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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 […]
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 […]

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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 […]
U.S. Customs Grounds Drone Fleet

U.S. Customs Grounds Drone Fleet

Drones used to monitor U.S. borders and ports were grounded after an operator ditched one of the unmanned aircraft off the California coast due to a mechanical failure. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection craft went into the Pacific Ocean about 11:15 p.m. local time on Jan. 27 around 20 miles southwest of San Diego, […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Bernard Henri Barny de Romanet, French World War I fighter ace and successful sporting pilot. 1917 – First flight of the Junkers J.I (shown), a German low-level ground attack and observation aircraft; it is the first all-metal aircraft to enter mass production. 1941 – Final air battle of the French-Thai War. Royal Thai Air […]
India Poised to Buy Japanese Aircraft

India Poised to Buy Japanese Aircraft

India is set to become the first country since World War Two to buy a military aircraft from Japan, helping Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dismantle a ban on weapons exports that has kept his country’s defence contractors out of foreign markets. The two countries are in broad agreement on a deal for the ShinMaywa Industries amphibious aircraft, […]

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Spitfires for the Masses: The Boultbee Spit Experience

Spitfires for the Masses: The Boultbee Spit Experience

By Rachel Morris/Photos by John Dibbs/planepicture.com From World War II’s outbreak, through the “Finest Hour” of the Battle of Britain to ultimate victory in May 1945, one Allied fighter was there matching the enemy at every level on every front — the Supermarine Spitfire. One of the most iconic aircraft ever produced, until recently, flying […]
Modern Classics: F-15 Eagle

Modern Classics: F-15 Eagle

40 Years and Still Lethal By Barrett Tillman    Photos by Ted Carlson/Fotodynamics.com Airpower advocates note that the U.S. Air Force’s fighter force is old and getting older. The F-15 Eagle was first flown in 1972 with squadron deliveries in 1976. The F-16 Fighting Falcon appeared on the tarmac two years later. So how does […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Jan Nagórski (Ivan Nagurski), Polish engineer and pioneer of aviation; he became the first person to fly an airplane in the Arctic and the first aviator to perform a loop with a flying boat. 1928 – The first rigid airship-to-aircraft carrier mooring is achieved when the U.S. Navy dirigible Los Angeles […]
P-40 Warhawk on Display in New Orleans

P-40 Warhawk on Display in New Orleans

New Orleans will get a flavor of one of the most heralded episodes of World War II when a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, restored in the shark-nosed markings of the famed Flying Tigers, goes on display at the National World War II Museum. The aircraft, a P-40E model, is the kind flown by the 1st American […]
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