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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Warbirds, Aerobatics Headline NC Show

Nov 08, 2013 No Comments

A variety of warbirds, from trainers to fighters, plus aerobatic teams and solo acts, will be flying high this weekend at the Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show in Monroe, N.C. Held at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport southeast of Charlotte on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event is slated to host a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Andrew Cameron Kiddie, South African World War I fighter ace. 1910 – The first flight for the purpose of delivering commercial freight occurs in the U.S. between the Ohio cities of Dayton and Columbus; the trip, which takes just over an hour, is flown by Wright Co. pilot Philip Parmalee. 1945 – [...]

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Snowbirds Still Flying Despite Trainer Woes

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments

The Royal Canadian Air Force plans to keep the Snowbirds’ Tutor jets flying while it figures out how to train pilots in the future, Canada’s top general says. Gen. Tom Lawson, chief of the defense staff, said replacing the team’s Canadair CT-114A jets, which were delivered in the mid-1960s as trainers, is tied to how [...]

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Indian Navy Inducts Hawk 132 Trainer

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments

The Indian Navy inducted the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Hawk 132, a fourth-generation advanced jet trainer aircraft, on Wednesday at an impressive ceremony held at Naval Air Station INS Dega. Admiral DK Joshi, chief of the naval staff, who was the chief guest at the event, inducted the aircraft in the presence of Vice Admiral Anil [...]

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Former U-2 Pilot Recounts Flights

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Art Saboski participated in the Civil Air Patrol as a youth growing up in a small town in North Carolina, never imaging he would be among the first Lockheed U-2 pilots and ending up commander of the 17th Reconnaissance Wing (England), operating a fleet of U-2s providing reconnaissance and battlefield [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

1887 – Birth of Vivian Claude Walsh, New Zealand pioneer aviator and the first man to fly in New Zealand; he becomes the co-founder (with brother Austin Leonard Walsh) of the New Zealand Flying School. 1929 – First flight of the Junkers G.38 (shown above), a large German four-engined transport aircraft that features a blended [...]

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Crash Grounds Aussie Waterbombers

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

Australia’s aviation safety watchdog has grounded a national fleet of waterbombing planes as it continues its investigation into the cause of a fatal crash during last month’s New South Wales bushfires. All of the nation’s Dromader M18 aircraft have been banned from flight as a precautionary measure, with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) taking each [...]

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Oklahoma Air Show Set for Saturday

Nov 06, 2013 No Comments

The 62nd annual Fairview (Okla.) Fly-In and Air Show will feature a variety of aerobatic acts this Saturday. The show begins at 12:30 p.m. at Fairview Municipal Airport. Performers include Randy Harris, flying a Skybolt 300, Kate Kyer in a Pitts S-2B, Chuck Powell, parachute jumper, and the OK Barnstormers radio control club. This year, [...]

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