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Iruma: Japan’s Hidden Aviation Museum

Nov 12, 2013 No Comments

Tucked inside a hangar behind one of this country’s best aviation museums is a sight few people get to see: The first aircraft to fly above Japan. The Henry Farman biplane and a kamikaze glider are among the many highlights at the hangar and museum on the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Iruma Air Base northwest [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 11, 2013 No Comments

1909 – Birth of Noel Francis Parrish, U.S. Air Force pilot, commander of the  Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and brigadier general after the Korean War. 1935 – Man first sees the Earth’s curvature when the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Army Air Corps launch their new helium-filled, high-altitude balloon “Explorer II.” It [...]

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Air Force Museum Brings Vets Together

Nov 11, 2013 No Comments

Paul Young rarely talked about his service during World War II – about the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber he piloted, about his 57 missions, about the dangers he faced or the fears he overcame. “Some things you just don’t talk about,” he said. But Susan Frymier had a hunch that if she could journey [...]

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Brother Details Bombardier’s Story

Nov 11, 2013 No Comments

Bill Heath was barely 21 back in the fall of 1943 when he arrived at Thorpe Abbots airfield in southeastern England, a second lieutenant reporting for duty as a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombardier. It was the early days of the U.S. Army’s controversial daylight bombing campaign over Nazi-occupied Europe. The Newport, Wash., kid was [...]

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T-6 Pilots: Caretakers of History

Nov 11, 2013 No Comments

John Ockenfels sits poised in the cockpit of his vibrant yellow North American T-6 Texan airplane, the eyes of three fellow pilots glued to him. As he raises his hand, the engine of his slumbering 1940s warbird kicks to life. The other pilots follow suit. A soft hiccup and a plume of white smoke flow [...]

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Doolittle Raiders Honored at Ceremony

Nov 10, 2013 No Comments

By Air Force News Service The remaining Doolittle Raiders gathered at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Saturday to partake in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Doolittle Raider memorial in Memorial Park here, followed by a flyover of North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft. The speakers of the memorial tribute include retired Lt. Col. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Nov 08, 2013 No Comments

1907 – Birth of Ernesto “Gamba di Ferro” Botto, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1916 – U.S. Navy Lt. Clarence K. Bronson and Lt. Luther Welsh, on an experimental bomb test flight at Naval Proving Ground, Indian Head, Maryland, are instantly killed by the premature explosion of a bomb in their [...]

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Warbirds, Aerobatics Headline NC Show

Nov 08, 2013 No Comments

A variety of warbirds, from trainers to fighters, plus aerobatic teams and solo acts, will be flying high this weekend at the Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show in Monroe, N.C. Held at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport southeast of Charlotte on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event is slated to host a [...]

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