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Spielberg, Hanks Team Up for 8th AF Tales

Jan 06, 2015 No Comments

In the thin air above 20,000 feet, with Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters bearing down from all directions, the inside of an unpressurized American bomber in World War II was an altogether foreign world. Freezing cold, oxygen-deprived and hundreds of miles from the nearest friendly fighter escort, the bombers faced desperate odds with each mission deep [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 05, 2015 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Carl “Charly” Degelow, German World War I fighter ace; he is the last German pilot and final German serviceman to be awarded the Blue Max, the German Kingdom of Prussia’s highest order of merit. 1930 – During the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE), Royal Australian Air Force pilot Stuart Campbell [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 29, 2014 No Comments

1913 – Joseph Eugene Carberry and Fred Seydel win the Mackay Trophy flying a Curtiss Model E made by U.S. Army aviators entirely from spare parts. 1940 –  The Luftwaffe begins a devastating two-day-long bombing attack on London, making extensive use of incendiary weapons. 1948 – First flight of the Supermarine Swift (F.1 shown), a British single-seat [...]

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Red Baron Stearman Returns to the Air

Dec 28, 2014 No Comments

The Red Baron is back in the skies. Brothers Paul and Jarrod Lindemann have restored a 1941 Stearman biplane that was part of the Red Baron Squadron, an aerobatic team that barnstormed air shows across the U.S. from 1979 to 2007. The plane started as a U.S. Army Air Corps trainer in World War II, then [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Armando François, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1937 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz sets a speed record between Paris and Saigon in less than 4 days. 1966 – First flight of the Dassault Mirage F1, a French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft; it is the successor of [...]

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USAF to Inactivate Two C-17 Squadrons

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force will inactivate two C-17 squadrons over the next two years in a budget-saving move, according to new details released by Air Mobility Command Monday. Sixteen Boeing C-17 Globemaster IIIs — eight from the 17th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and eight from the 10th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

1910 – British aviation pioneer Cecil Grace vanishes over the English Channel during a flight from Calais, France, to Dover, England. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Camel (shown), a British World War I biplane fighter. 1934 – The first night bombing in South America is done by a Macchi M.18, an Italian flying boat operated by [...]

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Russians Get Updated Bombers

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

Russia’s air force on Friday received the first examples of a number of modernized strategic bombers – a Tu-160M and Tu-95MSs – following upgrade work performed by manufacturer Tupolev. Enhancement activity on the supersonic Tu-160 includes “partial replacement” of the aircraft’s avionics and weapons systems, says Tupolev. First flight of the initial example took place on Nov. 16. A [...]

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