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Solar Impulse 2 Grounded Until 2016

Solar Impulse 2 Grounded Until 2016

Battery problems on Solar Impulse 2, the airplane that has been flying around the world using only the sun’s power, have grounded the plane until next spring. The lithium-ion batteries overheated on a recent five-day trip from Japan to Hawaii. “Irreversible damage to certain parts of the batteries will require repairs which will take several […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1877 – Birth of Karl Illner, Austrian aviation pioneer. 1917 – Death of Thomas “Tom” Wesley Benoist, American aviation pioneer who started the first scheduled aircraft service and founded Benoist Aircraft Co. 1919 – To protest against the fact pilots have to parade on foot at the World War I victory parade on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, French pilot Charles […]

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An Aussie Trojan’s Story

An Aussie Trojan’s Story

Speaking exclusively with WarbirdsNews, Australian pilot and warbird enthusiast Chris Godfrey discusses some of the history around his Vietnam War-era North American T-28D Trojan and the latest update on getting his prized possession back into the air. Registered as VH-PFM, Godfrey’s T-28D Trojan has been a popular participant at airshows over the last two decades in […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Rudolf Božík, Slovak World War II flying ace who served on the Eastern Front with the Axis forces. 1935 – The Bell Aircraft Co. is formed. 1940 – The preliminary phase of the Battle of Britain, the Kanalkampf or Channel battle, begins with German aerial attacks on convoys in the English […]

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Photo: CS100 Tests in Kansas

Photo: CS100 Tests in Kansas

Bombardier has disclosed details of the minimum-unstick testing on the initial CSeries variant which it conducted at a regional airport in Kansas. One of the CS100 prototypes, FTV4, performed the tests at Salina airport during May. The twinjet was fitted with a projecting bumper underneath the aft fuselage for the tests, which explore the minimum speed at […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of William Edwin Jenkins, British World War I flying ace. 1910 – Walter Brookins attains an altitude of 6,175 feet in a Wright biplane, becoming the first to fly a mile high and wins a prize of $5,000 for his feat. 1933 – Flying their Lockheed Sirius “Tingmissartoq” (shown), built in 1929 and […]

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‘Green’ ATR Makes First Flight

‘Green’ ATR Makes First Flight

ATR’s “green” ATR 72-600 flying technology demonstrator flew for the first time on Wednesday as part of Europe’s Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative (CS JTI) test campaign. A measure adopted by the European Parliament to support the trend of public-private partnership initiatives in the field of research, CS JTI represents efforts to achieve major steps toward the environmental goals set by […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – French Lieutenant de Vaisseau Jean Louis Conneau (pseudonym André Beaumont) wins the Circuit of Europe air race in a Blériot XI monoplane. 1921 – First flight of the Fairey Pintail (shown), a British single-engine floatplane fighter. 1960 – Birth of Kevin Anthony Ford, U.S. Air Force pilot and NASA astronaut. 1962 – Alitalia Flight 771, a Douglas DC-8, hits high terrain while […]

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Airbus E-Fan Prepares to Hop Channel

Airbus E-Fan Prepares to Hop Channel

It is more than 100 years since Louis Bleriot made the first cross English Channel flight from Calais to Dover ushering in a new era of aviation.  But next week Airbus will take the next giant leap in air travel when the company embarks on the longest-ever manned electric flight. Reversing Bleriot’s 1909 route, French […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of George William Gladstone Gauld, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1923 – The first commercial flight is operated by SABENA between Brussels and London. 1962 – The Boeing Vertol 107 II (shown), an American medium-lift, tandem-rotor helicopter, enters scheduled service with New York Airways. 1968 – Death of Willi Gabriel, German […]
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