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Aviation Insider: A Pilot’s View of D-Day

Aviation Insider: A Pilot’s View of D-Day

By Barrett Tillman In his memoir, Lt. Col. Richard E. Turner recalled D-Day for the Ninth Air Force’s 354th Fighter Group at Maidstone, Kent. He described the “Pioneer Mustangs’” rare D-Day missions: night escort of troop carrier aircraft and gliders.   Since the 25th of May, the group had been informed that it was on a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1848 – Birth of Otto Lilienthal, German pioneer of human aviation who became the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful gliding flights. 1938 – First flight of the Fiat CR.42 Falco (shown), an Italian single-seat World War II fighter. 1941 – Two dozen German Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers attack British destroyers HMS Kelly […]

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Wyoming Town Plans for Aviation Museum

Wyoming Town Plans for Aviation Museum

Hoping to better tap into the flow of tourist dollars, the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce in Wyoming is making progress in its efforts to open an aviation museum at the South Big Horn County Airport. Selena Brown, who volunteers for the chamber, said she and other chamber officials are working with the Wyoming Department […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1931 – First flight of the Berliner-Joyce XFJ (shown), a U.S. prototype carrier-based biplane fighter. 1930 – Death of Alfred William Saunders, Irish World War I fighter ace, in the crash of his de Havilland Gipsy Moth in Auckland, New Zealand. 1957 – A U.S. Air Force Convair B-36J Peacemaker, ferrying a Mark 17 nuclear bomb from Biggs AFB, Texas to […]

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Latest Earhart Prepares for World Voyage

Latest Earhart Prepares for World Voyage

Contemporary aviatrix Amelia Rose Earhart stopped at EBACE 2014, the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, this week in Switzerland, one month before she takes off from Oakland, Calif., on The Amelia Project, attempting an aerial circumnavigation of the earth that her namesake never completed. Unlike her namesake, she will be flying a modern Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop equipped with […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – French Paul Tissandier sets the first world airspeed record with a Wright biplane by achieving 34 mph. 1925 – Birth of Alexei Andreyevich Tupolev (son of famed Soviet aircraft pioneer, Andrei Tupolev), Soviet aircraft designer who led the development of the first supersonic passenger jet, the failed Tupolev Tu-144; he also helped design […]

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Honda Unveils Production Version of Biz Jet

Honda Unveils Production Version of Biz Jet

The HondaJet aircraft remains on pace for its long-awaited debut in the first quarter, with Honda Aircraft Co. revealing its first production model on Monday. The company announced several achievements and milestones for the jet at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland. HondaJet is a light business jet designed to carry […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Oswald Boelcke, German World War I German flying ace and one of the most influential patrol leaders and tacticians during the early years of air combat. 1918 – South African World War I fighter ace Andrew Frederick Weatherby “Proccy” Beauchamp-Proctor scores five victories with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a. 1924 – The first aerial […]

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Laos An-74 Crash Kills Officials, Others

Laos An-74 Crash Kills Officials, Others

A Lao air force Antonov An-74 TK-300 crashed while on final approach to Laos’s Xieng Khoang Airport on Saturday. Media reports indicate that all 20 passengers and crew died in the crash. A statement by the official Lao News Agency confirmed that four high-ranking officials were among the casualties, including the nation’s deputy prime minister, who was […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – The Imperial German Navy recommissions the light cruiser Stuttgart after her conversion into a seaplane carrier; she is the only German seagoing aviation ship capable of working with the fleet commissioned during either world war. 1923 – Birth of Lars Paul Erich Hattinen, Finnish World War II flying ace and airline pilot. 1957 – […]
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