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On This Day in Aviation History

May 02, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Thomas Charles Richmond Baker, Australian Word War I flying ace. 1916 – Eight German Zeppelins raid the east coast of England, causing 39 casualties. 1925 – First flight of the Douglas C-1 (shown), American transport biplane. 1926 – Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole. 1970 – Death of Arturo [...]

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Effort Begun to Save Lightning Fighter

May 02, 2014 No Comments

A campaign is underway to save English Electric Lightning XR713, which is currently awaiting disposal at RAF Leuchars in Scotland. The aircraft, a rare F.3 model Lightning, first flew in 1964 and helped defend British skies against the Soviet bomber threat. She’s been an exhibit at RAF Leuchars for some years now, but with the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 01, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Ehrenfried Günther Freiherr von Hünefeld, German aviation pioneer; he became was part of the first trans-Atlantic flight from east to west. 1942 – Squadron No. 588 of the Soviet Air Force, an all-woman night-bombing unit equipped with Polikarpov Po-2 biplanes, is formed in the USSR. 1975 – Death of Francis Stanley Symondson, British World War I [...]

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Holloman AFB Event to Feature Variety

May 01, 2014 No Comments

Via The Las Cruces Sun-News Aerial acts and more than 400 aircraft will be on static display at the 2014 Holloman Air Force Base Open House, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10. Aerial acts at the base, near Alamogordo, N.M., include the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor demonstration team with a Heritage Flight at 11:15 [...]

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Warplane Mystery Solved in Everglades

May 01, 2014 No Comments

Hidden in the dense sawgrass or buried in the deep muck of the Everglades in Florida are the mysterious wrecks of numerous aircraft. Some were drug planes that fled federal agents, others were private aircraft that ran into trouble or vintage warplanes that crashed during exercises. No one knows for sure how many remain out there. Estimates range [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

1919 – First flight of the Avro Baby, a British single-seat light sporting biplane. 1957 – Birth of Duane Gene “Digger” Carey, a U.S. Air Force strike, fighter and test pilot and former NASA astronaut. 1969 – The first woman airline pilot in the West, Turi Widerose of Norway, makes her first scheduled flight as a first officer for Scandinavian [...]

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Vulcan, C-17, Voyager to Appear at Cosford

Apr 30, 2014 No Comments

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and Airbus Voyager planes are currently in operation from RAF Brize Norton and will be coming to RAF Cosford for the first time on June 8. Air show organizers also confirmed that Avro Vulcan XH558 would be returning for the second year in a row. The Vulcan is the only aircraft of its [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 29, 2014 No Comments

1918 – Flying a Nieuport 28 fighter, the top-scoring American ace of World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory when he downs a German Pfalz D.III fighter near Baussant, France. 1932 – Birth of Dmitri Alekseyevich Zayikin, Soviet fighter pilot, Cosmonaut, instructor and lead engineer at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center. 1959 – Death of Harold Blackburn, British [...]

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