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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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Udvar-Hazy Center Open House Saturday

Jan 22, 2015 No Comments

Visitors will have a chance to see what goes into restoring, preserving and displaying America’s aviation and space treasures at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Open House Saturday, Jan. 24.  For one day only, visitors can tour collections spaces usually off-limits to the public, including the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar and the Emil Buehler [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 21, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Carlo Francesco “Francis” Lombardi, Italian World War I flying ace; he would also become an aircraft and automobile designer who made several post-war record breaking flights. 1917 – First flight of the Nielsen & Winther Type AA (shown), a single-seat, Danish-designed fighter. 1944 – Launch of Operation Steinbock (Baby Blitz), a nocturnal World War II Luftwaffe offensive against [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments

1913 – Attempting to establish a new women’s altitude record, pioneering American female pilot Bernetta Miller is covered with oil and temporarily blinded when her oil flow indicator smashes. She makes a safe emergency landing in New York, N.Y. 1920 – Birth of Ferruccio Serafini, World War II Italian fighter ace. 1940 – The Brazilian Air Force, originally [...]

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Vultee Trainer Readied to Fly Again

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments

A U.S. Army trainer plane from World War II, close to going airborne for the first time in 70 years, will make that “maiden voyage” from California’s Modesto Airport. The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was in pieces, spread between three hangars at the airport, when Jason Reid purchased it from the Commemorative Air Force there. When he’s [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 16, 2015 No Comments

1910 – Birth of David McCampbell, American World War II fighter pilot and the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading ace. 1933 – Jean Mermoz and crew make a non-stop flight from Senegal to Argentina, across South Atlantic, in 17 hours, 27 min. 1962 – First flight of the Fuji KM-2 (shown), Japanese propeller-driven light aircraft; it is a license-built version of Beechcraft’s T-34 Mentor [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 15, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of George Donald Tod, American World War I flying ace. 1915 – The first aircraft to be launched from a submarine (U-12) is a Friedrichshafen FF.29, a German two-seat floatplane. 1931 – Italian Gen. Italo Balbo leads the first formation flight across the South Atlantic; 12 Savoia-Marchetti S.55s land in Rio de [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 13, 2015 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Harold John “Jackie” Walkerdine, British World War I flying ace and World War II pilot. 1919 – Death of Hans Christian Friedrich Donhauser, German World War I flying ace and smallest aviator in the German air force, in a crash near Coblenz, Germany. 1936 – Howard Hughes begins a record-breaking sprint across the U.S. [...]

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