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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 12, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Giulio Lega, Italian World War I flying ace. 1935 – First flight of the Curtiss SOC Seagull, an American single-engined observation biplane; it is configurable as a seaplane (shown) or with landing gear. 1941 – Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for standard production aircraft, makes her first test [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 11, 2014 No Comments

1923 – Birth of Alfred “Bubi” Schreiber, German World War II flying ace; he later claims the first aerial victory by a jet fighter in aviation history. 1924 – Death of Georges Felix Madon, French World War I fighter ace, air racer and raid pilot. 1929 – Inter-Island Airways – the future Hawaiian Airlines – commences [...]

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Retired Navy Trainer Gets New Life

Nov 10, 2014 No Comments

Thousands of retired sailors have had second careers as teachers. Now a piece of military hardware is going to get the same chance. One of the U.S. Navy’s last two North American T-39 Sabreliner planes was loaded onto a truck Oct. 20 and carted off to be the centerpiece of a new civilian aviation maintenance [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 07, 2014 No Comments

1914 – Birth of Jesús Antonio Villamor, Filipino World War II fighter pilot and intelligence officer. 1942 – A U. S. Army Air Forces bomber discovers that Japanese forces are occupying Attu in the Aleutian Islands; American aircraft soon begin a bombing campaign against Attu. 1947 – Rhulin Albert Thomas complete the first solo coast-to-coast flight [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 06, 2014 No Comments

1900 – Birth of Pavel Fedorovich Zhigarev, commander of the Soviet Air Forces (VVS) and later chief marshal of aviation. 1917 – Italian World War I flying ace Giorgio Pessi scores four victories with his SPAD VII (one unconfirmed). 1936 – The German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion, a force of about 100 aircraft, begins to depart Germany [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 04, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Bela Macourek, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace who flew post-war for the Red Corps. 1941 – The tail section of a Lockheed YP-38 Lightning (shown) separates in flight over Glendale, Calif., and crashes inverted on a house at 1147 Elm Street; Lockheed test pilot Ralph Virden is killed, but the homeowner [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 03, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Henrich Claudius Kroll, German World War I fighter ace. 1926 – U.S Army Capt. Charles Lindbergh jumps from his disabled De Havilland DH4 during a night airmail flight, making this his fourth time he uses a parachute to save his life. 1945 – The Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 flying [...]

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Museum Loses Loaned 0-47B in Sale

Nov 03, 2014 No Comments

The World War II-era aircraft recently sold to a Minnesota man had served as a longtime display on loan to the Combat Air Museum at Forbes Field in Topeka, Kan., according to a board member. Museum board chairman Gene Howerter said Friday the North American O-47B aircraft, an observation aircraft built in 1939, had been [...]

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