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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Leroy Randle “Roy” Grumman, American aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and industrialist. He also co-founded Grumman Aeronautical Engineering Co. later to become Grumman Aerospace Corp., and now part of Northrop Grumman. 1931 – William G. Swan stays aloft for 30 minutes over Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a glider powered with 10 […]
Tiger Moth Rides Threatened After Crash

Tiger Moth Rides Threatened After Crash

The future of Tiger Moth Joy Rides on Australia’s Gold Coast is up in the air as the owner of the Pimpama, Queensland, company suspends services until further notice. The fatal crash last Monday, which killed Coutts Crossing train driver Gary Turnbull, 58, and injured world record breaking pilot Ryan Campbell, 21, destroyed the only […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1907 – The sole Blériot VII, a French expemimental monoplane and the first modern configurated airplane in which Louis Blériot made successful turns, is destroyed on landing. 1922 – Birth of Mariâ Ivanovna Dolina, Soviet World WarII bomber pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union. 1939 – The Royal Air Force abandons daylight raids on Germany after a raid […]
‘Hanoi Taxi’ Moves Into New Home

‘Hanoi Taxi’ Moves Into New Home

Restoration crews at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force moved the Lockheed C-141C Starlifter “Hanoi Taxi” into the museum’s new fourth building on Dec. 16. The aircraft, which airlifted the first American prisoners of war out of North Vietnam in February 1973, will be displayed in the Global Reach Gallery. The 224,000 square foot […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1915 – Birth of Yoshimi Minami, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1916 – Flight Sub Lt. Arthur Ince, a Royal Flying Corps observer, shoots down a Geman seaplane off the coast of Belgium; it becomes the first Canadian aerial victory. Ince is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. 1952 – A Royal Air Force Boeing B-29 Superfortress flies into […]
Tokyo Police Drones Catching Drones

Tokyo Police Drones Catching Drones

Tokyo police are taking to the skies for drone chases. The Japanese city’s Metropolitan Police Department created drone squads on Thursday to enforce its ban against the flying devices, using a 10-foot by 6.5-foot net to catch them. In a demonstration clip, the police drone zips through the sky and easily nets a small, white […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1878 – Birth of George Edward Maurice Kelly, an American aviator who later becomes the first member of the U.S. military killed in the crash of an airplane he was piloting. 1914 – The British roundel is adopted for aircraft identification. 1933 – First flight of the Bernard 82, French single-engined, long-range bomber prototype. 1941 – U. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Andre René Celestin Herbelin, French World War I flying ace. 1932 – Wolfgang von Gronau and crew in a Dornier Wal complete the first flight around the world by a seaplane. The flight takes a 111 days. 1951 – First flight of the Fiat G.80 (-3 shown), a military single-engine trainer and Italy’s first […]

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‘Spirit’ Replica Makes First Flight

‘Spirit’ Replica Makes First Flight

The most accurate reproduction of Charles Lindbergh’s famed “Spirit of St. Louis” ever built made its first test flight on Saturday when Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum pilot and aircraft restorer-builder Ken Cassens took the replica Ryan NYP into the bright blue skies over upstate New York. “It was uneventful, which is a good thing, and I […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Walter “Nowi” Nowotny, Austrian-born German World War II fighter ace. 1926 – A Stinson Detroiter being delivered to Canadian Air Express is the first airplane inspected (and passed) by the U.S. government. 1941 – Death of Gordon Metcalfe Duncan, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1942 – First flight of the Bell […]
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