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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1912 – An American Wright biplane, flown by U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Thomas De Witt Milling at College Park, Md., becomes the first aeroplane to be armed with a machine gun. 1917 – British ace Capt. Albert Ball (44 victories) of the Royal Flying Corps is killed in a crash following a dogfight with Lothar von Richthofen (younger brother […]
Forest Service Announces Next-Gen Air Tanker Contracts

Forest Service Announces Next-Gen Air Tanker Contracts

Neptune Aviation’s three new British Aerospace 146 fire-bomber jets were left sitting on the runway when the U.S. Forest Service announced contracts for seven “next-generation” firefighting aircraft on Monday. The contractor, based in Missoula, Mont., recently won contracts for six of its Lockheed P2-V Neptune propeller-powered bombers and one BAe 146 on short-term agreements with the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1917 – Birth of Rex Theodor Barber, American World War II fighter pilot, best known as a member of the top secret mission to intercept the aircraft carrying Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. 1919 – The first commercial flight, from Canada to the U.S., occurs as a Canadian Curtiss aircraft flies 150 pounds of raw furs from Toronto […]
Aircraft Crashes in Fireball at Spanish Air Show

Aircraft Crashes in Fireball at Spanish Air Show

A historic jet plane crashed into a hangar and exploded in a fireball at an airshow southwest of Madrid, Spain, on Sunday, severely injuring its pilot who later died in the hospital, officials said. A spokesman for Spain’s Defense Ministry said the pilot, Ladislao Tejedor Romero, 35, an experienced jet pilot and assistant to Defense […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Samuel Parry, Welsh World War I flying ace,  who was killed in a flying accident in a Bristol F.2b. 1923 – U. S. Air Service Lts. Oakley G. Kelly and John A. Macready complete the first non-stop flight across the U.S. in less than 27 hours from Long Island to Arizona in a Fokker […]
Alaskan Pilot Flies Cessna to North, South Poles

Alaskan Pilot Flies Cessna to North, South Poles

Alaskan pilot Art Mortvedt is due back in Fairbanks any day now from his solo flight to the North Pole. It was the second leg of a mission to realize his long-held dream of flying a single-engine aircraft to both North and South poles. KUAC-FM caught up with Art Mortvedt on Tuesday afternoon, somewhere in the skies […]

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Oregon Man Leaves Behind Assortment of Warbirds

Oregon Man Leaves Behind Assortment of Warbirds

A world-class collection of historic military aircraft has long flown under the radar just across the Idaho border in eastern Oregon. The private collection of Ontario’s Merle Maine isn’t sitting in a museum. It’s long been hiding in plain view at the Ontario Airport. However, when Maine passed away in March, his trust made a decision […]
RAF Museum to Raise German World War II Bomber

RAF Museum to Raise German World War II Bomber

The Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to announce the start of a ground-breaking operation to raise from the English Channel the last surviving Dornier Do 17, an historic World War II German bomber shot down 72 years ago during the Battle of Britain. The operation will see the retrieval of what is the only […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (shown above), a German World War I pilot widely known as the Red Baron, is born. Still regarded today as the ace of aces, he amassed 80 aerial combat victories. 1926 – Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett made the first flight over the North Pole. 1936 – American parachutist Clement Joseph “Clem” Sohn makes his first […]
California Pilot Had Long, Eventful Military Career

California Pilot Had Long, Eventful Military Career

Warren H. Rice flew “every airplane in the book, or at least every airplane that mattered,” in a career that began during World War II and continued through the Korean War and Vietnam, collecting two Distinguished Flying Crosses (DFC) along the way. Rice was awarded his wings at Williams Army Airfield in Mesa, Ariz., when […]
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