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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1894 – Birth of Arthur Coadou, French World War I flying ace, who also served in World War II. 1928 – Bert Hinkler leaves Croydon in an Avro Avian, attempting the first solo flight from England to Australia; he will arrive in Darwin on Feb. 22. 1937 – The prototype Blackburn B-24 Skua fighter-dive bomber (Mk.II version shown) makes its maiden flight, piloted by “Dasher” Blake at Brough, Yorkshire; it […]
‘FIFI,’ Friends to Visit Pensacola

‘FIFI,’ Friends to Visit Pensacola

Residents of Pensacola, Fla., will witness a rare sight next week when the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber “FIFI” — the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world — lands at Florida’s Pensacola International Airport accompanied by the true combat veteran North American P-51 Mustang “The Brat III,” […]

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

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Marine Corps Museum Gets Prowler

Marine Corps Museum Gets Prowler

The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum added a new aircraft to its historical ranks Feb. 4 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Museum personnel welcomed a Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler, the newest addition to the museum’s aircraft display. The aircraft originated from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. “This […]
Smithsonian Displays Stits ‘Sky Baby’

Smithsonian Displays Stits ‘Sky Baby’

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., recently got an addition to its immense collection in the Boeing Aviation Hangar. Unlike some of the massive airplanes on display there, such as the Space Shuttle, SR-71 and Concorde, this new member of the Smithsonian […]

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ITA 1/72 Tornado "Gulf War" - 600x120

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Arthur Clunie “Snowy” Randall, Scottish World War I flying ace. 1915 – First flight of the Sikorsky S-16 (non-flying replica shown), a Russian two-seat, biplane fighter. 1916 – Aircraft from the Imperial Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet seaplane carriers sink the Ottoman collier Irmingard, the largest ship sunk by air attack in […]
Russian Combat Trainer to Fly Singapore Airshow

Russian Combat Trainer to Fly Singapore Airshow

Russia’s new Yak-130 combat trainer will take part in demonstration flights at the Singapore Air Show next month, a government agency said Wednesday. According to the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation will also showcase models of Su-35 and T-50 fighter jets as well as several civilian aircraft: the Sukhoi […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Marcel Anatole Hugues, French World War I fighter ace, World War II pilot and commanding officer. 1929 – First flight of the Fairey Firefly II, a British biplane fighter of all-metal construction. 1933 – Death of James Herman Banning, America’s first black aviator to fly coast-to-coast; he is killed in a plane crash […]
Kansas Museum to Get Upgrades

Kansas Museum to Get Upgrades

The Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita, Kans., will receive some badly-needed building improvements, thanks to a Wichita City Council vote Tuesday. The council unanimously approved a $1.8 million project to provide handicapped-accessible restrooms and modern heating and air conditioning to the historic museum, housed in the old city airport terminal at 3350 S. George Washington […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1898 – Birth of Robert Wallace Farquhar, British World War I flying ace. 1920 – Pierre van Ryneveld and Quintin Brand set out in a Vickers Vimy from Cairo to cross Africa by air from north to south. 1935 – First flight of the Mitsubishi A5M “Claude” (shown), a Japanese carrier-based fighter aircraft; it is […]
Lockheed Plans Civil Version of C-130

Lockheed Plans Civil Version of C-130

Lockheed Martin has filed for a type design update with the Federal Aviation Administration for a civil-certified variant of its C-130J airlifter. The civil variant of the Super Hercules will be designated the LM-100J — the first civilian model of a C-130 since the L-100, which was produced between 1964 and 1992. “The LM-100J is a natural […]
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