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 16, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Birth of David McCampbell, American World War II fighter pilot; he became the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading ace. 1922 – Death of Alan John Lance Scott, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he has been Winston Churchill’s flying instructor. 1941 – The Luftwaffe mounts its first heavy attack on Malta, targeted on [...]

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Helicopters to Fly Over Baltimore for Tests

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has deployed a helicopter to fly over Baltimore, Maryland to measure radiation levels and to examine how officials can respond quickly in the event of an emergency. Officials told CBS Baltimore that the large chopper will at times fly as low as 150 feet off the ground, in an [...]

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Navy Super Hornet Crashes, Pilot Rescued

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

By Reuters A U.S. Navy jet crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast but its pilot ejected and was rescued on Wednesday, a week after a Navy helicopter crash killed two sailors. The Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet went down during routine training flight about 45 miles from Virginia Beach at 2:30 p.m., the [...]

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Royal Navy to Fly ScanEagle UAV

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

The UK Royal Navy is poised to conduct its first operational flights with the Boeing/Insitu ScanEagleunmanned air system, as the service continues to evaluate its long-term requirements for such equipment. “The [ScanEagle] system starts real operations from this week, on maritime security patrols in the [Arabian] Gulf and in the Indian Ocean,” says Cdr. Bow Wheaton, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Phillip Bernard “Bruce” Prothero, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1919 – Royal Air Force Maj. A.S.C. MacLaren and Capt. Robert Halley arrive in Delhi, completing the first England-India flight, in a Handley Page V/1500. 1937 – First flight of the Beechcraft Model 18, or “Twin Beech” (military version, the Beech [...]

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U.N. Drone Crashes in Africa

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

By Reuters An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport and interior ministry said. The United Nations force started using drones – a first for the world body – last month to help it monitor armed groups operating along Congo’s border zone with [...]

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Texas Museum Wants Ex-LBJ Jet

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

By The Associated Press A battle is brewing over who gets to display the Air Force One jet aboard which president Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office. The Austin American-Statesman reports the LBJ Foundation raised millions of dollars and planned to build a pavilion by the LBJ Presidential Library to house the VC-137C, [...]

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JAL 787 Grounded by Battery Woes

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

A Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787 Dreamliner remained grounded at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Wednesday as regulators demanded checks to see if the aircraft was fit to fly, a day after white smoke vented from the plane and a battery cell showed signs of melting. The incident comes a year after JAL and ANA Holdings grounded their Dreamliner fleets [...]

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