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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1897 – Birth of Hazel LeRoy Wallace, Canadian World War I fighter ace. 1907 – The first free flight of a rotary-wing aircraft takes place when the Cornu helicopter, a French experimental craft, lifts inventor Paul Cornu (shown above) a foot above the ground for 20 seconds. 1942 – A U.S. Navy Vought OS2U Kingfisher […]
Long Beach Airport Hosts Fly-In

Long Beach Airport Hosts Fly-In

Southern California skies will fill with pilots heading to Long Beach Airport (LGB) for the 90th Anniversary Fly-In on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. The public is also welcome to attend this free event where local pilots display their planes to the community. “Long Beach has 90 years of rich aviation history, and […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1896 – Birth of Harold Anthony “Doc” Oaks, a Canadian World War I flying ace and bush aviation pioneer. 1919 – First flight of the Sopwith Snark (shown above), a prototype British triplane fighter. 1941 – Alma Heflin, first American female test pilot for standard production aircraft, made her first test flight for the Piper […]
National Naval Aviation Museum Turns 50

National Naval Aviation Museum Turns 50

Many who have admired the power and precision behind the synchronized aerobatic maneuvers of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron known as the Blue Angels have dreamed of taking to the skies in one of those distinctive blue Boeing F/A-18 Hornets themselves. It’s possible to get the experience at the National Naval Aviation Museum at […]

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In Memoriam: A Canadian Airman’s Story

In Memoriam: A Canadian Airman’s Story

The land appears more blue than green; the lakes splashed randomly amidst the untamed forest seemingly go on forever. This is northern Manitoba. They look like white sentinels; the ramrod straight headstones rising from the manicured lawn seemingly never end. This is England’s Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. That a line can be drawn from one to the […]
Iruma: Japan’s Hidden Aviation Museum

Iruma: Japan’s Hidden Aviation Museum

Tucked inside a hangar behind one of this country’s best aviation museums is a sight few people get to see: The first aircraft to fly above Japan. The Henry Farman biplane and a kamikaze glider are among the many highlights at the hangar and museum on the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Iruma Air Base northwest […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1909 – Birth of Noel Francis Parrish, U.S. Air Force pilot, commander of the  Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and brigadier general after the Korean War. 1935 – Man first sees the Earth’s curvature when the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Army Air Corps launch their new helium-filled, high-altitude balloon “Explorer II.” It […]
Air Force Museum Brings Vets Together

Air Force Museum Brings Vets Together

Paul Young rarely talked about his service during World War II – about the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber he piloted, about his 57 missions, about the dangers he faced or the fears he overcame. “Some things you just don’t talk about,” he said. But Susan Frymier had a hunch that if she could journey […]

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Brother Details Bombardier’s Story

Brother Details Bombardier’s Story

Bill Heath was barely 21 back in the fall of 1943 when he arrived at Thorpe Abbots airfield in southeastern England, a second lieutenant reporting for duty as a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombardier. It was the early days of the U.S. Army’s controversial daylight bombing campaign over Nazi-occupied Europe. The Newport, Wash., kid was […]
T-6 Pilots: Caretakers of History

T-6 Pilots: Caretakers of History

John Ockenfels sits poised in the cockpit of his vibrant yellow North American T-6 Texan airplane, the eyes of three fellow pilots glued to him. As he raises his hand, the engine of his slumbering 1940s warbird kicks to life. The other pilots follow suit. A soft hiccup and a plume of white smoke flow […]
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