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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Airbus Beluga Looks Weird, Works Well

Jan 17, 2014 No Comments

If you ever find yourself in the French city of Toulouse, you might just see one of the oddest-looking aircraft in the world. Popularly known as the “Beluga,” because of its strong resemblance to the white Arctic whale, the Airbus A300-600ST (ST stands for Super Transporter) is unique not only in appearance, but also for the essential [...]

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Night Stalker Hard Landing Kills Serviceman

Jan 16, 2014 No Comments

A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga., a military spokesman said Thursday. The Sikorsky MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was returning from a routine training flight when it [...]

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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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