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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 07, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Julio Ruiz de Alda Miqueleiz, Spanish aviator and politician. 1912 – First demonstration of a monoplane to the U.S. government is made by Bernetta Adams Miller with a Moisant-Blériot at College Park, Md. 1919 – KLM, flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded. It is the oldest airline still operating under [...]

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UK to Delay Tornado Retirement

Oct 07, 2014 No Comments

All three of the Royal Air Force’s current Panavia Tornado GR4-equipped frontline squadrons will continue to operate the strike aircraft for the immediate future, after the UK government reversed a decision to disband one of the units early next year. Prime Minister David Cameron on 3 October confirmed that 2 Squadron – based at RAF Marham in Norfolk – will [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 06, 2014 No Comments

1912 – At Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal, Japan, Lt. Yozo Kaneko makes the Imperial Japanese Navy’s first flight, piloting a Farman seaplane for 15 minutes and reaching an altitude of 100 feet. 1912 – John Henry Towers achieves an American endurance record by rigging extra gasoline tanks to a Curtiss A-2 seaplane, allowing him [...]

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‘Otto,’ Fireworks Thrill Air Show Crowds

Oct 06, 2014 No Comments

If you’ve frequented major American airshows in the last 25 years, chances are you’ve seen Otto The Helicopter, a 1985 Schweizer 300 with its canopy done over in clown face. Roger Buis is Otto’s second pilot; he and his wife Pauline bought the act in 1999. Buis has a pocket full of helicopter and fixed-wing ratings, an A&P certificate and [...]

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First Woman to Solo Around World Dies

Oct 03, 2014 No Comments

In the mid-1960s, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock was seen at airports around the world, dressed in a blouse, skirt, high heels and pearls. But she was not on business trips or working as a flight attendant. Dubbed “the flying housewife,” Mock was a pilot on a quest to make aviation history. On April 17, 1964, after a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 02, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Ian Henry David Henderson, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ72 (L31) is shot down by Lt. V Tempest of the Royal Flying Corps over Potter’s Bar, near London, killing Heinrich Mathy, Germany’s foremost airship captain. 1931 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 49 (shown), a German [...]

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RAF Tornados Strike First IS Targets

Oct 01, 2014 No Comments

Royal Air Force jets have carried out their first strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, attacking a “heavy weapon position” and an armed pick-up truck. The Ministry of Defence said the attacks were in support of Kurdish units in the north-west of the country. The strikes – by two Panavia Tornado GR4s – came four [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 30, 2014 No Comments

1882 – Birth of Charles Lanier Lawrance, American aeronautical engineer and early proponent of air-cooled aircraft engines. 1932 – First flight of the Blackburn B-5 Baffin (shown), a British biplane torpedo bomber; derived from the Ripon, it uses a radial engine for power. 1936 – The German airlift of Spanish Nationalist troops from Spanish Morocco to [...]

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