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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 20, 2016 No Comments by

1888 – Birth of Jens Tryggve Herman Gran, Norwegian aviator, explorer and author; he was the first pilot to cross the North Sea. 1934 – First flight of the Boeing YP-29A (shown), a U.S. fighter prototype. 1940 – The Brazilian Air Force, originally founded in 1908 as the Brazilian Army Balloon Corp, adopts its current title, Fôrça Aeréa Brasileira. 1971 – [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 19, 2016 No Comments by

1784 – One of the largest hot-air balloon ever made, called ‘Le Flesselle’ by the Montgolfier brothers, makes an ascent at Lyon, France. The balloon’s capacity is 700,000 cubic feet and it goes up to 3,000 feet. 1899 – Birth of George Ebben Randall, British World War I flying ace. 1947 – First flight of the Fiat G.212, a Italian three-engine airliner. 1995 – Bristow [...]

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Museum Honors Pennsylvania’s Pitcairn

Jan 18, 2016 No Comments by

A miracle of modern life is the ability to fly. As a kid, me and my buddies would ride our bikes out to Castle Air Force Base, lie down near the far end of the runway and look up as B-52 bombers came in for a landing. The roar of their eight jet engines shook [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 18, 2016 No Comments by

1893 – Birth of Douglas Evan Cameron, British World War I flying ace. 1935 – First flight of the Blohm & Voss Ha 137 (shown), a  German ground-attack aircraft. 1957 – End of Operation Power Flite; a trio of BoeingB-52B Stratofortresses of the U.S. Air Force lands at March Air Force Base near Riverside, Calif., after flying for a total [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 15, 2016 No Comments by

1935 – First flight of the RWD-13, a Polish touring three-seater high-wing monoplane. 1950 – Death of Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, aviation pioneer, second rated pilot in the history of the U.S. Air Force, chief of the Air Corps (1938–1941) and commanding general of the USAF’s predecessor during World War II. 1969 – Birth of [...]

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“Bataan” Connie Arrives at Chino

Jan 14, 2016 No Comments by

The Lockheed VC-121A Constellation “Bataan” arrived at Planes of Fame Air Museum Chino Airport today from the Planes of Fame Valle-Grand Canyon facility in Valle, Ariz., where it has been on display for more than 20 years. The last time this aircraft was at Chino was 20 years ago. The Constellation has been sold to [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 14, 2016 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Alan Bott, British World War I flying ace and journalist. 1935 – United Air Lines decides to equip its fleet with a de-icing system for airplane wings, following successful tests on a Boeing 247. 1952 – First flight of the SIPA S.200 Minijet (shown), a French two-seat light sporting jet. 1969 – Death of William Roy [...]

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New USAF Museum Building to Open in June

Jan 13, 2016 No Comments

A $40.8 million expansion of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will open June 8 at Wright-Patterson AFB, museum officials said Wednesday. The years-in-the-making, privately financed 224,000-square-foot fourth hangar was expected to draw more visitors to the world’s largest military aviation museum that attracts more than a million people every year. “We do expect an [...]

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