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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 08, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Arthur William Wood, British World War I flying ace. 1931 – Amelia Earhart climbs to a record altitude of 18,415 feet in a Pitcairn PCA2 autogyro at Willow Grove, near Philadelphia, Pa. 1943 – First flight of the Douglas BTD Destroyer (XSB2D-1 shown), an American dive bomber developed for the U.S. Navy during World War II. 1950 – Soviet Lavochkin [...]

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CAFSoCal Plans $10 Million Expansion

Apr 07, 2015 No Comments

The Southern California Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAFSoCal) based at the Camarillo Airport (CMA), is planning a major expansion expected to cost around $10 million. To kick off the construction of a new hangar facility, the organization has received a $1 million donation from local antenna and sensors manufacturers Si and Betty Robin, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 07, 2015 No Comments

1908 – The members of the Aerial Experiment Association enter a competition sponsored by the Scientific American; the winner is to receive $25,000 for a flight of over 0.62 miles. The Wright brothers refuse to enter because the rules state the airplane must take off without help. 1911 – Birth of Bozidar “Bosko” Petrovich, Yugoslavian [...]

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Iowa Museum Showcases Hawkeye Aviation

Apr 07, 2015 No Comments

Twenty-five years ago, Roger Pointer had an idea. He envisioned a place that would house memorabilia honoring both the state’s military aviation and general aviation history. Pointer is a member of the Commemorative Air Force, based in Texas. It was founded to “acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 06, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of James Fitz Morris, Scottish World War I fighter ace and instructor. 1926 – Varney Speed Lines begins operations in the U.S.; it will later become Continental Airlines. 1938 – First flight of the Bell P-39 Airacobra, a principal American fighter in service at the start of World War II. It is the first fighter in [...]

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Minnesota Steps Up Firefighting Fleet

Apr 06, 2015 No Comments

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ fleet of wildfire-combating airplanes has doubled this year, and not a moment too soon. Dozens of wildfires have local and regional firefighters in full alert across the state. Ron Stoffel, the DNR’s wildfire suppression supervisor, estimated his department responded to “about 50 or 60” different wildfires across the state [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 02, 2015 No Comments

1918 – Birth  of Erbo Graf von Kageneck (shown), German fighter pilot and World War II flying ace. 1937 – Swedish airplane manufacturer Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (SAAB) is established in Trollhättan, Sweden. 1947 – First flight of the Convair XB-46, an American medium jet bomber prototype. 1954 – Death of Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg, American pilot, [...]

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A-10s Head East to Romania

Apr 02, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. has deployed 12 Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog planes to Romania as part of a theater-security effort to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine – all while debate over whether to retire the close-air support platform rages on in Congress and the Pentagon. “The 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron forward deployed 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft and approximately [...]

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