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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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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A380 Makes Surprise Visit to DFW

Sep 20, 2013 No Comments

By Andrea Ahles, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had an unusual visitor Thursday. For the first time, a double-decker Airbus A380 landed at the airport. Lufthansa Flight 440 from Frankfurt, Germany, was diverted because of thunderstorms in Houston. The aircraft parked on DFW’s tarmac on the west side, just south of Terminal D, after [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 19, 2013 No Comments

1902 – The Wright Brothers begin testing their third glider at Kitty Hawk, N.C. 1918 – Birth of Viktor Vasilevich Talalikhin, Soviet flying ace during the Winter War and World War II; he was the first to perform aerial ramming at night. 1921 – The first regular scheduled airline service in Latin America commences when Colombian airline SCADTA, operating float-equipped Junkers F.13s, begins flying between Barranquilla and Girandot. 1962 – First [...]

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Seaplane Splash Slated for Sunday

Sep 19, 2013 No Comments

About 30 seaplanes will land on Indiana’s Lake James this weekend a part of the 11th annual Seaplane Splash at Pokagon State Park north of Fort Wayne. Randy Strebig of the Indiana Seaplane Pilots Association says many of the planes are from the 1940s and 1960s. The (Angola, Ind.) Herald Republican reports the planes will land and [...]

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Singapore F-15SGs Declared Operational

Sep 19, 2013 No Comments

By TODAYOnline.com Singapore’s new Boeing F-15SG Eagle multi-role fighter aircraft are now operationally ready, marking full operational capability status with a ceremony officiated by Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at Paya Lebar Air Base in central-eastern Singapore yesterday. The F-15SG, operated by 149 Squadron, is one of the most advanced variants of the F-15 strike [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 17, 2013 No Comments

1908 – Death of Thomas Etholen Selfridge, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and the first person to die in a crash of a powered airplane, while Orville Wright, who suffers severe injuries but later recovers, was demonstrating the Flyer at Fort Myer, Va. 1916 – Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the “Red [...]

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