CNN Rides EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor

Jul 29, 2015 No Comments by

They call this airplane a time machine. At nearly 90 years old, Ford Tri-Motors are museum pieces. They’re the world’s first all-metal, multi-engine commercial airliners. Really, it’s hard to believe they still let these things fly. They’re too historic.  But the so-called Tin Goose was flying at last week’s aviation festival at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, so, [...]

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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

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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