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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 29, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Frank Alberry, Australian World War I flying ace. 1922 – First flight of the Thomas-Morse R-5 (shown), an American single-engined parasol monoplane racer. 1940 – Royal Australian Air Force Avro Ansons L9162 and N4876 of No. 2 Service Flying Training School collide in mid-air and became locked together in flight. A successful [...]

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Canadian Lancaster Home After British Tour

Sep 29, 2014 No Comments

Her entrance was unmistakable. Hamilton’s Avro Lancaster bomber, nicknamed Vera because of its flight initials, VRA, displayed on the fuselage, swooped from behind the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario right at noon Sunday to signal she was home. Hundreds of people gathered for the plane’s homecoming whooped and cheered, eager for the 1940s-era bomber to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments

1909 – The first airship flight in the Austro-Hungarian Empire takes place when brothers Alexander and Anatol Renner lift off their “Estaric I,” a 32-meter-long, 24-horsepowedr, single-prope airship. 1965 – Death of James Fitzmaurice, Irish aviation pioneer; he was a member of the crew of the Bremen, a Junkers W 33 which made the first [...]

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U.S. Plant Rolls Out First Super Tucano

Sep 26, 2014 No Comments

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and Embraer have delivered the first A-29 Super Tucano to the Air Force, with company officials pledging Embraer’s Jacksonville, Fla., facility will produce the remainder of its order on time. The delivery was made Thursday at that facility. On hand were military officials from the U.S. and Afghanistan, including Maj. Gen. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments

1909 – Birth of John C. “Pappy” Herbst, American World War II ace; he became the second highest-scoring fighter pilot in the China-Burma-India Theater. 1932 – Lewis Alonzo Yancey sets an autogyro altitude record of 21,500 feet in a Pitcairn PCA-2. 1959 – A U.S. Navy Martin P5M-2 Marlin, patrolling out of NAS Whidbey Island, [...]

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W.V. Unit to Fly Last ANG C-5 Mission

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments

The 167th Airlift Wing, based in Martinsburg, W.V., on Thursday will fly the last Lockheed C-5 Galaxy mission crewed by the Air National Guard and welcome its first Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The C-5, largest airplane in the U.S. Air Force, has been seen flying training missions in the four-state region for several years. The more [...]

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Classics: Curtiss B-2

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments

Before the Gooney Bird, there was the Condor By Joe Gertler The T-32 design originally focused on The Condor as a twin-engine biplane, bomber, ambulance and troop transport. It was first flown in 1933. Curtiss Company blueprints and reports showed the Condor with its many machine gun ports in the nose, and on the top [...]

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Gallery: Laird LCW-300

Sep 25, 2014 No Comments

By Budd Davisson One of the more exciting periods of aviation development was also the darkest period in America’s financial history. A completely contradictory statement to be sure, but one has only to look at the decade beginning in 1929 to see that the roots of American aviation were, for some unknown reason, wildly nurtured [...]

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