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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1875 – Birth of Harriet Quimby, early American aviator and movie screenwriter. She is the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the U.S. and the first woman to fly across the English Channel. 1936 – First flight of the Bristol Type 138 High Altitude Monoplane, a British research aircraft. 1996 – ValuJet Flight 592, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, crashes […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1899 – Birth of Zeus Soucek, U.S. Navy aviator and record setter. 1915 – Curtiss Aviation School commences operation from Toronto Island using Curtiss Model F flying boats. 1933 – Death of Robert Heibert, German World War I flying ace. 1945 – The sixth Japanese kamikaze attack off Okinawa, which includes 150 aircraft, begins. They damage two destroyers and the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, which suffers 353 killed, 43 missing, and 264 wounded. […]

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ITA 1/72 Shawnee "Flying Banana" - 600x120

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Perlan II Glider Prepares for Records

Perlan II Glider Prepares for Records

Airbus Group chief executive Tom Enders took the controls of the two-seat Perlan II glider during a 10-minute test flight Friday rom the windswept, high-desert airport in Minden, Nev., raising the public profile of a volunteer team of aviation adventurers hoping to make history in about four months. Afterwards, Enders – a licensed helicopter pilot and […]
“Doc” Making Progress Toward First Flight

“Doc” Making Progress Toward First Flight

Doc’s Friends reported on Friday that their restoration team working to return the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc” to flying condition is making the final push to get the aircraft ready for the FAA inspection. They recently collaborated with Pedron Aircraft Works of Denton, Texas, to run the dynamic propeller balance on each of the World War […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Death of Jean Chaput, French World War I fighter ace, killed in action in his SPAD S.XIII. 1926 – Flying a Blackburn Dart, Royal Navy Flight Lt. Gerald Boyce makes the first night deck landing in history, landing aboard the British aircraft carrier HMS Furious off the south coast of England. 1944 – First flight of the Mitsubishi […]
Work Begins on Japanese ‘Kate’

Work Begins on Japanese ‘Kate’

The Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber was the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy and was considered the most effective aircraft of its kind at the beginning of World War II. She caused most of the battleship damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. Seventy-five years later, the Type 97 Carrier Torpedo […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Maurice Joseph Emile Robert, French World War I flying ace. 1916 – The first Zeppelin raid on the UK takes place by the German Navy. The towns of Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn are bombed; more than 20 die in what becomes the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target. 1945 – […]
California Man to Help Boeing Restos

California Man to Help Boeing Restos

Sergio Fierro started cleaning and restoring automobiles in Oxnard, Calif., about 10 years ago, something that would eventually lead to his participation in a project to help preserve aviation history. The 41-year-old Oxnard man is one of a handful of people who were invited to Seattle this month to help restore numerous important aircraft, including […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1932 – Birth of Corrado Gex, Italian aviator and politician; he was the first pilot authorized to land on a glacier. 1937 – Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at the British Thomson-Houston factory in Rugby, England. 1939 – First flight of the IAR 80 (shown), Romanian World […]
NMUSAF Begins New Hangar Move

NMUSAF Begins New Hangar Move

Snow and a biting windchill didn’t deter Sidney C. Palomino and her 5-year-old son, Mauricio, from standing at the edge of a rope line Saturday to see one of the most famous planes in history emerge out of a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hangar on an Ohio morning more like January than April. She and her son […]
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