On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 24, 2014 No Comments by

1897 – Birth of Amelia Mary Earhart, noted American aviation pioneer and author (shown); she becomes the first woman to receive the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 1933 – Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison, in their de Havilland Dragon ‘”Seafarer,” nearly succeed in their [...]

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Teen Dies in Record-Attempting Flight

Jul 24, 2014 No Comments by

A 17-year-old’s round-the-world record flight attempt has ended in tragedy. The Beechcraft Bonanza Haris Suleman and his father, Babar, were using in their attempt to circumnavigate the world in 30 days crashed today not far from Pago Pago, the capitol of American Samoa. While Haris’ body has been found, search teams are still looking for [...]

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Two Ukrainian Jets Shot Down

Jul 23, 2014 No Comments by

Two Ukrainian attack jets were shot down Wednesday over territory held by Russian-back separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said. The Ukrainian government said the planes were downed by missiles fired from Russia, raising questions about whether Ukrainian separatists who had crossed the border were responsible or whether Russians fired the weapons. Whatever the [...]

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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

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

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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