Archive | August, 2009

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JetBlue becomes the official airline sponsor of UT Athletics

Low cost US airline JetBlue announced a partnership to become the official sponsor of University of Texas (UT) Athletics including all 20 UT men’s and women’s sports programmes, “with significant exposure at Longhorns events in football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball.” As part of the promo, in the foreground of this picture is Bevo, UT’s […]

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Centenary of Rheims Flying Machine Race Meeting

This week marks the centenary of the La Grande Semaine d’Aviation de la Champagne held at the current site of the Reims Airbase BA112, according to Flightglobal user Stephen Wolf on 22-29 August 1909. Flight wrote a pre-show report it in its 14 August issue, in which it said: ”The Grand Semaine de Champagne will commence [22 August], and in view […]

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VIDEO: Bombardier CSeries test barrel arrives at Quebec plant

A fuselage test barrel for Bombardier’s CSeries was delivered to its Saint-Laurent, Quebec facility today. The barrel is a model of the main fuselage section of the single aisle aircraft that will test manufacturing and engineering structural concepts before the aircraft’s final design phase begins next year. The barrel is approximately 23ft (7m) long, has […]

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On this day in 1957: Balloon reaches new heights

USAF doctor, Maj. David Simons reached a record height of 100,000ft (over 19 miles) by balloon, to test human reactions under artificial conditions at the edge of the earth’s atmosphere. The flight lasted 32 hours, according to Flight International in its issue dated 30 August 1957. We reported at the time: “Maj. Simons was accommodated in an […]

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On this day in 1989: Alexander Yakovlev dies

Alexander Yakovlev, famous for designing the Russian Yak fighter aircraft, died on this day in 1989. Yakovlev made up part of a feature in Flight International in 1943 about Russian aircraft designers. In 1966 he was awarded the Order of Lenin for creating new aircraft. Flight wrote: “Under his guidance Soviet engineers have created dozens of new […]

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PICTURES: Lufthansa celebrates Munich Oktoberfest with uniform

Munich Oktoberfest is almost upon us and Lufthansa is celebrating by dressing its Munich-based flight crew in Bavarian traditional costume, the dirndl. You’ll spot that the seasonal uniform reflects Lufthansa’s corporate colours. Male flight attendants will ne wear traditional Bavarian suits and a tie that complements the female crew.   

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On this day in 1918: Charles Godefroi flies through L’Arc de Triomphe

Frenchman Charles Godefroi succeeded in flying through the Arc De Triomphe, Paris on this day in 1918.The Flight was made in a Nieuport biplane. See how Flight reported on the event at the time.

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In the archives – 6-12 August 2002 Vanguard joins Midway Airlines in shutting down ops

  Vanguard Airlines last week became the second US carrier to shut down this summer, after Midway Airlines’ decision to ground itself at least until October. Vanguard had failed four times since the 11 September attacks to win US government loan guarantees. Continue reading…

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VIDEO & PICTURES: 100th anniversary of first all-British flight by AV Roe in 1909

Stefan the Pilot and I went to Walthamstowe Marshes recently in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first all-British flight just under the railway arches at Walthamstowe Marshes.     I produced some videos from the day out including one of a chat I had with A.V. Roe’s grandson, Eric Verdon Roe and of […]

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Pilot recreates first flight across the English Channel 100 years on

  Picture: copyright Rex Features/Sipa Press Pilot Edmund Salis flew an original replica Bleriot monoplane over the English Channel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first cross-Channel flight. He flew from Sangatte, France, to Dover in England – landing on a grass airstrip at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, close to where Mr […]

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