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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 06, 2015 No Comments by

1911 – Frenchman Henri Jullerot demonstrates the Bristol Boxkite, a pusher biplane based on the successful Farman III, in Calcutta before a crowd of 100,000. 1942 – Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world. 1944 – First flight of the McDonnell XP-67 Bat (shown), a twin-engine bomber destroyer. 1963 – Birth of Philippe Perrin, French Air Force pilot, test pilot and former [...]

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Spielberg, Hanks Team Up for 8 AF Tales

Jan 06, 2015 No Comments by

In the thin air above 20,000 feet, with Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters bearing down from all directions, the inside of an unpressurized American bomber in World War II was an altogether foreign world. Freezing cold, oxygen-deprived and hundreds of miles from the nearest friendly fighter escort, the bombers faced desperate odds with each mission deep [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 05, 2015 No Comments by

1891 – Birth of Carl “Charly” Degelow, German World War I fighter ace; he is the last German pilot and final German serviceman to be awarded the Blue Max, the German Kingdom of Prussia’s highest order of merit. 1930 – During the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE), Royal Australian Air Force pilot Stuart Campbell [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 29, 2014 No Comments by

1913 – Joseph Eugene Carberry and Fred Seydel win the Mackay Trophy flying a Curtiss Model E made by U.S. Army aviators entirely from spare parts. 1940 –  The Luftwaffe begins a devastating two-day-long bombing attack on London, making extensive use of incendiary weapons. 1948 – First flight of the Supermarine Swift (F.1 shown), a British single-seat [...]

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Red Baron Stearman Returns to the Air

Dec 28, 2014 No Comments by

The Red Baron is back in the skies. Brothers Paul and Jarrod Lindemann have restored a 1941 Stearman biplane that was part of the Red Baron Squadron, an aerobatic team that barnstormed air shows across the U.S. from 1979 to 2007. The plane started as a U.S. Army Air Corps trainer in World War II, then [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments by

1905 – Birth of Armando François, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1937 – French aviatrix Maryse Hilsz sets a speed record between Paris and Saigon in less than 4 days. 1966 – First flight of the Dassault Mirage F1, a French air-superiority fighter and attack aircraft; it is the successor of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 22, 2014 No Comments

1910 – British aviation pioneer Cecil Grace vanishes over the English Channel during a flight from Calais, France, to Dover, England. 1916 – First flight of the Sopwith Camel (shown), a British World War I biplane fighter. 1934 – The first night bombing in South America is done by a Macchi M.18, an Italian flying boat operated by [...]

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UK Taking Bids on Avro Shackleton

Dec 19, 2014 No Comments

Aviation enthusiasts have launched a campaign to save a Shackleton maritime patrol aircraft threatened with destruction. The Avro Shackleton MR2C has stood guard at the entrance to RAF St. Mawgan near Newquay, England, for more than 25 years. The Ministry of Defense has invited bids for the WL795 aircraft, which is not airworthy. The Save our Shackleton group said [...]

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