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1918 – Death of Jean Chaput, French World War I fighter ace, killed in action in his SPAD S.XIII. 1926 – Flying a Blackburn Dart, Royal Navy Flight Lt. Gerald Boyce makes the first night deck landing in history, landing aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Furious off the south coast of England. 1944 – First flight of the Mitsubishi […]
Work Begins on Japanese ‘Kate’

Work Begins on Japanese ‘Kate’

The Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber was the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy and was considered the most effective aircraft of its kind at the beginning of World War II. She caused most of the battleship damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. Seventy-five years later, the Type 97 Carrier Torpedo […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Maurice Joseph Emile Robert, French World War I flying ace. 1916 – The first Zeppelin raid on the UK takes place by the German Navy. The towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn are bombed; more than 20 die in what becomes the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target. 1945 – […]
California Man to Help Boeing Restos

California Man to Help Boeing Restos

Sergio Fierro started cleaning and restoring automobiles in Oxnard, Calif., about 10 years ago, something that would eventually lead to his participation in a project to help preserve aviation history. The 41-year-old Oxnard man is one of a handful of people who were invited to Seattle this month to help restore numerous important aircraft, including […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1932 – Birth of Corrado Gex, Italian aviator and politician; he was the first pilot authorized to land on a glacier. 1937 – Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at the British Thomson-Houston factory in Rugby, England. 1939 – First flight of the IAR 80 (shown), Romanian World […]
NMUSAF Begins New Hangar Move

NMUSAF Begins New Hangar Move

Snow and a biting windchill didn’t deter Sidney C. Palomino and her 5-year-old son, Mauricio, from standing at the edge of a rope line Saturday to see one of the most famous planes in history emerge out of a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hangar on an Ohio morning more like January than April. She and her son […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1900 – Birth of Wilmer Lower Stultz, American military aviator and test pilot; he made the first non-stop flight between New York City and Havana, Cuba. 1937 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 89, a German heavy bomber prototype. 1940 – A trio of Vickers Wellingtons of No.115 Squadron and two Bristol Blenheims of No.254 Squadron attack Stavanger-Sola airfield […]
March Base Air Show Returns

March Base Air Show Returns

The commander of California’s March Air Reserve Base is throwing what amounts to a block party, for half a million people. “This really is about the community and the great support we get around here,” Brig. Gen. Russell Muncy said of the base’s air show on April 16-17. “I’ve never been to a base that […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – Birth of Bozidar “Bosko” Petrovich, Yugoslavian flying ace of the Spanish Civil War. 1916 – Flying his new Nieuport 11 fighter, World War I Italian ace Francesco Baracca scores his first victory, holing the fuel tank of an Austrian Hansa-Brandenburg C.I and wounding its two-man crew. This becomes the first aerial victory for […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Ludwig Gaim, German World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1935 – Death of Robert Bajac, French World War I pilot, airline pilot and record setter; he dies in a crash while flying between Paris and London at night. 1947 – First flight of the Blackburn Firecrest (shown), […]
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