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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Joseph Frantz, French World War I pilot and the first pilot to shoot down an airplane in a dogfight. 1942 – Operation Watchtower, the U. S. invasion of Guadalcanal, Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tanambogo, begins. Aircraft carriers U.S.S. Enterprise and U.S.S. Saratoga cover the landings with airstrikes, while U. S. Army Air […]
Historic Hurricane to Fly Special Mission

Historic Hurricane to Fly Special Mission

The rare sight and sound of a World War II Hawker Hurricane XIII will be seen and heard over the Angus County skies in Scotland today. In a poignant celebration of a romance of seven decades ago, the veteran aircraft G-HURI will undertake a special mission from Kent to pass over the grave of sweethearts […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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North Sea Super Pumas Return to the Air

North Sea Super Pumas Return to the Air

The first Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma helicopter to fly over the North Sea since the entire fleet was grounded last October took to the skies over Scotland’s Aberdeen heliport this morning. The CHC Helicopters-operated aircraft was chartered by oil giant Total and was carrying senior managers of the oil company on board but no oilworkers. The chopper is […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – An international aviation meeting opens at Lanark, Scotland, drawing a wide range of flyers and airplanes. In all, 22 competitors participate. 1922 – Birth of Sir Frederick Alfred Laker, a British airline entrepreneur who’s best known for founding Laker Airways. 1944 – George Preddy, a U.S. fighter pilot, shoots down six Messerschmitt Bf […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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AirVenture Action Caught on Video

AirVenture Action Caught on Video

For those of us not fortunate enough to attend this year’s AirVenture, the annual aviation love-in that features tiny homebuilts, multi-engined warbirds and everything in between, there’s good news. The Experimental Aircraft Association, the group that’s put on the now week-long event since 1953, has captured many of AirVenture 2013’s best moments on video for […]
Brazil to Retire Mirage Fighters

Brazil to Retire Mirage Fighters

The Brazilian Air Force said Monday it would retire its 12 Dassault Mirage jets in late December, a decision that comes as the government mulls a decision on a replacement aircraft. The Mirage fleet, bought from France in 2005 for $80 million to fly for five years, will continue operating until the end of its […]

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Gathering of the Classics Set for Saturday

Gathering of the Classics Set for Saturday

The annual Gathering of the Classics at the Edenvale Aerodrome in Clearview Township, Ontario, Canada, is this Saturday. Organized by the Edenvale Classic Aircraft Foundation, which is based at the airfield, the event will feature an array of vintage airplanes, cars and motorcycles. The foundation, comprised of aviation buffs, expects up to 250 aircraft will be […]
N.C. Air Show Expects Big Crowds

N.C. Air Show Expects Big Crowds

The Winston-Salem Air Show in North Carolina, set for next month, could get a boost in attendance this year because federal sequestration has led to the cancellation of air shows across the country, organizers said. Of the typical 300 to 325 yearly air shows throughout the United States about 65 have been canceled this year, according […]

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U.S. Naval Aviation: Year in Review

U.S. Naval Aviation: Year in Review

Having wrapped up more than eight years of missions in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn in the final weeks of 2011, U.S. naval aviation began 2012 engaged in one major conflict, the war in Afghanistan. Nearly every carrier and amphibious strike group that deployed during the year spent part of their deployment […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Artem Ivanovich Mikoyan, Soviet aircraft designer who, in partnership with Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, founded the Mikoyan-Gurevich design bureau and the mind behind many MiG military planes. 1918 – The first American night patrol of World War I takes place when a Felixstowe F.2 A flying boat takes off from RAF Killinghome, England. 1950 – A […]
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