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California ANG F-15s to Patrol SB50

Feb 06, 2016 No Comments

Between the Navy’s Blue Angels, the Air Force’s Thunderbirds, and other various aircraft, flyovers for the Super Bowl have wowed audiences for decades. This year, the Blue Angels will open Super Bowl 50, at Levi’s Stadium in California with their “signature six-jet Delta formation.” But during the game itself, there will be other aerial backup. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 05, 2016 No Comments

1919 – Birth of Ion Dobran, Romanian WWII flying ace and airliner pilot. 1929 – Frank Hawks and Oscar Grubb land their Lockheed Air Express in New York after a record flight of 18 hours and 20 minutes from Burbank, Calif. 1932 – The first air-to-air clash of the Shanghai Incident takes place, between five Japanese aircraft [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 04, 2016 No Comments

1851 – Birth of Carl Berg, German entrepreneur and airship builder. 1920 – Pierre van Ryneveld and Quentin Brand set out in a Vickers Vimy from Cairo to cross Africa by air from north to south; they will arrive in Cape Town on March 20. 1944 – A U. S. Army Air Forces Boeing B-24 Liberator flies the first Allied photographic reconnaissance mission against Truk Atoll, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 01, 2016 No Comments

1898 – Birth of John Carbery Preston, British World War I flying ace. 1930 – San Francisco’s first air ferry service begins and cuts travel time across the San Francisco Bay to 6 minutes. The ferry flies from San Francisco to Alameda, as well as from Oakland to Vallejo. 1945 – First flight of the Kawasaki Ki-100 (shown), one [...]

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Historic A-7E Reminder of Desert Storm

Jan 31, 2016 No Comments

For many Americans, the first news of Operation Desert Storm 25 years ago came through the excited voices of CNN reporters broadcasting over the sights and sounds of tracer fire and bombs exploding as they struck targets in Baghdad. It was an event that was months in the making, beginning in August 1990, when Iraqi [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 29, 2016 No Comments

1887 – Birth of August Haefeli, early Swiss aircraft designer. 1908 – The Imperial All-Russia Aero Club is founded and raises money through public subscription by imperial decree. 1924 – Raoul Pateras Pescara flies an experimental helicopter in Paris; the machine flies 2,640 feet in just over 10 minutes. 1938 – Death of Gerard “Jerry” Freebairn [...]

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Restored Zero Makes First Flight

Jan 28, 2016 No Comments

One of Mitsubishi’s legendary Zero fighters took to the skies over Japan on Wednesday for the first time since World War II. The restored plane made a brief flight from a naval base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture. Decorated former U.S. Air Force pilot Skip Holm flew the aircraft. Zero fighters were considered one of the most [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 28, 2016 No Comments

1891 – Birth of David Luther Burgess, Canadian World War I flying ace and politician. 1917 – First flight of the Junkers J.I (modern unrestored model shown), a German armored low-level ground attack and observation sesquiplane; it is the first all-metal aircraft to enter mass production. 1942 – Piloting a Lockheed PBO-1 Hudson patrol bomber over the North Atlantic, U. [...]

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