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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U.S. Navy Seahawk Crashes, Two Missing

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments

Three crew members aboard a U.S. Navy helicopter that crashed in the Red Sea on Sunday were found alive and in stable condition, the Navy said. Two others remained missing. The Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk was operating with the guided-missile destroyer U.S.S. William P. Lawrence when it went down in the central Red Sea, which lies [...]

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C-17 Production May Be Extended

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments

Unless Boeing can sell a few more C-17 Globemaster III transports to international customers or strike a novel deal with the U.S. Air Force to swap old planes for new ones, the company will end production of the giant cargo plane in 2015 after a more than 20-year run. Trading old C-17s for new ones [...]

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DFC Recipient Who Saved Crew in WWII Dies

Sep 23, 2013 No Comments

Wichita, Kans., resident Richard “Dick” Ayesh wasn’t the type to talk much about his experiences during World War II. In fact, it wasn’t until eight years ago his family found out exactly what happened in November 1944, when his Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress was 15,000 feet in the air and he saved the lives of [...]

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Pilot Lands on Crowded Chicago Street

Sep 22, 2013 No Comments

Landing at an airport was not an option, so Chicago’s scenic and busy Lake Shore Drive had to do. That’s how 51-year-old pilot John Pedersen explained his decision to make an emergency landing of his airplane along the drive early Sunday morning after it developed mechanical problems. “I thought the plane was going to break apart, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 20, 2013 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Charles Edward Murray Pickthorn, British World War I flying ace; he later downs an Albatros D.I, resulting in the capture of Crown Prince Frederich of Prussia. 1904 – Wilbur Wright makes the first-ever circuit flight, in the Flyer II. 1922 – The first flight over 200 mph is made by Sadi Lecointe in a Nieuport-Delage NiD 29 [...]

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RAF VC10s Complete Last Missions Today

Sep 20, 2013 No Comments

The last operational Vickers VC10s, 1960s-era British airliners converted to aerial refueling tankers, will perform the type’s final flights for the Royal Air Force today before being retired from use. A final pair of Rolls-Royce Conway-engined VC10 tankers are due to conduct the sortie from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, bringing to an end a 47-year service life. Flown by personnel from 101 Squadron, [...]

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Millville Museum to Showcase Static Displays

Sep 20, 2013 No Comments

The Millville Army Air Field Museum (MAAFM) in New Jersey will present its 6th Annual Aviation Celebration 2013 tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday. The static aircraft display event will commemorate Millville Airport’s important World War II aviation history as “America’s First Defense Airport.” Rare WWII warbirds, military aircraft, [...]

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USAF Still Building Afghan Air Force

Sep 20, 2013 No Comments

The mission: build an independent, self-sustaining air force from the inside out, from the ground up. The commander leading that effort calls it the most complex undertaking NATO and the U.S. Air Force have ever tackled. Air Force Brig. Gen. John Michel leads NATO Air Training Command Afghanistan, the organization charged with training the Afghan [...]

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