On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 30, 2014 No Comments by

1882 – Birth of Charles Lanier Lawrance, American aeronautical engineer and early proponent of air-cooled aircraft engines. 1932 – First flight of the Blackburn B-5 Baffin (shown), a British biplane torpedo bomber; derived from the Ripon, it uses a radial engine for power. 1936 – The German airlift of Spanish Nationalist troops from Spanish Morocco to [...]

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First New-Build MH-47G Delivered to Special Ops

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U.S. Special Operations Command aviators already fly a highly advanced version of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter, but not until 29 September did they have one built from scratch. The command’s MH-47Gs, as they are designated, have previously been heavily retrofitted CH-47C, D and E models. Building the aircraft from the ground up allowed for [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 29, 2014 No Comments by

1892 – Birth of Frank Alberry, Australian World War I flying ace. 1922 – First flight of the Thomas-Morse R-5 (shown), an American single-engined parasol monoplane racer. 1940 – Royal Australian Air Force Avro Ansons L9162 and N4876 of No. 2 Service Flying Training School collide in mid-air and became locked together in flight. A successful [...]

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Canadian Lancaster Home After British Tour

Sep 29, 2014 No Comments by

Her entrance was unmistakable. Hamilton’s Avro Lancaster bomber, nicknamed Vera because of its flight initials, VRA, displayed on the fuselage, swooped from behind the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario right at noon Sunday to signal she was home. Hundreds of people gathered for the plane’s homecoming whooped and cheered, eager for the 1940s-era bomber to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments by

1909 – The first airship flight in the Austro-Hungarian Empire takes place when brothers Alexander and Anatol Renner lift off their “Estaric I,” a 32-meter-long, 24-horsepowedr, single-prope airship. 1965 – Death of James Fitzmaurice, Irish aviation pioneer; he was a member of the crew of the Bremen, a Junkers W 33 which made the first [...]

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U.S. Plant Rolls Out First Super Tucano

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments by

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and Embraer have delivered the first A-29 Super Tucano to the Air Force, with company officials pledging Embraer’s Jacksonville, Fla., facility will produce the remainder of its order on time. The delivery was made Thursday at that facility. On hand were military officials from the U.S. and Afghanistan, including Maj. Gen. [...]

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532nd Bomb Group B-17s in formation – Screen Saver

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments

Traditionally, we’ve offered some of the fantastic line drawings of  William Wylam, Willis Nye or some of the other classic draftsmen/artists in FlightJournal.com. This time around, however, the Air Age Archive didn’t have any drawings that directly tie to this issue. So, we’re going in another direction and offer a high-quality vintage photograph, in this [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments

1909 – Birth of John C. “Pappy” Herbst, American World War II ace; he became the second highest-scoring fighter pilot in the China-Burma-India Theater. 1932 – Lewis Alonzo Yancey sets an autogyro altitude record of 21,500 feet in a Pitcairn PCA-2. 1959 – A U.S. Navy Martin P5M-2 Marlin, patrolling out of NAS Whidbey Island, [...]

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