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On This Day in Aviation History

May 15, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Josef Carl Peter Jacobs, fourth German World War I fighter ace and postwar aircraft manufacturer. 1918 – Regular airmail service in the U.S., between New York and Washington, D.C., begins; the first flight is made by U.S. Army Lt. Geoffrey Boyle in a Curtiss JN-4H. 1943 – First flight of the [...]

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WWII Bomber Crew Fight Feds Over Date

May 15, 2014 No Comments

Limping home from a World War II bombing mission on a stormy night, a U.S. B-24J Liberator slammed into the rocky flank of a remote mountain in southern China. The bomber and its 10 crew members plummeted into the ravine below. What happened to them remained a mystery until 1996, when Chinese farmers hunting medicinal [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 14, 2014 No Comments

1915 – The U.S. Navy contracts with the Connecticut Aircraft Co. for its first airship, DN-1 (shown). 1936 – First flight of the Miles Whitney Straight M.11, a two-seat light aircraft with a side-by-side cockpit configuration. 1940 – The Allies lose 110 aircraft – 70 British Fairey Battles and Bristol Blenheims and forty French planes – on one day in a disastrous attempt to bomb bridges over [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 13, 2014 No Comments

1883 – Birth of Charles Alexander Holcombe Longcroft, Britsh World War I pilot and squadron commander in the Royal Flying Corps; he went on to become a senior commander in the Royal Air Force. 1912 – A Flanders F.3 Monoplane crashes at Brooklands in England, killing the pilot and his passenger; the accident is studied [...]

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A B-25 Love Affair

May 13, 2014 No Comments

Tom Reilly has been in the warbird restoration business for over 40 years after a chance flight in a North American P-51 Mustang in Kissimmee, Fla., in 1971. Not long after that flight Reilly had an opportunity to purchase some North American Yale Training aircraft from a friend in Canada. He ended up buying thirteen [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 12, 2014 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Tenente Silvio Scaroni, Italian World War I fighter pilot credited with 26 victories; he was the second ranking Italian ace of the war. 1940 – The Royal Air Force bombs Germany for the first time. 1967 – First flight of the Aermacchi AM.3 (shown), Italian single-engine observation aircraft; it was initially designated the MB-335. 1983 – Death of [...]

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Water Bomber Relieves Oklahoma

May 12, 2014 No Comments

Local, state and federal resources were all needed to get last week’s Oklahoma wildfires under control. One federal resource was used here for the very first time. It’s a large amphibious air tanker nicknamed the Super Scooper. The Super Scooper, also known as the Bombardier 415, was the saving grace for fire crews in Guthrie. [...]

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Naval Aviation Museum Gets Hawkeye

May 12, 2014 No Comments

The U.S. National Naval Aviation Museum has a new plane. A Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye arrived at NAS Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle on Saturday morning. It comes from the USS Enterprise. The radar rotodome on top helps the crew identify threats, perform surveillance, and guide search and rescue teams. The plane could also be [...]

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