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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 12, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Grigory Eduardovich Suk, Russian World War I flying ace. 1941 – More than 50 Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines; Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off. Pilot César Basa is killed. 1945 – Death of William Dolley Tipton, American World War I flying ace [...]

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Thunderbirds, Blues Post ’15 Schedules

Dec 12, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels have finalized their 2015 show schedules as the International Council of Air Shows met this week in Las Vegas. The Thunderbirds will open their 62nd season Feb. 22 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The team will perform at 39 locations and end the season Nov. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 11, 2014 No Comments

1915 – Death of Gaston Caudron, French aviation pioneer and aircraft designer along with his brother René; he is killed in the crash of the Caudron R-4 he was testing at Lyon-Bron. 1941 – Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army Air Forces, operating from the Philippines, attack Japanese shipping; this is the first [...]

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Honoring the ‘Flying Minute Men’

Dec 11, 2014 No Comments

Flying Piper Cubs and Stinson biplanes, aircraft sometimes borrowed for the mission, the Civil Air Patrol guarded the American coast and helped turn back the U-boat onslaught that might otherwise have turned the tide of World War II. Men and women answered the call to serve as the nation went to war, joining the volunteer [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 09, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Karl Pech, German World War I flying ace. 1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 variant shown), Italian military trainer and that country’s first true jet-powered aircraft. 1961 – U.S. Air Force Major Robert M. White takes the Bell X-15 to a height of 101,610 feet. 1970 – Death of Artem [...]

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USAF: F-35 CAS Tactics in the Works

Dec 09, 2014 No Comments

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter — a stealthy, high-tech, fifth-generation strike fighter — may also become a major player in close-air support (CAS) missions. Last week, Defense News-Intercepts talked with the U.S. Air Force general who is leading the testing and preparation for the CAS mission. Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way: the military aviation community [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 08, 2014 No Comments

1882 – Birth of Paul Albert Pierre Tarascon, French World War I flying ace; he was known as “l’as à la jambe de bois,” or “the ace with the wooden leg,” after having lost his right foot in a crash. 1931 – Vittorio Suster, flying a Caproni Ca.100 Limousine, wins a race against racing driver [...]

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Waco Added to Collings Foundation Fleet

Dec 08, 2014 No Comments

The Collings Foundation seems to be on a real tear these days, adding new aircraft to the collection seemingly every other month over the past year. The group has just acquired a beautifully restored example of a WACO UPF-7. Rolling off the Waco Aircraft Co.’s Troy, Ohio, production line in 1940, this UPF-7 still retains its original [...]

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