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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – Birth of Yoshi-o Fukui, Sino-Japanese War and World War II Japanese flying ace. 1918 – Death of Walter Göttsch, German World War I fighter ace, killed in action in his Fokker Dr.I triplane. 1926 – Charles Lindberg becomes chief pilot for Robertson Aircraft Corp., flying a St. Louis-to-Chicago mail route. 1981 – First flight of […]
Lancasters to Fly Together in the UK

Lancasters to Fly Together in the UK

This August will see two legends take to the skies together for the first — and possibly last — time. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario, is preparing to send its prized Avro Lancaster across the Atlantic to take part in a monthlong program with the Battle of Britain Memorial Lancaster. The two bombers […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Israel Accepts its First C-130J

Israel Accepts its First C-130J

The Israeli air force’s first Lockheed Martin C-130J “Samson” tactical transport has been formally delivered to its Nevatim air base, during a ceremony on Wednesday. “This first C-130J represents a new generation of transport aircraft that will bring unique capabilities and superior performance,” says Lockheed chief executive Marillyn Hewson. Israel has operated earlier examples of the Hercules since […]
Learjet 85 Finally Makes First Flight

Learjet 85 Finally Makes First Flight

After about a four-month delay, Bombardier Aerospace test pilots for the first time on Wednesday took off from Kansas’ Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in a Learjet 85. Bombardier Aerospace spokeswoman Annie Cossette said the midsize business jet took off at 8:19 a.m. Central time, and the flight lasted about two hours and 15 minutes. She said […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1888 – Birth of Byron Quinby Jones, American pioneer aviator; he became the first U.S. Army pilot to stall and loop an aircraft without crashing. 1911 – The Avro Type D, a British biplane, becomes the first seaplane to take off from British sea waters. 1942 – The Imperial Japanese Navy launches an air raid […]
Restored Bronco to Debut in UK Show

Restored Bronco to Debut in UK Show

The Bronco Demo Team is bringing its newly restored North American Rockwell OV-10B Bronco to the UK for it’s first public showing next month. The aircraft will be on show for fans, friends and family during a free event May 3 at Cotswold Airport (the former RAF Kemble). The Bronco Demo Team is collaborating with the Bristol Britannia XM496 Preservation […]

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Marine Harriers vs. French in Exercise

Marine Harriers vs. French in Exercise

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier pilots with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced), 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted a bilateral aviation exercise with French air force fighter pilots in Djibouti, Africa, March 26 to April 2, 2014. The weeklong exercise was intended to maintain proficiency and learn new tactics while building lasting relationships […]
So What Happens to Old Airliners?

So What Happens to Old Airliners?

A recent visit by Aviation Week to Suttgart, Ark., revealed yet another former Lufthansa Cityline Bombardier CRJ700. Tail number D-ACPB, which arrived last week, is shown below awaiting part-out. This aircraft joins D-ACPA and D-ACPG, both of which were flown farther north into Blytheville, Ark., last year for part-out. Stuttgart is home to CAVU Aerospace which […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1885 – Birth of Blanche Stuart Scott, also known as Betty Scott, possibly the first American woman aviator; she became an exhibition and test pilot. 1931 – Amelia Earhart climbs to a record altitude of 18,415 feet in a Pitcairn PCA2 autogyro at Willow Grove, Pa., near Philadelphia. 1943 – On his first mission, U.S. […]
Tulsa Museum Display Highlights MD-80

Tulsa Museum Display Highlights MD-80

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium has dubbed its new MD-80 exhibit a “Discovery Center.” Museum officials hope the McDonnell Douglas commercial jetliner now on display can help inspire a new generation to continue Tulsa’s aerospace legacy. “It’s exhibits like this that might spark the interest of a future pilot, mechanic or engineer,” […]
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