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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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From England to Australia…in a Biplane

Oct 07, 2015 No Comments

British pilot and speaker Tracey Curtis-Taylor is flying her 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane from England to Australia to honor aviation pioneer Amy Johnson, who made a similar flight in 1930. Curtis-Taylor won’t retrace Johnson’s 1930 route, which went through Iraq and Syria. She expects to spend three to four months on the journey, which started October 1 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 06, 2015 No Comments

1912 – At Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal, Japan, Lt. Yozo Kaneko makes the Imperial Japanese Navy’s first flight, piloting a Farman seaplane for 15 minutes and reaching an altitude of 100 feet. 1918 – Death of Harold Goodman “Shoey” Shoemaker, American World War I flying ace, when he collides in mid-air with another Sopwith [...]

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Georgia Museum Adds P-51H to Collection

Oct 05, 2015 No Comments

After finally getting a B-17 bomber in its arsenal of attractions, the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Ga., now has the plane that protected it. The museum staff has reassembled a fully restored North American P-51 Mustang fighter and rolled it into the Century of Flight Hangar. It will remain there on display for [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 02, 2015 No Comments

1904 – Birth of Albert Aubrey “Aub” Koch, pioneering Australian military and civil pilot; he was the captain of the only Qantas aircraft known to be shot down during World War II. 1917 – Death of Colin Geen Orr MacAndrew, Scottish World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Bristol Fighter. 1941 – Heini Dittmar sets an [...]

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Red Bull Helo Pilot Retiring

Oct 02, 2015 No Comments

Chuck Aaron announced on Instagram that he is retiring from flying the Red Bull helicopter, a Messerschmitt-Bölkow Blohm BO-105 modified to withstand the rigors of aerobatic flight. In his 10-year tenure with Red Bull, Aaron has performed about 250 airshows. His last show will be at the Red Bull Air Race at the Las Vegas [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Sep 29, 2015 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Roscoe Turner (shown), American aviator and 3-time winner of the Thompson Trophy, one of the National Air Races of the heyday of airplane racing in the 1930s. 1927 – Death of Georg Wulf, German aviation pioneer, test pilot and aircraft designer; also co-founder of Focke-Wulf Flugzeugbau AG; Wulf is killed in the crash [...]

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Rare C-46 Belly Lands In Canada

Sep 28, 2015 No Comments

One of the last flying C-46 Commandos was likely written off in an off-airport landing in Canada’s Northwest Territories on Friday. A Buffalo Airways Commando suffered engine trouble on a cargo flight from Yellowknife to Norman Wells. The crew tried to divert to Deline, NWT, but apparently didn’t make the airport. The aircraft was belly [...]

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