On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 21, 2014 No Comments by

1879 – Birth of Claude Grahame White, English pioneer of aviation, and the first to make a night flight; he founded Grahame-White Aviation Co. 1918 – First flight of the Nieuport-Delage NiD 29, a French single-seat biplane fighter. 1942 – U.S. Marine Corps Major John Lucian Smith (shown) scores the first aerial victory by a [...]

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Navy Hornets Take Fight to ISIL

Aug 21, 2014 No Comments by

The commander on board the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier overseeing the ongoing airstrikes in Iraq said Navy F/A-18s have flown at least 30 bombing missions against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, targets. Thus far, Navy planes have destroyed ISIL mobile artillery positions, convoys and other strategic targets including vehicles and [...]

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CAF to Hold Air Power Expo at New Site

Aug 19, 2014 No Comments by

Story and photo by the Commemorative Air Force The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is bringing “hands on” history to Dallas Oct. 3-5 when the world’s only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, “FIFI,” the famous North American P-51C “Tuskegee Airmen” and over a dozen other World War II military aircraft take center stage at their first event at Dallas [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 18, 2014 No Comments by

1897 – Birth of Oliver Campbell Bryson, British World War I flying ace; he was one of the British aviators ordered to Russia in 1919 to support the White Army in its counter-revolution against the Bolsheviks. Bryson served in the Royal Air Force until 1943. 1930 – Eddie August Henry Schneider, flying a Scarab-powered Cessna, [...]

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X-47B Conducts Ops with Manned Aircraft

Aug 18, 2014 No Comments by

Story and photo by U.S. Navy The U.S. Navy’s unmanned X-47B returned to carrier operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 17 and completed a series of tests, operating safely and seamlessly with manned aircraft. Building on lessons learned from its first test period aboard TR in November 2013, the X-47B team is now [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 15, 2014 No Comments by

1935 – First flight of the Seversky P-35 (shown), a U.S. single-seat, all-metal fighter. 1937 – Lufthansa begins seaplane services between the Azores and New York with the assistance of seaplane tenders stationed along the route. 1945 – Birth of Charles Barbin “Chuck” DeBellevue, U.S. Air Force officer; he became the first USAF weapon systems officer (WSO) to [...]

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Army Squadron Says Goodbye, For Now

Aug 15, 2014 No Comments

It was a bittersweet goodbye for aviators and family members of a helicopter squadron Thursday morning at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. They gathered to remember the legacy of the U.S. Army’s 4-6 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron— part of a U.S. Cavalry outfit, known as the “Fighting Sixth,” that dates back to the Civil War. [...]

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Fork-Tailed Oddballs

Aug 14, 2014 No Comments

There’s the P-38 Lightning known and loved by generations — a large, yet lithe twin-engine, twin-boom fighter with an informed sense of streamlining that inspired descriptions like “three bullets on a knife.” The P-38 marched through the war generating alphabetical models through “M” totaling around 10,000 copies. But it would be facile to leave the [...]

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