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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Louis Prosper Gros, French World War I flying ace who served also in World War II. 1947 – Death of Hans-Eberhardt Gandert, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking World War II officer in the Luftwaffe. 1947 – First flight of the Ilyushin Il-22,  the first Soviet jet-engined bomber prototype […]
A-10s Using Ex-Warsaw Pact Strips in Poland

A-10s Using Ex-Warsaw Pact Strips in Poland

How do you land combat aircraft without a modern runway? Since Monday, four A-10s from the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron have practiced landing at a Polish airfield at Nowe Miasto that has been decommissioned for years. The runway itself is old and cracked, and conditions at the former Warsaw Pact airfield are spartan. By having A-10s […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Corliss Champion Moseley (shown), American U.S. Army aviator, World War I fighter pilot and later a civilian trainer. He also becomes the winner of the first Pulitzer Air Race flying a Verville-Packard R-1 Racer. 1954 – A Cathay Pacific Douglas DC-4 is shot down by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force Lavochkin La-7 […]
Flights Resume at Oshkosh After Crash

Flights Resume at Oshkosh After Crash

All runways at EAA AirVenture grounds in Oshkosh, Wis., are open after a plane made a hard landing and caught fire Wedesday morning, closing the airport for almost three hours. Five people were aboard the plane at the time of the crash and all were transported to local hospitals after the Piper Malibu plane came in […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Pavel Osipovich Sukhoi, Belarusian Soviet aircraft constructor and designer. 1920 – Donald W. Douglas and Davis R. Davis found the Davis-Douglas Co. in Los Angeles, Calif.; the Cloister (shown) is its only product. 1933 – Wiley Post lands back at New York City’s Floyd Bennett Field in his Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae,” completing the first round-the-world […]
Rimowa to Build Junkers F13 Replicas

Rimowa to Build Junkers F13 Replicas

The German luggage maker Rimowa announced it will build a series of replica Junkers F13s, the world’s first commercial airliner. “It’s long been my ambition to rebuild the ‘mother’ of all commercial aircraft and I’m very happy that this will now become a reality,” said CEO Dieter Morszeck. “This plane has always fascinated me and […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Marcel Robert Leopold Bloch, French World War I flying ace. 1921 – U.S. Army Air Service Martin NBS-1 bombers sink the decommissioned German battleship Ostfriesland in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia Capes after Billy Mitchell urges bombing trials to show the power of aircraft to sink major warships. 1932 – Wolfgang […]
AirVenture Kicks Off in Oshkosh

AirVenture Kicks Off in Oshkosh

Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport once again became the world’s busiest airport this weekend as tens of thousands of people flocked in for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2015. “Welcome to Oshkosh, and have a great day,” was the familiar greeting from the control tower as hundreds of aircraft from around the globe touched down Sunday on the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Edwin Harris Dunning, a British officer in the Royal Naval Air Service who becomes the first pilot to land an aircraft on a moving ship. 1929 – Delta Air Lines begins commercial aircraft operations as an aerial crop dusting operation called Huff Daland Dusters in  Macon, Ga. 1939 – First flight of the Bristol Beaufighter, originally conceived as a heavy fighter variant of the Bristol […]
Solar Impulse 2 Grounded Until 2016

Solar Impulse 2 Grounded Until 2016

Battery problems on Solar Impulse 2, the airplane that has been flying around the world using only the sun’s power, have grounded the plane until next spring. The lithium-ion batteries overheated on a recent five-day trip from Japan to Hawaii. “Irreversible damage to certain parts of the batteries will require repairs which will take several […]
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