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Wright brother’ “Flying Machine” patent found

The 1903 patent paperwork for the Wright brother's "Flying Machine" has been found in a special records storage cave in Kansas. The long-missing patent paperwork filed by aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright on March 23,1903, included a diagram of their invention, their petition for patent approval, the patent registry form,

Drought reveals WWII plane wreckage and human remains

Receding water levels have revealed a WWII-era Soviet plane that crashed into a lake in central Poland. The remains of the crew were found inside and have already been recovered. “For now we have managed to find the instrument panel, the engine, a wheel and a well-preserved radio station,” commented Zdzislaw

Tuskegee Airman’s plane wreckage found in Lake Huron

The wreckage of a P-39 fighter plan flown by one of the Tuskegee Airmen has been found at the bottom of Lake Huron. "I literally underwater got tears in my eyes," said Jay Haigler, a member from Washington, D.C., describing his reaction to seeing the remnants of the plane resting on

Aluminum debris linked to Amelia Earhart

A piece of aluminum debris found on a southwestern Pacific atoll has been identified has belonging to Amelia Earhart's plane. According to researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last, fateful flight taken by Earhart 77 years ago, the aluminum sheet is

Crashed WWII Spitfire excavated from Salisbury Plain

A Spitfire airplane shot down in 1940 is being dug up on Salisbury Plain in England. "It was on 27 October 1940 that my father was brought down by enemy aircraft near Upavon. "This was a particularly worrying time for my mother who was expecting me to be born in the March

WWII Dornier Do-17 bomber raised from sea bed

A German WWII bomber has been raised from the sea bed at the bottom of the English Channel after being shot down more than 70 years ago. [Thx to Chulian for the link!] The Dornier Do-17 aircraft was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the

Wreckage of Amelia Earhart’s plane found in Pacific?

A sonar image of an object found at the bottom of the ocean off the coat of an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific may be the wreckage of Amelia Earhart's plane. According to TIGHAR researchers, the sonar image shows a strong return from a narrow object roughly 22 feet long

No Spitfires buried in Burma

Back in November I posted about the search for 36 WWII Spitfires believed to be buried beneath a busy airport in Burma. Well, it turns out that they may not be buried there after all. [Thx to Chulian for the link] Mr Cundall has spent over a decade and more than