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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 23, 2016 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Gustave Victorin Daladier, French World War I fighter ace. 1914 – The Royal Siamese Flying Corps is formed. 1948 – First flight of the Douglas F3D Skyknight, (D-2s shown), a U.S. twin-engine, midwing jet fighter, designed as a carrier-based all-weather aircraft. 1961 – Death of Valentin Vasiliyevich Bondarenko, Soviet fighter pilot [...]

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English WWII Collection Auctioned

Mar 22, 2016 No Comments

A replica Supermarine Spitfire, sold as part of a collection of rare aircraft memorabilia dating from the Second World War, fetched £34,000 when it went under the hammer. The sale, which took place at Sutton on Saturday, was organized by Cambridgeshire, England, auctioneers Cheffins. It raised a total of £160,000 – double the expected amount. Star [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 21, 2016 No Comments

1825 – Birth of Alexander Fedorovich Mozhayskiy, Russian naval officer, aviation pioneer, researcher and designer of heavier-than-aircraft. 1931 – Australian National Airways Avro 618 Ten (a licensed built Fokker F-VII) “Southern Cloud” disappears in poor weather. The crash site is in heavily timbered mountainous terrain within the Snowy Mountains about 16 miles east of the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 10, 2016 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Gregory Hamilton Blaxland, Australian World War I flying ace. 1915 – World War I’s Battle of Neuve Chappelle opens. The assault on Neuve Chappelle is based, for the first time in the history of warfare, on maps prepared solely by photographic reconnaissance. The battle also includes the first attempt at air [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 07, 2016 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Edward Darby, British World War I flying ace. 1934 – Juan de la Cierva lands an autogyro on the Spanish Navy seaplane and ballon carrier Dédalo. It is the first time an autogyro lands on a Spanish ship. 1942 – The Royal Air Force commits Supermarine Spitfires to the defense of Malta for [...]

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Hybrid Airship Set for First Flight

Mar 06, 2016 No Comments

The longest aircraft in the world is preparing for its first test flight in a few weeks’ time. The Airlander 10 is a cross between an airship and an airplane. It generates lift aerostatically through being filled with helium, and aerodynamically thanks to its unique-looking wing shape. Because it’s heavier than air, the 20-ton craft can land [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Mar 02, 2016 No Comments

1873 – Death of Charles Ferson Durant, the first successful American aeronaut. 1915 – Birth of Kaj Birksted, Danish World War II flying ace with the Royal Air Force and Danish high-ranking officer post-WWII. 1955 – Trans-Canada Airlines introduces the Vickers Viscount airliner into regular service, making it the first North American airline to use [...]

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NASA Sets Sights on Supersonic Jet

Mar 02, 2016 No Comments

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA’s award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft. This is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. NASA Administrator [...]

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