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World War I Ace Not Forgotten

Jul 16, 2013 No Comments

Bill Martin takes exception with the title of a book about Lt. Col. William Lambert of Ironton, Ohio, that labels the aviator as America’s “forgotten” aviation ace of World War I. Lambert, who passed away in 1982, flew the Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a for the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps. “I don’t think people really forgot [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Frederick Libby, first American ace of World War I. 1927 – Death of Paul Wilhelm Bäumer, German World War I ace, who dies in a crash near Copenhagen while test flying a Rohrbach Rofix fighter. 1941 – Luftwaffe ace Werner Mölders shoots down two Soviet aircraft, raising his victory total to 101. He becomes the first [...]

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Battle Rages Over Global Hawks

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments

June is the start of the rainy season in the South Pacific, six months of storms that come in fast and unpredictable. And when the wind starts blowing, that takes its toll on U.S. intelligence-gathering far off in North Korea. A substantial amount of the intel on the Hermit Kingdom comes from the three massive [...]

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Warbird Maintenance Full-Time Job at Museum

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments

The space inside the cockpit of the Beechcraft T-34A Mentor trainer belonging to the Cactus Air Force Wings and Wheels Museum is about the same as inside as a standard refrigerator shipping box. Maybe a foot or two shorter. And narrower. There are 20 or so gauges and dials on the dashboard, some with familiar [...]

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Boeing 787 Woes Return

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

A fire and “technical issue” aboard two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Friday raised new safety concerns for the long troubled airliner. The fire ignited on an empty 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines that was parked at London’s Heathrow airport. No one was hurt and the incident shut runways for about an hour before operations resumed, the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Geoffrey Forrest Hughes, Australian World War I flying ace. 1929 – First flight of the Dornier Do X, a German flying boat powered by twelve engines mounted in six tower nacelles on the wing. 1944 – The first allied jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor Mk. 1 (shown above), entered service with the Royal Air Force’s [...]

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Warbirds Highlight N.Y. Air Show

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

John Makinson has had many aviation adventures in his decades of flying. He’s flown bush planes in the Canadian Arctic and the wild’s of Alaska — possibly the only place you can fly a plane with wheels, skis or floats all in one day — where he’s landed and taken off from glaciers and landing [...]

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VIDEO: Red Arrows Over England

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, displayed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today before flying over Chichester, England. The elite flying squad was at the festival to complement the Goodwood Aviation Exhibition, with many more displays planned over the weekend. After their Goodwood display was finished, the Arrows did a [...]

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