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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 01, 2016 No Comments

1898 – Birth of John Carbery Preston, British World War I flying ace. 1930 – San Francisco’s first air ferry service begins and cuts travel time across the San Francisco Bay to 6 minutes. The ferry flies from San Francisco to Alameda, as well as from Oakland to Vallejo. 1945 – First flight of the Kawasaki Ki-100 (shown), one [...]

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Historic A-7E Reminder of Desert Storm

Jan 31, 2016 No Comments

For many Americans, the first news of Operation Desert Storm 25 years ago came through the excited voices of CNN reporters broadcasting over the sights and sounds of tracer fire and bombs exploding as they struck targets in Baghdad. It was an event that was months in the making, beginning in August 1990, when Iraqi [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 29, 2016 No Comments

1887 – Birth of August Haefeli, early Swiss aircraft designer. 1908 – The Imperial All-Russia Aero Club is founded and raises money through public subscription by imperial decree. 1924 – Raoul Pateras Pescara flies an experimental helicopter in Paris; the machine flies 2,640 feet in just over 10 minutes. 1938 – Death of Gerard “Jerry” Freebairn [...]

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Restored Zero Makes First Flight

Jan 28, 2016 No Comments

One of Mitsubishi’s legendary Zero fighters took to the skies over Japan on Wednesday for the first time since World War II. The restored plane made a brief flight from a naval base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture. Decorated former U.S. Air Force pilot Skip Holm flew the aircraft. Zero fighters were considered one of the most [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 28, 2016 No Comments

1891 – Birth of David Luther Burgess, Canadian World War I flying ace and politician. 1917 – First flight of the Junkers J.I (modern unrestored model shown), a German armored low-level ground attack and observation sesquiplane; it is the first all-metal aircraft to enter mass production. 1942 – Piloting a Lockheed PBO-1 Hudson patrol bomber over the North Atlantic, U. [...]

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Ukraine Liquidates Builder Antonov

Jan 27, 2016 No Comments

The world famous Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov, renowned for producing the world’s biggest airliners in the An-124 Ruslan and An-225 Mriya, will cease to exist, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade reported on Wednesday. According to the Ukrainian government’s decision, Antonov will be liquidated while enterprises integrated into the aircraft manufacturer will be assigned [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 27, 2016 No Comments

1894 – British Army Capt. B. F. S. Baden-Powell makes a kite ascent from Pirbright Army Camp, England, in what appears to be the first use of man-carrying kites, called Levitors, outside China. 1919 – A permanent flight of aircraft is stationed in San Diego, Calif., to serve as a forest fire patrol. The machines are war-surplus Curtiss JN-4s. [...]

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Udvar-Hazy Center Opens House Saturday

Jan 26, 2016 No Comments

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 on Saturday in Chantilly, Va. For one day only, visitors can tour areas usually off-limits to the public, including the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar and the Emil [...]

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