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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 22, 2016 No Comments

1891 – Birth of Bruno Loerzer, German World War I flying ace and high-ranking officer in World War II. 1918 – Canadian World War I fighter ace George Robert Howsam scores four victories with his Sopwith Camel. 1919 – Death of Carrick Stewart Paul, New Zealand World War I flying ace; he drowns at sea while returning home. [...]

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Doolittle Raider to be Honored

Jan 21, 2016 No Comments

Missoula, Montana’s David Thatcher, one of two remaining crew members of the famed Doolittle Raiders of World War II, will be feted again Friday night. Thatcher and his wife, Dawn, are in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he’ll be inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation at a $5,000-a-plate dinner ceremony hosted by John Travolta. Thatcher, 94, [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 21, 2016 No Comments

1903 – Birth of Maximilien “Max” Conrad, known as the “Flying Grandfather”, American record-setting aviator. 1911 – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Paul Ward Beck sends the first wireless-telephonic message from an airplane, a Wright biplane flying over Selfridge Field northeast of Detroit, Mich. 1938 – First flight of the Potez-CAMS 141 (shown), a French long range reconnaissance flying boat prototype. 1944 – German [...]

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Female Pilot Joins Red Bull Air Race

Jan 20, 2016 No Comments

Red Bull Air Race spectators will see several new faces and airplanes battling it out around the inflatable pylons for the 2016 races. For the first time, a female pilot will join the exclusive air race club with French aerobatic pilot Mélanie Astles. Astles, who will fly an Extra 330XT, is a five-time French national [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 20, 2016 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Jens Tryggve Herman Gran, Norwegian aviator, explorer and author; he was the first pilot to cross the North Sea. 1934 – First flight of the Boeing YP-29A (shown), a U.S. fighter prototype. 1940 – The Brazilian Air Force, originally founded in 1908 as the Brazilian Army Balloon Corp, adopts its current title, Fôrça Aeréa Brasileira. 1971 – [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 19, 2016 No Comments

1784 – One of the largest hot-air balloon ever made, called ‘Le Flesselle’ by the Montgolfier brothers, makes an ascent at Lyon, France. The balloon’s capacity is 700,000 cubic feet and it goes up to 3,000 feet. 1899 – Birth of George Ebben Randall, British World War I flying ace. 1947 – First flight of the Fiat G.212, a Italian three-engine airliner. 1995 – Bristow [...]

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Museum Honors Pennsylvania’s Pitcairn

Jan 18, 2016 No Comments

A miracle of modern life is the ability to fly. As a kid, me and my buddies would ride our bikes out to Castle Air Force Base, lie down near the far end of the runway and look up as B-52 bombers came in for a landing. The roar of their eight jet engines shook [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

Jan 18, 2016 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Douglas Evan Cameron, British World War I flying ace. 1935 – First flight of the Blohm & Voss Ha 137 (shown), a  German ground-attack aircraft. 1957 – End of Operation Power Flite; a trio of BoeingB-52B Stratofortresses of the U.S. Air Force lands at March Air Force Base near Riverside, Calif., after flying for a total [...]

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