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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 15-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet, no. 15. 1945 – First flight of the North American F-82 Twin Mustang (prototype shown), the last American piston-engine fighter; it is based on the P-51 Mustang. 1946 – The U.S. Navy’s new Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, gives its first public performance […]
Airbus Medium Helo Makes First Flight

Airbus Medium Helo Makes First Flight

Airbus Helicopters has completed the first flight of its H160 twin-engined medium helicopter. The company quietly passed the milestone on June 12, at its facility at Marseille’s Marignane Airport, and photos of the occasion appeared on social media websites on June 13. Airbus is yet to comment on details of the flight, which follows the beginning of ground […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Henry George “Hal” Crowe, Irish World War I flying ace, who served with the Royal Air Force until the end of World War II. 1929 – First flight of the Vickers Type 143, or Bolivian Scout, a British single-seat biplane fighter designed for Bolivia. 1931 – The 40-passenger Handley Page HP-42, a […]
Modernized An-2 Bipe Takes Flight

Modernized An-2 Bipe Takes Flight

A Siberian aerospace research center has achieved first flight of a highly modified Antonov An-2 biplane with redesigned, winglet-like braces and carbonfibre wing structures, Sukhoi announced on Wednesday. The Siberian Research Institute of Aviation (SIBNIA) produced the “light multipurpose aircraft” to demonstrate the aerodynamic and structural changes planned for an An-2 replacement, Sukhoi says. The aircraft involved in the flight […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub (shown), Ukrainian World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1934 – First flight of the Ryan ST, an American two-seat, low-wing monoplane. 1944 – Off Normandy, a German Heinkel He 177 badly damages the USS Meredith, a U. S. Navy destroyer; it breaks in half and sinks the […]
France’s Top Ten Flyers

France’s Top Ten Flyers

To coincide with Dassault’s glitzy roll-out of the wide-body Falcon 5X business jet last week, and as the aerospace industry prepares to travel to Le Bourget for the Paris air show, Flightglobal’s Top 10 feature looks at some of the most significant and iconic French aircraft of the post-Second World War era. For photos and the complete story by […]

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CAF Starts Fund for ‘That’s All, Brother’

CAF Starts Fund for ‘That’s All, Brother’

Story by the Commemorative Air Force The transport aircraft that led the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, more than 70 years ago has been rediscovered in an aircraft boneyard in Wisconsin. Believed lost to history, the airplane, a Douglas C-47, was slated to be cut apart and remanufactured as a modern turbo-prop. The Commemorative Air […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Gilbert Jean Uteau, French World War I flying ace. 1942 – The first live test of a nylon parchute is made by Adeline Gray at Brainard Field near Hartford, Conn. 1967 – Death of Zeus Soucek, record-setting U.S. Navy aviator. 1969 – Mexicana Flight 704, a Boeing 727, crashes on approach to […]

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Eastwood to Direct ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

Eastwood to Direct ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

It didn’t take long after the “Miracle on the Hudson” in 2009 for people to wonder about a movie. Now we have an answer, and Clint Eastwood is directing it. The life story of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger will be brought to the screen, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Tuesday. The film will be adapted from “Highest Duty: My Search […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of René Paul Louis Dousinelle, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – Frank Hawks flies his Northrop Gamma 2A “Sky Chief” from Los Angeles to New York in a record 13 hours, 26 minutes, and 15 seconds. 1950 – Death of Didier Masson, pioneering French aviator, barnstormer, second flier in history […]
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