On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

1911 – The U.S. Army sets up its 1st permanent flying school at College Park, Md.. 1921 – First flight of the Short Cromarty flying boat, a British biplane prototype patrol craft. 1941 – Birth of Frederick Hamilton “Rick” Hauck, former U.S. Navy aviator and test pilot as well as a NASA astronaut. 1955 – North American Aviation is issued a [...]

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A-10 Retirement Effort Catching Flak

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

It’s often called the military’s ugliest aircraft, a snub-nosed tank of a plane that’s nicknamed “Warthog” for its appearance and ferocity. The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II has been the Air Force’s equivalent of an in-the-trenches grunt for almost 40 years: heavily armed and armored, designed to fly low and take out the enemy at [...]

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Indonesia President Receives Boeing Jet

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

Indonesia’s new $91 million presidential plane arrived Thursday after several months of delay. The Boeing 737-800, a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 2, landed at Halim Perdanakusuma air force base, in the eastern part of Jakarta, to a welcoming ceremony presided over by State Secretary Sudi Silalahi. The plane, named Republik Indonesia, was to have arrived late last [...]

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Oldest Surviving Chinook Restored

Apr 11, 2014 No Comments

The oldest surviving Boeing CH-47A Chinook is being unveiled today just a year after it was delivered to a Delaware aviation company for restoration. Summit Aviation, based in Middletown, Del., restored aircraft no. 59-94984 for the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Va., where it will be displayed following a ceremony. Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Yoshi-o Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1918 – Death of Walter Göttsch, German World War I fighter ace, killed in action in his Fokker Dr.I triplane. 1926 – Charles Lindberg becomes chief pilot for Robertson Aircraft Corp., flying a St. Louis-to-Chicago mail route. 1981 – First flight of [...]

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Lancasters to Fly Together in the UK

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

This August will see two legends take to the skies together for the first — and possibly last — time. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, is preparing to send its prized Avro Lancaster across the Atlantic to take part in a monthlong program with the Battle of Britain Memorial Lancaster. The two bombers [...]

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Israel Accepts its First C-130J

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

The Israeli air force’s first Lockheed Martin C-130J “Samson” tactical transport has been formally delivered to its Nevatim air base, during a ceremony on Wednesday. “This first C-130J represents a new generation of transport aircraft that will bring unique capabilities and superior performance,” says Lockheed chief executive Marillyn Hewson. Israel has operated earlier examples of the Hercules since [...]

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Learjet 85 Finally Makes First Flight

Apr 10, 2014 No Comments

After about a four-month delay, Bombardier Aerospace test pilots for the first time on Wednesday took off from Kansas’ Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in a Learjet 85. Bombardier Aerospace spokeswoman Annie Cossette said the midsize business jet took off at 8:19 a.m. Central time, and the flight lasted about two hours and 15 minutes. She said [...]

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