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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1925 – Birth of Benjamin Robert Rich, the second director of Lockheed’s Skunk Works from 1975 to 1991; he would succeed its founder, Kelly Johnson, and becomes regarded as the “father of stealth.” 1928 – A French twin-engine flying boat, piloted by René Cyprien Guilbaud carrying Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen and five others on […]
Delta Air Lines Reopens Museum

Delta Air Lines Reopens Museum

With a newly renovated museum at its Atlanta headquarters, Delta Air Lines hopes to lure tourists to the company’s original aircraft maintenance hangars on the north edge of the world’s busiest airport. The 68,000-square-foot museum, housed in hangers that date to the 1940s, traces Delta’s history from crop-dusting and air mail service to its first […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1923 – Birth of Stuart Row Childs, American World War II and military test pilot; he flew the Bell X1-B and the Hiller X-18. 1940 – RMS Lancastria is sunk by Luftwaffe Junkers 88 near Saint-Nazaire, France, while taking part in Operation Ariel — the evacuation of British nationals and troops from France — two […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1923 – Birth of Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver and pilot. 1929 – Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout flies a 90-horsepower Golden Eagle Chief to an altitude of 15,200 feet, breaking the light class aircraft altitude record. 1946 – First flight of the Lavochkin La-9 (shown), a post-World War II Soviet fighter. 1955 – As part of an […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1917 – Death of John Arthur Vessey, British World War I flying ace; he is killed in a flying accident in his Sopwith 1½ Strutter. 1919 – French aviatrix Baronne Delaroche sets an altitude record of 15,748 feet. 1924 – Birth of George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator and American politician; he later […]
World’s Biggest Airplane Heads to UK

World’s Biggest Airplane Heads to UK

Aircraft enthusiasts are preparing to welcome the world’s biggest plane to East Midlands Airport in England. The Antonov An-225, the world’s biggest aircraft, is due to touchdown tonight. The Ukrainian-built plane will land at around 6 p.m. and stay overnight before taking off again at around 10 a.m. on Friday. And plane lovers across the county have spoken […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1874 – Birth of Lyman Wiswell Gilmore, Jr., American aviation pioneer. 1920 – First flight of the Verville VCP-1 (shown), an American biplane fighter; it is later rebuilt into a successful racing aircraft. 1944 – The crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force Consolidated Canso of No. 162 Squadron sinks German submarine U-980 north of […]
Skyraider Wreck Discovered in Florida

Skyraider Wreck Discovered in Florida

WarbirdsNews recently learned of the discovery in April of the wreck of a long-lost Douglas AD-4 Skyraider AD-4 in the Florida Everglades. The aircraft was located by the aviation-archeology minded volunteers at Aeroquest.org, and we have reproduced some of their photographs here for your interest. The group had actually been out on a quest to locate the remains […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1910 – The world’s youngest flyer, 16-year-old Frenchman Marcel Hanriot, gets his pilot’s brevet. 1929 – Birth of James Alton McDivitt, Korean War fighter pilot; he later became a test pilot and a NASA astronaut. 1967 – First flight of the Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-23 (NATO reporting name: “Flogger”), a Soviet variable-geometry fighter aircraft. 1972 – […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1895 – Birth of Marius Jean Paul Elzeard “Marc” Ambrogi, French World War I fighter ace and World War II fighter pilot. 1910 – First aerial reconnaissance by airplane is made by Capt. Marconnet and Lt. Fequant of the French Army in a single-seat Henri Farman biplane on e flight from Camp de Châlons at […]
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