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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

1896 – Birth of Edmond Eugene Henri Caillaux, French World War I flying ace. 1941 – First flight of the Grumman XP-50 (shown), American twin-engine fighter prototype; it is the land-based development of the shipboard F5F-1 Skyrocket. 1957 – After 12 years of production, Douglas delivers the last of 3,180 AD Skyraiders to the Navy. 1958 [...]

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Stratolaunch Aircraft Nearly Half Done

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s dream to build the world’s largest airplane based on the remains of two used Boeing 747s is 40 percent complete. Scaled Composites President Kevin Mickey confirmed the progress in an email Tuesday from that company’s headquarters in Mojave, Calif., where the aircraft is being built. The aircraft is the centerpiece of Allen’s Stratolaunch Systems company, which is [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 17, 2015 No Comments

1909 – Birth of Gerald “Gerry” Bell (shown), Royal Canadian Air Force pilot during World War II and Canada’s first African-Canadian airman. 1916 – Zeppelin LZ34 (L3) is stranded and destroyed in a gale in the German state of Jutland. 1930 – First flight of the Farman F-301, a French tri-engine airliner; it is the production version of [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 16, 2015 No Comments

1912 – Frank Coffyn takes aerial views of New York City with a cinema camera while controlling his airplane with his feet and knees. 1922 – Birth of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, German Luftwaffe night fighter pilot and highest-scoring (121) night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. 1962 – Death of Radul Milkov Mikhailov, Bulgarian World War [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 11, 2015 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Lewis Hector “Hec” Ray, Canadian World War I flying ace. 1905 – Arthur Charles Hubert Latham accompanies his cousin, balloonist Jacques Faure, on a night crossing of the English Channel (from London to Paris) in a gas balloon. 1932 – First flight of the Couzinet 70, a French three-engined commercial monoplane. 1944 – A Wellington [...]

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Warbird Flyover Planned for D.C.

Feb 11, 2015 No Comments

The Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone will come under assault by a mass of unusual visitors this spring as scores of World War II fighters, bombers and transport planes participate in an epic flyover of the nation’s capital in celebration of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day. More than 75 warbirds are confirmed for the [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 10, 2015 No Comments

1897 – Birth of Erik Thomas, German World War I flying ace. 1967 – First flight of the Dornier Do 31 (shown), a West German experimental VTOL jet transport. 1971 – Death of Alfred Clayburn Atkey, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1982 – The final flight of Canadair CP-107 Argus 10742 takes place when the marine reconnaissance aircraft is flown [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Feb 09, 2015 No Comments

1910 – Birth of Dan Vizanti, Romanian World War II fighter ace. 1914 – Death of U.S. Army Lt. Henry Burnet Post, American pioneer aviator; he is killed when the right wing of his Wright Model C has an in-flight structural failure and crashes in San Diego Bay off the California coast. 1937 – First flight of the Blackburn [...]

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