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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 20, 2015 No Comments

1894 – Birth  of Frederick James Harry Thayre, British World War I fighter ace. 1919 – French pilot Bernard de Romanet, flying a Nieuport-Delage 29v, sets a world speed record of 166.92 mph. 1948 – First flight of the McDonnell XF-88 Voodoo (shown), a long-range, twin-engine jet fighter with swept wings designed for the U.S. Air Force. Although it never entered service, its design was [...]

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NMUSAF Moves Into New Hangar

Oct 20, 2015 No Comments

With the building structurally complete, the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, began moving exhibits into its new, fourth hangar in October. With the opportunity to see some of these beautiful exhibits outside, WarbirdsNews thought our readers would enjoy seeing some of the images which museum photographers took during the move. For images and the complete story by [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 14, 2015 No Comments

1904 – Birth of Karlis Irbitis, Latvian airplane designer. 1918 – Australian World War I fighter ace Francis Ryan “Frank” Smith shoots down four Fokker D.VIIs with his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a on that day, his last victories of the war. 1948 – Test pilot Edwin Schoch makes the first successful release and hook-up to a [...]

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Navy Pilot Reunites with Vietnam A-7B

Oct 14, 2015 No Comments

It’s been 44 years since Sonny Kifer has sat in the cockpit of an LTV A-7B Corsair II, but he can still recognize it at a quick glance. Kifer was a U.S. Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, serving on an aircraft carrier about 90 miles offshore. Most of his missions involved flights just south of the DMZ (demilitarized [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 12, 2015 No Comments

1912 – The Michelin Cup is won by Samuel Cody after he completes a 186 mile course around Britain, flying a total of 220 miles. 1929 – First flight of the Curtiss Model 54 Tanager (shown), an American light biplane prototype. 1932 – Birth of Edwin Jacob “Jake” Garn,  American politician and U.S. Navy pilot; [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 08, 2015 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Herbert Joseph “Jimmy” Larkin, Australian World War I flying ace, pioneering aviator, airmail and raid pilot; he also founded the Larkin Aircraft Supply Co. and served also in World War II. 1932 – The Indian Air Force is formed as an auxiliary air force of the Royal Air Force with the enactment of the Indian [...]

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Pop Sci Flies the Icon A5

Oct 08, 2015 No Comments

I’ve never piloted an airplane before. I’ve never even so much as sat in the cockpit of a moving aircraft. So I’m naturally a bit nervous when Kirk Hawkins, founder and CEO of Icon Aircraft, asks me if I want the stick. We’re roughly 1,000 feet above New York’s Hudson River in Icon’s new A5 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 07, 2015 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Josef František, Czech World War II fighter ace who flew for the air forces of Czechoslovakia, Poland and England. 1919 – KLM, flag carrier of the Netherlands, is founded and remains the oldest airline still operating under its original name. 1940 – A Tupolev ANT-44, a Soviet four-engine flying boat, achieves [...]

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