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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 27, 2015 No Comments by

1897 – Birth of Elsa Andersson, Sweden’s first female aviator and stunt parachutist. 1910 – Frenchman Louis Paulhan takes off his Farman III in the London to Manchester air race, marking the first long-distance aeroplane race in England, the first take-off of a heavier-than-air machine at night, and the first powered flight into Manchester from [...]

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Graceland to Keep Jets

Apr 26, 2015 No Comments by

The Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II aren’t going anywhere. After a nearly year-long fracas over the future of Elvis’ old airplanes left The King’s fans all shook up, Graceland officials in Memphis, Tenn., announced Sunday that they were buying the planes. And that the jets would stay right where they are. Lisa Marie [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 24, 2015 No Comments by

1898 – Birth of René Leduc, French engineer and aircraft designer who becomes acclaimed for his work on ramjets. 1917 – Lt. Col. William “Billy” Mitchell becomes the first U. S. Army officer to fly over German lines. 1946 – First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-15 (shown), a first-generation Soviet turbojet fighter. 1984 – Death of Philip Fletcher Fullard, British World War I [...]

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Boeing: Five C-17As Still for Sale

Apr 24, 2015 No Comments by

Boeing said it still had five C-17A Globemaster transports for sale following confirmation that the Royal Australian Air Force would take another two. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced April 10 the purchase of the two strategic airlifters at RAAF Base Amberley, southwest of Brisbane. The two aircraft will bring the total number of C-17s [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 23, 2015 No Comments by

1908 – Birth of Charles “Chuck” L. Sharp, Jr., who led CNAC (China National Aviation Corp.) through turbulent times in China, Burma and India. 1924 – First flight of the Stout 2-AT “Pullman” (shown), an American single-engine, all-metal monoplane designed to haul passengers and cargo. 1941 – German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers sink the [...]

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Texas CAF Squadron Gets Reliant

Apr 22, 2015 No Comments by

The Commemorative Air Force’s Coyote Squadron in Corsicana, Texas, has recently added a former Royal Navy Stinson Reliant Mk.I to its small fleet, having acquired it from another CAF squadron in North Carolina. The aircraft, bearing its original Royal Navy serial number, FB605 is essentially an uprated version of the Stinson AT-19/UC-81 which served in the US military [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 21, 2015 No Comments

1928 – Sir (George) Hubert Wilkins and pilot Carl Ben Eielson complete the first-ever crossing of the Arctic by airplane from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Spitsbergen, Norway, in their Lockheed Vega. 1933 – First flight of the U.S.S. Macon (shown), an American rigid airship built and operated by the U.S. Navy for scouting and capable [...]

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USMC Incorporates F-35B Into Plans

Apr 21, 2015 No Comments

U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilots are refining a new plan for air-to-air combat as they integrate the Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter with older jets, and it will mirror aspects of how the U.S. Air Force adapted its fleet to the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The concept is called the Hornet Standard Game Plan, [...]

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