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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1883 – Birth of Jacob Earl “Jake” Fickel, U.S. major general and flying instructor; he also is credited with firing the first recorded gunshot ever from an airplane. 1951 – Pan Am World Airways Capt. Charles Blair flies a North American P-51 Mustang (christened “Excalibur III”) non-stop from New York to London to test the jet stream, […]
Pilot Helps Capture Southern Snowstorm

Pilot Helps Capture Southern Snowstorm

If it weren’t for Birmingham, Ala.-based helicopter pilot Brian K. Coshatt, you never would have seen Birmingham’s snowpocalypse the way you did. You can thank Coshatt for giving you perspective. Over the past three days, Coshatt piloted the helicopter that AL.com and some local television stations used to get journalists up in the air, above all the […]

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‘Dambusters’ Complete Last Mission

‘Dambusters’ Complete Last Mission

It was born in battle, created to carry out one of the most daring raids of World War II. Now, more than 70 years later, the Royal Air Force squadron known as “The Dambusters” have flown its final mission. Officer Commanding 617 Squadron, Wing Commander David Arthurton will now bring the Dambusters back home to […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1885 – Birth of John Henry Towers, U.S. Navy admiral and pioneer naval aviator. 1931 – First flight of the Tupolev ANT-8, a Soviet experimental flying boat. 1942 – Qantas Short Empire G-AEUH is shot down by seven Japanese fighters and crashes near East Timor; 13 of 18 on board die. 1991 – Royal Navy Westland Lynx helicopters, Royal Air Force SEPECAT […]

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Blue Impulse Jets Collide, Crews Safe

Blue Impulse Jets Collide, Crews Safe

Three pilots have escaped unharmed after their jet planes collided in midair off the Japanese coast, a military spokesman said. Two Kawasaki T-4 trainers belonging to the Blue Impulse aerobatic display team of the Japanese air force made contact as they practiced flying in formation, with one plane damaging part of its nose and the […]
‘New’ Eastern Air Lines to Return

‘New’ Eastern Air Lines to Return

Eastern Air Lines Group said Tuesday that it had taken an initial step to launching a new airline in Miami, albeit one that carries a lot of history. The old Eastern, which went out of business in 1991, had headquarters in Miami. Although the new company is careful to point out that it is “not […]

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Museum to Hold Living History Day

Museum to Hold Living History Day

Spend this Saturday on Hawaii’s Ford Island celebrating the adventures of yesterday’s heroes and today’s pioneers. History comes alive at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Honolulu through musical performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities for the entire family. Meet the Nisei Veterans of the 100th Battalion and 442nd Regiment as well as Stacey Hayas, author […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of James “Robbo” Milne Robb, a Scottish World War I flying ace and a high-ranking Royal Air Force officer. 1941 – First flight of the Tupolev Tu-2,, a Soviet twin-engine bomber. 1944 – More than 70 German fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking the British light cruiser HMS Spartan and a Liberty […]

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B-29 ‘Doc’ Nears First Flight

B-29 ‘Doc’ Nears First Flight

The volunteers in Wichita, Kans., have been hard at work restoring “Doc,” a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, since the project resumed nearly one year ago. “We have made significant progress recently hanging the first engine on the airplane,” said Jeff Turner, chairman of the board of Doc’s Friends, the non-profit organization set up to restore the Superfortress. As […]
Red Flag Operations Return

Red Flag Operations Return

Story by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz The latest iteration of the U.S. Air Force’s premier air-to-air combat training exercise kicked off Jan. 27 as both allied and U.S aircraft took to the skies to do simulated battle over the Nevada Test and Training Range. Allied aircrews from Great Britain and Australia joined […]
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