Category Archives: News

GoFly Contest To Create A Working Personal Flying Device

In my much younger days scientists promised us jetpacks. I want my jetpack! I want to fly! Sadly, jetpacks and rocket suits a la Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Adam Strange, The Rocketeer, IronMan and other comic book characters remain a … Continue reading

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Historical Look At Japan’s First Dirigibles

I was finally catching up on my reading the other day, when an article from the New Zealand newspaper, Clutha Leader dated September 26, 1911 – page 2, I discovered some information on Japan’s attempt to build the world’s then-largest … Continue reading

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A “Look” Inside A 1909 Aeroplane Factory

The headline describes the journey… Published in the April 25, 1909 edition of The Daily Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana – page 43 – found via READEX, a Division of Newsbank… my source for early American newspaper resources. http://www.iw.newsbank.com. I … Continue reading

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SolarStratos solar plane unveiled

Payerne, Switzerland—On December 7, 2016, Raphael Domjan’s stratospheric solar plane was unveiled in Payerne, Switzerland, to 300 guests, including ambassadors, partners, government representatives and the world’s media. SolarStratos is the first commercial two-seater solar plane in history and plans to … Continue reading

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Orville Wright’s Gag Check

Above is a gag check created by one Mr. Orville Wright. One might believe that with all the secrecy he and his brother Wilbur exhibited to protect their aeroplane from 1903-1908, and with subsequent lawsuits for patent infringement, that the … Continue reading

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It Sucked To Be An Early Innovative Aviation Inventor

By the time the general populous heard of the Wright Brother’s and their fabulous new aeroplane, they had actually had five successful years to improve upon their original flight, and put in numerous years previous working out aerodynamics, power-to-weight ratios, … Continue reading

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First Flight Of A Solar-Powered & Piloted Helicopter

Who knew that the University of Maryland would suddenly become the hotbed of pioneering aviation? While I have been remiss in discussing pioneers or pioneering feats in aviation featuring helicopters—I am a huge fan—let’s take a look at what some … Continue reading

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Japan Unveils First Fighter Jet – The X-2 Stealth

On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Japan unveiled its first-ever stealth fighter jet, the X-2 at the airport in Komaki-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan. As a stealth fighter, the X-2 helps the plane avoid being detected by radar. Developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries … Continue reading

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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Commemorates Remembrance Day

If you are in the area – and even if you are not – go and visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2014. For those of you who are unaware, November … Continue reading

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Mitsubishi MRJ Jet Unveiled

The Mitsubishi MRJ passenger jet was unveiled on October 18, 2014 in Komaki, Japan near Nagoya. It is the country’s first passenger jet to be made in Japan in nearly four decades, with an eye for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to … Continue reading

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