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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – The first American night patrol of the war takes place when a Felixstowe F.2A flying boat crewed by U.S. Navy Ensign Ashton W. Hawkins and Lt. George F. Lawrence take off on patrol from RNAS Killingholme, England. 1930 – Birth of Neil Alden Armstrong (shown), American aviator, NASA astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Lionel Arthur Ashfield, British World War I flying ace. 1943 – The first Canadian-built four-engined aircraft, the Avro 683 Lancaster X, is flown at Malton, Ontario. 1952 – Death of Robert Opie Lindsay, American World War I flying ace and U.S. Army Air Corps officer; he also was a founding member […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Warbirds Abound at Oshkosh

Warbirds Abound at Oshkosh

Truly one of the most iconic events in aviation, even though it’s organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), is Airventure. Better known by the name of EAA’s hometown of Oshkosh, Wis., the week-long event always brings together an incredible variety of airplanes large and small from far and wide. Warbirds are a vital part […]
China Unveils Largest Amphibian

China Unveils Largest Amphibian

Beijing debuted its indigenously made AG600 amphibious aircraft in Zhuhai, the government announced Saturday. The massive aircraft will be used to fight forest fires and perform maritime rescue missions, the government said in a statement that called the aircraft “a milestone for the country.” It is the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, the government said, and […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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First Flight for ‘Doc’ Set for Sunday

First Flight for ‘Doc’ Set for Sunday

Doc’s Friends, the group managing the restoration of the B-29 known as Doc, announced today the historic B-29 will make its return to flight Sunday, July 17. The restored Boeing B-29 Superfortress will take off from the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base, adjacent to where the restoration team has spent the last 16 […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of William Otto Brash Winkler, Scottish World War I fighter ace. 1917 – In daylight, German Gotha heavy bombers make a third attack on England, killing 65 people and injuring 245. 1927 – T.B. Tull and J.V. Medcalf are the first Canadians to attempt a transatlantic flight but after they depart Harbour Grace in Newfoundland, the duo […]

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Ex-Marine Aviator Awarded FAA’s Top Honor

Ex-Marine Aviator Awarded FAA’s Top Honor

If Paul Chapman had crash-landed his plane over the King Ranch in south Texas after the engine started to chuck and putt he might not have been awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The Federal Aviation Administration awards the Wright Brothers honor to pilots who have made significant contributions to aviation and have 50 […]
Lease Woes Doom Virginia Aviation Museum

Lease Woes Doom Virginia Aviation Museum

The Capital Region Airport Commission on Tuesday voted down a request to transfer a lease for the airport property that houses the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond to a new operator. Despite numerous meetings over the past eight months, airport officials were unable to come to terms with the nonprofit Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, which […]

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Museum of Flight Opens New Pavilion

Museum of Flight Opens New Pavilion

The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash., recently opened its new three-acre Aviation Pavilion. The nine-story roofed outdoor gallery doubles the museum’s exhibit space with the biggest expansion in its 51-year history. The Pavilion exhibit focuses on the development of large aircraft and commercial airliners from the 1930s to the present, and includes planes that cannot be […]
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Penultimate Living Doolittle Raider Dies

Now it’s down to one. David Thatcher, one of the last two airmen from the fabled Doolittle Raiders of World War II, died early Wednesday in a Missoula, Mont., hospital. His son Jeff said Thatcher, 94, had been going downhill for the past month or so and suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, Father’s Day. […]
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