On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments by

1783 – Jacques Alexandre César Charles flies the first balloon filled with gas rather than fire-heated air; he uses hydrogen produced by pouring 489 pounds of sulfuric acid on 1,000 pounds of iron. The balloon has a diameter of 12 feet. 1923 – An Air Union Farman F.60 Goliath crashes near East Malling, Kent, England, [...]

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Mentors Helped Shape Thunderbird Pilot

Aug 27, 2014 No Comments by

As one of six stars of the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds squadron, Maj. Jason Curtis has all the qualities of an elite pilot. He’s intelligent, focused, personable and flies with unparalleled precision. He’s also humble — and quick to credit those who guided him during his childhood in Kalispell. Curtis, 33, is returning to his hometown [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 26, 2014 No Comments by

1894 – Birth of Antonio Chiri, Italian World War I fighter ace. 1930 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew ditch their Dornier Wal D-1422 flying boat on the Hudson River, completing the first east-to-west crossing of the Atlantic from Germany to New York. 1944 – First flight of the Martin AM Mauler (shown), a U.S. [...]

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Sudan Rebels Shoot Down UN Helicopter

Aug 26, 2014 No Comments by

By The Associated Press A rebel commander shot down a U.N. helicopter Tuesday in rural South Sudan, said a government spokesman. The U.N. has confirmed the crash of one of its helicopters and said it was investigating the cause. The U.N. mission said on Twitter that an Mil Mi-8 cargo helicopter crashed near Bentiu, which is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments by

1784 – The son of a Scottish minister, James Tytler, makes the first manned balloon hop in England when his hot-air device makes a brief uncontrolled ascent with Tytler in the basket to an altitude of a few hundred feet. 1913 – Birth of Yoshio Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1944 [...]

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Singapore Sneakily Adds to SG Fleet

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments by

Singapore appears to have quietly boosted the size of its F-15SG fleet from 24 aircraft to 40, according to Boeing financial statements, aircraft registration filings, and U.S. Congressional reports. Singapore originally bought 12 F-15SGs – with an option for eight more – under a contract signed in December 2005. In October 2007 the city-state modified [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 22, 2014 No Comments

1882 – Birth of Raymonde de Laroche (born Elise Raymonde Deroche), French aviatrix and the first woman in the world to receive an airplane pilot’s license. 1916 – Austro-Hungarian World War I aces Julius Arigi and Johann Lasi score their first five victories, in a Hansa-Brandenburg C.I, on a single mission. 1951 – The USS Essex [...]

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USAF Reactivates Training Squadron

Aug 22, 2014 No Comments

A storied fighter squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida will be reactivated to help train Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor pilots. During a reactivation ceremony on the base, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Derek Wyler will assume command of the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron. The ceremony will begin at 10:02 a.m. — not 10:01 [...]

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