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On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Thomas Vicars “Sticky” Hunter, British World War I flying ace. 1937 – Swedish airplane manufacturer Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (SAAB) is established in Trollhättan, Sweden. 1947 – First flight of the Convair XB-46 (shown), an American experimental medium jet bomber; only one was built before the program was cancelled. 1954 – Death […]
Aussie Wedgetail Part of Flight 370 Search

Aussie Wedgetail Part of Flight 370 Search

By The Associated Press Australia is deploying a modified Boeing 737 to act as a flying air traffic controller over the Indian Ocean to prevent a mid-air collision among the large number of aircraft searching for the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went missing more than three weeks ago. According to an Australian government briefing note read out to The Associated Press by […]

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Blue Angels to Return to Indiana Air Show

Blue Angels to Return to Indiana Air Show

The U.S. Navy’s flagship aerobatic squadron, the Blue Angels, is set to return to Evansville, Ind., in 2015 — a decade after last performing here during the 2005 Freedom Festival. Hadi Shriners spokesman Dale Thomas said the club set to have the Blue Angels at the 2015 Evansville ShrinersFest. According to the Blue Angels website, the […]
ANA Operates Last Passenger 747 in Japan

ANA Operates Last Passenger 747 in Japan

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) formally retired its Boeing 747 aircraft, marking a key milestone in the type’s gradual disappearance from the world’s airliner fleet. The widebody, which was a domestic variant of the 747-400, operated its last flight, Flight 126, on the Tokyo Haneda-Okinawa route, says an ANA spokesman. The particular aircraft bears the registration JA8961. The retirement […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Fred Everest Banbury, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1920 – Birth of Cesare Di Bert, Italian World War II fighter pilot. 1931 – Charles William Anderson Scott takes off in his DH.60 Moth from Lympne for an England–Australia solo flight record to Darwin. 1940 – First flight of the Grumman […]
Iconic Firepower: The 40mm Borfors

Iconic Firepower: The 40mm Borfors

By Barrett Tillman How often have we seen the film clips? A U.S. Navy task group steaming beneath the Pacific sun as Japanese aircraft race through a flak-speckled sky intent on immolating themselves against the gray steel vessels. All the while, twin and quad-mount cannon churn out a wall of 40mm shells to deflect or […]

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Aviation Insider: F-35 Lightning II

Aviation Insider: F-35 Lightning II

Is it striking out? By Robert F. Dorr When the 100th F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter was delivered on December 13, it was a “big deal for the Air Force,” said chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Welsh is the most visible face and the strongest voice supporting the F-35. A respected fighter pilot, […]
Classics: The Curtis C-46 Commando

Classics: The Curtis C-46 Commando

The “Gooney Bird” wasn’t alone By Steve Pace The Classic C-46 Commando was originally marketed by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation as a pressurized 20-passenger “sub-stratosphere transport” for the masses but earned its stripes doing heavy lifting in WW II. Curtiss-Wright Corporation designed and built its proposed CW-20T twin-engine passenger airliner as an advanced higher-flying, larger-capacity alternative […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – The world’s first hydroplane competitions are held in Monaco; Belgian Jules Fisher is the overall winner. He is one of only two non-French pilots of the eight starters and flies a Henry Farman machine. 1931 – TWA Flight 599, a Fokker F.10 Trimotor, crashes near Bazaar, Kan., killing all eight aboard, including University of Notre Dame […]
Unidentified Jet Seen Over Southwest U.S.

Unidentified Jet Seen Over Southwest U.S.

The identity of what appears to be a blended wing-body aircraft type photographed over Amarillo, Texas, on March 10 remains uncertain, with the U.S. Air Force declining any comment on the aircraft. Three aircraft were observed flying in formation southwest of Amarillo around 4:20 p.m. CDT, by photographers on the fence line of the city’s […]
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