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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 26, 2015 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Cosimo Rizzotto, Italian World War I flying ace. 1918 – Death of Edward Carter Eaton, Canadian World War I flying ace, killed in action in his Sopwith Camel. 1946 – The U.S. Army Air Force and the U.S. Navy adopt the “knot” and “nautical mile” as standard aeronautical units for speed [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 23, 2015 No Comments

1904 – Birth  of Alberto Ferrario, Italian aviator. 1924 – U. S. Army Lt. Russell Maughan makes the first one-day crossing of the U.S., completing the flight from Long Island to San Francisco in a Curtiss PW-8 (XPW-8B prototype shown) in 21 hours, 48 min. 1942 – First flight of the Martin JRM Mars, a large, four-engined cargo seaplane originally designed and built in limited numbers for the U.S. Navy [...]

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Warbirds to Re-enact Siberia Run

Jun 23, 2015 No Comments

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, a group of aviation enthusiasts are recreating a key piece of war history that happened in Great Falls, Mont. Vintage WWII aircraft will be coming to town July 17-19 to highlight the role Great Falls played in winning the war. Before the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 19, 2015 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Sidney Joseph “Jack” Cottle, British World War I fighter ace who served with the Royal Air Force through 1944. 1912 – The RFC’s Central Flying School opens at Upavon, Wiltshire, in South West England. 1942 – First flight of the SAAB 18 (shown), Swedish twin-engine bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. 1945 – More than 480 Boeing [...]

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An-178 Debuts at Paris Air Show

Jun 18, 2015 No Comments

Undaunted by the undeclared war with Russian-backed separatists for the east of the country, Ukrainian airlifter specialist Antonov arrived in Paris for this week’s air show with a new aircraft, plans for new developments and a restructured company to help restore its market position. Antonov’s AN-178 twin jet airlifter took to the air for the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 17, 2015 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Cedric Ernest “Spike” Howell, Australian World War I fighter ace. 1917 – In daylight, 21 Gotha bombers make Germany‘s second heavier-than-air bombing attack on England. Seven bombers attack small towns in Kent and Essex while 14 attack London. The attacks kill 162 people and injure 432. 1929 – Imperial Airways Handley Page [...]

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Plane Spotting at Paris Air Show

Jun 16, 2015 No Comments

While much of the business of aviation being conducted at this week’s Paris (or Le Bourget, officially) Air Show may not appeal to many fans, the sights and sounds of all those aircraft undoubtedly does, so take a look at some fantastic images at this iconic event, courtesy of CNN, here. Photo by CNN

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 15, 2015 No Comments

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 15-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet, no. 15. 1945 – First flight of the North American F-82 Twin Mustang (prototype shown), the last American piston-engine fighter; it is based on the P-51 Mustang. 1946 – The U.S. Navy’s new Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, gives its first public performance [...]

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