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On This Day in Aviation History

Apr 01, 2016 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Ludwig Gaim, German World War I flying ace who also served in World War II. 1935 – Death of Robert Bajac, French World War I pilot, airline pilot and record setter; he dies in a crash while flying between Paris and London at night. 1947 – First flight of the Blackburn Firecrest (shown), [...]

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Texas-Based A-26 Readied for Show Season

Mar 31, 2016 No Comments

The Commemorative Air Force’s A-26 Invader Squadron, based within the Vintage Flying Museum’s hangar at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, has spent the winter month’s working hard on its Douglas A-26B Invader 41-29427. The squadron began life in 2009, with the specific objective of getting the A-26 airworthy. Following years on the air show circuit as “Spirit of Waco,” [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 30, 2016 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Sergey Vladimirovich Ilyushin (shown), Soviet aircraft designer who founded the Ilyushin aircraft design bureau. 1917 – German Schutte-Lanz airship SL9 (E2) is destroyed during a storm with the loss of all hands. 1940 – First flight of the Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-1 (production LAGG-3), Soviet fighter aircraft of World War II. 1959 – [...]

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‘Precious Metal’ to Return to Air

Mar 29, 2016 No Comments

One of the Reno Air Race Unlimited fan favorites, “Precious Metal,” a modified North American P-51 Mustang, will literally return from the ashes to fly again. The airplane caught fire as race pilot Thom Richard was ferrying the airplane to Reno for the races last year. There were initially doubts regarding the feasibility of the restoration, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 29, 2016 No Comments

1917 – Birth of Izidor Kovarik, Slovak World War II fighter ace who served on the Eastern front with the Axis forces. 1936 – First flight of the Vought V-141 (shown), a American prototype single-seat fighter. 1942 – In Operation Picket II, HMS Eagle makes the third delivery of Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfires to Malta, flying off seven. 1958 [...]

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NASA P-3 Researching Ice Caps

Mar 28, 2016 No Comments

It is the morning of the last test flight before the first joint NASA-NOAA mission to map melting ice caps, and “Miss Piggy” is being difficult. Sitting on the flightline just outside Hangar 5 at MacDill Air Force Base, the venerable Orion P-3, refurbished three years ago, is oozing some hydraulic fluid. And just before [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 25, 2016 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Herbert Frank Stacey Drewittt, New Zealand World War I flying ace. 1918 – U.S. Naval Reserve Force pilot Ensign John F. McNamara, flying from RNAS Portland (an Royal Navy air station in England), makes the first attack on an enemy submarine by a U.S. naval aviator. 1930 – First flight of [...]

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‘Columbine II’ Ends Cross-Country Trip

Mar 24, 2016 No Comments

The first presidential aircraft to be called Air Force One is being resurrected by a company in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. On Wednesday, the aircraft built in 1948 spread its wings once again. The first Air Force One, a U.S. Air Force Lockheed C121A Constellation, flew from Arizona to Texas to its final destination in Bridgewater, [...]

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