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Marines Call Helicopter Escape ‘Miracle’

Sep 04, 2014 No Comments by

Twenty-five U.S. Marines and sailors scrambled Monday morning to escape a USMC Sikorsky CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter as it sunk to the bottom of the Gulf of Aden after it crashed attempting to land on the USS Mesa Verde. The 17 Marines and eight sailors on board the helicopter were able to board life rafts deployed from the aircraft itself before [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 03, 2014 No Comments by

1879 – Birth of Eustace Broke Loraine, pioneer British aviator and first Royal Flying Corps officer to be killed in an aircraft crash. 1917 – England-based single-seat scout aircraft operate at night for the 1st time, when three Sopwith Camels of No.44 Squadron fly patrols against Gotha bombers attacking Chatham. Although no interceptions are made, [...]

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Fort Bragg Last Holdout for Kiowas

Sep 03, 2014 No Comments by

Fort Bragg’s Kiowa helicopters will be the last in the U.S. Army. Col. Michael Musiol, commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, said the Bell OH-58s assigned to the brigade’s 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, would remain in service for at least two more years. The squadron will be the last Kiowa unit to inactivate under [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 02, 2014 No Comments by

1890 – Birth of Robert Joseph Delannoy, French World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1930 – Death of Raoul Stojsavljevic, Austro-Hungarian WWI flying ace; an airliner pilot who founded and directed the new Innsbruck airport, he is killed inthe crash of his Junkers F.13. 1930 – First non-stop east-west [...]

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Final Fly-in Honors Art Scholl

Sep 02, 2014 No Comments by

It was the final tribute to a piece of aviation history — not just to this region but the state of California. Unbeknownst to the general public — hidden behind wire fencing, overgrown shrubbery and empty hangars — Judy Scholl was joined by nearly 100 pilots, who flew in from all over Southern California to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 29, 2014 No Comments by

1911 – At Brooklands, Hilda Hewlett became the first woman in the UK to earn a pilot’s licence when she received certificate No.122 from the Royal Aero Club. 1913 – Birth of Bruno Dilley, German World War II dive bomber pilot and high-ranking officer post-World War II; he later performs the first bombing raid of [...]

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Vintage Aircraft Take Over Paine Field

Aug 29, 2014 No Comments

Step back into time at the Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. It’s a rare chance to see beautifully restored vintage planes from the roaring 20s through the 50s over Labor Day weekend. Visitors will be able to check out about 65 vintage and military planes, including some that fought in World [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Aug 28, 2014 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Walter Irving Newby Grant, Australian World War I flying ace. 1928 – Famed Canadian bush pilot Clennell “Punch” Dickins (shown) leaves on his 12-day survey of the eastern Arctic and covers more than 3,900 miles in 37 hours of flying, often navigating by the sun. 1947 – A Norwegian Air Lines Short [...]

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