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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Marine Pilot Recalls Grenada Invasion

Oct 23, 2013 No Comments

Thirty years ago, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Michael Mattie expected to spend a month with his helicopter squadron undergoing winter training in Norway. Instead, the 26-year-old helicopter pilot found himself in two of the world’s hot spots, dodging enemy fire. Mattie, now 56 and a father of five, related his involvement as the nation this week [...]

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Blue Angels to Fly Again in 2014

Oct 23, 2013 1 Comment

The return of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for their 2014 air show season, including Florida’s Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, has been funded by the Pentagon. The team been grounded since April, and thus through most of their 2013 schedule, due to the federal spending cuts known as sequestration. “We’re excited to be out there again for [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments

1880 – Death of Charles-Alphonse Pénaud, French pioneer of aviation and inventor of the rubber band-powered model airplane. 1922 – Amelia Mary Earhart with her yellow Kinner Airster biplane nicknamed “The Canary” reaches an altitude of 14,000 feet, setting a world record for female pilots. 1933 – Birth of Donald Herod Peterson, U.S. Air Force [...]

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USAF Pilots Train in Small World

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments

Imagine graduating from college and commissioning through the U.S. Air Force ROTC as a brand-new officer, assigned to pilot training at an air force base 1,300 miles from home. Then imagine discovering that in the same squadron, in the same class and in the same flight is someone from your small hometown nestled among the [...]

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Learjet, 50 Years Later

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments

This month Bombardier commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Learjet’s first flight even as the company struggles to launch a larger new flagship, the Model 85, and switch to composite airframe construction. Since 1963, Learjet has become one of the world’s most iconic brands, often generically misused to describe any make/model of private jet, and a [...]

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Gulfstream Sets Records with G650

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments

Gulfstream has set an impressive world speed record in its new flagship G650, completing the fastest ever westbound, around-the-world flight for a non-supersonic airplane. A crew of five pilots circled the globe in 41 hours, 7 minutes, establishing a National Aeronautic Association-certified record. On the journey, which took place in July, the G650 also claimed [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Alexander Mikhailovich Pishvanov, Russian World War I flying ace, engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Seversky Aircraft. 1908 – Louis Blériot, in a Blériot VIII, flew a distance of 4.3 miles. 1942 – On a flight from Hawaii to Canton Island, a Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress, carrying top-scoring U.S. World War [...]

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Honor Held Up Among WWI Airmen

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments

It stands out of as a glimmer of humanity amid the horror of the First World War. Two British airmen failed to return from a patrol over enemy territory, their fate unknown, until a German aircraft took a perilous mission over the British lines to drop a note conforming their deaths. But that was not the [...]

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