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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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

1888 – Birth of John Leacroft, British World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II. 1909 – As a joke to prove pigs could fly, British aviator John Moore-Brabazon put a small pig in a wastepaper basket tied to a wing strut of his Short Biplane No. 2; the flight may have [...]

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UK Pilot Starts 7,000-Mile Trip in Stearman

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

With support from Boeing, pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor has taken off on a 7,000-mile solo journey, in a reconditioned Boeing Stearman open-cockpit biplane, to retrace Lady Mary Heath’s historic 1928 flight between South Africa and the United Kingdom. Heath was the first pilot, male or female, to make such a journey. Curtis-Taylor, a UK-based pilot, departed [...]

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Hemet-Ryan Air Show Thrills Crowd

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

Some came to look back at their past, others came to glimpse into their future. No matter their motive, the thousands of people in attendance appeared to enjoy the Hemet-Ryan Air Show in California on Saturday. The crowd spread out across the grounds of the Hemet-Ryan Airport, many in lawn chairs, others on blankets and some [...]

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Skydivers, Crews Safe After Mid-Air Collision

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

A weekend midair collision over northern Wisconsin sent one small plane careening into the ground while another limped safely back to the runway. Fortunately, both planes were carrying skydivers — meaning that for the 11 people aboard the two aircraft, the collision resulted in nothing more than minor injuries to two of them, firefighters reported. “It’s [...]

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Bombardier Delivers 50th Canada-Built 415

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

The 50th Bombardier 415 to be assembled at the Canadian airframer’s North Bay, Ontario, facility, was sold and delivered to a U.S. partnership on Sunday. The iconic firefighting amphibian known as the Superscooper will be used under contract to the U.S. Forest Service starting next month. Based on the list price, the sale — to a partnership [...]

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Washington Warbird Museum to Move

Nov 01, 2013 No Comments

Story and photo by Heritage Flight Museum The Heritage Flight Museum, located at Bellingham (Wash.) International Airport, has announced that it will be moving its aircraft and collections to its hangar at Skagit Regional Airport. “The people of the community have been fantastic and we regret our need for departure,” said Heritage Flight Museum Executive [...]

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F-35 Achieves Live Missile Launch

Nov 01, 2013 No Comments

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II executed its first live-fire launch of a guided air-to-air missile over a military test range off the California coast on Wednesday. The AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) was fired from an F-35A (AF-6) conventional take-off and landing variant fighter operating from the F-35 Integrated Test Facility at Edwards [...]

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Fire Scout Makes First Flights

Nov 01, 2013 No Comments

A larger and more powerful version of Northrop Grumman’s Fire Scout unmanned helicopter made its first two flights on Thursday, the U.S. Navy said as it plans to start using the new aircraft next year. The MQ-8C Fire Scout took off and flew for 7 minutes in its first flight at Naval Base Ventura County [...]

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