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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Alessandro Resch, Italian World War I flying ace and airliner pilot. 1919 – Death of Franz Rudorfer, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace, volunteer in the Ukrainian Military Air Service; he took part on the Polish-Ukrainian war before escaping with his Nieuport 23 to Czechoslovakia. 1940 – The formation of the Air […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1931 – Birth of John A. Manke, NASA test pilot who flew 42 lifting body rocketplane missions. 1940 – The Handley Page Halifax, a British four-engined heavy bomber, enters service with the Royal Air Force’s No. 35 Squadron. 1947 – First flight of the Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52 (shown), a British all-metal turbojet-powered flying wing. 1985 – Death of Alexander Ivanovich […]

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Cobalt Brings Back the Canard

Cobalt Brings Back the Canard

There’s a new black bird on the horizon. This is the Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie, a new five-seat canard-style aircraft for the refined aviating millionaire. The single-engine piston airplane will top out at 300 miles per hour thanks to its 350 horsepower, with a range of 1,050 1,200 miles. Cobalt officially unveiled the Valkyrie in San Francisco. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Constant Emmanuel Plessis, French World War I flying ace. 1917 – Death of Mortimer Sackville West, British World War I flying ace, killed in a flying accident. 1935 – United Airlines Flight 227, a Boeing 727, crashes short of the runway while attempting a scheduled landing at Salt Lake City International […]

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Students Restore Cobra for Veterans Day

Students Restore Cobra for Veterans Day

Alabama Aviation Center at Ozark students spent nights and weekends working on restoring a Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter. This Veterans Day, they presented their work to the community. Students, veterans and officials gathered outside the Alabama Aviation Center at Ozark to see the helicopter, which has been mounted on a metal frame in front of the college […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Julius Fichter, German World War I flying ace. 1930 – Roy W. Ammel takes off in the Lockeed Explorer “Blue Flash” for the first non-stop flight from New York to Panama. 1946 – First flight of the Lockheed R6V Constitution (shown), an American large, propeller-driven, double-decker transport aircraft developed for the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Maurice Albert Rousselle, French World War I flying ace. 1917 – Italian World War I flying ace Giorgio Pessi scores four victories on that day with his SPAD VII (one unconfirmed). 1936 – The German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion, a force of about 100 aircraft, departs Germany for Seville, Spain, to support Nationalist […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Frank Ormond “Mongoose” Soden, Canadian World War I fighter ace who stayed and served in the Royal Air Force until the end of World War II. 1909 – Royal Air Force Lt. Col. Alec Ogilvie, CBE, an early British aviation pioneer, a friend of the Wright Brothers and only the seventh British person to […]

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Rides Available on Dauntless This Weekend

Rides Available on Dauntless This Weekend

The Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing will fly its rare Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber at Aviation Day on Saturday at Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla. The meticulously restored World War II aircraft will offer rides for sale throughout the event, which is hosted by the Lee County Transportation Authority. The Dauntless Dive bomber is the only U.S. […]
‘FIFI’ Returing to Florida in Spring

‘FIFI’ Returing to Florida in Spring

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, is headed to Florida this spring for a seven-city, six-week tour. “FIFI” is the only flying B-29 in the world. The B-29 will be accompanied by a variety of other World War II aircraft including the beloved Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor, “Bucket of Bolts;” a North American […]
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