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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Jean Georges Bouyer, French World War I flying ace. 1931 – First flight of the Vickers Type 163 (shown), a British biplane bomber prototype. 1953 – The U.S. Navy begins operational flight tests from the first angled-deck aircraft carrier, the USS Antietam (CV-36). 1965 – The last of 820 Boeing KC-135 aerial […]
NASA Project Propelled by Peterbilt

NASA Project Propelled by Peterbilt

It will never soar into the wild blue yonder, but the dusty Peterbilt truck parked outside a hangar at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center here in California may represent the future of low-carbon aviation. Perched on steel supports behind the truck’s cab is a 30-foot airplane wing, the kind found on a small plane. Instead […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1884 – Birth of Bernetta Adams Miller, American pioneering aviator who became the fifth licensed woman pilot in the U.S. 1935 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Wheeler Field in Honolulu to fly her Lockheed Vega across the eastern Pacific to Oakland, Calif.; she becomes the first woman pilot to fly solo between Hawaii and […]
‘Bomber Camp’ to Feature B-17, B-24

‘Bomber Camp’ to Feature B-17, B-24

Most of us with a keen sense of aviation history have wondered what it was like to fly and fight aboard a World War II heavy bomber. We’ve seen wartime footage, and classic war movies like “Twelve O’Clock High” or “Memphis Belle.” But have you ever imagined what it would be like to actually train for […]

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Texas Museum to Debut Bleriot Replica

Texas Museum to Debut Bleriot Replica

The Fort Worth Aviation Museum will break ground Saturday morning on a park that will feature a replica of a historic Blériot XI airplane. Located about 4 miles from the museum, First Flight Park will be across the street from the spot where a Blériot XI made the first flight in Fort Worth. The spindly craft, with its open-air […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Leroy Randle “Roy” Grumman, American aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and industrialist. He also co-founded Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Co. later to become Grumman Aerospace Corp., and now part of Northrop Grumman. 1931 – William G. Swan stays aloft for 30 minutes over Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a glider powered with 10 […]

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Tiger Moth Rides Threatened After Crash

Tiger Moth Rides Threatened After Crash

The future of Tiger Moth Joy Rides on Australia’s Gold Coast is up in the air as the owner of the Pimpama, Queensland, company suspends services until further notice. The fatal crash last Monday, which killed Coutts Crossing train driver Gary Turnbull, 58, and injured world record breaking pilot Ryan Campbell, 21, destroyed the only […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1907 – The sole Blériot VII, a French expemimental monoplane and the first modern configurated airplane in which Louis Blériot made successful turns, is destroyed on landing. 1922 – Birth of Mariâ Ivanovna Dolina, Soviet World WarII bomber pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union. 1939 – The Royal Air Force abandons daylight raids on Germany after a raid […]

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RNAF Retires Alouette IIIs

RNAF Retires Alouette IIIs

After a service life spanning 51 years and more than 450,000 flight hours, the Royal Netherlands Air Force will retire its last four Aérospatiale SA316 Alouette III helicopters from use on Jan. 1. An official transfer from the air force’s 300 Sqn to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) took place at Gilze Rijen air base on Tuesday. The […]
‘Hanoi Taxi’ Moves Into New Home

‘Hanoi Taxi’ Moves Into New Home

Restoration crews at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force moved the Lockheed C-141C Starlifter “Hanoi Taxi” into the museum’s new fourth building on Dec. 16. The aircraft, which airlifted the first American prisoners of war out of North Vietnam in February 1973, will be displayed in the Global Reach Gallery. The 224,000 square foot […]
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