Canadian Centennial of Flight Relay

This year is the 100th Anniversary of the first powered, heavier-than-air, controlled flight in Canada, made by J.A.D. McCurdy in the Silver Dart on the frozen surface of the Bras D’or Lakes near Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Under the leadership of the Canadian Aeronautical Preservation Association and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center, aviation museums and aviation heritage sites across Canada will celebrate that milestone with a coast to coast relay by vintage aircraft.

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Luftwaffe flying wing at San Diego Air and Space Museum

A replica Horten 229 flying wing is being unveiled on June 24 as part of the San Diego Air and Space Museum‘s World War II Gallery.

The National Geographic Society and Northrop Grumman Corporation teamed up to build the flying wing for a new television documentary premiering June 28. The top-secret Nazi fighter was replicated to determine whether Hitler’s military had stealth capabilities three decades ahead of the United States.

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Historic Essex County Airport has a lofty past

The general aviation airport in Essex County, New Jersey, is, at the age of 80, “a place of stories as varied as the 283 aircraft … parked off its two runways,” wrote Philip Read in the June 21 Essex Star-Ledger. The facility, operated since 1975 by the Essex County Improvement Authority, also is “home to three flight schools and the sense of adventure that comes with flying,” he wrote.

The airport, at one time a dairy farm, traces its beginning to September 1929, when the airfield was opened. It did not have an official grand opening, or the accompanying air show, until Oct. 26, 1930, said Alex Davidson, a 62-year-old pilot who made his first solo flight at the airport in 1964.

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WWII bomber recovered from Lake Michigan

A World War II dive bomber removed from the depths of Lake Michigan flew combat missions during that war, an official from a Hawaiian museum told the Waukegan (Illinois) News-Sun on June 20.

Kenneth DeHoff, executive director of the Pacific Aviation Museum, said the Douglas SBD Dauntless raised from the Great Lake near Waukegan will make its way to the aviation museum in about three years, after being restored at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.

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