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World War I Ace Not Forgotten

Jul 16, 2013 No Comments

Bill Martin takes exception with the title of a book about Lt. Col. William Lambert of Ironton, Ohio, that labels the aviator as America’s “forgotten” aviation ace of World War I. Lambert, who passed away in 1982, flew the Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a for the British Army’s Royal Flying Corps. “I don’t think people really forgot [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Frederick Libby, first American ace of World War I. 1927 – Death of Paul Wilhelm Bäumer, German World War I ace, who dies in a crash near Copenhagen while test flying a Rohrbach Rofix fighter. 1941 – Luftwaffe ace Werner Mölders shoots down two Soviet aircraft, raising his victory total to 101. He becomes the first [...]

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Warbird Maintenance Full-Time Job at Museum

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments

The space inside the cockpit of the Beechcraft T-34A Mentor trainer belonging to the Cactus Air Force Wings and Wheels Museum is about the same as inside as a standard refrigerator shipping box. Maybe a foot or two shorter. And narrower. There are 20 or so gauges and dials on the dashboard, some with familiar [...]

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Boeing 787 Woes Return

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

A fire and “technical issue” aboard two Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Friday raised new safety concerns for the long troubled airliner. The fire ignited on an empty 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines that was parked at London’s Heathrow airport. No one was hurt and the incident shut runways for about an hour before operations resumed, the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

1895 – Birth of Geoffrey Forrest Hughes, Australian World War I flying ace. 1929 – First flight of the Dornier Do X, a German flying boat powered by twelve engines mounted in six tower nacelles on the wing. 1944 – The first allied jet fighter, the Gloster Meteor Mk. 1 (shown above), entered service with the Royal Air Force’s [...]

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Warbirds Highlight N.Y. Air Show

Jul 12, 2013 No Comments

John Makinson has had many aviation adventures in his decades of flying. He’s flown bush planes in the Canadian Arctic and the wild’s of Alaska — possibly the only place you can fly a plane with wheels, skis or floats all in one day — where he’s landed and taken off from glaciers and landing [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jul 11, 2013 No Comments

1889 – Birth of Walter Richard Brookins, first pilot trained by the Wright brothers for their exhibition team and Wrights’ first pilot instructor. 1897 – Salomon August Andrée, Nils Strindberg and Knut Frænkel takes off in their hydrogen balloon “Eagle” for an Arctic expedition. 1942 – In the longest bombing raid of World War II, 1,750 Avro Lancaster [...]

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Post to Honor Mexican Aviation Pioneer

Jul 11, 2013 No Comments

A brave young Mexican air force captain whose final solo flight ended in death 85 years ago still inspires veterans, and civilians, in South Jersey and beyond. Emilio Carranza’s story has everything: An idealistic hero, a daring adventure, a tragic ending. It’s about a gutsy aviator of 22 piloting a tiny Ryan B1 named “Excelsior” [...]

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