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Loss, Gain in the Family

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

This little tale doesn’t involve the loss of a family member, at least not a member with flesh and blood. If you’re the kind of person who counts sheet metal and oil count in that definition, then, well, OK, my good friend and fellow aviation blogger Dan Linn did lose someone this summer: his beautiful [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

1904 – Birth of Florence Gunderson Klingensmith, pioneering American aviator; founding member of the Ninety-Nines (a women’s pilot group) and one of the first women to participate in air races with men. 1940 – Sixteen Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Blackburn Skua dive bombers sink the German light cruiser Königsberg at Bergen, Norway; it is [...]

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Texas Flying Legends to Star at AIRSHO

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

This year at the Commemorative Air Force AIRSHO, warbirds will invade the skies of West Texas in ways never seen before with an amazing air performance from the Texas Flying Legends Museum, which will have six of its 11-aircraft fleet in attendance, including a rare Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero. The museum will participate in both flying [...]

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National Stearman Fly-In Underway in Iowa

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

The Stearman Model 75, produced between 1935 and 1945 in Wichita, Kans., was not the only primary trainer flown by the U.S. Army Air Corps and the U.S. Navy in the World War II era. But the 8,428 biplanes that came from the Stearman factory became an aviation icon because more military pilots took their first [...]

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Fans Flock to Zero Dismantle

Sep 03, 2013 No Comments

Japan’s Tokorozawa Aviation Museum held a viewing Sept. 1 of the dismantling work on what is believed to be the world’s only airworthy Mitsubishi Zero fighter still with its original engine in preparation for its return to California. In December, the museum borrowed the World War II-era Zero, bearing the identification numbers 61-120, from the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

1913 – Birth of Bruno Dilley, German World War II dive bomber pilot and decorated Luftwaffe officer; a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Dilley later performs the first bombing raid of the war. 1929 – First flight of the Travel Air Type R “Mystery Ship,” an American wire-braced, low-wing racing [...]

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RAF Sends Typhoons to Med Bases

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

The UK is sending six Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jets to Cyprus to defend the strategically important bases on the island against potential retaliatory attacks from the regime of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the fighters were flying to the Mediterranean on Thursday morning, ahead of any possible military action against Syria in the coming days. The [...]

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Predator Drone Helps Fight Rim Fire

Aug 29, 2013 No Comments

As crews advanced against a giant wildfire around Yosemite National Park, fire commanders said they would maintain use of a General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone to give them early views of any new flare-ups across in the remote and rugged landscape. The Rim Fire expanded to 301 square miles, but crews had a productive day [...]

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