Archive | July, 2011

Flightglobal Achievement Awards: Voting phase now open

Flightglobal is now in the voting phase for the Flightglobal Achievement Awards, our third annual search for the most admired individuals in aviation and aerospace. This is your chance to vote for your heroes of the past 12 months in these four categories ― Leader of the Year, Aviator of the Year and Innovator of the […]

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Hunter celebrates 60th anniversary of first flight

The Hawker Hunter (Mk. 3) celebrated its 60th anniversary since the first flight on 20 July. The painting above by Flight Artist Tim Bicheno-Brown, depicts Hunter WB188, piloted by Neville Duke, establishing the world airspeed record on 7 Sept 1953, who achieved a speed of 727.63mph (1,171.01km/h) in level flight, over a set distance along […]

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United Airlines passenger flies 10 millionth mile, more than any astronaut

When Tom Stuker (right) touches down in Chicago today on United Airlines flight 942 from Los Angeles, he will have flown 10 million miles on United, become the carrier’s–and possibly world’s–first known person to achieve that status.The Chicago-based automotive sales consultant joined the carrier’s Mileage Plus frequent flyer programme in 1982 and since then has […]

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Space Shuttle Mission: STS-135 – We have lift off for the final time

Today brings the final Space Shuttle launch of Atlantis for mission STS-135, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida – weather permitting. Atlantis will, says NASA, carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver more than 3.5 tonnes (8,000lb) of supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station. It will also fly a system to […]

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The Gloster Meteor returns to Coventry

A Gloster Meteor T7 trainer returned this week to its home at Coventry airport to be put on show along with numerous other aircrafts the airbase has. Before its move to Coventry the aircraft underwent a more than 10 year re-build project, which cost over £500,000. The iconic Gloster Meteor was the first British jet […]

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CAPTION COMPETITION: Women in aviation

Enter this caption competition to win a copy of The 100 Greatest Women in Aviation by Liz Moscrop and Sanjay Rampal, which includes profiles of the first woman to have a pilot’s licence, Elise Raymonde Deroche, Amelia Earhart, Nancy Bird Walton and Amy Johnston. What is going on in this picture? Post your caption in the […]

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Flamingo causes delays at UK’s Coventry Airport

Amid the crying babies, business men potentiall running late for their meetings and families waiting to go on holiday, people at Manchester airport had their feathers ruffled at a delay caused by a flamingo on runway 2. Ringo, the bird, was first spotted on Sunday night. A wildlife dispersion team was called in to scare Ringo off with […]

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VIDEOS: Women in Aviation – The ATA girl and the display pilot

Women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) recently took part in a seminar about Women and their role in aviation during the Second World War and shared their stories of flying Spitfires and other aircraft. These women were not allowed to take part in combat, but were granted aircraft ferrying duties. They ferried new and […]

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