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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Karl Emil Schäfer, German World War I fighter ace. 1903 – The Wright brothers make four flights in their Flyer at Kitty Hawk, N.C.;  after years of dedicated research and development, Orville and Wilbur Wright fly 120 feet in the first practical airplane and on their fourth flight they manage 850 feet. 1941 – A Yokosuka E14Y floatplane (Allied reporting name “Glen”) […]
RAF Squadron to Relocate, Rearm

RAF Squadron to Relocate, Rearm

One of the Royal Air Force’s oldest squadrons is set to leave its home on the Marham base in 2015 to be relocated with Scotland’s Typhoon jets. The historic Number II squadron last year celebrated 100 years of service and is now to be re-equipped with the latest Eurofighter Typhoon jets, which will replace the […]

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Russia Receives Final Group of Su-34s

Russia Receives Final Group of Su-34s

A batch of Su-34 fighter jets was delivered to Russia’s military Monday in the final consignment under a 2008 deal with the Defense Ministry for Sukhoi aircraft maker to deliver 32 of the two-seat bombers. The aircraft, also known by the NATO codename Fullback, were handed over at the Novosibirsk aircraft plant, which is part […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Leonard Thomas Eaton “Taps” Taplin, an Australian World War I flying ace, aviation pioneer and commercial pilot; Taps also the pioneered the use of aerial photography for cartography. 1940 – For the first time, the Royal Air Force Bomber Command conducts an attack on a city center rather than specific targets […]

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‘FIFI’ Heading to Florida in February

‘FIFI’ Heading to Florida in February

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber “FIFI” returns to Florida this February and March as part of the CAF AirPower History Tour. “FIFI” will visit local airports in 10 Florida cities accompanied by aircraft including North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III,” Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor “Bucket of Bolts,” as well as a […]
Navy Knighthawk Crashes in Japan

Navy Knighthawk Crashes in Japan

A U.S. Navy Knighthawk helicopter crash landed in an empty area of reclaimed land about 10 miles southwest of Yokosuka Naval Base, officials said Monday afternoon. The Sikorsky MH-60S, belonging to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, crashed after sending a distress call at 3:31 p.m. Monday, according to a […]

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Aussie Tiger Moth Feared Lost

Aussie Tiger Moth Feared Lost

Two people are feared dead after a vintage de Havilland Tiger Moth plane crashed into the sea off south-east Queensland, Australia. It is believed the pilot was taking a French tourist on a joy flight when the biplane came down just after 12:30pm yesterday near the Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke Island. A lifesaver raised […]
Lockheed Commemorates 100th F-35

Lockheed Commemorates 100th F-35

A top Lockheed Martin Aeronautics official expressed confidence in the affordability and development of the largest jet fighter program in U.S. history at an early Friday news conference. “It’s been a transformative year for the program,’’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Lorraine Martin told reporters. “It’s been about maturing this program, not only the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Everett Richard Cook, American World War I flying ace, high-ranking officer during World War II and later a director of Eastern Airlines. 1945 – The first Armee de l’Air fighter unit in French Indo-China, GCII/7, is formed at Tan Son Nhut using ex-Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire VIII fighters. 1951 – […]
The Story of Whisky Hotel 799

The Story of Whisky Hotel 799

In a little-known and long-forgotten sideshow to the Suez crisis of November 1956, the British government conducted secret aerial reconnaissance missions over Syria. These missions came amid Cold War fears that the British-French-Israeli attack against Egypt would ignite a direct East-West confrontation. The fears were heightened after it emerged that then-Syrian President Shukri al-Quwatli had traveled […]
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