Civilian

Flying the Coolest Bizjet

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments

What’s the coolest airplane in the world, at least that a civilian could buy? There are some impressive contenders for that unofficial title, including a couple I’ve had the chance to fly in the past year, such as the Gulfstream G650 and the Cessna Citation X+. Flying Magazine recently got the chance to fly yet [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 02, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Richard Pearman Minifie, Australian World War I fighter ace who also served as a squadron leader in the Air Training Corps of the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. 1919 – Death of Leslie Jacob “Rummy” Rummell, American World War I flying ace. 1941 – Eight Fairey Swordfish from the British [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 29, 2015 No Comments

1895 – Birth of George Robert Howsam, Canadian World War I fighter ace; he also would become director of training for the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. 1932 – First flight of the de Havilland Fox Moth, a British passenger biplane. 1944 – German raids of more than 70 fighter-bombers attack Allied ships off Anzio with guided bombs, sinking [...]

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Army Combines Helos, Drones for Success

Jan 29, 2015 No Comments

The drone revolution, it appears, came along just in time for the U.S. Army. The service’s leaders have decided they can afford neither a new armed scout helicopter nor even the old ones they already own, but there’s always MUM-T — aka Manned Unmanned Teaming, in which manned aircraft work with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 27, 2015 No Comments

1920 – Birth of Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1927 – First flight of the Douglas T2D (shown), an American twin-engine torpedo bomber; it is the first twin-engined aircraft to operate from an aircraft carrier. 1941 – The first British combined operation between Malta’s reconnaissance and strike aircraft takes place when the German vessel Ingo is [...]

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Mighty Eighth to Dedicate B-17

Jan 27, 2015 No Comments

After more than six years of painstaking restoration work, “City of Savannah,” a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress owned by the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, will be dedicated on Wednesday. The achievement was accomplished by museum volunteers following the bomber’s acquisition from the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in 2009. The January 28th [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 23, 2015 No Comments

1916 – Birth of Siegfried Schnell, German World War II flying ace. 1918 – First American Expeditionary Force (AEF) balloon ascent is made at the Balloon School at Cuperly in France. 1943 – The pilot of a Japanese Nakajima A6 M2-N (“Rufe”) floatplane fighter discovers American forces have occupied Amchitka. Japanese aircraft from Kiska begin frequent raids against [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 22, 2015 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Harry George Hawker MBE, AFC, Australian aviation pioneer and co-founder of Hawker Aircraft. 1931 – First flight of the Bristol Type 118, a British general-purpose military aircraft, a two-seat biplane prototype for overseas markets. 1943 – Death of Edmond Eugene Henri Caillaux, French World War I flying ace. 1952 – The de Havilland Comet 1 (1A shown) becomes [...]

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