Archive for May, 2013

Grumman Widgeon down in Hudson River

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

On Thursday May 2 2013 a Grumman Widgeon crashed in the Hudson River. Click here for the full story.

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Plane Lands on Highway May 2 2013

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Authorities are investigating after a small plane landed on a Long Island highway Thursday afternoon, Suffolk police said.

The plane landed on Route 231 near John Street, close to the border of Babylon and West Islip.

No injuries were reported.

Southbound lanes of the highway were closed to assist in the investigation.

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Today in Aviation History
May 25, 1927: Lt. James A. Doolittle files the first outside loop in a Curtiss P-1-B pursuit plane at McCook Field. Starting at an altitude of 8000 ft Doolittle pointed the nose of the a/c down and describes a circle of 2000 ft diameter, leveling out at his original altitude. At the bottom of the circle, flying inverted, it is estimated that his a/c was traveling at 280 mph. The outside loop had not been previously attempted because of fear that the a/c would disintegrate. [Note: French pilot Pegoud is purported to have performed outside loops prior to this date.]