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Vultee Trainer Readied to Fly Again

Jan 20, 2015 No Comments

A U.S. Army trainer plane from World War II, close to going airborne for the first time in 70 years, will make that “maiden voyage” from California’s Modesto Airport. The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was in pieces, spread between three hangars at the airport, when Jason Reid purchased it from the Commemorative Air Force there. When he’s [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 16, 2015 No Comments

1910 – Birth of David McCampbell, American World War II fighter pilot and the U.S. Navy’s all-time leading ace. 1933 – Jean Mermoz and crew make a non-stop flight from Senegal to Argentina, across South Atlantic, in 17 hours, 27 min. 1962 – First flight of the Fuji KM-2 (shown), Japanese propeller-driven light aircraft; it is a license-built version of Beechcraft’s T-34 Mentor [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 15, 2015 No Comments

1898 – Birth of George Donald Tod, American World War I flying ace. 1915 – The first aircraft to be launched from a submarine (U-12) is a Friedrichshafen FF.29, a German two-seat floatplane. 1931 – Italian Gen. Italo Balbo leads the first formation flight across the South Atlantic; 12 Savoia-Marchetti S.55s land in Rio de [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 13, 2015 No Comments

1899 – Birth of Harold John “Jackie” Walkerdine, British World War I flying ace and World War II pilot. 1919 – Death of Hans Christian Friedrich Donhauser, German World War I flying ace and smallest aviator in the German air force, in a crash near Coblenz, Germany. 1936 – Howard Hughes begins a record-breaking sprint across the U.S. [...]

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P-38 Rescued from Guadalcanal Swamp

Jan 13, 2015 No Comments

The journey to return U.S. Army Air Forces Maj. Peyton Mathis Jr.’s remains to his hometown, 70 years after he was killed on Guadalcanal, began with another pilot’s hunch. Anders Markwarth, 44, a Guadalcanal resident, has always been interested in airplanes, especially varbirds. A former airline pilot, he now works with a fuel company on [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 12, 2015 No Comments

1866 – The Aeronautical Society of Great Britain is founded in London (later to become the Royal Aeronautical Society); it remains in existence. 1912 – First flight of the Curtiss Model F (shown), an American early flying boat. 1913 – Birth of Chitoshi Isozaki, Japanese 2nd Sino-Japanese War and World War II fighter ace. 1953 [...]

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MiG-21 Flying Resto Begins in Australia

Jan 12, 2015 No Comments

In Perth, Western Australia, an unusual warbird type is beginning its journey back into flying condition. A Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21UM Fishbed twin-seater fighter jet recently arrived from the U.S.A. for restoration in Australia. Her new owner, Adrian Deeth, is a keen aviation enthusiast, and had been looking for a suitable warbird type to acquire for some time. His search [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 09, 2015 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Roger Amedee Del’Haye, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1911 – Joseph Joel Hammond reaches a speed of almost 50 mph and an altitude of 2,500 feet while giving a demonstration attended by the governor of Western Australia. 1952 – Death of Antonie Strassmann, German aviatrix and actress. 1955 – The Vickers Valiant, a British [...]

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