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Bomb Group that Fought Nazis Renovates Museum

Bomb Group that Fought Nazis Renovates Museum

A World War II military history museum, an effort by the veterans, spouses and friends of the 390th Bomb Group, is getting a multimillion-dollar upgrade. The 390th Memorial Museum is located on the grounds of Arizona’s Pima Air and Space Museum and is known as a “museum within a museum.” It houses memorabilia and artifacts […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1885 – Death of Stanislas Charles Henri Dupuy de Lôme, French naval architect and Navigable balloons designer. 1913 – Birth of Jeffrey Kindersley Quill, OBE, AFC, FRAeS, World War II Royal Air Force officer, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve officer and test pilot. He test-flew every mark of the Supermarine Spitfire. 1920 – World War I U.S. ace (twelve […]

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Army Aviation Episode of History Channel’s “Top Gear” Airs Feb. 5

Army Aviation Episode of History Channel’s “Top Gear” Airs Feb. 5

Top Gear, an American motoring television series on the History Channel, is scheduled to air their second episode of its third season on Tuesday, February 5, which was filmed inside the gates of Fort Campbell, Ky., last fall. The week-long production combined Hollywood magic with the military might of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division […]
Foundation to Retrace and Document Secret Air Route to Russia

Foundation to Retrace and Document Secret Air Route to Russia

The story of the top-secret northern and Alaska-Siberia air routes and the incredible effort that delivered nearly 8,000 military aircraft from the U.S. to the former Soviet Union during World War II is being told in “Warplanes to Siberia,” an upcoming documentary by the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation. As part of the project, a fact-based, multi-part feature […]

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New Exhibit Reveals Alaska’s Aviation Heritage

New Exhibit Reveals Alaska’s Aviation Heritage

In 1913, a group of Fairbanks, Alaska, merchants shipped an airplane from Seattle to Fairbanks via steamboat. A pair of Lower 48 barnstormers flew the biplane 200 feet above Weeks Field, putting along at 45 miles per hour. The merchants sold tickets to the show: The flight was considered nothing more than a spectacle. On […]
Sun ‘N Fun to Get FedEx 727

Sun ‘N Fun to Get FedEx 727

A 100,000-pound training tool for future pilots and airplane mechanics will arrive at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., on Friday. A Boeing 727-200 donated by FedEx Express will give students at Polk State College and Central Florida Aerospace Academy hands-on practice they haven’t had in the past. The gift to Sun ‘n Fun will arrive […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Walter Herschel Beech, American pioneer aviator, co-founder with his wife of Beech Aircraft Co. 1911 – Longest over-water flight to date was made by Canadian J. A. D. McCurdy on a Curtiss pusher biplane. He attempted to fly from Key West, Florida, to Havana, Cuba, but crashed after covering 96 miles. The U.S.S. […]
U.K. Aviation Museum Gets Bristol Mayor’s Backing

U.K. Aviation Museum Gets Bristol Mayor’s Backing

Bristol, England, Mayor George Ferguson has backed a plan to create a new aviation museum at the former Filton airfield. The site closed at the end of 2012 after its owner, BAE Systems, sold the bulk of the land to developers. The Bristol Aero Collection Trust (BACT) plans to create an aviation heritage museum and learning centre […]

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Dream of Making WW II Plane Fly in Oklahoma Continues

Dream of Making WW II Plane Fly in Oklahoma Continues

When the Douglas A-26 Invader light bomber now sitting in a hangar at a Guthrie, Okla., airport finally takes to the sky it won’t exactly be a miracle, but it will be a testament to the value of people working together for a common goal. The World War II-era A-26 was acquired by the Sierra […]
Memphis Belle Gets a Facelift

Memphis Belle Gets a Facelift

A new look has been bestowed upon the Memphis Belle (The Movie), the B-17 Flying Fortress used as the platform for the 1990 movie Memphis Belle, a fictionalized depiction of the airplane’s final mission. The B-17 is still in service and is operated by the Liberty Foundation, which uses the airplane to educate the public about the […]
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