In Theater: Chariots of the Vanquished

Jul 28, 2015 No Comments by

By Stan Piet By mid-August 1945, the Japanese Empire was near collapse. Months of sustained bombing and two atomic attacks had devastated its prime cities and a widening blockade was strangling its faltering war industry and starving citizens. But Tokyo’s ingrained militaristic “fight to the death culture” still held sway, and an all out invasion [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 28, 2015 No Comments by

1888 – Birth of Rosina Ferrario, the first Italian woman to obtain a pilot license. 1914 – The first torpedo drop by a British aircraft is carried out by Arthur Murray Longmore from a Short Admiralty Type 81 (Short Folder), a British two-seat floatplane. 1938 – Harold Lee Neely, flying a Sversky P-35, achieves a [...]

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Iconic Firepower: Guns of the Battle

Jul 27, 2015 No Comments by

Ordnance Philosophies Differed By Barrett Tillman How do you kill an airplane? Essentially there are only three methods: Destroy the airframe, such as severing a wing spar. Destroy the powerplant or systems, rendering the aircraft unable to maneuver or maintain altitude. Kill or incapacitate the crew. The aircraft weapons of the Battle of Britain were [...]

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Aerial Banner Company Turns 70

Jul 27, 2015 No Comments by

Like saltwater taffy and “Watch the tramcar please,” a single-engine Piper Cub airplane pulling an advertising banner above the shoreline is a Jersey Shore tradition. Some of the planes have been flying from Cape May Point north, sometimes as far as Sandy Hook, since 1945. Paramount Air Service — the nation’s oldest and largest aerial advertising firm — is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 24, 2015 No Comments by

1893 – Birth of Louis Prosper Gros, French World War I flying ace who served also in World War II. 1947 – Death of Hans-Eberhardt Gandert, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking World War II officer in the Luftwaffe. 1947 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-22,  the first Soviet jet-engined bomber prototype [...]

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A-10s Using Ex-Warsaw Pact Strips in Poland

Jul 23, 2015 No Comments by

How do you land combat aircraft without a modern runway? Since Monday, four A-10s from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have practiced landing at a Polish airfield at Nowe Miasto that has been decommissioned for years. The runway itself is old and cracked, and conditions at the former Warsaw Pact airfield are spartan. By having A-10s [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 23, 2015 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Corliss Champion Moseley (shown), American U.S. Army aviator, World War I fighter pilot and later a civilian trainer. He also becomes the winner of the first Pulitzer Air Race flying a Verville-Packard R-1 Racer. 1954 – A Cathay Pacific Douglas DC-4 is shot down by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Lavochkin La-7 [...]

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Flights Resume at Oshkosh After Crash

Jul 23, 2015 No Comments

All runways at EAA AirVenture grounds in Oshkosh, Wis., are open after a plane made a hard landing and caught fire Wedesday morning, closing the airport for almost three hours. Five people were aboard the plane at the time of the crash and all were transported to local hospitals after the Piper Malibu plane came in [...]

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