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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 30, 2014 No Comments

1908 – Henri Farman makes the 1st cross-country flight in Europe with a power-driven aeroplane Voisin, flying from Châlons to Reims; the flight takes 20 minutes. 1919 – Death of Hans von Freden, German World War I fighter ace. 1939 – The first German aircraft shot down over France and first German aircraft brought down [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 29, 2014 No Comments

1908 – The De Pischoff et Koechlin monoplane, an early French tandem monoplane, is reported to have hopped once for 500 meters at Villacoublay. 1923 – Birth of Lev Kirilovich Shchukin, Soviet World War II instructor and Korean War fighter ace. 1936 – Jim A. Mollison takes off from Newfoundland for England to set a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 28, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Harry George Ernest Luchford, British World War I fighter ace. 1910 – French Maurice Tabuteau performs a closed-circuit record of 289 miles in a Maurice Farman biplane, ending the supremacy of the Wright biplanes. 1949 – First flight of the Martin XB-51 (both prototypes shown), an American “tri-jet” ground attack aircraft. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 24, 2014 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Rex Buren Beisel (shown), American aeronautical engineer who lated led the design of the Vought F7U Cutlass, the Vought F4U Corsair and won the Wright Brothers Medal in 1934 for work related to the cooling of radial aircraft engines. 1912 – Harry Hawker wins the British Empire Michelin Cup for endurance [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 22, 2014 No Comments

1883 – Birth of Heinrich Kostrba, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace; he later becomes the first Austro-Hungarian pilot to score three victories in a single day. He also later founds and leads the Czechoslovakian Flying Corps after the war. 1909 – The first time an airplane is seen to fly in reverse takes place [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments

1908 – Louis Blériot, in a Blériot VIII-ter, flies 4.3 miles. 1929 – The Do-X, a German long-range flying boat, breaks the world record for the number of people carried on a single flight; it lifts 150 passengers, a crew of 10 and 9 stowaways. 1944 – First deliberate kamikaze attack takes place when a [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Oct 20, 2014 No Comments

1910 – Birth of Herwig Knüppel, German flying ace of the Spanish War and World War II. 1923 – First flight of the Boeing NB (or Model 21), American primary training aircraft; the equal-span biplane is capable of either wheeled or float undercarriages. 1969 – Finnair introduces an inertial navigation system on its aircraft, becoming [...]

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How WWI Changed Aviation Forever

Oct 20, 2014 No Comments

When the world went to war in 1914, the Wright Brothers had only made the world’s first powered flight little over a decade before. But the remarkable advances made in aviation during World War One are still at the core of air power today, says Dr. Peter Gray. To say the first aeroplanes used in [...]

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