by legendary pilot Tony Jannus in his historic New Year’s Day hop across Tampa Bay almost a century ago. For Weeks, founder of the Fantasy of Flight attraction in Polk County, where vintage and rare aircraft attract thousands of visitors, [...]

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Blue Angels, Thunderbirds Set ’14 Schedules

Dec 12, 2013 No Comments

OK, air show fans, the 2014 season is just around the corner and the top military teams in the world, the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, have released their schedules! Check out the Blues show dates here and the Thunderbirds here, then go see ‘em at a show near you. Photo by U.S. Navy

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 11, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Birth of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace and founder of the  Maryland Air National Guard; he would also serve in World War II. 1924 – Frenchman Florentin Bonnet, in the Bernard SIMB V.2,  sets a world speed record of 279 mph. 1958 – Death of Charles Godefroy, French aviator [...]

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VMA-211 Marine Receives Silver Star

Dec 11, 2013 No Comments

Story and photo by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Robb McDonald, air officer with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, received the Silver Star aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Monday for taking immediate action against the enemy while deployed to Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, pinned the nation’s [...]

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Indian Air Force MiG-21FLs Retire

Dec 11, 2013 No Comments

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21FL fighter jet aircraft, which had heralded the “supersonic era” in the Indian Air Force and had changed the course of the 1971 Indo-Pak war due to its accurate targeting ability, flew into the annals of history today. “I have the greatest professional regard for MiG-21. The agility of MiG-21 cannot be matched by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Friedrich-Wilhelm “Fritz” Morzik, German World War I pilot and high-ranking officer in the Luftwaffe during World War II. 1933 – Charles Kingsford Smith in a Percival Gull IV lands in Darwin, Australia, after flying from Lympne Aerodrome in England; the trip sets a record for solo flight between the two countries [...]

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Aussie Navy Gets MH-60R Choppers

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments

 The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, N.Y. “The advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the MH-60 Romeo are a game-changer in shifting the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, which is essential in today’s maritime security [...]

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Navy Celebrates 35 Years of Hornet Service

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Navy marked the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet’s 35th anniversary with the fleet on a Monday at a ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. “The F/A-18 and EA-18G program continue to thrive,” said Capt. Frank Morley, Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) manager for the Hornet and Growler programs. “And [it] is by far [...]

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