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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 21, 2016 No Comments

1825 – Birth of Alexander Fedorovich Mozhayskiy, Russian naval officer, aviation pioneer, researcher and designer of heavier-than-aircraft. 1931 – Australian National Airways Avro 618 Ten (a licensed built Fokker F-VII) “Southern Cloud” disappears in poor weather. The crash site is in heavily timbered mountainous terrain within the Snowy Mountains about 16 miles east of the [...]

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Technicalities May Cause F-16 Line to Stop

Mar 20, 2016 No Comments

On the 45th anniversary of the F-16 lightweight fighter’s first flight, Lockheed Martin faces the very real prospect of turning off “Fighting Falcon” production as prospective customers like Pakistan struggle to clear the U.S. government’s regulatory and funding processes. After assembling more than 4,500 F-16s in almost 140 different configurations, the Fort Worth, Texas, production [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 10, 2016 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Gregory Hamilton Blaxland, Australian World War I flying ace. 1915 – World War I’s Battle of Neuve Chappelle opens. The assault on Neuve Chappelle is based, for the first time in the history of warfare, on maps prepared solely by photographic reconnaissance. The battle also includes the first attempt at air [...]

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Grumman Wildcat: Free Online Artwork

Mar 07, 2016 No Comments

William Wylam was the past master of the detailed three-view drawing. For nearly forty years, he produced amazing pieces of artwork, many of them for Model Airplane News, Flight Journal’s sister publication. Some of them go back to the 1930s. The detail, accuracy, and clarity are awe-inspiring. This time around, we’re posting his drawing of the [...]

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The Medal of Honor Mess

Mar 07, 2016 No Comments

Sorting through Problems with Our Highest Award The military awards and decorations system is broken. The Medal of Honor (MoH) is the prime example because of service agendas, insider influence, and political patronage. But we should remember that MoH recipients do not make the rules, although a few have influenced them. Eddie Rickenbacker lobbied Congress [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 07, 2016 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Edward Darby, British World War I flying ace. 1934 – Juan de la Cierva lands an autogyro on the Spanish Navy seaplane and ballon carrier Dédalo. It is the first time an autogyro lands on a Spanish ship. 1942 – The Royal Air Force commits Supermarine Spitfires to the defense of Malta for [...]

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Hybrid Airship Set for First Flight

Mar 06, 2016 No Comments

The longest aircraft in the world is preparing for its first test flight in a few weeks’ time. The Airlander 10 is a cross between an airship and an airplane. It generates lift aerostatically through being filled with helium, and aerodynamically thanks to its unique-looking wing shape. Because it’s heavier than air, the 20-ton craft can land [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 02, 2016 No Comments

1873 – Death of Charles Ferson Durant, the first successful American aeronaut. 1915 – Birth of Kaj Birksted, Danish World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force and Danish high-ranking officer post-WWII. 1955 – Trans-Canada Airlines introduces the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use [...]

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