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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 12, 2014 No Comments

1917 – Death of John Arthur Vessey, British World War I flying ace; he is killed in a flying accident in his Sopwith 1½ Strutter. 1919 – French aviatrix Baronne Delaroche sets an altitude record of 15,748 feet. 1924 – Birth of George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator and American politician; he later [...]

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World’s Biggest Airplane Heads to UK

Jun 12, 2014 No Comments

Aircraft enthusiasts are preparing to welcome the world’s biggest plane to East Midlands Airport in England. The Antonov An-225, the world’s biggest aircraft, is due to touchdown tonight. The Ukrainian-built plane will land at around 6 p.m. and stay overnight before taking off again at around 10 a.m. on Friday. And plane lovers across the county have spoken [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

1874 – Birth of Lyman Wiswell Gilmore, Jr., American aviation pioneer. 1920 – First flight of the Verville VCP-1 (shown), an American biplane fighter; it is later rebuilt into a successful racing aircraft. 1944 – The crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force Consolidated Canso of No. 162 Squadron sinks German submarine U-980 north of [...]

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Skyraider Wreck Discovered in Florida

Jun 11, 2014 No Comments

WarbirdsNews recently learned of the discovery in April of the wreck of a long-lost Douglas AD-4 Skyraider AD-4 in the Florida Everglades. The aircraft was located by the aviation-archeology minded volunteers at Aeroquest.org, and we have reproduced some of their photographs here for your interest. The group had actually been out on a quest to locate the remains [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 10, 2014 No Comments

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 16-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet. 1929 – Birth of James Alton McDivitt, Korean War fighter pilot; he later became a test pilot and a NASA astronaut. 1967 – First flight of the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name: “Flogger”), a Soviet variable-geometry fighter aircraft. 1972 – [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 09, 2014 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Marius Jean Paul Elzeard “Marc” Ambrogi, French World War I fighter ace and World War II fighter pilot. 1910 – First aerial reconnaissance by airplane is made by Capt. Marconnet and Lt. Fequant of the French Army in a single-seat Henri Farman biplane on e flight from Camp de Châlons at [...]

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D-Day Douglas Still in Service

Jun 09, 2014 No Comments

For more than 20 years, Stan Brock has taken to the skies from the Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., in an old Douglas C-47 aircraft. Brock and other volunteers with the group Remote Area Medical (RAM) have used the plane as a heavy lifter to deliver the gift of healing medicine from above. “There’s no such thing [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 06, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Henry William Allingham, British World War I pilot and engineer; he became the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and the last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force (RAF). 1917 – Raymond “Collie” Collishaw, Canadian World War I fighter ace, scores 3 Albatross D.III kills [...]

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