Ace in a Day

Jul 22, 2014 No Comments by

The kills and claims of the top shooters On the morning of April 7, 1943, American fighter pilots on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands responded to a red alert. More than 100 Japanese aircraft were inbound, sending Wildcats and P-40s scrambling to intercept. In a prolonged combat, the defenders claimed 39 victories and actually got [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 22, 2014 No Comments by

1917 – Death of John Edward Sharman, Canadian World War I flying ace; he is killed in action in his Sopwith Triplane by a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire. 1921 – Donald Wills Douglas, Sr., founds the Douglas Aircraft Co. 1921 – Birth of Umberto Bernardini, Italian test pilot; he became the first Italian to [...]

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Another Lancaster Seat Offered on eBay

Jul 22, 2014 No Comments by

If you’re still smarting about losing out in May’s bidding war for the $79,100 Avro Lancaster flight of a lifetime to Great Britain next month, here’s your chance to land a seat on the return trip. A spokesperson from the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum, which owns the famous warbird, said on Monday that another ticket [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 21, 2014 No Comments by

1891 – Birth of Gilbert Marie de Guingand, French World War I flying ace. 1939 – First flight of the Short S.26 G-class (shown), a British four-engined flying boat. 1941 – More than 190 Luftwaffe bombers attack the Soviet capital of Moscow for the first time. 1951 – A Canadian Pacific Airlines Douglas DC-4 departs [...]

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Group to Toast F-15 Eagle at Ohio Air Base

Jul 21, 2014 No Comments by

Those responsible for designing and sustaining a historic airplane will gather this weekend at Hope Hotel and Conference Center to remember — and toast — an achievement worth remembering. Dubbed the “F-15 Gathering of Eagles 2014,” the event happens Friday through Sunday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The gathering is open to the men and women, civilian and [...]

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Medal of Honor Fighters

Jul 21, 2014 No Comments by

The Highest Award for Extreme Service By Barrett Tillman Captain Henry T. Elrod did it all. In the 16-day defense of Wake Island in December 1941, the 36-year-old Marine shot down at least one Japanese aircraft, sank an enemy warship, and conducted the ground defense on his part of the 1,400-acre sandspit when the invaders [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 18, 2014 No Comments

1941 – The first Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses fly into combat, serving with the \ Royal Air Force on a daylight bombing raid from 30,000 feet against Wilhelmshaven, Germany. 1950 – Douglas AD Skyraiders and Vought F4U Corsairs from the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) strike targets near Pyongyang, Korea, then completely destroy an oil refinery at Wonsan; [...]

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Air Show Report: Flying Legends 2014

Jul 18, 2014 No Comments

Standing at any of the runway ends during the Duxford, England, air shows is a stunning experience. Either you get to see the aircraft turning in onto the display line or they make you feel their massive horse powers while passing you on take-off. Action is guaranteed! If you look around the airfield there are [...]

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