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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1918 – Flying a Nieuport 28 fighter, the top-scoring American ace of World War I, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory when he downs a German Pfalz D.III fighter near Baussant, France. 1932 – Birth of Dmitri Alekseyevich Zayikin, Soviet fighter pilot, Cosmonaut, instructor and lead engineer at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center. 1959 – Death of Harold Blackburn, British […]
Commemorative Air Force Moves to Dallas

Commemorative Air Force Moves to Dallas

Prospects are looking up for Dallas Executive Airport. The city’s long-languishing airport will become the new home of the Commemorative Air Force. The nonprofit’s move to southern Dallas, which will include its national headquarters and “a major new visitor attraction” and air show, is expected to be announced Tuesday at a news conference with a dozen […]

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

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Shuttle Transport Heads to New Home

Shuttle Transport Heads to New Home

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will soon be calling the Space Center Houston home. As parts of the Boeing 747 makes their way from Ellington Field to the space center, the move will cause several road closures. Throughout the day Monday, people came to take pictures and to see the 747 before it left Ellington Field. “It gives […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – Death of Edwin Tufnell Hayne, South African World War I fighter ace, killed in the crash of his Bristol F.2 after an engine failure on take off. 1928 – First flight of the Bristol Bullpup (shown); only the prototype of this British biplane, derived from the company’s Bulldog, is built. 1956 – Birth […]

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WW II First Dogfights

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Airbus E-Fan Makes First Public Flight

Airbus E-Fan Makes First Public Flight

The successful first public flight of the electric E-Fan experimental aircraft was the highlight of Airbus Group’s E-Aircraft Day in Bordeaux, France, on Friday. The electric E-Fan training aircraft is a highly innovative technology experimental demonstrator based on an all-composite construction. Airbus Group and its partners are aiming to perform research and development to construct […]
WWI Replicas to Visit Oshkosh Fly-In

WWI Replicas to Visit Oshkosh Fly-In

By the Experimental Aircraft Association Four outstanding replica aircraft from the Great War Flying Museum of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, will participate in EAA’s World War I aviation centennial activities at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 fly-in, which will be held July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. The four aircraft – Sopwith […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1893 – Birth of Ludwig Hautzmayer, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace. 1955 – First flight of the FFA P-16 (composite prototype shown), a Swiss jet designed to replace the Swiss Air Force’s piston-engined ground attack planes; only five would be built before the project is cancelled. 1966 – Death of Corrado Gex, Italian aviator […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1882 – Birth of Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of the Royal Air Force Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. 1909 – Wilbur Wright makes five flights in Centocelle, Italy, with King Victor Emmanuel III in attendance. During one flight, Federico Valle accompanies him and takes the first motion pictures from an airplane in flight. […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Frederick Joseph Cunninghame, British World War I flying ace. 1911 – Yoshitoshi Tokugawa sets a Japanese record with a Blériot, flying 48 miles in less than 70 minutes. 1918 – Lt. Paul Baer of the U.S. Army Air Service shoots down his fifth aircraft, becoming the first ace of the American […]
Nieuport 11 Replica Shines at Iowa Museum

Nieuport 11 Replica Shines at Iowa Museum

When people get ready to retire, it’s not unusual for some of them to pick up a new hobby. Some golf, some fish, but few build an actual airplane. Bob Heath of Whiting, Iowa, decided to build a replica airplane, and the idea for it all came from a conversation with his friend. “Hank Bater […]
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