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On This Day in Aviation History

May 09, 2014 No Comments

1898 – Birth of Adrian James Boswell Tonks, British World War I flying ace. 1941 – Flying via Vichy French-controlled Syria, aircraft of the German Luftwaffe begin to arrive at Mosul, Iraq, to support Iraqi forces against the British under the command of Fliegerführer Irak. 1945 – Sighting a Japanese Kawasaki Ki-45 fighter flying high over Okinawa, U. S. Marine Corps First Lt. Robert R. [...]

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South Africa ‘Best Air Show’ Returns

May 09, 2014 No Comments

“South Africa’s Best Air Show” returns to Zwartkop in Pretoria on Saturday. Join 30 000 airheads, families and friends and experience more than 100 different types of historic aircraft up-close, as they take to the sky at the Paramount Group South African Air Force Museum Air Show. Teaming up with Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately-owned [...]

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England’s Jet Age Museum Reopens

May 09, 2014 No Comments

Gloucestershire’s new Jet Age Museum has been officially opened 14 years after the old museum closed. Former Royal Air Force Capt. Eric “Winkle” Brown, 95, the last surviving pilot to have flown the first British jet, the Gloster E28/39, unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion. The museum’s collection of aircraft has been in storage since [...]

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Oregon Aviation Museum on the Move

May 09, 2014 No Comments

The skies around Jefferson County will be a bit more active than usual over the next few weeks, as a collection of vintage warplanes moves from Oregon’s Tillamook Air Museum to their new home at the Madras Airport. The museum announced plans to relocate to Central Oregon last year, as part of a larger move [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 08, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Maurice Jean-Paul Boyau, French rugby union player, World War I flying ace and one of the most successful balloon busters. 1914 – A civilian pilot, René Caudron, makes the first French shipboard takeoff in an airplane, from a ramp constructed over the foredeck of the seaplane carrier Foudre, using a Caudron G.3 [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 07, 2014 No Comments

1893 – Birth of Karl Paul Schlegel, German World War I fighter ace and balloon-buster. 1912 – A Wright biplane, flown by U.S. Army Lt. Thomas De Witt Milling at College Park in Maryland, becomes the first airplane to be armed with a machine gun. 1917 – Royal Air Force ace Maj. Edward “Mick” Mannock claims his first (of 61) victories. [...]

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On This Day in Aviation History

May 06, 2014 No Comments

1888 – Birth of Johann Frint, Austro-Hungarian World War I flying ace. 1935 – First flight of the Curtiss P-36 Hawk (A model shown), also known as the Curtiss Hawk Model 75, a single-engined American fighter. 1937 – German Zeppelin LZ-129, the Hindenburg, catches fire and explodes while attempting to dock at Lakehurst Naval Air [...]

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American Airlines Host Airbus Test Jet

May 06, 2014 No Comments

There was a French visitor at the American Airlines maintenance hangar at the airport Monday. Airbus flew in one of its test A350s from Toulouse, France, late Sunday evening and put it on display for the media and employees at American. The Fort Worth-based carrier has 22 A350-900 XWB aircraft on order, with the first [...]

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