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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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D-Day Douglas Still in Service

D-Day Douglas Still in Service

For more than 20 years, Stan Brock has taken to the skies from the Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., in an old Douglas C-47 aircraft. Brock and other volunteers with the group Remote Area Medical (RAM) have used the plane as a heavy lifter to deliver the gift of healing medicine from above. “There’s no such thing […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Henry William Allingham, British World War I pilot and engineer; he became the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and the last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force (RAF). 1917 – Raymond “Collie” Collishaw, Canadian World War I fighter ace, scores 3 Albatross D.III kills […]
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