June 1, 2006
1996: April 16 saw the first flight of the new Skyhawk. A May 1996 In Flight USA article announced the new 172's first flight at Cessna's East Pawnee Field. Production test pilot Lionel Diamond, who stayed aloft for 25 minutes, piloted the airplane.
Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., has withstood three separate attacks—in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2002—to close it and redevelop the land. Now, it's thriving.
Internet giant Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, the New Mexico-based developer of high-altitude unmanned aircraft systems.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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