On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 21, 2015 No Comments by

1928 – Sir (George) Hubert Wilkins and pilot Carl Ben Eielson complete the first-ever crossing of the Arctic by airplane from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Spitsbergen, Norway, in their Lockheed Vega. 1933 – First flight of the U.S.S. Macon (shown), an American rigid airship built and operated by the U.S. Navy for scouting and capable [...]

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USMC Incorporates F-35B Into Plans

Apr 21, 2015 No Comments by

U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilots are refining a new plan for air-to-air combat as they integrate the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter with older jets, and it will mirror aspects of how the U.S. Air Force adapted its fleet to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The concept is called the Hornet Standard Game Plan, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 20, 2015 No Comments by

1891 – Birth of Charles Humphrey Kingsman, British naval aviator during World War I and a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during World War II. He later makes the first aerial torpedo attack on a ship. 1936 – Vladimir Konstantinovich Kokkinaki performs the Nesterov Loop for the first time with a twin-engine aircraft, [...]

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F-100, F-35 to Star at Oshkosh

Apr 20, 2015 No Comments by

By Elaine Kauh, AVweb.com A supersonic warbird and a new fighter jet will make their debuts in the military lineup at EAA’s AirVenture in July. Dean “Cutter” Cutshall of Indiana will show his North American F-100F Super Sabre, the first U.S. Air Force fighter plane capable of supersonic level flight, EAA said. It was the first [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 17, 2015 No Comments by

1898 – Birth of Johannes Jensen, German World War I flying ace. 1934 – First flight of the de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide (shown), a British short-haul biplane airliner. 1944 – Royal Canadian Air Force Flying Officer T.C. Cooke and his crew, in a Consolidated Canso A of No. 162 RCAF Squadron, sink German submarine U-342 southwest of [...]

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Mystery Shrouds New Stealth Bomber Plans

Apr 16, 2015 No Comments by

The bombardment began early this year on the airwaves and online. “What will the next revolution in advanced aircraft be?” asks one of the slick advertisements, showcasing a mysterious, tailless aircraft parked in a darkened hangar and draped with a tarp. The campaign by defense giant Northrop Grumman, specifically targeted at the Washington market, is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 15, 2015 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Geoffrey Herbert Hooper, Australian World War I flying ace who served in the Royal Air Force until halfway through World War II. 1936 – Aer Lingus, the flag carrier of Ireland, is founded. 1945 – An Avro Lancaster on a night mission against Potsdam becomes the last British bomber shot down [...]

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U.K. Scrambles Fighters, Again

Apr 15, 2015 No Comments

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said Typhoon fighter jets were launched Tuesday after two Russian military planes were spotted flying close to British airspace. “Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon fighter aircraft were launched today, from RAF Lossiemouth after Russian aircraft were identified flying close to UK airspace,” the ministry said in a statement given [...]

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