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Veteran Pilot Receives WWII Combat Medals

Veteran Pilot Receives WWII Combat Medals

Nearly 70 years after William Bell flew combat missions during World War II, the former Marine has received his medals. Bell, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was a 21-year-old pilot during the Philippines’ liberation from Japanese forces in 1945, flying more than 60 combat strike missions. In the space of four months, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross […]
Air Show Performed Killed in Crash

Air Show Performed Killed in Crash

The pilot of a de Havilland DHC-1 that crashed Sunday in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest has been identified as a veteran airshow performer, Jim “Fang” Maroney, 59, of Brookfield, Fla. Maroney, whose Super Chipmunk Airshows was scheduled to perform this weekend in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., was found dead Monday morning after searchers located the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1891 – Birth of Rudolf Berthold, German World War I flying ace. 1918 – British World War I fighter ace John Lightfoot Trollope of the Royal Flying Corps No. 43 Squadron shoots down seven German aircraft in his Sopwith F.1 Camel. 1939 – American pioneer aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran achieves a woman’s altitude record of 30,052 […]
C-47 Prepares for Return Trip to Normandy

C-47 Prepares for Return Trip to Normandy

The next time the American military transport plane known as Whiskey 7 drops its paratroopers over Normandy, France, it will be for a commemoration instead of an invasion. Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, the plane now housed at the National Warplane Museum in western New York is being prepared to recreate its role […]

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Kentucky Park Gets NASA T-38

Kentucky Park Gets NASA T-38

“Did somebody order an airplane?” joked Worldwide Aircraft Recovery Vice President Marty Batura on Saturday afternoon as he drove a NASA Northrop T-38 Talon airplane into Kentucky’s Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, while members of the Aviation Heritage Park snapped pictures of the arrival. “It’s like a bunch of expectant fathers,” said Bob Pitchford, a […]
Ex-Cuban Planes Unlikely to Fly Again

Ex-Cuban Planes Unlikely to Fly Again

At face value, they are three old planes not worth much more than their parts and scrap metal. Stolen from the Cuban government during a six-month period ending in April 2003 – two by hijackers, one by its pilot – all three landed at Key West International Airport, a 116-mile flight from struggling Havana to […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1871 – Birth of Carlo Maria Piazza, Italian early aviator. 1912 – A Wright B Flyer, designated S.C. No. 7, is used to make the first flight of an American military airplane outside the continental U.S. when it is flown in the Philippines. 1918 – Germany launches Operation Michael; in the initial attack against the […]
Helicopter Flight Plan Nixed in Michigan

Helicopter Flight Plan Nixed in Michigan

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Glen Veno wants to share the “different sensory experience” of the Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter this summer. He’ll get that opportunity, but not in Hamburg Township as he had hoped. And not adjacent to a Vietnam War replica memorial listing his 58,000-plus fellow American soldiers killed in the war. A […]

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Thunderbirds Headline Tampa Bay AirFest

Thunderbirds Headline Tampa Bay AirFest

The man they call Swagger climbs out of the 74-year-old former U.S. Navy training plane with a big smile. “It’s good to be mayor,” says Bob Buckhorn, moments after taking a flight across Florida’s Tampa Bay in a North American SNJ single engine prop plane. The plane was part of the Geico Skytypers Airshow team, […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – Birth of Toshio Ota, Japanese World War II fighter ace. 1932 – Luftschiffbau Zeppelin begins regular trans-atlantic services between Germany and Brazil using the Graf Zeppelin airship. 1950 – Operation Musgrave begins when Royal Air Force Avro Lincoln bombers are sent to Singapore to be used against the Communist guerillas of Malaya in […]
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