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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – In opening demonstration flights before the U.S. Army at Fort Myer, Va., Orville Wright makes the first flight with the new Wright A. 1939 – During another Khalkhin Gol dogfight between Soviet and Japanese aircraft, the Soviets claim to have shot down 25 Japanese planes in exchange for the loss of two Soviet aircraft. […]
Museum of Flight Opens New Pavilion

Museum of Flight Opens New Pavilion

The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., recently opened its new three-acre Aviation Pavilion. The nine-story roofed outdoor gallery doubles the museum’s exhibit space with the biggest expansion in its 51-year history. The Pavilion exhibit focuses on the development of large aircraft and commercial airliners from the 1930s to the present, and includes planes that cannot be […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Michele Allasia, Italian World War I flying ace. 1925 – The first capture of a rum runner with aviation support takes place when a U.S. Coast Guard Vought UO-1 assists with the Prohibition-era mission. 1955 – Death of William Earle “Moley” Molesworth, Irish World War I fighter ace. 1956 – First flight of the Sukhoi […]
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Penultimate Living Doolittle Raider Dies

Now it’s down to one. David Thatcher, one of the last two airmen from the fabled Doolittle Raiders of World War II, died early Wednesday in a Missoula, Mont., hospital. His son Jeff said Thatcher, 94, had been going downhill for the past month or so and suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, Father’s Day. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of Chow Ting-Fong, Chinese Sino-Japanese War flying ace. 1921 – First flight of the Bristol Ten-seater (Bristol Type 62), British single-engine biplane transport aircraft. 1946 – First airmail flown by jet is made by a U.S. Air Force Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. 1993 – Death of Ernest Graham Joy, Canadian World War […]
South Pole Rescue Launched

South Pole Rescue Launched

Two Canadian Twin Otter aircraft are in Punta Arenas at the southern tip of Chile waiting out weather to launch a rescue at the South Pole. The aircraft operated by Kenn Borek Air, of Calgary, Alberta, were dispatched last Wednesday to pick up a person who has fallen ill at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Because of […]

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Life Among the Nukes

Life Among the Nukes

By sheer coincidence, I am, at 86, one of relatively few ex-SAC members who can recall both how it was in the Strategic Air Command before General Curtis LeMay’s influence, and afterwards. It was a unique time in my life. In those days, the Strategic Air Command was a cocked fist carrying a knockout blow. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1884 – Birth of Alessandro Marchettí, Italian engineer and airplane designer. 1917 – Scottish World War I fighter ace William Charles Campbell scores a trio of victories with his Nieuport Scout in a one-hour mission, earning him England’s Military Cross. 1940 – First flight of the Shavrov Sh-7 (shown), a Soviet amphibious flying boat. 1943 – […]

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FJ’s Dorr, 76, Goes West

FJ’s Dorr, 76, Goes West

Robert F. Dorr, a master historian whose books and columns on aircraft and the U.S. military made him an invaluable author for decades, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. Dorr’s family announced on his Facebook page that he died peacefully at the age of 76 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. Dorr was a prolific […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Friedrich Altemeier, German World War I fighter ace. 1910 – American Walter Brookins, the first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team, sets a world’s record for altitude of 4,380 feet. 1944 – The first V1 rocket is shot down by Royal Air Force Flight Lt. J.G. Musgrave in a Mosquito […]
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