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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 02, 2015 No Comments

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

Nov 02, 2015 No Comments

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. [...]

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‘FIFI’ Returing to Florida in Spring

Oct 30, 2015 No Comments

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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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 29, 2015 No Comments

1918 – Death of James Dudley Beane, American World War I flying ace, killed in action near Bantheville, France. 1935 – A United Air Lines Boeing 247D crashes during an instrument check flight near Cheyenne, Wyo., killing the four crew aboard. 1939 – The first German aircraft shot down over France, as well as the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 28, 2015 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Harry George Ernest Luchford, British World War I fighter ace. 1939 – Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfires of No. 602 and No. 603 Squadrons bring down a Heinkel He-111 near Haddington in Lothian. This is the first enemy aircraft to be brought down on mainland Britain during World War II. 1949 [...]

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Helicopters to Star at Heroes Air Show

Oct 28, 2015 No Comments

The American Heroes Air Show, to be held Nov. 7 at Oviedo, Fla., is the nation’s premier, helicopter-only, admission-free aviation experience designed to profile rotary-wing aviation’s unique capabilities and dynamic role in law enforcement, public safety, communications, Search & Rescue as well as homeland security and national defense. With event planning and execution handled by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 27, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Fred Everest Banbury, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1931 – Herbert John Louis “Bert” Hinkler takes off in a de Havilland Puss Moth from Canada for a solo flight to London, via Central America and the South Atlantic. He will become only the second person to cross the Atlantic solo, after Charles [...]

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Last Vulcan’s Flying Days Ending

Oct 23, 2015 No Comments

The last Avro Vulcan bomber to take to the skies will remain a “living aircraft” despite coming to the end of its flying days, according to the trust dedicated to its preservation. The 55-year-old XH558 has been thrilling millions of enthusiasts around the UK this summer in its last-ever flying season. But it loses its permit [...]

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