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RAF Museum to Raise German World War II Bomber

May 03, 2013 No Comments

The Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to announce the start of a ground-breaking operation to raise from the English Channel the last surviving Dornier Do 17, an historic World War II German bomber shot down 72 years ago during the Battle of Britain. The operation will see the retrieval of what is the only [...]

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Navy Unveils Squadron of Manned, Unmanned Craft

May 02, 2013 No Comments

The U.S. Navy on Thursday inaugurated its first squadron with both manned and unmanned aircraft. Military officials launched the effort by reactivating the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, known as the “Magicians” or HSL-35, which served for 19 years before being deactivated in 1992. “The HSL-35 points to the future of naval aviation,” Vice Admiral David [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 02, 2013 No Comments

1892 – Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (shown above), a German World War I pilot widely known as the Red Baron, is born. Still regarded today as the ace of aces, he amassed 80 aerial combat victories. 1926 – Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett made the first flight over the North Pole. 1936 – American parachutist Clement Joseph “Clem” Sohn makes his first [...]

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Thunderbirds Crew Chief Takes to New Heights

May 02, 2013 No Comments

Growing up around small planes, it’s no surprise that 23-year-old U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ben Ayivorh, a dedicated crew chief assigned to the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, developed an interest in aviation at an early age. However, aside from his day-to-day job of maintaining aircraft, this Burke, Va., [...]

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California Pilot Had Long, Eventful Military Career

May 02, 2013 No Comments

Warren H. Rice flew “every airplane in the book, or at least every airplane that mattered,” in a career that began during World War II and continued through the Korean War and Vietnam, collecting two Distinguished Flying Crosses (DFC) along the way. Rice was awarded his wings at Williams Army Airfield in Mesa, Ariz., when [...]

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Helicopter Crew Killed in Vietnam Will Be Buried in Arlington

May 01, 2013 No Comments

The remains of a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot from Huntington Park who was shot down and killed in Vietnam nearly 46 years ago have been identified, the U.S. Defense Department announced Tuesday. Lt. Dennis W. Peterson will be buried Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., along with the remains of three crew members who were [...]

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Historic Flying Workhorse Takes to Aussie Skies

May 01, 2013 No Comments

It was lunchtime yesterday, a warm and sleepy autumn afternoon, when a museum piece from the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society hurtled unexpectedly down the runway at Albion Park Rail in New South Wales, Australia, and launched its ageing 8,000-kg. mass into the sky. As it climbed skyward, the sunshine caught a spider’s web over an [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 01, 2013 No Comments

1875 – Birth of Harriet Quimby, early American aviator and movie screenwriter, first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the U.S. 1912 – First flight of the Avro Type F, a single-seat British aircraft and the first in the world to feature a completely enclosed cabin. 1927 – Imperial Airways, a British Airways predecessor, introduces its luxury “Silver Wing” service [...]

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