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Rare Bird: Pitcairn Autogiro

Rare Bird: Pitcairn Autogiro

By Gilles Auliard “This is a real prehistoric monster in flight. Once the helicopter was built, these autogiros became dinosaurs,” stated the late Jack Tiffany of Spring Valley, Ohio, at the time, co-owner (with Jim Hammond of Yellow Springs, Ohio) of the Pitcairn PA-18 N1267B (c/n G-65), the only example of the type flying in […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Ferruccio Ranza, World War I Italian fighter ace and high-ranking officer in World War II. 1912 – Jules Vedrines wins the Gordon Bennett Trophy by flying a world record speed of 108 mph in his Deperdussin Monocoque monoplane (shown above) at Chicago, Ill. 1943 – Italian battleship Roma is sunk by two German radio-controlled glide […]

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CAF Red Tail Center of Museum Display

CAF Red Tail Center of Museum Display

It’s been nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, yet it can still teach some valuable lessons, according to Mark Hanson, the curator of Chanute Air Museum, located on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. Nearly 1,000 school children will get a lesson in how a group of African-American fighter […]
Fixin’ the Boat: Of Splinters and Tail Hooks

Fixin’ the Boat: Of Splinters and Tail Hooks

By Warren Thompson The reason why the earlier U.S. aircraft carriers had flight decks covered with wood as opposed to steel has been a mystery to many. Most will tell you that all of the decks were with teakwood. This may have been the preferred material, but beginning in 1941, most of the world’s teakwood […]

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Leuchars Airshow Signs Off in Style

Leuchars Airshow Signs Off in Style

More than 40,000 people saluted the 65th and final RAF Leuchars Airshow on Saturday. The sun shone on a captivated audience who enjoyed aerobatic and ground displays celebrating the attack and protect role that the Royal Air Force provides for the UK. The day concluded with a poignant ceremony recognizing the Typhoon transition to RAF Lossiemouth, […]
Canadian Aerobatic Teams to Visit Nova Scotia

Canadian Aerobatic Teams to Visit Nova Scotia

The line-up for the Yarmouth International Airport Air Experience, scheduled for this weekend in Nova Scotia, Canada, is a veritable powerhouse. The air show is the only one in the province to feature the top three Royal Canadian Air Force display teams this summer: the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds 431 demonstration squadron, the national […]

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Wings Over Coshocton Set to Thrill

Wings Over Coshocton Set to Thrill

Aerobatic stunts, wing walking and skydiving will take place over northeast Ohio during the 2013 Wings Over Coshocton Air Show on Saturday, Sept. 21, in its namesake city. The air show, which will begin at 2 p.m., will feature the Dave Dacy and Tony Kazian Super Stearman Wing Walking Team, Mike Vaknin and his Extra […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Claire Lee Chennault, American military aviator and commander of the American Volunteer Group “Flying Tigers” during World War II. 1926 – The Wright XF3W-1 “Apache,” an American racing aircraft prototype (shown above), sets the world altitude record for seaplanes of 38,500 feet. 1952 – Death of John Douglas Derry, a British […]

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Pilotless Planes: Are We There Yet?

Pilotless Planes: Are We There Yet?

“We’re ready to take control” confirms Bob Fraser, a well-seasoned pilot who has been flying for 37 years. “And proceed,” replies flight test engineer Duncan Casey. Fraser and Casey are looking at computer display screens, tracking the position of a BAe 146 aircraft flying north towards Scotland — but there is one vital difference. Casey is high […]
Air Force Museum to Host Raiders’ Last Toast

Air Force Museum to Host Raiders’ Last Toast

The U.S. Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret mission […]
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