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Sikorsky Readies Raider for First Flight

Sikorsky Readies Raider for First Flight

Sikorsky is days away from firing the engines of its S-97 Raider, marking the first time the prototype’s coaxial rigid rotor blades will spin in preparation for first flight. “We just burned our first fuel” on 28 January, when the auxiliary power unit (APU) was ignited for the first time, Steve Engebretson, Sikorsky’s director of […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of George Robert Howsam, Canadian World War I fighter ace; he also would become director of training for the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. 1932 – First flight of the de Havilland Fox Moth, a British passenger biplane. 1944 – German raids of more than 70 fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking […]

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Army Combines Helos, Drones for Success

Army Combines Helos, Drones for Success

The drone revolution, it appears, came along just in time for the U.S. Army. The service’s leaders have decided they can afford neither a new armed scout helicopter nor even the old ones they already own, but there’s always MUM-T — aka Manned Unmanned Teaming, in which manned aircraft work with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1927 – First flight of the Douglas T2D (shown), an American twin-engine torpedo bomber; it is the first twin-engined aircraft to operate from an aircraft carrier. 1941 – The first British combined operation between Malta’s reconnaissance and strike aircraft takes place when the German vessel Ingo is […]

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Mighty Eighth to Dedicate B-17

Mighty Eighth to Dedicate B-17

After more than six years of painstaking restoration work, “City of Savannah,” a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress owned by the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, will be dedicated on Wednesday. The achievement was accomplished by museum volunteers following the bomber’s acquisition from the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in 2009. The January 28th […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1916 – Birth of Siegfried Schnell, German World War II flying ace. 1918 – First American Expeditionary Force (AEF) balloon ascent is made at the Balloon School at Cuperly in France. 1943 – The pilot of a Japanese Nakajima A6 M2-N (“Rufe”) floatplane fighter discovers American forces have occupied Amchitka. Japanese aircraft from Kiska begin frequent raids against […]

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South Korean Chopper Makes First Flight

South Korean Chopper Makes First Flight

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has conducted the maiden flight of a Surion transport helicopter optimised for amphibious assault operations. On Monday, the modified Surion, also designated the Korea Utility Helicopter (KUH), flew for 30 minutes with two test pilots and two technicians on boards, says KAI. The sortie, which took place at KAI’s Sacheon factory, included […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Harry George Hawker MBE, AFC, Australian aviation pioneer and co-founder of Hawker Aircraft. 1931 – First flight of the Bristol Type 118, a British general-purpose military aircraft, a two-seat biplane prototype for overseas markets. 1943 – Death of Edmond Eugene Henri Caillaux, French World War I flying ace. 1952 – The de Havilland Comet 1 (1A shown) becomes […]

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Udvar-Hazy Center Open House Saturday

Udvar-Hazy Center Open House Saturday

Visitors will have a chance to see what goes into restoring, preserving and displaying America’s aviation and space treasures at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Open House Saturday, Jan. 24.  For one day only, visitors can tour collections spaces usually off-limits to the public, including the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar and the Emil Buehler […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Carlo Francesco “Francis” Lombardi, Italian World War I flying ace; he would also become an aircraft and automobile designer who made several post-war record breaking flights. 1917 – First flight of the Nielsen & Winther Type AA (shown), a single-seat, Danish-designed fighter. 1944 – Launch of Operation Steinbock (Baby Blitz), a nocturnal World War II Luftwaffe offensive against […]
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