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On This Day in Aviation History

May 14, 2015 No Comments

1884 – Birth of Claude (Claudius) Honoré Desiré Dornier, German airplane builder and founder of Dornier. 1940 – First flight of the Yermolayev Yer-2, a Soviet long-range medium bomber. 1944 – The German Luftwaffe employs circling torpedoes in a predawn attack on Allied ships at Naples, Italy, but scores no hits. 1972 – Two Bell UH-1 attack helicopters of the U.S. Army, using TOW missiles, blunt a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 12, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Tenente Silvio Scaroni, Italian World War I fighter pilot. Credited with 26 victories, he becomes the second-ranking Italian ace of the war. 1940 – The first bombing raid over Germany by the Royal Air Force takes place. 1941 – First flight of the Platt-LePage XR-1, also known by the company designation PL-3, early American twin-rotor helicopter. 1959 – Capital Airlines Flight 75, a [...]

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Pilatus Jet Makes First Flight

May 12, 2015 No Comments

Pilatus’s first business jet, the PC-24, made its maiden sortie on Monday, two years after the seven-seat twin – dubbed a “super versatile jet” by the Swiss manufacturer because of its proposed short-runway performance and its ability to land on rough landing strips – was unveiled. The first prototype, P01, registration HB-VXA –– took off at 10 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 11, 2015 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Walter Ewers, German World War I flying ace. 1927 – Charles Lindbergh lands his new Ryan monoplane, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” in St. Louis, Mo., after a record non-stop overnight flight from San Diego, Calif., of 14 hours, 25 min. 1957 – Death of Victor Herbert Strahm, American World War I flying ace, who served in World War [...]

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Turkish A400M Atlas Crashes in Spain

May 11, 2015 No Comments

An Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft, which had been ordered by Turkey, crashed Saturday near the Seville airport, killing four crew members and gravely injuring two other crew members, Airbus Defence and Space said. “We confirm that there has been an accident with an A400M in Sevilla,” Airbus Defence and Space said in a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 08, 2015 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Viktor von Pressentin von Rautter, German World War I fighter ace. 1919 – A U.S. Navy flying boat, NC-4, begins an Atlantic crossing, flying by short stages from Long Island, N.Y., to Lisbon, Portugal; it will arrive 19 days later on May 28. 1935 – American aviatrix Amelia Earhart makes a non-stop flight from Mexico City to Newark, N.J., in 14 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 07, 2015 No Comments

1915 – Birth of Hidaka Hatsuo, Japanese Russo-Japanese War and World War II flying ace. 1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace Alfred Clayburn Atkey and his observer, British fighter ace Charles George Gass, score five victories on a single mission with their Bristol F.2b. 1940 – A Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber of the [...]

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D.C. Warbird Flyover Taking Shape

May 07, 2015 No Comments

More than 50 World War II aircraft will fly in formation over restricted airspace in Washington Friday in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in Europe. But if you look overhead in Manassas, Va., on Thursday, you can get a sneak preview. The planes and pilots, organized by the Arsenal of Democracy, [...]

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