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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Dan Able Kimball, American World War I pilot, executive of rocket engine producer Aerojet Engineering Co. and secretary of the U.S. Navy. 1926 – A quartet of Royal Air Force Fairey IIIDs commanded by Wing Commander Conway Walter Heath Pulford begin a long-distance flight from Cairo, Egypt, to Cape Town, South […]
SR-71 Pilot Recounts Career

SR-71 Pilot Recounts Career

Brian Shul was burned so horribly after his aircraft crashed in the Vietnam jungle that doctors in Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, expected him to die. But Shul’s body refused to give in. He was shipped to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where he underwent 15 surgeries by doctors who told him […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Saint Cyprian Churchill Tayler, British World War I flying ace. 1931 – Frenchmen Lucien Bossoutrot and Maurice Rossi take off in the Blériot 110 “Joseph Le Brix” to attempt a closed-circuit world distance record. 1935 – Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be reformed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles. […]
Restored Speed Wing Built for Final Flights

Restored Speed Wing Built for Final Flights

When the time comes, there is something to be said for going out in style. Richard Zeiler has just the ride for that. Zeiler, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who flew a Cessna L-19 Bird Dog in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, spent the better part of a quarter century leading a team of […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of George Raby Riley, British World War I fighter ace. 1921 – American James Herbert Knight, part of a relay team that flew 2,629 miles across the U.S., lands his de Havilland DH-4B in Chicago, completing the first overnight transcontinental air mail delivery. 1929 – First flight of the Breguet 27 (model […]
‘Winkle’ Brown, Record-Setting Pilot, Dies

‘Winkle’ Brown, Record-Setting Pilot, Dies

Eric “Winkle” Brown, a British pilot who flew more kinds of aircraft than anyone in history and was the first person to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, has died. He was 97. Brown’s family said he died Sunday at a hospital in southern England after a short illness. Often dubbed Britain’s greatest pilot, […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Joseph Marie Le Brix, French raid aviator. 1932 – During the Shanghai Incident, three Imperial Japanese Navy Nakajima A1N2 fighters from the aircraft carrier Kaga score the first air-to-air kill in Japanese history, shooting down a Nationalist Chinese Boeing fighter piloted by an American volunteer. 1954 – First flight of the Convair R3Y Tradewind […]
Italian Bird Dog Back in the Air

Italian Bird Dog Back in the Air

A former Italian Army Cessna O-1E Bird Dog took off on her first post-restoration flight into the crisp winter skies over Montagnana airfield near Padova, in northeastern Italy, earlier this month after a thorough rebuild by owner Andrea Rossetto. Save for a minor radio problem, the initial sortie was a complete success. Vintage military aircraft are rare on the Italian civil […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle, French World War I flying ace and high-ranking officer in the French air force during World War II. 1923 – The Canadian Air Force is granted the prefix “Royal.” 1933 – First flight of the Vultee V-1 (shown), an  American single-engined airliner. 1942 – The “Pearl Harbor of Australia” takes place when nearly 250 […]
First 727 to Make Last Flight

First 727 to Make Last Flight

With the flick of a switch it’s alive once again. “Still doing its thing,” said former Boeing engineer Bob Bogash. In 1963, this Boeing 727 prototype set the stage for a new age of air travel. “We built 1832 of them, and this is the very first airplane,” Bogash said. It was retired after three decades of service […]
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