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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 26, 2016 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Cesare Magistrini, Italian World War I flying ace, commercial pilot and Italian SAS pilot during World War II. He also served as the pilot for the King of Yemen after WWII. 1934 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz takes off from Paris with a Breguet 27 S christened “Joe III” for a [...]

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New Boeing Tanker Makes First Transfer

Jan 25, 2016 No Comments

The Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker, derived from the 767-200 wide-body airliner, successfully completed its first refueling flight Sunday in the skies above Washington state. Following takeoff from Boeing Field in Seattle, the KC-46A test team worked through a series of test points before smoothly offloading 1,600 pounds of fuel to a Boeing F-16 Flying Falcon at [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 25, 2016 No Comments

1912 – Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold sets an altitude record of 4,764 feet. 1927 – First flight of the Morane-Saulnier MoS-121, a French single-seat monoplane fighter prototype. 1934 – The Wright Bellanca WB-2 “Maple Leaf,” formerly the record-setting “Columbia,” is destroyed in a hangar fire at the Bellanca factory in Newcastle, Del. 1951 – Death of Ambroise Goupy, French [...]

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Bombay Club Claims Oldest Asian PA-18

Jan 24, 2016 No Comments

Delta Foxtrot Romeo is no ordinary airplane as it carries not only the legacy of legendary J.R.D. Tata, an Indian businessman and the subcontinent’s first licensed pilot, but also has the distinction of being India’s oldest flyable aircraft. Claimed to be the “oldest flyable aircraft” not only in India but but all of Asia, VT-DFR, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 22, 2016 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Bruno Loerzer, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking officer in World War II. 1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace George Robert Howsam scores four victories with his Sopwith Camel. 1919 – Death of Carrick Stewart Paul, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he drowns at sea while returning home. [...]

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Doolittle Raider to be Honored

Jan 21, 2016 No Comments

Missoula, Montana’s David Thatcher, one of two remaining crew members of the famed Doolittle Raiders of World War II, will be feted again Friday night. Thatcher and his wife, Dawn, are in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he’ll be inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation at a $5,000-a-plate dinner ceremony hosted by John Travolta. Thatcher, 94, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 21, 2016 No Comments

1903 – Birth of Maximilien “Max” Conrad, known as the “Flying Grandfather”, American record-setting aviator. 1911 – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Ward Beck sends the first wireless-telephonic message from an airplane, a Wright biplane flying over Selfridge Field northeast of Detroit, Mich. 1938 – First flight of the Potez-CAMS 141 (shown), a French long range reconnaissance flying boat prototype. 1944 – German [...]

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Female Pilot Joins Red Bull Air Race

Jan 20, 2016 No Comments

Red Bull Air Race spectators will see several new faces and airplanes battling it out around the inflatable pylons for the 2016 races. For the first time, a female pilot will join the exclusive air race club with French aerobatic pilot Mélanie Astles. Astles, who will fly an Extra 330XT, is a five-time French national [...]

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