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On This Day in Aviation History

May 28, 2013 No Comments

1905 – Birth of Carlo Romagnoli, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1924 – Adrienne Bolland wins the women’s record for looping from Laura Bromwell, performing the feat 212 times in just over an hour in her Caudron 127 in Paris. 1939 – Hiromichi Shinohara, the highest-scoring fighter ace of the Imperial Japanese Army Air [...]

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Spirit of Goodyear Floats Over North Carolina

May 28, 2013 No Comments

If you looked up into the sky Monday, you may have seen the Goodyear blimp navigating the skies of Hickory, N.C. Ashton Leonard, a 17-year-old junior at Bandys High School and one of the lucky riders on the blimp, said his experience was “amazing.” “I’m kind of speechless,” said Leonard, who also said he had never [...]

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Pennsylvania Man Part of B-24 Mystery

May 28, 2013 No Comments

The morning of Jan. 30, 1944, a Sunday, the 718th Squadron of the U.S Army Air Forces’ 449th Bomb Group took off from its base in Grottaglie, a small village on the heel of Italy’s boot, on a mission to bomb an airfield in Udine, site of a Nazi base near Trieste on the Adriatic [...]

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U.S. Fighter Crashes Off Japan, Pilot Rescued

May 28, 2013 No Comments

A U.S. Air Force fighter jet crashed off the southern Japan island of Okinawa early Tuesday after the aircraft developed problems in flight. The pilot ejected and was recovered safely. The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, flying out of Kadena Air Base, went down in the Pacific about 115 kilometers (70 miles) east of Okinawa, the [...]

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Texas Native Flying High as F-16 Pilot

May 27, 2013 No Comments

Given her family’s military lineage, Clancy Morrical seemed destined to become a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Her father served in the Vietnam War as a helicopter pilot, while her mother is a retired physical therapist with the U.S. Army. And Morrical’s grandmother was in the U.S. Navy during World War II. But [...]

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Aviation History Returns to Australian Town

May 27, 2013 No Comments

A piece of Australia’s aviation history flew into Warrnambool, Victoria, Monday carrying descendents of the first chairman of Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) onboard. The flight of the heritage Douglas DC-3 airliner (VH-AES “Hawdon”) was to include Nancy Duncan, who was 22 when the plane first travelled from Melbourne to Sydney with 24 passengers more than [...]

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Ohio Pilot Part of Indy 500 Flyover

May 25, 2013 No Comments

When the national anthem is playing before the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Salem, Ohio, pilot Don Stamp will be aimed right down the main straightaway of the famous 2.5-mile oval, home to the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, as it concludes. He will be part of a six-plane wing that includes North [...]

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UK Fighters Intercept Pakistani Flight

May 25, 2013 No Comments

Britain scrambled fighter jets Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two British passengers who allegedly threatened to destroy the plane. A British security official said the situation involving the Pakistan International Airlines [...]

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