On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin, World War II Soviet fighter ace and tactician. 1934 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz lands her Breguet 27 S (a Bre 330 N°2 modified) christened ‘Joe III’ in Tokyo, half way of her Asian tour Paris-Tokyo-Paris. 1952 – First flight of the North American AJ-2P Savage (shown), a [...]

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USMC Harrier to Star at Ocean City

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

Maryland’s Ocean City Air Show announced this week it will be one of only six events in the nation that will feature a demonstration by the U.S. Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II during this summer’s event. The Harrier is one of the most sought after military aircraft demonstrations because of its unique ability [...]

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Oregon Air Show to Feature F-22

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

Less than a week after learning that the Canadian Forces Snowbirds reconfirmed as the headline performers for The Oregon International Air Show presented by Standard TV & Appliance, the show announced an impressive contingent of U.S. military demonstrations have been added to the 2014 show lineup. The Show, scheduled for Sept. 19-21, 2014, at Oregon’s [...]

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50th Twin Otter 400 Completed

Mar 06, 2014 No Comments

An aircraft manufacturer based on Vancouver Island will mark a major milestone in Canadian aviation when the 50th plane rolls off the line on Thursday and its assembly success has a Calgary connection. Viking Air in Sidney, B.C., specializes in de Havilland products and started production of the Twin Otter in 2010. That year it made one [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Adriano Bacula, World War I Italian pilot; he later became a test pilot for Savoia-Marchetti. 1913 – The 1st Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army Signal Corps is formed; it remains the U.S. military’s oldest flying unit (now known as the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron). 1928 – Wilmer Stultz, O. Le Boutilier, and Mabel [...]

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Fantasy of Flight Closes, Changes Mission

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

The Polk County aviation attraction whose iconic DC-3 aircraft has been a landmark for Interstate 4 motorists since 1998 — particularly when it was displayed nose-down as if it had crash-landed — will close to the pubic after April 6, but continue to stage private events. Fantasy of Flight, which opened in 1995, is preparing [...]

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Pre-war Beauty: Hawker Demon

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

By Luigino Caliaro The Hawker Demon was a two-seat fighter developed from the highly appreciated Hawker Hart light bomber. The Demon, which first flew in February 1933, was very similar to the Hart externally, but was powered by the supercharged Kestrel IIS V12 (precursor of the mighty Merlin), which gave it better performance at high [...]

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Boeing MSA Demo Makes First Flight

Mar 05, 2014 No Comments

Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness, an important milestone toward providing a low-risk and cost-effective maritime surveillance solution designed for search and rescue, anti-piracy patrols and coastal and border security. Boeing teammate Field Aviation conducted the successful testing during a four-hour flight on Feb. 28 from Toronto’s [...]

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