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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 08, 2014 No Comments

1882 – Birth of Paul Albert Pierre Tarascon, French World War I flying ace; he was known as “l’as à la jambe de bois,” or “the ace with the wooden leg,” after having lost his right foot in a crash. 1931 – Vittorio Suster, flying a Caproni Ca.100 Limousine, wins a race against racing driver [...]

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Waco Added to Collings Foundation Fleet

Dec 08, 2014 No Comments

The Collings Foundation seems to be on a real tear these days, adding new aircraft to the collection seemingly every other month over the past year. The group has just acquired a beautifully restored example of a WACO UPF-7. Rolling off the Waco Aircraft Co.’s Troy, Ohio, production line in 1940, this UPF-7 still retains its original [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 04, 2014 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Alexandre Léonel Pierre “Lionel” de Marmier, French World War I flying ace and Nieuport test pilot; he also became a pioneering airliner and airmail pilot, as well as a test pilot for Air France, and flew in the Spanish War and World War II. 1914 – The German Navy forms its first [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Dec 01, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Roger Poupon, French World War I flying ace. 1925 – The sole Dobi-I, a Lithuanian monoplane built by Jurgis Dobkevicius and the first airplane of Lithuanian design, is damaged in accident beyond repair. 1984 – The Controlled Impact Demonstration (the “Crash in the Desert”) takes place; it is a joint project between [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 26, 2014 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Oliver “Stewpot” Stewart, British World War I flying ace and aviation journalist. 1911 – Charles Weymann pilots the Nieuport IVG monoplane to win the military aviation trials at Reims in France. 1957 – First flight of the Piaggio P.166 (shown), Italian pusher-type utility aircraft; it is a development of the P.136 [...]

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Russian Helicopter Makes First Flight

Nov 26, 2014 No Comments

Russian Helicopters has completed first flight of the Mi-171A2, marking another major step in the commercialization of the country’s military-oriented rotorcraft industry. The multi-role Mi-171A2 heavy lift helicopter, with upgraded engines, avionics and rotor system, was flown by Salivat Sadriev, a Russian Helicopters commander and test pilot first class. An online video posted by Russian Helicopters [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 24, 2014 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Hugh Allport Hay, British World War I flying ace. 1917 – Zeppelin LZ59 (LZ-104) ends its first flight by completing a journey through Africa in 96 hours. 1944 – The first bombing attack (since the Doolittle Raid) against Tokyo, the Japanese capital, from the east and by land is carried out [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 21, 2014 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Alan Machin Wilkinson, British World War I fighter ace who also served in World War II. 1916 – First flight of the Breguet 14 (shown), a French biplane bomber and reconnaissance aircraft; it is the first aircraft in mass production to use large amounts of metal rather than wood in its [...]

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