‘Spirit’ Replica Makes First Flight

Dec 08, 2015 No Comments

The most accurate reproduction of Charles Lindbergh’s famed “Spirit of St. Louis” ever built made its first test flight on Saturday when Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum pilot and aircraft restorer-builder Ken Cassens took the replica Ryan NYP into the bright blue skies over upstate New York. “It was uneventful, which is a good thing, and I [...]

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“A date which will live in infamy”

Dec 07, 2015 No Comments

Today, December 7, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is observed in the United States to honor the victims who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. This day or remembrance was designated by the United States Congress on August 23, 1994, and includes the tradition [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 07, 2015 No Comments

1920 – Birth of Walter “Nowi” Nowotny, Austrian-born German World War II fighter ace. 1926 – A Stinson Detroiter being delivered to Canadian Air Express is the first airplane inspected (and passed) by the U.S. government. 1941 – Death of Gordon Metcalfe Duncan, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1942 – First flight of the Bell [...]

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Ex-Red Bull Pilot Killed in Crash

Dec 06, 2015 No Comments

The pilot killed in a Apple Valley, Calif., plane crash has been identified as 60-year-old Michael ”Mike” Mangold, a world-famous aerobatics champion for Red Bull and resident of Victorville. The crash occurred today at about 2:20 P.M., according to the Apple Valley Fire Protection District. The aircraft is described as an Aero L-39 Albatros. Witnesses say, that [...]

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Transport Canada Grounds Buffalo Airways

Dec 04, 2015 No Comments

Transport Canada has grounded Buffalo Airways, the Northwest Territories airline made famous for the past six seasons on TV’s “Ice Pilots: NWT.” In a press release, the regulator said it is suspending Buffalo Airways’ operating certificate because of its “poor safety record.” The suspension took effect Monday at 11:59 p.m. “The department will not allow [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 04, 2015 No Comments

1908 – Englishman John Theodore Cuthbert Moore-Brabazon (later Lord Tara of Brabazon) makes a flight of 1,350 feet in a Voisin biplane at Issy-les-Moulineaux in France. 1938 – First flight of the Miles M.18 (Mk.2 model shown), a British single-engine, low-winged monoplane. 1952 – Birth of Ronald “Ron” Michael Sega, American engineer, U.S. Air Force [...]

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Kansas Museum Debuts Rare Stearman

Dec 03, 2015 No Comments

On the second floor of the Kansas Aviation Museum’s west wing sits the world’s newest restored Stearman Model 4D. Forty of the planes were built in Wichita from 1929 through 1931, and only 14 still exist. This one was built in 1931 and sold to Texaco. On Tuesday night, the “Texaco 11” was scheduled to be [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 03, 2015 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Jerry Cox Vasconcells, American World War I flying ace and commercial pilot. 1968 – First flight of the Anahuac Tauro (shown), a Mexican agricultural low-wing monoplane. 1972 – Death of Friedrich Christiansen, German World War I seaplane fighter ace. 1995 – Cameroon Airlines Flight 3701, the Boeing 737-200 “Nyong,” crashes after losing control on its second [...]

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