Woman Donates ‘Forgotten’ Cessna

Nov 30, 2013 No Comments

This may be closest that the Sonoma County, Calif., aviation buffs come to unearthing buried treasure. A letter from out of the blue advised Christina Olds of the Pacific Coast Air Museum that a woman in Marin County wished to donate her airplane. The other day, Olds and several members of the private airplane museum at [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 27, 2013 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Lucien Eugene Cayol, French World War I flying ace. 1912 – The aeronautical division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps receives the first “flying boat,” a Curtiss Model F (shown), capable of takeoff from water. 1940 – Death of Henri Guillaumet, French pioneer aviator; he is shot down in his Farman [...]

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CAF Members Vote to Move HQ

Nov 27, 2013 No Comments

A vote by members of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will allow the organization’s board to move its headquarters from Midland, Texas, the CAF announced Friday. The CAF Airpower Museum will remain in Midland, and Midland International Airport will continue to host CAF’s annual Airsho. In an election held to consider a proposed amendment to the CAF’s bylaws, 75.1 [...]

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Irish Helicopter Unit Turns 50

Nov 27, 2013 No Comments

The Irish Air Corps celebrated the 50th anniversary of helicopter aviation on Tuesday. The pioneering pilots of the Air Corps introduced rotary aviation to Ireland when they flew two Alouette III helicopters from France to Ireland, landing in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, on Nov. 26, 1963. The arrival of these helicopters, callsigns “A195″ and “A196,’” signaled the [...]

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Video: X-47B Continues Sea Trials

Nov 27, 2013 No Comments

The U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt returned to port last week after hosting the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle for more at-sea trials. The goal was to test the aircraft’s interaction with the ship in off-nominal wind conditions. Nominal conditions are winds up to 25 knots right down the runway on deck. Testers were looking [...]

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B-52s Fly Through China Defense Zone

Nov 27, 2013 No Comments

Tensions are running high in the skies between China and Japan — and the United States is refusing to stay on the sidelines. After Beijing upset the region by declaring a new air defense zone over a large part of the East China Sea, Washington responded by flying two unarmed Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers through [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 26, 2013 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Oliver “Stewpot” Stewart, British World War I flying ace and aviation journalist. 1929 – After taking off from Hal Far, Malta, a Fairey Flycatcher of the Royal Air Force Fleet Air Arm lands aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous, achieving the first night carrier landing by a fleet fighter. 1943 – Death [...]

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Concorde: 10 Years Later

Nov 26, 2013 No Comments

Today marks ten years since a landmark event in aviation history, the last flight of the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde. British aircraft enthusiast John Mason takes a look at the ground-breaking plane, her links to England’s West Country and her legacy. Given the turbulent start to the Concorde programme and the magnitude and nature of the challenges to be [...]

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