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Penultimate Living Doolittle Raider Dies

Now it’s down to one. David Thatcher, one of the last two airmen from the fabled Doolittle Raiders of World War II, died early Wednesday in a Missoula, Mont., hospital. His son Jeff said Thatcher, 94, had been going downhill for the past month or so and suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, Father’s Day. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – Birth of Chow Ting-Fong, Chinese Sino-Japanese War flying ace. 1921 – First flight of the Bristol Ten-seater (Bristol Type 62), British single-engine biplane transport aircraft. 1946 – First airmail flown by jet is made by a U.S. Air Force Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star. 1993 – Death of Ernest Graham Joy, Canadian World War […]

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South Pole Rescue Launched

South Pole Rescue Launched

Two Canadian Twin Otter aircraft are in Punta Arenas at the southern tip of Chile waiting out weather to launch a rescue at the South Pole. The aircraft operated by Kenn Borek Air, of Calgary, Alberta, were dispatched last Wednesday to pick up a person who has fallen ill at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Because of […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1884 – Birth of Alessandro Marchettí, Italian engineer and airplane designer. 1917 – Scottish World War I fighter ace William Charles Campbell scores a trio of victories with his Nieuport Scout in a one-hour mission, earning him England’s Military Cross. 1940 – First flight of the Shavrov Sh-7 (shown), a Soviet amphibious flying boat. 1943 – […]

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FJ’s Dorr, 76, Goes West

FJ’s Dorr, 76, Goes West

Robert F. Dorr, a master historian whose books and columns on aircraft and the U.S. military made him an invaluable author for decades, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. Dorr’s family announced on his Facebook page that he died peacefully at the age of 76 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. Dorr was a prolific […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Friedrich Altemeier, German World War I fighter ace. 1910 – American Walter Brookins, the first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team, sets a world’s record for altitude of 4,380 feet. 1944 – The first V1 rocket is shot down by Royal Air Force Flight Lt. J.G. Musgrave in a Mosquito […]

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On Replacing the T-38

On Replacing the T-38

The U.S. Air Force has been flying fifth-generation advanced fighter jets for 11 years now, but believe it or not, it’s still training pilots for planes like the F-35 and F-22 with aircraft designed more than a half century ago. Plans are in the works to build a new advanced fighter jet trainer, and this […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub, Soviet Ukrainian military aviator and World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1926 – Death of Jurgis Dobkevicius, Lithuanian aviator and aircraft designer, who dies in the crash of a Dobi-III, a single-seat, high-wing monoplane of his own design. 1953 – The U.S. Air Force […]

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U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. military aircraft from Europe and the U.S. were on display during this year’s Berlin Air and Trade Show, June 1-4. The International Aerospace Exhibition, also known as the “Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung” in German, or ILA for short, is one of the oldest airshows around dating back more than 100 years. ILA hosts a trade […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Andre Jean Delorme, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – The last Ford Trimotor (also known as “The Tin Goose”), an American three-engined transport plane, is produced. 1938 – First flight of the Douglas DC-4E (shown), an American experimental airliner that resulted in an entirely new design, the successful DC-4/C-54. 1985 – Death of Frank Harold Taylor, […]
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