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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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Doolittle Raiders Honored at Ceremony

Doolittle Raiders Honored at Ceremony

By Air Force News Service The remaining Doolittle Raiders gathered at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Saturday to partake in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Doolittle Raider memorial in Memorial Park here, followed by a flyover of North American B-25 Mitchell aircraft. The speakers of the memorial tribute include retired Lt. Col. […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1907 – Birth of Ernesto “Gamba di Ferro” Botto, Spanish War and World War II Italian flying ace. 1916 – U.S. Navy Lt. Clarence K. Bronson and Lt. Luther Welsh, on an experimental bomb test flight at Naval Proving Ground, Indian Head, Maryland, are instantly killed by the premature explosion of a bomb in their […]

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Warbirds, Aerobatics Headline NC Show

Warbirds, Aerobatics Headline NC Show

A variety of warbirds, from trainers to fighters, plus aerobatic teams and solo acts, will be flying high this weekend at the Warbirds Over Monroe Air Show in Monroe, N.C. Held at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport southeast of Charlotte on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event is slated to host a […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1889 – Birth of Andrew Cameron Kiddie, South African World War I fighter ace. 1910 – The first flight for the purpose of delivering commercial freight occurs in the U.S. between the Ohio cities of Dayton and Columbus; the trip, which takes just over an hour, is flown by Wright Co. pilot Philip Parmalee. 1945 – […]

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Former U-2 Pilot Recounts Flights

Former U-2 Pilot Recounts Flights

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Art Saboski participated in the Civil Air Patrol as a youth growing up in a small town in North Carolina, never imaging he would be among the first Lockheed U-2 pilots and ending up commander of the 17th Reconnaissance Wing (England), operating a fleet of U-2s providing reconnaissance and battlefield […]
On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1887 – Birth of Vivian Claude Walsh, New Zealand pioneer aviator and the first man to fly in New Zealand; he becomes the co-founder (with brother Austin Leonard Walsh) of the New Zealand Flying School. 1929 – First flight of the Junkers G.38 (shown above), a large German four-engined transport aircraft that features a blended […]

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Crash Grounds Aussie Waterbombers

Crash Grounds Aussie Waterbombers

Australia’s aviation safety watchdog has grounded a national fleet of waterbombing planes as it continues its investigation into the cause of a fatal crash during last month’s New South Wales bushfires. All of the nation’s Dromader M18 aircraft have been banned from flight as a precautionary measure, with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) taking each […]
Oklahoma Air Show Set for Saturday

Oklahoma Air Show Set for Saturday

The 62nd annual Fairview (Okla.) Fly-In and Air Show will feature a variety of aerobatic acts this Saturday. The show begins at 12:30 p.m. at Fairview Municipal Airport. Performers include Randy Harris, flying a Skybolt 300, Kate Kyer in a Pitts S-2B, Chuck Powell, parachute jumper, and the OK Barnstormers radio control club. This year, […]
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