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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 03, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Igor Sikorsky makes a 12-second first flight in his Sikorsky S-2 (B.I.S.I or S-1 rebuilt), a biplane with a pusher engine. 1923 – Birth of Jean Dabos, French World War II fighter pilot, test pilot and aircraft designer. 1936 – Death of Godwin Brumowski, most successful fighter ace of the Austro-Hungarian Air Force [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 02, 2014 No Comments

1849 – First air raid in history takes place when Austria launches pilotless balloons against the city of Venice. 1892 – Birth of Albert Desbrisay Carter, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1958 – First flight of the Vought XF8U-3 Crusader III (shown), a U.S. aircraft developed by Chance Vought as a successor to the [...]

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Montana Museum Gets Historic Bell 47

Jun 02, 2014 No Comments

Missoula’s aviation museum in Montana has itself a whirlybird. Maybe you’ve seen Bell 47 helicopters like this, on “M*A*S*H” reruns, if nowhere else. Ron Gipe has been on the inside looking out of their bubble cockpits for more than four decades, logging 30,000-plus hours in them and counting. “The best of the best,” a fellow pilot called [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 30, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Clive Wilson Warman, American World War I flying ace and sole American winner of the British Distinguished Service Order. 1942 – Launch of Operation Millennium, the first Allied 1,000-bomber raid; Cologne, Germany, is the target and is struck with 1,455 tons of explosives, two-thirds of which are incendiary. 1948 – First flight [...]

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Indianapolis Makes Up for Air Show Loss

May 30, 2014 No Comments

With the Indianapolis Air Show grounded after a 16-year run in Indiana, aviation enthusiasts have two airworthy substitutes to look up to over the next two weekends. An Indy fly-in this Saturday will feature hundreds of private pilots gathered at Indianapolis Regional Airport (formerly Mount Comfort Airport) in Hancock County. On June 7, the Commemorative Air [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 29, 2014 No Comments

1902 – Birth of Henri Guillaumet, French pioneer aviator. 1919 – Agustin Parla, the first Cuban pilot, performs the first commercial flight to the U.S. with a Curtiss flying boat named “Sunshine.” 1934 – Highland Airways commences the first regular airmail service within the UK, between Inverness and Kirkwall, with a de Havilland DH84 Dragon. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 28, 2014 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Wilfrid George Gerald Duncan Smith, British RAF World War II ace. 1931 – A Bellanca CH-300, fitted with a Packard DR-980 and piloted by Walter Edwin Lees and Frederick Brossy, sets a record for staying aloft 84 hours, 32 minutes without refueling. 1981 – First flight of the Yakovlev Yak-55 (shown),a [...]

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RAF Crews Take Over Rivet Joint Flights

May 28, 2014 No Comments

A Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft has been flown in UK airspace by an Royal Air Force aircrew for the first time. Pictures released by MOD show a UK Boeing Rivet Joint RC-135W signals intelligence aircraft taking off from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. The aircraft is one of three that MOD is buying from the U.S. which, as part of the Airseeker [...]

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