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FJ’s Dorr, 76, Goes West

FJ’s Dorr, 76, Goes West

Robert F. Dorr, a master historian whose books and columns on aircraft and the U.S. military made him an invaluable author for decades, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. Dorr’s family announced on his Facebook page that he died peacefully at the age of 76 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. Dorr was a prolific […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1886 – Birth of Friedrich Altemeier, German World War I fighter ace. 1910 – American Walter Brookins, the first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team, sets a world’s record for altitude of 4,380 feet. 1944 – The first V1 rocket is shot down by Royal Air Force Flight Lt. J.G. Musgrave in a Mosquito […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1920 – Birth of Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub, Soviet Ukrainian military aviator and World War II fighter ace who also served during Korean War. 1926 – Death of Jurgis Dobkevicius, Lithuanian aviator and aircraft designer, who dies in the crash of a Dobi-III, a single-seat, high-wing monoplane of his own design. 1953 – The U.S. Air Force […]
U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. Showcases Aircraft in Berlin

U.S. military aircraft from Europe and the U.S. were on display during this year’s Berlin Air and Trade Show, June 1-4. The International Aerospace Exhibition, also known as the “Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung” in German, or ILA for short, is one of the oldest airshows around dating back more than 100 years. ILA hosts a trade […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1890 – Birth of Andre Jean Delorme, French World War I flying ace. 1933 – The last Ford Trimotor (also known as “The Tin Goose”), an American three-engined transport plane, is produced. 1938 – First flight of the Douglas DC-4E (shown), an American experimental airliner that resulted in an entirely new design, the successful DC-4/C-54. 1985 – Death of Frank Harold Taylor, […]
Qatari VVIP 747 Put Up for Sale

Qatari VVIP 747 Put Up for Sale

In the market for a private jet? After being used by the Qatari royal family for over 20 years, a Boing 747 private jumbo jet has been put up for sale. The jet is being sold by private jet charter and management company Book A Jet for an undisclosed sum. However, according to The Daily Mail, experts […]

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Thunderbirds, Blues Crash; One Dead

Thunderbirds, Blues Crash; One Dead

The pilot of a U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet was killed Thursday during practice for a weekend air show, hours after an Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 crashed following a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony attended by the President, officials said. The Navy said the Blue Angels pilot died from injuries suffered […]
‘Aluminum Overcast’ Set to Soar Over Seattle

‘Aluminum Overcast’ Set to Soar Over Seattle

The Pacific Northwest flying season rumbles underway when the World War II-era B-17 bomber, “Aluminum Overcast”, is based at the Museum of Flight for rides and ground tours June 10-12. The restored Flying Fortress operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association is on a tour of the country to share the sights, sounds and experience of […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1905 – Birth of Carlo Romagnoli, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1936 – First flight of the Fairey Seafox, a British single-engine reconnaissance floatplane. 1961 – The first crossing of the English Channel by a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft is made by the Short SC.1 (shown), flown by A. Roberts, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Cecil Guelph Brock, Canadian World War I flying ace who participated at the dogfight which conducted to Manfred Von Richtofen’s death. 1941 – Nine Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers from the British aircraft carrier HMS Victorious score a torpedo hit on the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic Ocean, aggravating damage she had sustained […]
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