WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – The New England Air Museum will host its 10th annual Women Take Flight event on Sunday, Nov. 2.
WINDSOR LOCKS, CONN. — The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn., will hold two events on Sunday, Oct. 12.
The first event is the Fall Open Cockpit Day. Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 12 aircraft. [Read more…]
SEATTLE — The first Boeing 747 was never an airliner. For more than 25 years it was used by Boeing for flight tests until the plane was retired and grounded in the 1990s, then moved to The Museum of Flight years later.
Now, after nearly two years of restoration, the aircraft’s mysterious cabin is open to the general public. Tours of the Jumbo Jet are offered every day until Oct. 31, and are free with admission to the museum.
SEATTLE — Bud Anderson, Fighter Ace, veteran, co-author of “To Fly & Flight-Memoirs of a Triple Ace,” and member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, will speak at the Museum of Flight about his experiences in combat against the Luftwaffe in Europe, World War II, and his 30 years of military service. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater.
Anderson has flown over 100 types of aircraft and logged over 7,000 hours in the air. Brigadier General Chuck Yeager once called Anderson, “The best fighter pilot I ever saw.”
HONOLULU — “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, who piloted US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s Hudson River, will be this year’s guest speaker at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 8th Anniversary Dinner Gala on Saturday, Dec. 6.
DAYTON, Ohio — Each fall most of us remember to set our clocks back an hour as daylight savings time comes to an end. However, this fall there will be a special opportunity to turn back the clock 100 years to the start of World War I and experience an historical aviation event unlike any other during the WWI Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, Sept. 27-28, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
If vintage aircraft are what you enjoy, this event features reproduction full-scale and 7/8-scale aircraft, such as the Nieuport, SE-5 and Fokker Dr. I triplanes, with pilots launching and landing their aircraft on the field behind the museum.
DAYTON, Ohio — An effort to gather the stories of Wright Company factory workers has uncovered information about one of the first women in the world to work in the aircraft industry.
Ida Holdgreve, born in Delphos, Ohio in 1881, worked as a seamstress for the Wright Company in Dayton from 1910 to about 1915, according to information provided by a distant cousin. She sewed the surfaces for the company’s wood-and-fabric airplanes. The job made Holdgreve a pioneer aircraft manufacturing worker in the first American factory built for the purpose of producing airplanes. She and her co-workers were the first Americans hired and trained for specialized aircraft manufacturing jobs.
SAN DIEGO — The International Air & Space Hall of Fame has revealed its Class of 2014, which will be inducted Nov. 1 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Pavilion of Flight,.
This year’s class includes: Joe Engle, astronaut, space shuttle commander and X-15 rocket plane test pilot; Fitz Fulton, test pilot on the XB-70 Supersonic Bomber/B-58 Hustler, Blackbird pilot, considered one of the greatest test pilots of all time; Bill Boeing, Jr., influential preservationist of air and space history; retired Marine General and aviator John (Jack) R. Dailey, director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; The Ninety-Nines, international women pilot fraternity whose first President was Amelia Earhart; WD-40, created in San Diego, that played a significant role in the quest to protect the Atlas Rocket, a world renowned name in lubricants; Roger Schaufele, aircraft engineer and designer, and Bessie Coleman, first African American woman to earn her pilot’s license.
DAYTON, Ohio — A highly-accurate, pristine example of one of the most used trainers during World War II is now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
The Stearman PT-13D Kaydet was a standard primary trainer flown by the United States and several allied nations during the late 1930s through World War II (WWII). It represents a family of trainers that also included the PT-17, PT-18 and PT-27, which all used a common airframe and were differentiated only by engine and minor fuselage modifications. All were referred to as Stearman Kaydets.
The Wright brothers are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane. With that same pioneer spirit, the Smithsonian recently unveiled its X 3D Collection and state-of-the-art 3D explorer.
As part of the X 3D Collection, the 1903 Wright Flyer was scanned using a laser, producing an accurate 3D model.