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NMUSAF Begins New Hangar Move

NMUSAF Begins New Hangar Move

Snow and a biting windchill didn’t deter Sidney C. Palomino and her 5-year-old son, Mauricio, from standing at the edge of a rope line Saturday to see one of the most famous planes in history emerge out of a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hangar on an Ohio morning more like January than April. She and her son […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1900 – Birth of Wilmer Lower Stultz, American military aviator and test pilot; he made the first non-stop flight between New York City and Havana, Cuba. 1937 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 89, a German heavy bomber prototype. 1940 – A trio of Vickers Wellingtons of No.115 Squadron and two Bristol Blenheims of No.254 Squadron attack Stavanger-Sola airfield […]

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March Base Air Show Returns

March Base Air Show Returns

The commander of California’s March Air Reserve Base is throwing what amounts to a block party, for half a million people. “This really is about the community and the great support we get around here,” Brig. Gen. Russell Muncy said of the base’s air show on April 16-17. “I’ve never been to a base that […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1911 – Birth of Bozidar “Bosko” Petrovich, Yugoslavian flying ace of the Spanish Civil War. 1916 – Flying his new Nieuport 11 fighter, World War I Italian ace Francesco Baracca scores his first victory, holing the fuel tank of an Austrian Hansa-Brandenburg C.I and wounding its two-man crew. This becomes the first aerial victory for […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

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), […]
Texas-Based A-26 Readied for Show Season

Texas-Based A-26 Readied for Show Season

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

On This Day in Aviation History

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 – […]
‘Precious Metal’ to Return to Air

‘Precious Metal’ to Return to Air

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

On This Day in Aviation History

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 […]
NASA P-3 Researching Ice Caps

NASA P-3 Researching Ice Caps

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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