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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 08, 2014 No Comments

1892 – Birth of Nikolai Nikolaevich Polikarpov, Soviet aircraft designer who became known as the “King of Fighters.” 1944 – Swordfish aircraft from the British Merchant Aircraft Carrier (or “MAC-ship”) MV Empire MacCallum mistakenly sink the Free French submarine La Perle. It is the only time that MAC-ship-based aircraft sink a submarine. 1961 – Death [...]

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C-45 Found in New York Lake 62 Years Later

Jul 08, 2014 No Comments

The wreck of a U.S. Air Force Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor aircraft abandoned during flight by its crew in 1952 has been located in Lake Ontario near Oswego, N.Y. On Sept. 11, 1952, the plane, which took off from Bedford, Mass., to Griffis Air Force Base near Rome, N.Y., was crippled by an engine failure. Believing the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 07, 2014 No Comments

1894 – Birth of Fritz John Jacobsen, German World War I flying ace. 1929 – Dwight S. “Barney” Zimmerley, in a Barling NB-3 bomber, sets a long-distance record, flying from Brownsville, Texas to Winnipeg, in 16 hours. 1962 – First conventional flight of the Lockheed XV-4 Hummingbird (originally designated VZ-10), a U.S. Army project to produce [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

1937 – First flight of the Dornier Do 24 (K variant shown), a  German three-engine flying boat. 1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean on a flight from Lae, New Guinea, to Howland Island, and are never seen again. 1941 – Death of Wilhelm Balthasar, German World War II ace; he is killed in action when his Messerschmitt [...]

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‘Heavy Bombers’ Return to Wisconsin

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

In a second annual rare gathering of World War II-era aircraft, the Commemorative Air Force and the Experimental Aircraft Association are joining forces for a “Heavy Bombers Weekend” in Madison, Wis., the weekend before EAA AirVenture. The 3-day event starts Friday, July 25, and will feature an airworthy North American B-25 Mitchell “Miss Mitchell;” the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

1938 – A Heinkel He-116R, a German four-engined, long-range mail plane, sets a endurance record by covering 6,178 miles unrefueled; the flight took just over 48 hours to complete. 1943 – “Tuskegee Airman” Charles “Buster” Hall downs a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 with his Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, becoming the first black American to score a victory [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 01, 2014 No Comments

1884 – Birth of René Caudron, French aviation pioneer and aircraft designer. 1918 – John Ingles Gilmour, Scottish World War I fighter ace, scores five kills with his Sopwith Camel. 1931 – Wiley Post and navigator Harold Gatty land at Long Island, N.Y., in the Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae,” completing a flight around the world [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jun 27, 2014 No Comments

1862 – Edward Porter Alexander, first Confederate balloonist, goes aloft in the “Silk Dress” balloon to view the Battle of Gaines Mill, ascending several times and returning with valuable intelligence regarding the position of the Union Army; it is the only successful Confederate observation of the Civil War. 1899 – Birth of Juan Terry Trippe, [...]

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