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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 16, 2015 No Comments

1912 – Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his airplane with his feet and knees. 1922 – Birth of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, German Luftwaffe night fighter pilot and highest-scoring (121) night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. 1962 – Death of Radul Milkov Mikhailov, Bulgarian World War [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 11, 2015 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Lewis Hector “Hec” Ray, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1905 – Arthur Charles Hubert Latham accompanies his cousin, balloonist Jacques Faure, on a night crossing of the English Channel (from London to Paris) in a gas balloon. 1932 – First flight of the Couzinet 70, a French three-engined commercial monoplane. 1944 – A Wellington [...]

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Warbird Flyover Planned for D.C.

Feb 11, 2015 No Comments

The Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone will come under assault by a mass of unusual visitors this spring as scores of World War II fighters, bombers and transport planes participate in an epic flyover of the nation’s capital in celebration of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. More than 75 warbirds are confirmed for the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 10, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Erik Thomas, German World War I flying ace. 1967 – First flight of the Dornier Do 31 (shown), a West German experimental VTOL jet transport. 1971 – Death of Alfred Clayburn Atkey, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1982 – The final flight of Canadair CP-107 Argus 10742 takes place when the marine reconnaissance aircraft is flown [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 09, 2015 No Comments

1910 – Birth of Dan Vizanti, Romanian World War II fighter ace. 1914 – Death of U.S. Army Lt. Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator; he is killed when the right wing of his Wright Model C has an in-flight structural failure and crashes in San Diego Bay off the California coast. 1937 – First flight of the Blackburn [...]

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Defiant Replica Leaves RAF Cosford

Feb 09, 2015 No Comments

A replica of the Boulton Paul Defiant bomber-destroyer aircraft has been loaded on two trucks as it leaves England’s RAF Cosford for a new home. The craft, which took eight years and 50,000 man hours to construct, is the latest in a collection of planes and aircraft parts to be shipped out of Cosford to museums [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments

1903 – Birth of Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Scottish nobleman and pioneering aviator. 1918 – Death of Rupert Randolph Winter, British World War I flying ace, killed in action. 1959 – A Beechcraft Bonanza carrying musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, crashes near Clear Lake, Iowa, in what has become known as “The Day the Music Died.” 1964 – The [...]

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Flying the Coolest Bizjet

Feb 03, 2015 No Comments

What’s the coolest airplane in the world, at least that a civilian could buy? There are some impressive contenders for that unofficial title, including a couple I’ve had the chance to fly in the past year, such as the Gulfstream G650 and the Cessna Citation X+. Flying Magazine recently got the chance to fly yet [...]

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