On This Day in Aviation History

May 28, 2015 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Triplane (shown), British single-seat fighter. 1931 – A Bellanca CH-300, fitted with a Packard DR-980 (American nine-cylinder air-cooled engine) and piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, sets a record for staying aloft [...]

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10 Cool Airplanes That Won’t Fly Again

May 27, 2015 No Comments

There are a lot of good reasons that some airplanes will never — and in some cases should never — fly again. Sometimes the safety, economic or logistical obstacles are just too great. Sometimes the airplane is just too valuable an artifact of the glorious history of flight to risk it. Sometimes, it’s all of the above. Here’s a [...]

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Flight Journal Joins Instagram!

May 27, 2015 No Comments

Flight Journal made its official debut on Instagram this past week and will be covering the world of aviation from its simple beginnings to its high-tech no-holds-barred future! Follow us @Flight_Journal for awesome high-flying photos and a sneak peek into what’s coming! https://instagram.com/flight_journal/

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 26, 2015 No Comments

1890 – Birth of William Stanley Jenkins, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1929 – A Junkers W 33 (modified and sometimes referred to as a W 34) establishes a world altitude record; piloted Willy Neuenhofen takes the German-built, singled-engine transport to 41,800 feet. 1942 – First flight of the Northrop P-61 Black Widow, the first operational [...]

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Sikorsky S-97 Makes First Flight

May 26, 2015 No Comments

Sikorsky flew its S-97 Raider rigid coaxial-rotor, high-speed helicopter for the first time May 22, completing a hover and low-speed flight at the company’s development flight center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The aircraft is the first of two prototypes of the Raider light tactical helicopter being built under a $200 million industry effort funded by [...]

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A Day to Remember and to Honor

May 25, 2015 No Comments

This is going to sound trite, because it IS trite. It is me, representing the old fashioned, hardcore America, once again reminding the Nation that Memorial Day is not about hot dogs, baseball games, or making cannonball splashes in the pool. Memorial Day is about white stone monuments reaching to the horizon. Each with a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 22, 2015 No Comments

1906 – The Wright brothers are granted a U.S. patent for their airplane control system. 1943 – A U. S. Navy antisubmarine hunter-killer group scores a kill of an enemy submarine for the first time when General Motors TBM Avengers from the escort aircraft carrier USS Bogue sink the German submarine U-569 in the North [...]

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Kiwi Huey Fleet Conducting Farewell Tour

May 22, 2015 No Comments

The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Bell Helicopter UH-1 Huey has conducted a final tour of the country ahead of its planned retirement in July after 49 years in service. Serving with No. 3 Squadron, the once 14-strong fleet of Hueys has been reduced to six as it nears retirement on July 1, and several [...]

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